Kayembre Kalenge Set For WBA Belt Fight

Written by Peter Pedroncelli

Democratic Republic of Congo born boxer Kayembre Kalenge will face off with undefeated Cuban Yunier Dorticos for the vacant “regular” WBA cruiserweight belt at the Palais des Sports Porte de Versailles in Paris this Friday night.

Kalenge enjoys an excellent record, with 22 wins versus 2 losses. A total of 15 wins have come by way of knockout.

The fighter was born in the DRC, but fights out of Gravelines, Nord, in France. The 28-year-old experienced only his second loss on a unanimous points decision against Denis Lebedev in April 2015, losing out on the WBA cruiserweight title.

He made up for that disappointment later in the year, recording a stoppage win against Roberto Bolonti in the ninth round of the bout.

On Friday he will face the undefeated Dorticos, who has 20 wins under his belt, including 19 knockouts. The 30-year-old is based in Miami, Florida, and made his debut as a professional boxer in August 2009.

The boxer’s only opponent who he did not manage to knockout was veteran fighter Edison Miranda, but in that case Dorticos managed a decisive win on points.

Kalenga and Dorticos are ranked third and second respectively by the WBA, and the winner of Friday night’s bout could face the boxer who emerges victorious in the fight between Denis Lebedev and Victor Ramirez.

Lebedev is the WBA cruiserweight champion, while Victor Ramirez is the IBF cruiserweight champion. The two cruiserweight champs are set to meet in a unification match on May 21 in Moscow.