Undefeated Cuban Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (23-0, 13 KOs) will look to win a world title in a second weight division when he headlines PBC on Spike against Russia's Denis Shafikov (36-1-1, 19 KOs) on Friday, December 18 from the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
"It's been a smooth camp so far. I've sparred 12 rounds with multiple sparring partners on a few different occasions. I'm very sharp right now and my timing is right where I want it to be. My weight is good and I'm ready to go the distance if I have too. Capturing a world title at lightweight will be a great accomplishment for my career. When an opportunity like this comes your way, you have to seize the moment to be great. That's what I plan to do against Shafikov. The ultimate goal is to win as many world championships as possible in multiple weight classes."
Barthelemy is coming off a dominating performance over Antonio Demarco. A victory could put him in line to face Adrien Broner next year.