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Denis Shafikov vs. Albert Mensah on 12/14 For IBF #2

By Alexey Sukachev

According to local reports, confirmed by the sources in Mexico and the USA, undefeated Russian light welterweight Denis Shafikov (30-0-1, 17 KOs) will make his debut on American soil on December 14 at the yet-to-be-defined venue in California. IBF #13 Shafikov takes on IBF #7 Ghanaian Albert Mensah (25-3-1, 10 KOs) for the #2 spot in the IBF ranks. The fight has been already sanctioned as a semi-eliminator by the International Boxing Federation.

Shafikov, 27, is a reigning European champion with a streak of sound victories in the last two years. He was earlier promoted by the Finland-based P3 Boxing but is now being guided by the Ural Boxing Promotions. Shafikov is presently in Guadalajara, Mexico, getting prepared for his move overseas by Eddie "Chepo" Reynoso, a trainer of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Shafikov is a slick and tricky southpaw stylist, who can work both as a technician and as a slugger, depending on the opponent.

Mensah, 29, was an unknown figure in boxing for years, he has been fighting through in his native land. He suffered all his three losses and a draw also in Ghana. In 2011 Mensah re-located himself to Joilet, Illinois, and kicked off his United States career with a close win over Andre Gorges. He followed it up in April 2012 with another majority draw - this time over famed Australian Michael Katsidis - in the biggest victory of his career.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ChiBoxingNews on 12-09-2012

Albert lost this fight mainly because he moved back to Ghana and lets face it, what world class fighters is he sparring with. The kid was looking good in the gyms of Chicago but after his fall out with former…

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 10-27-2012

This is going to be a good fight to watch Shafikov is a more versatile but Mensah is no gimme his fight w/Kats was great

Comment by -vincenzo- on 10-25-2012

Mensah has the bigger names on his resume and his bout with katsidis was one of the top 10 fights this year, so i got his corner for this one.

Comment by Slowhand on 10-25-2012

Shafikov is always fun to watch: fast combinations mid range and inside and excellent foot work. The only question really is his stamina. I highly recommend you watch the fight if you have the chance!

Comment by King_ on 10-25-2012

Great fight. Shafikov is going to be a legit contender and major player in the division after this fight. If he wins of course, which I believe he will.

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