Ghana’s Richard Oblitey Commey and Denis Shafikov have set the stage for an expected classic fight in the Russia capital on Friday night after both successfully made weights for their epic IBF Lightweight final eliminator for two boxers who bring a combined record of 61 wins, 42 of them by way of knockout against just three losses, all in world title fights.
29 year old Commey (24-1, 22 KOs) infamously lost a controversial split points’ decision to current IBF Lightweight titlist, Robert Easter Jr in September when they battled for the then vacant belt. It’s a decision the Ghanaian has never accepted and seeks a victory over the 31 year old Shafikov (37-2-1, 20 KOs) to set up a rematch for the world title next year.
But Shafikov who previously defeated another Ghanaian, Albert Mensah to win the IBF International Super Lightweight belt back in 2012 is also on a mission to get a shot at the world title again after two previous failures for this same IBF Lightweight championship versus Miguel Vazquez in 2014 and Rances Barthelemy last year.
Commey came in at 134.53 lbs at Thursday’s weigh-in whereas the Shafikov made 133.29 lbs for the bout at the Tough Fight Gym in Moscow.