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Cruiserweight title card on U.S. PPV

9/8/2014

Those with an affinity for cruiserweight world title bouts involving Polish and Russian fighters are in luck.

Titleholder Krzysztof Wlodarczyk of Poland will defend his title against Russia’s Grigory Drozd, and Russia’s Denis Lebedev will defend his version of the title against Pawel Kolodziej of Poland on Sept. 27 at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow.

Promoter Andrey Ryabinsky of World of Boxing has made a deal for the card -- dubbed “Clash of the Cruiserweights” -- to be televised in the United States. It will be carried as a $24.95 Integrated Sports PPV with a noon ET start time.

Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 35 KOs) will be making his seventh defense against Drozd (38-1, 27 KOs), the European champion.

Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) will be fighting for the first time since he was knocked out in the 11th round by Guillermo Jones in May 2013. However, the title was returned to Lebedev after Jones failed a post-fight drug test. Their rematch was also scrapped earlier this year -- a half-hour before the fight -- because Jones again failed another test.

Kolodziej (33-0, 18 KOs) will be fighting for a world title for the first time.

The pay-per-view is also slated to include two scheduled 10-round bouts: a women’s junior featherweight fight between Svetlana Kulakova (9-0-1, 1 KO) of Russia and Argentina’s Ana Laura Esteche (10-3-2, 2 KOs), and a cruiserweight fight between Russia’s Andrey Knyazev (10-1, 5 KOs) and Fabiano Soares Piquet (10-0-1, 8 KOs) of Brazil.