Advertisement
Advertisement

Denis Shafikov Targets Juan Manuel Marquez Showdown

By Alexey Sukachev
 
Upon entering the high waters of the light welterweight division, Mexican superstar Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) got to experience a battle with an Eastern European veteran. In April, Marquez, who recently celebrated his 39th birthday, acquired the vacant WBO-interim junior welterweigh title by delivering a sound boxing lesson to a skilled Ukrainian technician, Sergey Fedchenko (30-2, 13 KOs). The latter is just one-fifth of a huge ex-Soviet presence in this particular weight class, which also consists of a trio of undefeated Russian prospects - Denis Shafikov and Khabib Allakhverdiev (17-0, 8 KOs) and Ukrainian stylist Victor Postol (19-0, 9 KOs), as well as battle-tested slugger Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KOs).

A few weeks ago, Marquez's interim title was elevated to the full championship belt after WBO welterweight king Timothy Bradley announced that he was vacating his belt at 140 and remaining in the welterweight division.

Rumors recently broke out that Provodnikov, who has a good following in America and a tough reputation, is being considered as a potential opponent for Marquez. But another Russian junior welterweight, European champion Denis Shafikov (29-0-1, 17 KOs), is ensured that a true evaluation of the Mexican´s stature at 140 can only be tested by him.
 
"Marquez is an all-time great but I feel his days as an elite prizefighter are numbered. He is slowly running out of boxing fuel, his tank is inevitably emptying, and he definitely has a limited number of fights left in him. I guess he is ready to retire sooner than later, and I´m one to accomplish this honorary task," proclaimed Shafikov through his manager and trustee Oleg Bogdanov.
 
"I´m on the top of my game, and I´m ready to deliver it big. Ruslan (Provodnikov) is an entertaining brawler but he is limited to a degree, and his defense sucks as well. I´m a better boxer than both him and Sergey Fedchenko, who gave Juam Manuel some rocky moments in their fight. JMM will be very surprized after he tastes my skill set and a power of a real player in the field", added Denis.
 
Shafikov, 27, is rated #8 by the WBC and #10 by The Ring magazine. He is 3-0, 2 KOs, in the EBU title fights in less than a year since capturing the title against opposition with an overall record of 108-9-2 - beating the likes of Guiseppe Lauri (52-7) and Lee McAllister (34-2) and avenging the sole blemish of his rocketing career - a draw with the Italy-based Cubano Brunet Zamora (22-0-2) - in a convincing style.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ShoulderRoll on 08-27-2012

Denis Shafikov isn't even rated by the WBO, why would Marquez defend that belt against him? Not to mention that he brings nothing to the table financially compared to JMM's other options. Shafikov should realistically be looking at someone like…

Comment by Mikhnienko on 08-26-2012

Shafikov is a joy to watch and iv been hoping that he will get a big fight. Doesn't get any bigger than this. Very dangerous but i want to see it.

Comment by King_ on 08-26-2012

[QUOTE=4Corners;12453739]If Marquez doesn't get the 4th Pac fight, no way should he be fighting these guys. He should be fighting someone like Peterson, Judah, Berto, Guerrero, or hell even Broner.[/QUOTE] Why? Berto.....Judah......why have the same old recycled names? Let him…

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 08-26-2012

Why not Shafikov v Provodnikov in an all russian affair Shafikov is actually pretty good Or Herrera/Dallas/Mayfield anyone of those and put it on FNF early in 2013

Comment by 4Corners on 08-26-2012

If Marquez doesn't get the 4th Pac fight, no way should he be fighting these guys. He should be fighting someone like Peterson, Judah, Berto, Guerrero, or hell even Broner.

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (9)
Top Headlines Hearn: Brook vs. Vargas Possible, Peterson Still in The Running Frank Warren on Hughie Fury-Fred Kassi, Liverpool's Big Win Daily Bread Mailbag: Mayweather-Garcia, Golovkin-Canelo, More James DeGale is Eager To End The Callum Smith Hype Train Canelo's Coach Rejects Claim That Khan's Chin is Poor: It's a Myth! Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto II: Pre-Fight Report Card Lipinets: Me and Ortiz Went To War in Camp, He'll Beat Berto Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Now Battle Over - Mike Tyson Canelo's Coach: Golovkin Has Beaten Nobody, Lower Level Foes! Casimero Vows To Get Revenge on Amnat Ruenroeng on May 25 Dirrell Brothers, Jonathan Guzman Win Big In Atlantic City Orlando Salido Reacts To Francisco Vargas' Positive Drug Test Pano Tiatia, Other Dunkin Fighters Set For Action on Victory Card Beibut Shumenov Files Protest Against Dorticos-Kalenga WBA Clash Marquez Pleads With Canelo, De La Hoya To Make Golovkin Fight Povetkin: Wilder's 'Klitschko Tactics' Won't Work, Maybe He's Nervous Photos: Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto Try To Intimidate Each Other Photos/Weights: Pedro Campa vs. Jose Alfaro, More Hearn Explains Rift With DeGale, Situation With Haymon - Video Video: Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto Tense Face To Face at Weighin Lolenga Mock Outscores David Becarra Over Ten Rounds Callum Smith Hits Washington To Scout Badou Jack-Lucian Bute Fury Just Wants To Be Left Alone To Enjoy a Chicken Sandwich Francisco Vargas Granted Temporary License, Must Submit To Additional Testing Vasyl Lomachenko: Nicholas Walters Kept Making Excuses Rances Barthelemy-Mickey Bey Tops PBC on Spike, June 3 Photos: Badou Jack, James DeGale, Bute, Medina Ready To Fight Photos: Manny Pacquiao Hits The Campaign Trail in Senate Bid News: Marquis Moore; Orlando Del Valle; Dashon Johnson Video: Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina Make Weight For Battle All Fighters Make Weight For Showtime Double In D.C. Khan: Beating Canelo Would Be Monumental For British Boxing DeGale: I Told Badou Jack 'You're Next, Green Belt is Coming To UK' Bellew vs. Makabu Title Clash Officially Unveiled Weights From London: Fury 231, Kassi 233 Carl Frampton Relinquishes IBF 122-Pound Crown Kovalev's Promoter Details How Chilemba/Russia Deal Came About Andre Dirrell 'Definitely' Would Go To England For DeGale Rematch Porter: Thurman Doesn't Work on The Inside, Smarter Fighter Wins Gaiyanghadaogym, Sithsamerchai Claim Wins In Thailand
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement