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Farcical scenes as controversial rematch is cancelled

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A planned rematch for one of 2013’s most controversial boxing contests descended into farce on Friday when it was cancelled at short notice.

Last May, Guillermo Jones beat Denis Lebedev by 11th round stoppage in a brutal war for the WBA cruiserweight title, but failed a drug test shortly after.

The fight itself led to uproar from the general sporting community as Lebedev suffered a horrifying eye injury early in the fight, yet was allowed to carry on for a further six rounds before referee Stanley Christodoulou finally took mercy upon him.

Here are some images of Lebedev after the fight ended:

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The failure of the referee, Lebedev’s corner and medical staff in attendance to halt the fight earlier - a decision seemingly taken in hope of Lebedev somehow landing a KO and giving the hometown crowd a popular result - led to an impassioned blog from Eurosport’s chief boxing writer Liam Happe on the importance of protecting boxers’ welfare in the ring.

You can read that original blog by clicking here.

That Panama slugger Jones tested positive for banned diuretic Furosemide after the fight made the situation even more unsavoury.

The two men were set for another Moscow meeting this weekend, but Jones was thankfully caught out before the event this time:

Jones has the right to provide a secondary sample and try to appeal the findings, but if the test result is confirmed then it seems that a transgression as serious as using the same banned substance twice in one year will surely end the 41-year-old’s career.

But even if he is blackballed for this, one cannot shake off the feeling that this is a problem within boxing that just won’t go away.

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