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It sticks to him like a stain that he can’t wash out. Each opponent Gary Russell Jr. meets wears the face of Vasyl Lomachenko, the only fighter to ever beat Russell as a pro. And each fight Russell has had since that June 2014 setback means another step toward self-redemption in a Lomachenko rematch.
Rances Barthelemy almost seems too good for his own good at times. Silky smooth in the ring with the ability to fight from either stance, the 5-foot-11 Cuban has faced little resistance in the ring in earning world titles at 130 and 135 pounds.
Rances Barthelemy was dropped for the first time in his career in questionable fashion, but he didn’t let that knock him off course against Mickey Bey.
Win vs Kiryl Relikh 21-1-0
May 20, 2017 • MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Kiryl Relikh by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Mickey Bey
Jun 03, 2016 • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Mickey Bey by SD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Denis Shafikov
Dec 18, 2015 • The Pearl, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Denis Shafikov by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Antonio DeMarco
Jun 21, 2015 • MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Antonio DeMarco by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Angino Perez 18-6-0
Mar 26, 2015 • Hialeah Park Race Track, Hialeah, Florida, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Angino Perez by TKO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Fernando David Saucedo 52-5-3
Oct 04, 2014 • Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Fernando David Saucedo by UD in Round 12 of 12
WIN vs Argenis Mendez 21-2-1
Jul 10, 2014 • American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, USA
Argenis Mendez LOSES to Rances Barthelemy by UD in Round 12 of 12
No Contest vs Argenis Mendez 21-2-1
Jan 03, 2014 • Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Argenis Mendez Rances Barthelemy by ND in Round 2 of 12
Win vs Surasak Makordae 39-3-1
Jun 21, 2013 • Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Surasak Makordae by KO in Round 2 of 12
Win vs Fahsai Sakkreerin 39-3-1
Jun 21, 2013 • Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Fahsai Sakkreerin by KO in Round 2 of 12
Win vs Arash Usmanee 20-0-0
Jan 04, 2013 • Magic City Casino, Miami, Florida, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Arash Usmanee by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Alejandro Rodriguez 14-6-0
Aug 18, 2012 • Doubletree Miamimart Hotel, Miami, Florida, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Alejandro Rodriguez by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Robert Osiobe 11-4-4
May 11, 2012 • Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Robert Osiobe by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Hylon Williams Jr 15-0-0
Feb 03, 2012 • Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Hylon Williams Jr by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Alejandro Barrera 21-9-0
Nov 05, 2011 • Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Alejandro Barrera by KO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Gerardo Robles 14-9-0
Jul 29, 2011 • Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Gerardo Robles by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Rynell Griffin 6-4-1
Apr 29, 2011 • Cosmopolitan Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Rynell Griffin by TKO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs James Hope 6-6-1
Mar 25, 2011 • Cosmopolitan Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against James Hope by TKO in Round 4 of 6
Win vs Anthony Woods 7-15-0
Feb 11, 2011 • Magic City Casino, Miami, Florida, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Anthony Woods by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Roberto Acevedo 9-11-3
Nov 19, 2010 • Magic City Casino, Miami, Florida, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Roberto Acevedo by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Angel Lopez 2-8-0
Sep 15, 2010 • Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Angel Lopez by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs John Temple 6-13-2
Aug 18, 2010 • Civic Center, Monroe, Louisiana, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against John Temple by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs John Barnes 1-0-0
Jul 30, 2010 • Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against John Barnes by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs James Owens 4-0-0
May 14, 2010 • Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against James Owens by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Robert Guillen 5-5-3
Mar 12, 2010 • War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Robert Guillen by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Andrew Barnes 0-0-0
Oct 10, 2009 • Coliseum Complex Events Center, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Andrew Barnes by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Vineash Rungea 2-13-3
Aug 28, 2009 • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Vineash Rungea by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Jamal Clay 0-2-0
Aug 08, 2009 • Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Rances Barthelemy WINS against Jamal Clay by KO in Round 1 of 4
After a stellar amateur career, Cuban star Rances Barthelemy defected to the United States, where he developed into a 130-pound world champion as a professional. Unusually tall for his weight class at 5 feet 11 inches, "Kid Blast” has now conquered his second weight class after earning a title at 135.
Barthelemy continues to add to the celebrated boxing legacy of his homeland.
Hailing from a family of fighters with his older brother, Yan, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist and his younger brother, Leduan, a rising 130-pound prospect, Barthelemy was a standout amateur, competing in more than 200 fights and winning a Cuban junior national championship.
Barthelemy defected to the United States prior to the 2008 Olympics. He left Cuba over frustration with how Yan’s career was developing and the implications that it could have for his own future in the sport.
“I saw how little reward was given to my brother, Yan, despite his tremendous amateur achievements, and it soured me on the Cuban boxing system,” Barthelemy said in 2011. “For survival purposes, I could do better in Cuba without boxing and I was tempted at times to give it up.”
On the brink of greatness
Barthelemy fought on, making his professional debut with a first-round knockout of Jamal Clay in Columbia, South Carolina, in August 2009.
He earned 10 of his first 12 victories by knockout, using his long 5-11 frame to frustrate opponents.
After starting his career with 17 straight wins, Barthelemy defeated contenders Arash Usmanee and Fahsai Sakkreerin in 2013, putting himself in a position to fight for a world title in January 2014 by taking on 130-pound champ Argenis Mendez.
Barthelemy earned a controversial win in Minneapolis, knocking out Mendez shortly after the bell rang to signal the end of Round 2.
Mendez’s camp appealed Barthelemy’s victory, which was overturned by the Minnesota state commission and changed to a no decision, reinstating Mendez as champion.
Realizing the dream
The fighters met in a rematch in Miami in July 2014, and this time there would be no controversy. Despite twice being docked a point for low blows, Barthelemy won a 12-round unanimous decision to become a world champion at 130 pounds.
“All I can think about was how hard I worked to get to this position,” Barthelemy told Doghouseboxing.com afterward. “Leaving Cuba to pursue my dream of becoming a world champion is all I ever dreamed about and it finally happened. It was a great feeling.”
Barthelemy defended his title in October 2014, winning a 12-round unanimous decision over Argentine veteran Fernando David Saucedo at Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut.
Barthelemy vacated his crown in February 2015 because it was becoming more difficult to make the 130-pound division limit.
He weighed in at 137½ pounds for his next fight in March 2015, when he gained a second-round technical knockout of Angino Perez in Hialeah, Florida.
Domination of DeMarco
Barthelemy stepped up to 140 pounds for his first Premier Boxing Champions bout, facing former 135-pound champion Antonio DeMarco at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on June 21, 2015, in the main event of a CBS broadcast.
The Cuban star switched between orthodox and southpaw as he toyed with DeMarco throughout their 10-round bout.
Barthelemy scored a knockdown with a overhand left in the fourth round and never really seemed in trouble at any point in the fight.
The only thing that went against Barthelemy was when referee Kenny Bayless deducted a point from his score in Round 9 for low blows.
Barthelemy continued to batter DeMarco throughout the fight and won a unanimous decision, taking every round on all three judges' scorecards (99-89).
Conquering another weight class
Barthelemy returned to the ring in Las Vegas in December 2015 to face Russian contender Denis Shafikov for a vacant 135-pound world title.
After a slow start, Barthelemy used his superior height and length to slug his way to a unanimous decision and become a two-division world champion.
In his first title defense in June 2016, Barthelemy was dropped in the second round by former champion Mickey Bey but roared back to win by split decision. He then vacated his belt just days later to pursue opportunities at 140 pounds.