An IBF World Title Fight Airs Friday on Spike TV

IBF World Title Fight Airs Friday – Cuban defector Rances Barthelemy (24-0, 13 KOs) defends his IBF World lightweight title against Mickey Bey (21-1-1, 10 KOs) on Friday, June 3, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Barthelemy vs. Bey is the headline attraction of a 10-fight card with four of the bouts airing on Spike TV under the Premier Boxing Champions banner.

A champion in two weight classes, Barthelemy — one of three fighting brothers — is risking his title against the man that previously held his belt. Bey had the belt stripped from him for inactivity, partly the result of a hand injury and partly the result of a suspension related to a failed drug test.

Both fighters reside in Las Vegas. Barthelemy trains at the Salas Boxing Academy under the tutelage of Israel Salas, formerly the lead trainer of the Cuban National Team. Mickey Bey, originally from Cleveland, is trained by Floyd Mayweather Sr. Bey and Mayweather have been together since the very onset of Bey’s professional career.

Standing 5’11”, Barthelemy is two inches taller than Bey and will have a four-inch advantage in reach. The Cuban is a 3-to-1 favorite in man-to-man betting. However, on paper Bey will certainly make things interesting. In his lone defeat, he was comfortably ahead on the scorecards vs. John Molina, needing only to survive the final minute of their 10-round bout, when he got careless and walked into a huge left hook. He will insist to his dying day that the referee erred by stopping the fight too soon.

The chief undercard fight is a 10-round bantamweight contest between Puerto Rico’s Emmanuel Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) and Mexico’s Alberto Guevara (24-2, 9 KOs). Rodriguez has a strong amateur background and has won five straight inside the distance, but he may find the Mexican a tough nut to crack. Guevara’s only losses came in world title fights vs. Leo Santa Cruz (UD 12) and Shinsuke Yamanaka (KO by 9). Yamanaka, who was fighting on his home turf in Tokyo, is rated the top bantamweight in the world by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.

In other TV bouts, Caleb Plant opposes Columbia’s Carlos Galvan in a 10-round middleweight contest and Gervonta “Tank” Davis meets Mario Macias Rorozco in an 8-round lightweight contest.

Caleb Plant (12-0, 9 KOs) hails from Ashland City, Tennessee, a town of about 4,500. In his most recent outing, he scored a 6th round TKO over Spain’s Adasat Rodriguez on a PBC show at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Galvan (12-4-1, 11 KOs) was on the wrong side of split decisions vs. undefeated opponents in his two previous U.S. appearances.

Gervonta Davis (15-0, 14 KOs), a protégé of Floyd Mayweather Jr., is a 21-year-old southpaw from Baltimore. A rising star in the lightweight division, he figures to have little trouble dismissing Mexico City’s Rorozco (28-18) who has been stopped 11 times. The TV portion of the show begins at 9 PM ET/PT.

 

 

 

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-oubobcat :

This wasn't a bad fight last night as Barthelemy used his range and good body punching to decision Bey. Bey had his spots but mostly relied on one punch at a time and looked to be through most of the fight hoping to land a big left hook. It never really came as Barthelemy was busier and landed the more effective punches throughout the course of the fight. Of course, this being boxing we saw some controversy as one judge inexplicably had Bey winning 117-110. Steve Farhood ringside saw it 116-111 for Barthelemy and the other two judges had Barthelemy winning 117-110 and 116-111. I had it 117-110 for Barthelemy. It wasn't a terribly difficult fight to score either which makes the 117-110 card for Bey turned in by Hilton Whitaker III all the more concerning. There is no way that Barthelemy won only three rounds and I'd sure love to hear an explanation on how Whitaker saw the fight the way he did. By the way, interesting thing about Hilton Whitaker III. He was one of the three judges in the Paul Williams-Erislandy Lara bout in 2011 who turned in a card in favor of Paul Williams. Lara of course completely dominated Williams that night in what should have been a wide unanimous decision in his favor. He along with the other two judges were subsequently suspended by the state of New Jersey indefinitely afterward. Well Mr. Whitaker is back and once again turning in suspect scoring. Lets hope that action is taking once and for all and Hilton Whitaker III is not seen scoring another professional boxing match again.


-brownsugar :

This wasn't a bad fight last night as Barthelemy used his range and good body punching to decision Bey. Bey had his spots but mostly relied on one punch at a time and looked to be through most of the fight hoping to land a big left hook. It never really came as Barthelemy was busier and landed the more effective punches throughout the course of the fight. Of course, this being boxing we saw some controversy as one judge inexplicably had Bey winning 117-110. Steve Farhood ringside saw it 116-111 for Barthelemy and the other two judges had Barthelemy winning 117-110 and 116-111. I had it 117-110 for Barthelemy. It wasn't a terribly difficult fight to score either which makes the 117-110 card for Bey turned in by Hilton Whitaker III all the more concerning. There is no way that Barthelemy won only three rounds and I'd sure love to hear an explanation on how Whitaker saw the fight the way he did. By the way, interesting thing about Hilton Whitaker III. He was one of the three judges in the Paul Williams-Erislandy Lara bout in 2011 who turned in a card in favor of Paul Williams. Lara of course completely dominated Williams that night in what should have been a wide unanimous decision in his favor. He along with the other two judges were subsequently suspended by the state of New Jersey indefinitely afterward. Well Mr. Whitaker is back and once again turning in suspect scoring. Lets hope that action is taking once and for all and Hilton Whitaker III is not seen scoring another professional boxing match again.
Good assessment,. ...that was a lively fight between two young fast handed fighters. Sure Bey was clocked by Molina,. But he was winning every second of every round in that fight until he ignored Floyd seniors advice to quit getting close to Molina for the purpose of slipping extra punches, and notching a few potshots along the way. Floyd said just avoid Molina and run out the clock. As we all know Bey got sparked while attempting to show off his skills and pile on points against a very dangerous( at the time) fighter. In last night's fight there was some good back and forth but due to the early knockdown(real or imagined) Barthelemy ratcheted up the pace to compensate for the loss in points,. ...it was enough to overcome the suspect scoring mention by Oubobcat in the above post. In general it was quite a decent fight.