Matchroom Boxing Announces Denis Lebedev, Kal Yafai For November Show In Monte Carlo

Matchroom Boxing is returning to Monte Carlo for a big card in November.

The company announced the top four fights in the lineup for the November 24 event, including world title defenses by Denis Lebedev and Kal Yafai.

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Below are the fights announced for November 24:

  • Denis Lebedev vs. Mike Wilson: WBA Cruiserweight Title
  • Kal Yafai vs. Israel Gonzalez: WBA Super Flyweight Title
  • Fanlong Meng vs. Frank Buglioni: IBF Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title
  • Zhilei Zhang vs. Alexander Ustinov: Heavyweight Bout

Lebedev was the WBA's "super" champion in 2017, but gave up the belt to become "Champion in recess" to allow the World Boxing Super Series to have the "super" belt at stake. Oleksandr Usyk won the title and went on to become the undisputed cruiserweight champion after winning the tournament earlier this year. Lebedev returned to action back in September and knocked out Hizni Altunkaya in his first fight in more than a year.

Wilson is undefeated as a pro, winning all 19 fights and eight of them by knockout. Wilson, the current WBA-NABA cruiserweight titleholder, is ranked No. 12 by the governing body.

Yafai will be making his fourth world title defense since winning the belt in 2016 with a unanimous decision win over Luis Concepcion. Gonzalez has won his last two fights since losing to IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas back in February.

As for other two fights, Buglioni is looking to get back on track to potentially challenge for a world title someday after losing to Callum Johnson back in March. Meng, who competed in the 2012 Olympics, has won all 13 of his fights, getting ranked No. 11 by the IBF.

Zhang is ranked in the top 10 in the WBO heavyweight rankings and is the current WBO Oriental titleholder. Zhang was planned to fight on the card after his most recent win against Don Haynesworth. Ustinov will be fighting for the first time in a year since losing a WBA "regular" heavyweight title fight to Manuel Charr.

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