Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Rances Barthelemy Ready For War With Shafikov

Los Angeles - Unbeaten Cuban Rances Barthelemy fights for his second world title on Friday when he faces Russian southpaw Denis Shafikov in Las Vegas for the vacant International Boxing Federation lightweight crown.

Barthelemy, 23-0 with 13 knockouts, owned the IBF super featherweight title last year but dropped it to rise into the lightweight ranks. He was won three times since then, most recently a unanimous decision over American Antonio DeMarco last July.

Shafikov, 36-1-1 with 19 knockouts, lost his only prior world title fight by unanimous decision last year to Mexico's Miguel Vazquez. Since then, he has won three times, the most recent a third-round stoppage of Indonesian Roy Mukhlis last July in Macau.

US fighter Mickey Bey won a split decision over Vazquez to claim the crown last year but vacated it rather than make a mandatory defense against Shafikov last July in Macau, setting the stage for Friday's matchup.

"I'm very sharp right now and my timing is right where I want it to be. My weight is good and I'm ready to go the distance if I have to," said Barthelemy, a year younger than his rival at 29.

"I'll be prepared for anything Shafikov brings to the ring. I'm going to fight my style and dictate the pace. He throws a lot of punches in combinations, something I'll have to be ready for. This will not be a boring fight."

The former Cuban national amateur champion defected to the United States before the 2008 Beijing Olympics and turned professional in 2009.

"I'm going to make history by adding another world title to my collection," Barthelemy said. "Capturing a world title at lightweight will be a great accomplishment for my career. When an opportunity like this comes your way, you have to seize the moment to be great. That's what I plan to do against Shafikov."

Shafikov said he has waited his entire career for this opportunity.

"I've been preparing my whole life for this fight and to become a world champion," Shafikov said. "While I have a great deal of respect for Barthelemy, I will be victorious."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Usyk vs. Bellew: Very Positive Meetings Take Place For Fight Hooker vs. Saucedo Purse Bid: Top Rank Beats Out Hearn Rigondeaux Looks To Work With DeCubas Jr., Aims To Be Active Ryosuke Iwasa vs. TJ Doheny Will Be Carried By ESPN+ Photos: Tyson Fury, Francesco Pianeta - Go Face To Face Fury's Coach: Our Focus Right Now is On Pianeta, Not Wilder Photos: Jose Pedraza Grinds Hard For Rey Beltran Title Fight Ruben Guerrero Leans To Canelo To Beat Golovkin in Rematch Arum on Pacquiao Meeting and Lomachenko's Future Trainer: Whyte-Chisora II Should Be Next; Whyte's Options Limited Tyson Fury Vows To "Spank Deontay Wilder All Over Las Vegas!" David Allen Draws Up a 5 Man Hit-List: Price, Browne, Helenius Wilder: Joshua Damaged Name in U.S., I'll KO Fury in Mid-Rounds Paddy Barnes: Rosales Fight Will Define Me, Define My Career Jessie Vargas: I Can Face Broner in Rematch, Lamont Peterson British Title News: Askin-Okolie, Heffron, Skeete-Corcoran, More Video: Austin Trout Talks Canelo-Golovkin, Charlo, More Holmes emerging from brother's shadow with promotional push Roy Jones: Bivol Needs One or Two More Fights Before Alvarez Lebedev vs. Altunkaya on Sept. 7, Mikhalkin vs. Siaca on Sept. 15 Ruben Villa Back in Action on August 24 at The Doubletree Hotel Photos: Mayweather's Back To School Charity Draws Over 1,000 Lennox Lewis: Fury More Difficult To Beat Than Wilder, Joshua Wilder: Fury Will Be Tougher Fight For Me Than People Think Oscar Valdez Leaves Robles, Hires Eddy Reynoso as Trainer Max Ornelas Continues Streak With Win Over Tabugan Canelo Reacts To Critics: They Just Talk For The Sake of Talking Dadashev-DeMarco, Herring-Moralde Finalized For ESPN Card Nikita Ababiy Set To Make Pro Debut on Vargas-Dulorme Carlos Baldomir Facing 20 Years in Sex Abuse Case Ryota Murata vs. Robert Brant Purse Bid Won By Greg Cohen Charles Martin: Joshua Never Saw Me, I'm Getting My Belt Back! Canelo-Golovkin Rematch: Closed Circuit Ticket Information Deontay Wilder Set For Belfast Ringside Berth WBC Welterweight Tournament - Training Camp Notes Nkosi Solomon Makes Pro Debut on Vargas-Dulorme Card Amir Khan: I'm a Totally Different Fighter Now To The Old Me Ruben Guerrero Sees Garcia vs. Porter as a 50-50 Fight Munguia on Hurd: Whenever He Wants To Fight - I am Ready! Golovkin Welcomes War With Canelo: He's NOT a Heavy Puncher
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement