Postol-Mimoune Part of Showtime Telecast 4/27 From Las Vegas

By Keith Idec

Showtime’s boxing offering for April is taking shape.

Multiple sources have informed that the “Showtime Championship Boxing” tripleheader April 27 featuring lightweights Robert Easter Jr. and Rances Barthelemy in the main event also will include a WBC super lightweight elimination match that’ll pit former WBC champ Viktor Postol against Mohamed Mimoune. France’s Mimoune (21-2, 2 KOs) is ranked No. 3 by the WBC among its 140-pound contenders, one spot above Ukraine’s Postol (30-2, 12 KOs), and owns the IBO 140-pound title.

The Postol-Mimoune winner will move closer toward a shot at Jose Ramirez, the WBC’s super lightweight champ.

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Postol-Mimoune and Easter-Barthelemy will be two of three bouts broadcast by Showtime on April 27 from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The third component of that tripleheader hasn’t been solidified.

Gary Russell Jr. (29-1, 17 KOs) had been under consideration for the main event of this card.

A suitable opponent could not be found for the WBC featherweight champion, though, thus his return has been further delayed. The 30-year-old Russell hasn’t fought since he out-boxed Joseph Diaz Jr. on his way to a 12-round, unanimous-decision win last May 19 in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Easter (21-1, 14 KOs), a former IBF lightweight champion from Toledo, Ohio, will box for the first time since Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs) beat him by unanimous decision in their 12-round, 135-pound title unification fight July 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Cuban-born, Las Vegas-based Barthelemy (27-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC) knocked out a journeyman in his one fight since Belarus’ Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs) defeated him in their rematch for the then-vacant WBA world super lightweight title a year ago at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio.

The Easter-Barthelemy bout will be contested for the WBA’s “world” lightweight title.

Barthelemy, 32, is the WBA’s No. 2-ranked contender for its true lightweight champion, Vasiliy Lomachenko. Easter, 28, is ranked No. 3 by the WBA among its 135-pound contenders.

Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) is scheduled to make a mandatory defense of the WBA’s “super” lightweight title against top-ranked challenger Anthony Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs) on April 12 at Staples Center. ESPN will air the Lomachenko-Crolla contest.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bronx2245 on 03-28-2019

When did Postol link up with PBC?

Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 03-28-2019

Good solid card, Easter Jr vs Rances is solid and Postol almost always gives a good account of himself so a win for him puts him back in the mix in being one of the best in division!

Comment by MasterPlan on 03-27-2019

[QUOTE=Lemonhead_Jeff;19620918]In addition to this, they are also broadcasting Shields vs Hammer on the 13th, and a Friday night Showbox card on April 5th[/QUOTE] They're doin All Acces for Shields-Hammer too. Premiers this Friday, probably when they'll announce Easter-Barthalemy. Devin Haney…

Comment by BigZ44 on 03-27-2019

I like this fight too, casuals won't watch this but it's a good card for the hardcores, looking forward to it. I lean Postol in a competitive fight. They probably need to make the 3rd fight a lower level slugfest…

Comment by Lemonhead_Jeff on 03-27-2019

[QUOTE=killakali;19620755]no it says one event. Their monthly offering[/QUOTE] In addition to this, they are also broadcasting Shields vs Hammer on the 13th, and a Friday night Showbox card on April 5th

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