Backing Himself

In boxing today many fans bemoan the fact that the current World Champions shy away from a fight with the top contenders as they look to hang onto their ‘alphabet soup’ world title a little longer.

One boxer who is tired of waiting for a crack at a World Title is Russian Super Lightweight Denis Shafikov, currently ranked number three by the WBC. He made the unprecedented move of flying to Cancun and attending the WBC Convention. During the Rankings session, where managers can question the ranking given to their boxers Shafikov stepped up to the microphone and asked for a tilt at the World Title.

Slightly taken aback that a boxer should come to the convention and throw down the gauntlet, WBC President Jose Sulaiman responded by telling Shafikov that the WBC ‘will consider you as an official challenger.’

Hopefully the Russian who boasts a record of 31 wins (17 by KO) 0 Losses and 1 draw will get his opportunity sooner rather than later and meets current Champion Danny Garcia in the ring before the middle of next year. For backing himself and travelling all that way, he certainly is a boxer to look out for.

Backing Himself
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