King Don: I’m Back, Baby

By Robert Ecksel on May 17, 2013
King Don: I’m Back, Baby
By round three, the soon to be former cruiserweight champion's right eye was swollen shut.

2013 may be known as the year that was. In keeping with that sentiment, the inimitable Don King, who has been declared deader than a doornail more times than anyone can count, is back, and back in a big way.

Earlier today at the Crocus City Hall in Myakinino, Russia, WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs), the 33-year-old southpaw from Chekhov, Russia, was upset by WBA champion in recess Guillermo Jones (39-3-2, 31 KOs). The 41-year-old Jones, a DKP property, stopped the hometown fighter in the 11th round.

Jones started strong and drew first blood in round one. By round three, the soon to be former champion’s right eye was swollen shut.

Lebedev rallied in the middle rounds, but Jones targeted Lebedev’s eye at every opportunity, and stopped the Russian at 1:54.

Lebedev had achieved notoriety by defeating faded former greats like Roy Jones Jr. and James Toney. But the buck stopped with Guillermo Jones, who had not fought since Nov. 2011, and is neither as faded nor as great as were his predecessors.

In other action, WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs), on a not-so-fast track to an inevitable showdown with Wladimir Klitschko who sat ringside, destroyed previously undefeated Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-1, 13 KOs) in three rounds. After getting off to his typically slow start, Povetkin landed a right that deposited Wawrcyk to the canvas in round two. Sasha dropped Wawrzyk two more times in round three. Time of the stoppage was 2:03.

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  1. nicolas 12:13am, 05/19/2013

    I thought that we would see the last of Jones, but I guess will see him fight in some two years time again. Lebedev looked like Carmen Basilio in his fight with Robinson, only Basilio went the full fifteen rounds.

  2. Ted 07:41pm, 05/18/2013

    This one is the FOTY for 2013

  3. Michael Hegan 03:29pm, 05/18/2013

    don king isn’t the one in the ring on the end of those punches…...don king doesn’t get up and run at 4AM ..and put his body through torture to hone oneself into rock hard muscles and endless stamina…..
    don king only gets control of the money…by controlling those who are naive enough to do business with him…..

    King will be as easy to get rid of as a bad case of clap from a bouncer at a brothel….

    King and guys like him (ARUM AS WELL) are what is wrong with Boxing….

    when boxing was run by gangsters….at least the public saw lots of boxing… fixed as it was….

    when king and his ilk replaced the crooked noses…they took boxing away from all of us…and only do ppv…..

    Fight fans can’t see Boxing…unless they pony up….or watch rematches

    Boxing could be run like Tennis… ratings….and a long series of tournaments to allow every rated competitor to meet each other…again ...and again….

    someone could pull out…but then…no money…and loss of rating…...

    Boxing today….is much like pedophiles luring children over the internet….

    In tennis….there is a legitimate(not cherry picking) way for a prospect to climb up the ladder to the top rated competitors….
    boxing is still a little bit slimey on this point…..the kid with the ‘push’ gets the exposure…..and the talented get by passed….maybe never get a shot at progressing to the top ten…and beyond

  4. Ted 04:46am, 05/18/2013

    King will be harder to get rid of than a two-headed snake. This is what he does and he will do it until he is buried.

    For him, the juice is in the action. Money is no longer the reason.

  5. Matt McGrain 03:14am, 05/18/2013

    Referee and the corner have questions to answer, I think. Strange that you can see some fights stopped for so much less.  Great if disturbing fight.

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