Barthelemy Still Plans To Go Back Up To 140 For a Title Shot

By Ryan Burton

On Saturday night Rances Barthelemy (27-1) will attempt to once again become a lightweight champion when he faces fellow former champion Robert Easter Jr. (21-1) at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip.  The fight will be broadcast live on Showtime.

The Cuban fighter previously held the IBF super featherweight and lightweight titles.

2018 was a tough year for Barthelemy.  He suffered his first professional defeat in March when he lost an unanimous decision to Kiryl Relikh in a fight for the WBA super lightweight title. He bounced back from that fight with a 3rd round knockout of journeyman Robert Frankel in December.

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Easter is also coming off a recent loss and will be fighting for the first time since his July loss to Mikey Garcia.  Barthelemy understands that is a must win fight for both men.

"This is a fight that we both need. It should be a good fight for the fans. It is very important in my career and also in Robert Easter's career for us to get to where we want to go," Barthelemy explained.

Even though he came up short in his attempt to win a world title at super lightweight, Barthelemy said that winning a title in a third weight division is still one of his goals.

The Las Vegas resident decided to take this fight at 135 pounds because of the opportunity to win the vacant WBA  lightweight "regular" title.  Vasiliy Lomachenko holds the WBA "super" lightweight title in addition to the WBO lightweight title.

"The title is my motivation. It provides a big motivation but it doesn't take away my desire to get a title at 140 pounds as well. It is a dream of mine to become a three-division champion so I definitely still want to go back to 140 and get the title there too," Barthelemy told

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JcLazyX210 on 04-23-2019

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;19685671]No, what I think he probably walks around at is about 160, maybe less. I’m saying he might go 180 (or more) when his fighting days are over. Barthelemy, although somewhat tall, appears to have a thin frame. Like many…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 04-23-2019

[QUOTE=JcLazyX210;19684891]Now we both know that's not healthy at all. He needs to stop bs and just fight at 147. Now if i were to fight in a professional boxing match I would cut down to maybe 168-160. That's around 40-35…

Comment by jonnyc420 on 04-23-2019

I would slightly favor Easter in this one. I don't see too much action in this one.

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 04-23-2019

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19684612]It can't be healthy! Especially Barthelemy who is 32![/QUOTE] It isnt the average weight for his height and weight plus age is 185-197lb

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 04-23-2019

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;19684616]They [B][I]are[/I][/B] skinny, but they also drain down to fight at those weights. When Barthelemy stops fighting, he’ll probably go up to around 180 and still look fairly fit.[/QUOTE] Now we both know that's not healthy at all. He needs…

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