Robert Easter vs. Denis Shafikov - Ordered By IBF To Reach Deal

By Steve Kim

This past Friday night from the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, Robert Easter made the first successful defense of his IBF lightweight title by out-pointing Luis Cruz over twelve rounds (flooring the Puerto Rican challenger three times in the late rounds).

Now, Easter (19-0, 14 KO's) must face his mandatory challenger, Denis Shafikov, who is trained by veteran coach Abel Sanchez. The sanctioning body has ordered the two fighters to reach a deal or their bout will head to a purse bid.

"Robert Easter was notified on Monday that he has to start negotiations with Shafikov, they have thirty days," said Lindey Tucker, the Championship Chairman of the IBF, told "If they don't reach an agreement by then we'll call for a purse bid."

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And if this fight goes to a purse bid, the winner has a 90-day window to make the fight.

The two boxers have a very tough common opponent.

Shafikov earned the number one position in the IBF by narrowly defeating Richard Commey via split decision in Russia on December 2nd in what was an IBF eliminator. Easter, won his belt by beating Commey back on September 10th in what was another split nod that went against the Ghanian.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by g27region on 02-17-2017

If Shafikov wins we're gonna see how they'll be complaining about another american ATG in the making getting robbed, like it was some Illuminati plot. If it's not a robbery then it will be a lucky punch If Easter wins…

Comment by TheUptownKid on 02-17-2017

[QUOTE=gauze;17429979]easter won the vacant IBF title in his fight against commey last september. besides, mikey is mexican and has the wbc title. he probably won't have to do any mandatories lol[/QUOTE] I mean he just fought saturday though! Let the…

Comment by Motorcity Cobra on 02-16-2017

[QUOTE=Loque-san;17430856]You're not very bright are you? Why do you keep bringing up Oscar? I DID SAY he had a great career but he's not a model otherwise. I said Broner could POTENTIALLY have a bad influence on Easter. And your…

Comment by Loque-san on 02-16-2017

[QUOTE=Motorcity Cobra;17430747]De La Hoya just got arrested for drunken driving. On the biggest fight of Canelo's career De La Hoya was in rehab. De La Hoya is an older man doing this stuff. Easter and Broner are young guys who…

Comment by Kigali on 02-16-2017

[QUOTE=Motorcity Cobra;17430536]Should Canelo stop hanging around Oscar before he becomes a cross dressing come head alcoholic?[/QUOTE] hahahahahaha

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