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Denis Shafikov 135 lbs beat Rustam Nugaev 134 lbs by TKO at 1:16 in round 9 of 12
- Date: 2014-08-15
- Location: Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA
- Judge: Barry Druxman
- Referee: Jack Reiss
- Judge: Raul Caiz Sr
- Judge: Max DeLuca
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. []
- 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.