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Friday, April 21, 2023

Sagiv Ismailov to Fight in Estonia Tomorrow

Super middleweight Sagiv Ismailov is scheduled to fight Ruslan Lebedenko tomorrow at Tondi 17 Boxing Hall, in the beautiful city of Talinn, Estonia.

Ismailov is a 20 year old Israeli with a 4-0 record and 2 KOs. He last fought in Israel in February against tall southpaw Kristi Doni. In that fight, Sagiv showed an improved jab and corrected stamina problems from his previous fight.

Lebedenko is a 35 year old from Kherson, Ukraine who now fights out of Talinn. He lost his only pro fight to Sweden's 5-0 Adam Belalia last month in the artsy city of Tartu. Lebedenko, who took the fight on short notice, was knocked down late in the first and pulled out of the fight after the round.

Lebedenko weighed in at 165.8 pounds while Ismailov came in at 170. For a time, Ismailov was scheduled to face another opponent at a 172-pound catchweight, but that opponent was too heavy and backed out. Lebedenko had originally been scheduled to fight Ismailov, pulled out, the other opponent was found, he pulled out, and then Lebedenko reconsidered.

Regardless of the pre-fight shenanigans, Lebedenko is the right opponent for Ismailov at this stage of the young Israeli's career. While the opponent is certainly no world-beater, a fight on the road against a grown man should be a good test.

courtesy of Arena Boxing Promotions

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