By Ryan Burton
Rances Barthelemy (26-0) is fully focused on his March 10th fight against Kiryl Relikh (21-2) which takes place at the Freeman Colosseum in San Antonio, Texas. The vacant WBA super lightweight championship will be at stake.
It will be a rematch of their fight from last May that Barthelemy won by unanimous decision in a fight that was a lot closer than the final scores of 117-109, 115-111, and 116-110 indicated
The show opens up a Showtime doubleheader that is headlined by another 140 title fight that pits IBF champion Sergey Lipinets against WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia.
If Barthelemy and Garcia both emerge victorious, the Cuban who previously held titles at 130 and 135 pounds would love to face Garcia next.
"Sure I would love to fight Mikey. He is considered one of the top pound for pound fighters by many. He is dominating in two divisions - 135 and 140. If he comes up I would love to fight him and I would love to fight any big name, (Terence) Crawford or Mikey," said Rances.
In fact, the 31-year-old Barthelemy wants any big name in his next fight and is even willing to move up to the welterweight division to make a big fight happen.
"I would go down to 135 for Lomachenko. I can still make the weight. Like I said I want the big names. Mikey, Figueroa, Broner. I want all the big names at 140, 135 or even 147 if it is a big fight."
Relikh (21-2, 19 KOs) believes that he won the first match with Barthelemy. The 28-year-old nearly had Barthelemy out after landing a barrage of punches that penned Barthelemy on the ropes, but he was only awarded a knockdown. In the eighth round, Barthelemy came back to drop Relikh with a body shot. This will be Relikh's second world title shot after the fighter from Minsk, Belarus lost a unanimous decision to Ricky Burns in Glasgow, Scotland on Oct. 7, 2016.
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