TOLEDO, OH. - Unbeaten lightweight world champion Robert Easter and top contender Denis Shafikov made weight for their world title showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce this Friday, June 30 from the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. Photos by Heather Nearhoof/PBC.
Easter weighed in at 134-pounds and Shafikov was 134.5-pounds.
Televised coverage on Bounce begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features super welterweight contender Julian Williams taking on once-beaten Joshua Conley. Williams was 157-pounds an Conley was 156-pounds.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by About Billions Promotions in association with Warriors Boxing, are priced at $225 $125, $100, $75, $55 and $35, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
"We've had a real tough camp. Every day I've been pushed by team and I thank them for that. They put me in the position that I need to be in.
"I understand that Shafikov is a really tough fighter. They've always said the guy in front of me is tough. I'm not here to talk about all the close fights he's almost won. I will be the first man to stop him.
"Where I come from, we don't play games. Especially when it comes to somebody taking something from us. We're not going to let that happen.
"I'm thankful for everyone that came out here and everyone who helped put this great card together. I'm just excited to get there in the ring and stand next to him.
"I have an advantage in reach, but Shafikov is a tough opponent who's coming to fight. I'm going to show-off my skills and be the first to stop him.
"I just have to be me. If you've ever seen me fight, you can see that I always stay composed. You'll see the same thing in the ring on Friday.
"When you get in that ring, it's only me and him. These great fans can't help me, only my fists. I'm focused on taking control of the fight. I know how to adjust and be a professional in there if I have to.
"It's been eight tough weeks of training camp and I can't wait to have this beautiful city behind me. On June 30, it'll be man down!"
"I believe that this is my time. It's my third title fight and this will be the time that I take home the belt and reach my dream.
"I give 100 percent every time I step into the ring. I know that this will be an exciting fight but I also know that I have to do whatever it takes to win the title.
"I've been able to bounce back after my last two title defeats and make myself a better fighter each time. You will see that on Friday night and I will be