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Denis Shafikov 135 lbs beat Rustam Nugaev 134 lbs by TKO at 1:16 in round 9 of 12

International Boxing Federation World Lightweight Title Elimination Bout

  • The bout was billed as 'The Slugfest in Santa Ynez'. Full bout on YouTube, commentary by Teddy Atlas. [[1]]
  • Boxoff for number one IBF worldwide ranking position and to become the mandatory challenger for the IBF world lightweight title.
  • Nugaev had a cut on bridge of nose, and a bad cut oozing blood above the left eye from a butt at time of the referee's stoppage.
  • Shafikov cut on corner of right eye during the bout, but appeared less affected by his eye cut than that of Nugaev.
  • Broadcast on ESPN Friday Night Fights. Nugaev ranked # 5 in World by IBF, Shafikov ranked # 9 by IBF at time of this bout.