Barthelemy To Face Shafikov on SPIKE

CUBA’S RANCES BARTHELEMY & RUSSIA’S DENIS SHAFIKOV

SQUARE-OFF FOR LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE ON

PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON SPIKE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18

FROM THE PEARL AT PALMS CASINO RESORT IN LAS VEGAS 9 P.M. ET/PT

PLUS! CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION BEIBUT SHUMENOV TAKES ON

FORMER WORLD CHAMPION KRZYZSTOF WLODARCZYK

UNDEFEATED JR. MIDDLEWEIGHT CHRIS PEARSON &

FAST RISING UNBEATEN PROSPECT GERVONTA DAVIS IN SEPARATE BOUTS

Tickets On Sale Friday!

LAS VEGAS (November 12, 2015) – Undefeated Cuban Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (23-0, 13 KOs) and Russia’s Denis Shafikov (36-1-1, 19 KOs) will fight for a lightweight world title on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike Friday, December 18 from the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT and will see cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) in a matchup with former world cruiserweight world champion Krzyzstof Wlodarczyk (49-3-1, 35 KOs). Also featured on the telecast is undefeated junior middleweight Chris “Young King” Pearson (13-0, 10 KOs) and rising unbeaten prospect Gervonta “Tank” Davis (13-0, 12 KOs) in separate attractions.

“On December 18 I’m going to make history by adding another world title to my collection,” said Barthelemy. “Shafikov is a very tough opponent and at this level everyone is dangerous. I’m taking this fight very seriously and the boxing world will take notice of my presence in the ring. Fans love to see action and that’s what I bring to every fight. I’m going to send a stern message to the world of boxing that I’m one of the best in the sport.”

“I’ve been preparing my whole life for this fight and to become a world champion,” said Shafikov. “This is my second world title fight and while I have a great deal of respect for Barthelemy, I will be victorious on December 18. My trainer Abel Sanchez and I have been working hard for the past couple of months and we will have a great game plan on fight night.”

“I am happy to get back in the ring again because I want to fight all of the best fighters in the cruiserweight division,” said Shumenov. “I would like to stay more active because I’m still developing. I am curious to see my progression and how I will do against the best cruiserweights.”

“I’m very excited to be fighting a well-known opponent in Las Vegas,” said Wlodarczyk. “Shumenov is a tricky guy, but he has no heart. He tried to run from the action in his last fight. I do not like to fight guys who run but if I want to fight the best I have to destroy this chicken and I will do it.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions in association with Warriors Boxing, are priced at $100.50, and $25.50 plus applicable fees, and are on sale Friday, November 13. Tickets may be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling the Pearl Box Office at 702-994-3200 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

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COMMENTS

-brownsugar :

This is a fine confrontation. Both boxers are Aggressive slicksters...both have fast feet and hands, one short, the other tall. Cuba vs Russia, ...can't wait. I don't like Pearson, hope his fight is worth watching.


-deepwater2 :

Cuba vs Russia is always a good match up. The Ukrainians are right behind those two powerhouses.


-Yogo :

Big fan of Shafikov, great to see him in a proper match up again. You just know this is going to be quality.


-oubobcat :

This is a fine confrontation. Both boxers are Aggressive slicksters...both have fast feet and hands, one short, the other tall. Cuba vs Russia, ...can't wait. I don't like Pearson, hope his fight is worth watching.
I agree, excellent matchup here and one of those cases that a sanctioning body actually comes thru with a fight we normally wouldn't see due to politics. This is a really tough fight to call but I lean towards Shafikov. Shafikov is what I consider a smart aggressive fighter. He is excellent on working his way inside and then using slick footwork to set up angles to land his punches while keeping his opponents off balance enough to keep them from landing clean on him. Barthelemy fought one skilled aggressive fighter in Usmanee and frankly had a tough time dealing with Usmanee's aggressive style. Barthelemy got a late Christmas gift in that fight on the judge's scorecards. Barthelemy is slick and skilled and maybe will have learned from that Usmanee fight how to deal with an aggressive fighter. It definitely is an interesting fight.