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Barthelemy vs. Relikh II For Vacant WBA Title on Garcia-Lipinets

On Saturday, February 10 live on SHOWTIME, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy will face Kiryl Relikh in a rematch of their May showdown on SHOWTIME, this time for the vacant WBA 140-pound world title.

The fight will be the co-feature to three-division world champion Mikey Garcia attempting to win a world title in a fourth weight class when he challenges unbeaten IBF 140-pound world champion Sergey Lipinets 

The doubleheader of title bouts in the wide-open 140-pound division sets the stage for a potential unification match.

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Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, are priced at $250, $75, $50 and $20. Tickets will go on sale next week and will be available at Ticketmaster.com.
 
Barthelemy (26-0, 13 KOs), who was born in Arroyo Naranjo, Cuba and now lives in Las Vegas, has won world titles at 130 and 135 pounds. He defeated Relikh by unanimous decision in his debut at 140 pound in his last fight on May 20. If he defeats Relikh again, he will become the first Cuban boxer to win world championships in three different weight classes.

He defeated Argenis Mendez by unanimous decision to win the 130-pound world title in 2014 and a year later scored a unanimous decision over Denis Shafikov for the 135-pound world title. Barthelemy, 31, has two brothers, Yan and Leduan, who are professional boxers who he trains alongside with under the tutelage of Ismael Salas.
 
Relikh (21-2, 19 KOs) believes that he won the first match with Barthelemy and that the scorecards did not reflect the competitive nature of the fight. 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.

Shortly after the May 20 title eliminator, the WBA ordered a rematch, this time to be contested for the vacant 140-pound title.  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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BendOver on 12-17-2017

it was a close fight, not a robbery. Barthelemy should box and frustrate relikh, He could stop him with the right game plan.

Comment by Freedef on 12-15-2017

Cuba in 140 ? Hah how long i have not seen legit Cuban 140-pounder. Good news he gave him rematch since it was questionable decision

Comment by sammybee on 12-14-2017

I expect the same results from the first fight unless Relikh gets lucky with a knockout.

Comment by chico malo loc on 12-14-2017

Rances got this !

Comment by otrocubiche on 12-14-2017

the barthelemy brothers must have a good babalao, they've got some questionable decisions fall on their laps

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