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Robert Easter: I Give Myself a B-Minus, Could Have Did A lot Better

Unbeaten lightweight world champion Robert Easter (20-0, 14 KOs) successfully defended his title for the second time Friday night with a victory over top contender Denis Shafikov (38-3, 20 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce from the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.
 
"I'm thankful for my team preparing me for this victory," said Easter. "I give my performance a B- tonight. I could have done a lot better. I fought on the inside more at the beginning of the fight but my team wanted me to box so I was able to do that late and get the win."
 
The 12-rounds of action were defined by both men having success when imposing their differing styles on each other. Easter had a height and reach advantage that allowed him to jab from the outside in addition to the consistent success he had following up with right hands to Shafikov's head. 

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"I know a lot of guys' weakness is their gas tank so I wanted to go after him and test him early," said Easter. "Shafikov proved that's he's a tough opponent but we were able to get the job done."
 
Shafikov was never deterred as he continued to press forward and as the fight went on he was able to increasingly frustrate Easter and land looping shots from awkward angles. He was especially fond of a chopping right hand that was able to land while jockeying for position on the inside with Easter.
 
The fight ebbed and flowed for 12-rounds, with both men gaining control for moments before being forced to deal with adversity. Easter was given the unanimous decision and retained his belt, although the judges scores of 120-108 twice and 116-112 did not capture the competitive nature of the contest.
 
"I thought that'd I'd be the first guy to be able to break Shafikov down," said Easter. "I was able to get the win and I'm going to be ready for everybody out there."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GMAN SUPREME on 07-01-2017

easter jr is a bum. lomachenko beats his ass easier than he did russell and walters hahaha

Comment by Dean_Razorback on 07-01-2017

i b minus? get the fu[I]c[/I]k outta here :rofl:

Comment by DinoCop on 07-01-2017

Hmm English is very flexible, can you say "Could have did", I always thought it was "Could have done." Another great lexiconist, linguist, dictionary master is that left ball of Andre Ward, you know that Olympic moron with few brain…

Comment by sicko on 07-01-2017

Good Close Fight! You idiots who are saying Easter Look Bad is because you're a CASUAL and knew NOTHING about Shaf coming into that fight! No Easter didn't look bad, Shaf is THAT GOOD! He has a relentless come forward…

Comment by slimPickings on 07-01-2017

Good win. Credit to Shafikov. He is not an easy fight for anyone.

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