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Denis Shafikov
Weightclass:
Lightweight
Age:
29
Birthplace:
Miass, Russia
Record:
33-1-1, 18 KOs
Height:
5’5”
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biography
“Genghis Khan”  

Ranked WBC #2, WBO #2, IBF #4 at 135 pounds…
Former European light welterweight champion, two successful defenses…

At the age of 28, Denis is a 10-year pro. A contender at 135 pounds, he is a former European junior welterweight champion – he won the title in September, 2011, and made two successful title defenses.
He has an aggressive, fast-paced style and makes exciting fights.
Denis has fought 13 times in his native Russia, 13 times in Finland - where he was based from 2007 to 2011 - four times in Belorussia, and one time each in Latvia, Scotland, Mexico, and the U.S.
He made his U.S. debut in his last fight on August 17, and won by seventh-round TKO against Santos Benavides.
He had an impressive win in his previous fight on March 16 in Russia against 2000 Uzbekistan Olympian Alisher Rahimov (WDQ11), and won a sixth-round technical decision against his biggest “name” opponent, former WBA lightweight world champion Raul Balbi, in November, 2008.
Denis recently signed a promotional contract with Top Rank, who will co-promote him with European-based Ural Boxing.
Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Russian lightweight contender Denis Shafikov is ready to campaign in the United States after his recent signing with Top Rank.
"He's a solid, top 10 lightweight that can also fight at 140 pounds as well," Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN.com. "He can fight in either weight class. He's a world-class guy who would give anyone a heck of a fight, if not beat the top guys."
Shafikov had been fighting at junior welterweight but dropped down in weight earlier this year and defeated Alisher Rahimov by 11th-round disqualification. Shafikov was way ahead on the scorecards at the time of the DQ. Rahimov was a solid opponent,...
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fight history
Key Fights - 2013 - in his last fight on 8-17-13 in Laredo, TX, he won by TKO (7th round) against lefthanded Santos Benavides (23-3-2): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured with the Juan Diaz-Adailton DeJesus main event, and Denis dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, and scored another knockdown in the 3rd; he scored another knockdown in the 6th round, and Benevides did not continue after the round; the local commission records it as a TKO at 0:10 of the 7th round...
1ST WBC BALTIC L TITLE DEFENSE- on 3-16-13 in Noginsk, RUS, he won by disqualification (11th round) against 2000 Uzbekistan Olympian Alisher Rahimov (25-1): the scheduled 12-rounder headlined at Sports Palace Znamya, and Denis dominated most of the fight; he pressed forward and consistently outworked Rahimov; Rahimov landed a low blow in the 10th round; he landed two more low blows – ruled intentional – in the 11th; he was penalized one point for the first one, and DQed after the second one at 2:24; after 10 rounds, Denis led by scores of 100-92, 100-91, 98-92...
 
2012 – WON VACANT WBC BALTIC L TITLE - on 12-1-12 in Cozumel, MX, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Albert Mensah (25-3-1): the bout headlined at Parque Andrés Quintana Roo; Denis pressed forward and kept a relentless pace - he scored two knockdowns, and dominated most of the fight; Mensah was cut and swollen over his left eye, and Denis was cut over his right eye in the 7th round; scored 118-108, 118-108, 117-107...
On 9-18-12 in Moscow, RUS, he won and 8 round unanimous decision against James Onyango (9-4-1): the bout was on the undercard at Varshavka Sky, and Denis dominated; he pressed forward, consistently outworked Onyango, and rocked him repeatedly; scored 80-73, 80-73,...
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background
AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS: Denis said he first started boxing at the age of six in his hometown of Miass, Russia, a small industrial city in the Ural mountains…but he didn’t like it much, and tried all the other sports available in the city until a classmate convinced him to try boxing again, and he started taking it seriously at 13…he won several trophies in junior amateur tournaments, but “wasn’t that excited” about boxing as an amateur; he said, "It was my lifetime dream to become a pro fighter."...
2001 RUSSIAN CADET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Rostov, Russia, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 6-2-01 he won a 5-0 decision against Alexandr Chukardin; in his second fight on 6-4-01 he lost a 5-0 decision against Iman Kuliyev...
 
STRENGTHS: A lefthander with an aggressive style, good skills and movement…has good punching power…at his best, he constantly pressures his opponents and wears them down…
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 10 years…34 fights…201 total rounds…
AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 6 rounds…
KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 53 %...
DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 4 (3-0-1)…11 rounds – 1 (1-0)…10 rounds – 1 (1-0)…
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Biography

“Genghis Khan”  

  • Ranked WBC #2, WBO #2, IBF #4 at 135 pounds…
  • Former European light welterweight champion, two successful defenses…

At the age of 28, Denis is a 10-year pro. A contender at 135 pounds, he is a former European junior welterweight champion – he won the title in September, 2011, and made two successful title defenses.

He has an aggressive, fast-paced style and makes exciting fights.

Denis has fought 13 times in his native Russia, 13 times in Finland - where he was based from 2007 to 2011 - four times in Belorussia, and one time each in Latvia, Scotland, Mexico, and the U.S.

He made his U.S. debut in his last fight on August 17, and won by seventh-round TKO against Santos Benavides.

He had an impressive win in his previous fight on March 16 in Russia against 2000 Uzbekistan Olympian Alisher Rahimov (WDQ11), and won a sixth-round technical decision against his biggest “name” opponent, former WBA lightweight world champion Raul Balbi, in November, 2008.

Denis recently signed a promotional contract with Top Rank, who will co-promote him with European-based Ural Boxing.

Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Russian lightweight contender Denis Shafikov is ready to campaign in the United States after his recent signing with Top Rank.

"He's a solid, top 10 lightweight that can also fight at 140 pounds as well," Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN.com. "He can fight in either weight class. He's a world-class guy who would give anyone a heck of a fight, if not beat the top guys."

Shafikov had been fighting at junior welterweight but dropped down in weight earlier this year and defeated Alisher Rahimov by 11th-round disqualification. Shafikov was way ahead on the scorecards at the time of the DQ. Rahimov was a solid opponent, too, owning wins against Sergio Thompson and Rustam Nugaev since 2010.

In his previous bout, in December, Shafikov scored a one-sided 12-round decision win against junior welterweight contender Albert Mensah.

Moretti said that Shafikov's handlers contacted Top Rank about making a deal because of their interest in having him fight in the United States. "His people reached out to us and lightweight is a weight class we really like," Moretti said. "For us, it was a natural signing, a natural move. He's willing to fight anybody at 135 or 140."

Fight History

Key Fights - 2013 - in his last fight on 8-17-13 in Laredo, TX, he won by TKO (7th round) against lefthanded Santos Benavides (23-3-2): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured with the Juan Diaz-Adailton DeJesus main event, and Denis dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, and scored another knockdown in the 3rd; he scored another knockdown in the 6th round, and Benevides did not continue after the round; the local commission records it as a TKO at 0:10 of the 7th round...

1ST WBC BALTIC L TITLE DEFENSE- on 3-16-13 in Noginsk, RUS, he won by disqualification (11th round) against 2000 Uzbekistan Olympian Alisher Rahimov (25-1): the scheduled 12-rounder headlined at Sports Palace Znamya, and Denis dominated most of the fight; he pressed forward and consistently outworked Rahimov; Rahimov landed a low blow in the 10th round; he landed two more low blows – ruled intentional – in the 11th; he was penalized one point for the first one, and DQed after the second one at 2:24; after 10 rounds, Denis led by scores of 100-92, 100-91, 98-92...

 

2012 – WON VACANT WBC BALTIC L TITLE - on 12-1-12 in Cozumel, MX, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Albert Mensah (25-3-1): the bout headlined at Parque Andrés Quintana Roo; Denis pressed forward and kept a relentless pace - he scored two knockdowns, and dominated most of the fight; Mensah was cut and swollen over his left eye, and Denis was cut over his right eye in the 7th round; scored 118-108, 118-108, 117-107...

On 9-18-12 in Moscow, RUS, he won and 8 round unanimous decision against James Onyango (9-4-1): the bout was on the undercard at Varshavka Sky, and Denis dominated; he pressed forward, consistently outworked Onyango, and rocked him repeatedly; scored 80-73, 80-73, 80-72...

2ND EUROPEAN LW TITLE DEFENSE - on 5-31-12 in Ufa, RUS, he won a 12 round unanimous decision in the rematch against previously undefeated Brunet Zamora (22-0-2): the bout headlined at Ufa Arena - Denis dominated most of the fight, and avenged his 12 round draw against Zamora a year and a half earlier; the early rounds were close, but Denis staggered Zamora in the 4th round, and Zamora fought defensively after that; scored 117-112, 117-111, 117-113...

1ST EUROPEAN LW TITLE DEFENSE - on 2-25-12 in Aberdeen, SCOT, he won by TKO (7th round) against hometown favorite Lee McAllister (34-2): the scheduled 12 rounder headlined at McAllister claimed a left hand injury, and the Exhibition Centre, and Denis dominated most of the fight; he pressed forward and consistently outworked McAllister, and McAllister injured his left hand; Denis rocked him repeatedly in the 6th and 7th rounds, and McAllister did not continue after the 7th round...

 

2011 – WON VACANT EBU LW TITLE - on 9-23-11 in Helsinki, FIN, he won by TKO (9th round) against Giuseppe Lauri (52-7): the scheduled 12 rounder was co-featured at Ice Hall, and Denis dominated most of the fight; he consistently outworked Lauri, landed the harder punches, and wore him down; Denis scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 8th round, and Lauri did not continue after the round...

On 3-4-11 in Helsinki he won by TKO (5th round) against Nugzar Margvelashvili (18-9): the scheduled 8 rounder was co-featured at Hartwall Arena; Denis scored a knockdown in the 4th round; he scored another knockdown in the 5th, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:53...

 

2010 – on 10-29-10 in St. Petersburg, RUS, he had a 12 round draw against Brunet Zamora (20-0): the bout was one of the co-features at Yubileiny Sports Palace, and ended with a questionable decision; Denis pressed forward, consistently outworked Zamora, and dominated most of the fight; Zamora boxed and counterpunched well at times and rallied in the late rounds; most observers thought Denis clearly deserved to win, but the judges scored 115-113 Zamora, 114-114, 114-114...

On 9-4-10 in Helsinki he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Peter Semo (19-5): scored 79-73, 79-73, 80-72...

17-22-10 in Jurmala, LAT, he won by TKO (6th round, 3:00) against Leonardo Resendez (23-24)...

On 6-30-10 in St. Petersburg he won by knockout (1st round, 1:05) against Bobir Normatov (1-8-1)...

 

2009 – on 10-24-09 in Helsinki he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Fernando Trejo (30-14-5): scored 116-112, 116-112, 117-111...

On 9-25-09 in St. Petersburg he won by TKO (2nd round, 1:26) against Alexey Volchan (17-8-2)...

On 5-30-09 in Helsinki he won by TKO (1st round, 2:00) against John Cotterill (23-7)...

On 4-18-09 in Helsinki he won and 8 round unanimous decision against Juan Rodriguez (57-22-2): scored 79-73, 78-75, 80-73...

On 2-14-09 in Tampere, FIN, he won by TKO (2nd round, 1:00) against Decho Bankluagym (30-11-2)...

 

2008 – on 11-28-08 in Helsinki he won a technical decision (6th round) against former WBA lightweight world champion Raul Balbi (55-9-1): Balbi was cut badly by an accidental clash of heads in the 6th round – the fight was stopped on the injury at 0:28 and went to the scorecards; Denis led by scores of 60-54 on all three scorecards...

On 8-30-08 in Tampere he won by TKO (2nd round, 2:15) against Andrzej Sark (14-4)...

On 4-18-08 in Helsinki he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Shawn Gallegos (16-3): scored 99-91, 99-91, 98-93...

On 2-1-08 in Helsinki he won by TKO (4th round, 3:00) against Sergei Savrinovics (1-3-1)...

 

2007 - on 12-20-07 in Vyborg, RUS, he won by knockout (4th round) against Alexander Saltykov (5-6-2)...

On 10-20-07 in Helsinki he won by TKO (2nd round, 1:08) against Nizar Boubaker (11-8)...

On 5-17-07 in Helsinki he won and 8 round unanimous decision against Cristian Frias (20-1-2): scored 80-72, 80-72, 80-73...

He debuted at the age of 18 on 11-30-03... 

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS: Denis said he first started boxing at the age of six in his hometown of Miass, Russia, a small industrial city in the Ural mountains…but he didn’t like it much, and tried all the other sports available in the city until a classmate convinced him to try boxing again, and he started taking it seriously at 13…he won several trophies in junior amateur tournaments, but “wasn’t that excited” about boxing as an amateur; he said, "It was my lifetime dream to become a pro fighter."...

2001 RUSSIAN CADET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Rostov, Russia, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 6-2-01 he won a 5-0 decision against Alexandr Chukardin; in his second fight on 6-4-01 he lost a 5-0 decision against Iman Kuliyev...

 

STRENGTHS: A lefthander with an aggressive style, good skills and movement…has good punching power…at his best, he constantly pressures his opponents and wears them down…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 10 years…34 fights…201 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 6 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 53 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 4 (3-0-1)…11 rounds – 1 (1-0)…10 rounds – 1 (1-0)…