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Shafikov: I Will Do Everything in My Power To Beat Commey

By Yuri Tarantin

On December 2 in Moscow, an IBF mandatory final eliminator will take place between 31-year-old Russian contender Denis Shafikov (37-2, 20KO) and 29-year-old Richard Commey (24-1, 22KO) from Ghana.

According to Shafikov, the training has been more intensive than ever before and he's upped the tempo of his camp by leaps and bounds. The winner will get a shot at the newly crowned champion Robert Easter.

"For the upcoming fight with Richard Commey [the training camp] plays a very big part. I want to go back to the position I once had at the top [of the rankings] and fight again for a world title. This time I'm determined to win, more so than ever before, and I will try to do everything in my power to defeat the Ghanaian boxer," Shafikov said.

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For Shafikov this could be his last opportunity to get a world title shot. He failed in his two previous attempts with Miguel Vazquez and Rances Barthelemy.

"I do not care about his knockout percentage. I have, after all, already had 40 fights in the professional ring, and I'm not afraid of anyone. The Ghanaian is very hardy and a functionally trained athlete, but I'm not a gift," shared Shafikov.

Shafikov not fought in Russia in more than three years and the upcoming fight is waiting for him with a special look. Shafikov is sure to enlist the support of an impressive crowd, including a large army of friends.

"Friends will be there, but my wife, children and mother - I do not want them at this fight. It will be too much, they worry when I go into the ring. When the result of the fight is already known, then please - they can watch the record version of the broadcast,"said Shafikov.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Corelone on 11-25-2016

Too much reach. Shafikov always has to walk through a blizzard of punches, because he's so short. That's how we know he's so tough. Commey knows what he's about, he'll use his reach and out land him. Commey, barring any…

Comment by Clegg on 11-25-2016

I thought Commey edged out Easter (though it was close) and Shafikov has been on a nice run, both guys bring power, aggression and toughness. Could be a real war.

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 11-25-2016

[QUOTE=sammybee;17228725]Commey can only win this bout via knock out because the fight is in Russia ie Shafikov's hometown,the judges will favour Shafikov.I forsee a very tough fight[/QUOTE] Not necessarily man, I know there's been some dodgy sh1t, especially doping accusations…

Comment by John Locke on 11-25-2016

This one is gonna be an all out war, a darkhorse for FOTY

Comment by sammybee on 11-25-2016

Commey can only win this bout via knock out because the fight is in Russia ie Shafikov's hometown,the judges will favour Shafikov.I forsee a very tough fight

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