Robert Easter Jr. hoped to be the first boxer to stop Denis Shafikov in his second title defense. Instead, the 135-pound champion had to grind it out over 12 rounds against the toughest opponent of his career to remain unbeaten.
Robert Easter Jr. might very well get the toughest test of his career from Denis Shafikov, but the 135-pound champion still promises a knockout performance in his hometown.
It took Sergiy Derevyanchenko a few rounds to work his way inside against Kemahl Russell, but he was far too much to handle once he got there.
After competing in more than 400 bouts as an amateur, Sergiy Derevyanchenko has needed less than 10 as a professional to establish himself as a title contender at 160 pounds.
Any questions about Artur Beterbiev’s surgically repaired right shoulder were answered pretty quickly in his return against Ezequiel Maderna.