Team Shafikov: Bey Knows He Won't Be Champ Soon

By Yuri Tarantin

A few days ago, the chairman of the International Boxing Federation (IBF), Lindsey Tucker, said that the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe, notified them that the match between world champion IBF lightweight champion Mickey Bey and mandatory challenger Denis Shafikov had fallen apart. Top Rank also confirmed the information to the IBF.

In late March, the parties managed to avoid a purse bid as they came to an agreement for April 30th in Las Vegas. But now the IBF has been forced to schedule a purse bid for April 14th.

Oleg Bogdanov, the manager of Shafikov, explained the situation:

"Bey really understands that this will be his last fight as the champion and he just wants more money. He asked for some astronomical sum and now he is forced to go to a purse bid. Denis agreed to his offered fee, which was presented to him immediately.

"Denis is calm and focused on training camp. We continue to prepare for the date of April 30 and on April 14 everything will become clear at the purse bid. Bey is only a champion due to a misunderstanding, because the judges gave him a gift over Vazquez in the most unspectacular fight of the century, and still he dares to ask for a lot of money."

Yuri Tarantin covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by HEND on 04-08-2015

[QUOTE=glenn mcrory;15541815]Another sighting of the elusive Mickey Bey fan? Mickey Bey didn't do sh*t against Vazquez, neither really did, but now that Vazquez got robbed and its time to defend, Bey doesnt wanna get cracked and stopped and stripped of…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 04-07-2015

Shafikov got completely owned by Miguel Vasquez. Bey gave Titere a much closer fight, that can't be denied even if you feel the the judge's decision was a robbery.

Comment by glenn mcrory on 04-07-2015

[QUOTE=HEND;15541241]Why team Shafikov have such a big dirty mouth? They knock on Bey because they think that he didn't win against Vazquez but they forgot that while Bey at least made a case to winning, Shafikov was completely shut out…

Comment by HEND on 04-07-2015

Why team Shafikov have such a big dirty mouth? They knock on Bey because they think that he didn't win against Vazquez but they forgot that while Bey at least made a case to winning, Shafikov was completely shut out…

Comment by Hougigo on 04-07-2015

SO now Bey has to hope May/Haymon bid more money... which they could

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