Paris Review: Dorticos vs. Kalenga

By Brian Mazique on March 31, 2016
Paris Review: Dorticos vs. Kalenga
Dorticos will look to continue his relentless knockout pace against rugged Kalenga.

The winner of Dorticos vs. Kalenga would be in position to challenge the winner of the Lebedev-Ramirez scrap…

On Friday, May 20, in Paris, France, Yunier Dorticos (20-0, 19 KOs), from Miami, Florida, by way of Havana, Cuba, fights Youri Kayembre Kalenga (22-2, 15 KOs), from Gravelines, Nord, France, by way of Kinshasa, by way of Democratic Republic Of The Congo, Africa, for the vacant WBA world cruiserweight title.

This one won’t go the judges.

Dorticos has stopped all but one of the opponents he has faced in his career. Edison Miranda is the only one of Dorticos’ opponents to have gone the distance when they fought in 2014.

Most recently, Dorticos stopped Fulgencio Zuniga in the second round last December. He’ll be looking to continue his relentless knockout pace against the rugged Kalenga.

The 28-year-old from Kinshasa knocked out Roberto Feliciano Bolonti in the ninth round in November 2015 to set up this opportunity. Prior to his win over Bolonti, Kalenga lost a competitive unanimous decision to Denis Lebedev in April 2015. Both men were on the canvas in the bout.

Lebedev was the champion at the time, but he is vacating the title and taking on IBF champion Victor Emilio Ramirez in a unification bout that will crown a WBA “Super” champion on May 20.

Kalenga fights with swagger and ferocity. The bout against Dorticos will be the first fight he has had in his adopted France since November 2013 when he stopped Giorgi Tevdorashvili in the second round.

Kalenga always exudes confidence and he will likely bring the fight to Dorticos, despite the 30-year-old Cuban’s power.

The winner of Dorticos vs.Kalenga would be in position to challenge the man who emerges victorious from the Lebedev-Ramirez scrap.

Don’t look now, but the cruiserweight division might be heating up.

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  1. nicolas 11:31am, 03/31/2016

    I thought the WBA was supposed to do away with such nonsense. So Shumenov will still be interim champ, I though he was actually the regular one. I guess that they have to call this fight for the title in order to attract certain people not knowledgeable about who is the real champ in order to help make a profit. . While this is an interesting fight none the less.

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