Nugaev, Shafikov to Meet in IBF Eliminator on ESPN Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates

Lightweights Nugaev, Shafikov to Meet in IBF Eliminator on ESPN Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates
Noche de Combates In-Studio Guest: Former Three-Division Titlist Abner Mares

The August 15 edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra will feature an IBF eliminator between Lightweight contender Rustam “The Mongoose” Nugaev (27-6-1, 17 KOs) and former Lightweight title challenger Denis “Ghengis Khan” Shafikov (33-1-1, 17 KOs).

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Camp Notes: Rustam Nugaev Prepares For Denis Shafikov On ESPN Friday Night Fights August 15

Gary Shaw Productions highly ranked lightweight contender, Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1, 17 KOs), who’s rated IBF #5, WBC #3 and WBA #7, is less than two weeks away from his mandatory IBF elimination bout with Denis Shafikov (33-1-1, 18 KOs). The 12-round bout will air live on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” and will take place at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif., on August 15, 2014.

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Nugaev vs. Shafikov Headline ESPN Friday Night Fights at Chumash Casino August 15

Gary Shaw Productions highly ranked lightweight contender, Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1, 17 KOs) has officially signed to fight Russia’s Denis Shafikov (33-1-1, 18 KOs) in a 12-round IBF elimination bout. The fight will air live on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” and will take place at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif., on August 15, 2014.

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Gary Shaw Productions Presents ESPN Friday Night Fights at the Pala Casino March 7

SAN DIEGO (February 6, 2014) – Gary Shaw Productions presents, ESPN “Friday Night Fights” March 7th at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort in Pala, California. The card is headlined by the rejuvenated Russian warrior and top Lightweight contender, Rustam Nugaev as he takes on Mexico’s Marvin Quintero in a 10-round lightweight tilt. The bout will go a long way in deciding the next potential title challenger at 135lbs.

Nugaev (26-6-1, 16KOs) is riding a five fight win streak — four of which stem from his 2013 campaign — and has revived his career after not competing in 2012. He is certainly knocking on the door of a title shot and a win against Quintero (25-4, 21KOs), who is coming off a loss at the hands of IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez, would propel him that much closer. Nugaev is currently ranked WBA # 3, WBC # 7 and IBF # 9.

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Rustam Nugaev and Jose Pedraza victorious on ESPN Friday Night Fights

1789 In the 10-round main event, Russian sluger Rustam Nugaev continued to impress the boxing world with a spectacular performance against a game Jose Hernandez. Both fighters had their moments in the early rounds. Hernandez would land combinations in spurts as did Nugaev, but it was the Russian who did the most damage in the exchanges. In the fifth round, Rustam landed a solid temple shot, followed by a vicious body blow that put Hernandez down and out. Nugaev never backed up during the fight and the pressure was too much for Hernandez who gave a valiant effort in defeat. With the KO victory, Nugaev moves to (27-4, 15 KOs) as Hernandez drops to (14-7-1, 6 KOs). The bout was stopped the 1:38 mark of round 5.

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