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Denis Lebedev vs Thabiso Mchunu report
Who won Lebedev vs Mchunu?
Thabiso Mchunu beat Denis Lebedev by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 21st December 2019 in Krasnoyarsk.
The scorecards were announced as 108-119, 107-120, 112-115 in favor of winner Thabiso Mchunu.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 10 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which meant the weight limit was 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).
The undercard featured the clash of Kudryashov vs Pejsar.
Lebedev vs Mchunu stats
Denis Lebedev stepped into the ring with a record of 32 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 23 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Thabiso Mchunu made his way to the ring with a record of 21 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, with 13 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Lebedev had a slight advantage in power over Mchunu, with a 72% knock out percentage over Mchunu's 62%.
Denis Lebedev was the older man by 8 years, at 43 years old.
Both Denis Lebedev & Thabiso Mchunu fought out of a southpaw stance.
Lebedev was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 8 more fights, and made his debut in 2001, 6 years and 5 months earlier than Mchunu, whose first professional fight was in 2007. He had fought 209 less professional rounds, 0 to Mchunu's 209.
Denis Lebedev went into the fight ranked number 9 by the WBC at cruiserweight.
Thabiso Mchunu was ranked number 8 by the WBC and 15 by the IBF in the 200lb division.
Lebedev vs Mchunu form
Lebedev had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Mike Wilson on 24th November 2018 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Previous to that, he had beat Hizni Altunkaya on 7th September 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Traktor Sport Palace, Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Going into that contest, he had won against Mark Flanagan on 9th July 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Cruiserweight championship fight at DIVS, Ekaterinburg.
Before that, he had been beaten by Murat Gassiev on 3rd December 2016 by split decision in their IBF World Cruiserweight championship fight at Khodynka Ice Palace, Moscow.
He had beat Victor Emilio Ramirez on 21st May 2016 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their IBF World Cruiserweight and WBA Super World Cruiserweight championship fight at Khodynka Ice Palace, Moscow, Russia.
Mchunu had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Thomas Oosthuizen on 8th December 2018 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Emperors Palace, Gauteng, South Africa.
Previous to that, he had lost to Thomas Oosthuizen on 1st September 2018 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Emperors Palace, Gauteng.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Constantin Bejenaru on 25th November 2017 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut, USA.
Before that, he had lost to Oleksandr Usyk on 17th December 2016 by knockout in the 9th round in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Forum, Inglewood, United States.
He had defeated Boniface Kabore on 20th May 2016 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Denis Lebedev had been fighting more than Thabiso Mchunu.
Going to this contest, Denis Lebedev had last fought 4 years, 6 months and 13 days ago, while Thabiso Mchunu's last outing had been 4 years, 5 months and 29 days ago.
Lebedev's last 5 fights had come over a period of 7 years and 16 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 4 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 41 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.2 rounds on average.
Mchunu's last 5 fights had come over a period of 7 years and 17 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 4 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 45 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9 rounds on average.
What time did Lebedev vs Mchunu start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 7:00 PM UTC at Krasnoyarsk, Russia, which was 2:00 PM EST or 11:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 7:00 PM GMT in the UK.
What were the odds on Lebedev vs Mchunu?
Denis Lebedev was a 2/5 (-250) favourite going into the contest, while Thabiso Mchunu made his way into the ring at 47/25 (+190) with oddsmakers.
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