By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA Oceania champion and no.8 in WBA world ratings Mark “Bam Bam” Flanagan (22-4, 15 KOs) will challenge WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-3, 22 KOs) at the DIVS Ekaterinbur, Russia on July 17. Flanagan’s manager Angelo DiCarlo is confident his charge has the correct mental attitude, power and boxing skills to cause a major upset over the heavily favored Russian.
Angelo DiCarlo who guides Flanagan’s career talked to Paul Nasari on radio 2BACR. 100.9fm
“We will arrive in Russia ten days before the fight.” Said DiCarlo. “Mark is a genuine world class puncher. He hasn’t been beaten as a cruiserweight. Lebedev has beaten the best out there but these are opportunities you have got to take. Our past world champions Jeff Fenech and Daniel Geale went overseas as the B Team and not expected to win. I believe in Mark’s power and he will not be worried who is in the other corner. We have seen other boxers from Australia when they had there opportunities they didn’t seem to let go with there hands.
“Mark will be completely different – he will let go with his hands. He is backing himself. Mark is a great young man and he has been lost in the hype of the Jeff Horn versus Manny Pacquiao fight but his fight with Lebedev is the real deal – he (Lebedev) is the super champ and Mark is going to make us proud.”