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01 NOVEMBER 2014

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Barthelemy To Face Sakkreerin In IBF Eliminator


The June 21 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will feature undefeated super featherweight Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (18-0, 11 KOs) and Fahsai Sakkreerin (39-3-1, 21 KOs) in the 12-round main event.

 

The fight will be an IBF Eliminator for the No. 1 ranking. Friday’s show from the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn., will air live at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes and be promoted by Warriors Boxing.

 

Miami’s Barthelemy, brother of 2004 Olympic gold medalist Yan Barthelemy, is coming off a 12-round unanimous decision win over Arash Usmanee.

 

“He’s (Barthelemy) a good boxer and a good puncher,” Trainer Jon David Jackson said. “I’ve seen video of his opponent (Sakkreerin). Let’s see what he can do when Rances is putting pressure on him. Then we’ll see what he’s made of. The wraps are off – I think Rances is going to surprise a lot of people in this fight. Rances should be champion."

 

Thailands Sakkreerin, who is making his U.S. debut, is looking to continue his winning ways after a second-round TKO win over Robert Rubillar in his last fight.

 

“I am proud to be a Karen boxer,” Sakkreerin said. “Karen is a hill-tribe peoples from north of Thailand. I want people to see a Karen boxer become the first world champion."

 

Friday’s 10-round co-feature will pit Middleweights Don “Da Bomb” George (24-3-2, 21 KOs) of Chicago against Minnesota’s Caleb “Golden” Truax (21-1-1, 12 KOs). Truax scored a 10-round unanimous decision win over Matt Vanda in his last fight, while George will look to rebound from a 10-round draw against David Lopez.

 

June 19, 2013




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