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Who won Easter Jr vs Shafikov?
Robert Easter Jr beat Denis Shafikov by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Friday 30th June 2017 at Huntington Center in Toledo.
The scorecards were announced as 116-112, 120-108, 120-108 in favor of winner Robert Easter Jr.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
This contest was for the vacant IBF lightweight championship of the world.
Easter Jr vs Shafikov stats
Back in June 2017, Robert Easter Jr stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 19 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 14 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Denis Shafikov made his way to the ring with a record of 38 wins, 2 loses and 1 draw, with 20 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Easter Jr had a large advantage in power over Shafikov, boosting at 74% knock out percentage over Shafikov's 53%.
Robert Easter Jr was the younger man by 5 years, at 27 years old.
Easter Jr had a height advantage of 6 inches over Shafikov. That also extended to a 7-inch reach advantage.
Robert Easter Jr fought out of the orthodox stance, while Denis Shafikov was a southpaw.
Easter Jr was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 22 less fights, and made his debut in 2012, 8 year and 11 months later than Shafikov, whose first professional fight was in 2003. He had fought 162 less professional rounds, 152 to Shafikov's 314.
Denis Shafikov was ranked number 1 by the IBF in the 135lb division.
Easter Jr vs Shafikov form
Easter Jr had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Luis Cruz on 10th February 2017 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Lightweight championship fight at Huntington Center, Toledo, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Richard Commey on 9th September 2016 by split decision in their IBF World Lightweight championship fight at Santander Arena, Reading.
Going into that contest, he had won against Argenis Mendez on 1st April 2016 by technical knockout in the 5th round at DC Armory, Washington.
Before that, he had beat Juan Ramon Solis on 3rd October 2015 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati.
He had defeated Osumanu Akaba on 28th August 2015 by technical knockout in the 6th round at Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington.
Shafikov had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Richard Commey on 2nd December 2016 by split decision in their 12 round contest at Moscow, Russia.
Previous to that, he had won against Jamel Herring on 2nd July 2016 by technical knockout in the 10th round at Santander Arena, Reading, United States.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Rances Barthelemy on 18th December 2015 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Lightweight championship fight at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had defeated Roy Mukhlis on 18th July 2015 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
He had beat Miguel Angel Mendoza on 13th December 2014 by unanimous decision in their 8 round contest at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Chelsea Ballroom, Las Vegas, United States.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Robert Easter Jr had been fighting more than Denis Shafikov.
Going to this contest, Robert Easter Jr had last fought 4 months and 20 days ago, while Denis Shafikov's last outing had been 6 months and 28 days ago.
Easter Jr's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 10 months and 2 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 14 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 38 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.6 rounds on average.
Shafikov's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 6 months and 17 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 5 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 45 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9 rounds on average.
What time did Easter Jr vs Shafikov start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at Huntington Center, Toledo, United States, which was around 4:00 AM BST in the UK.
Who broadcast Easter Jr vs Shafikov?
Easter Jr vs Shafikov was broadcast on Bounce in the US.
What were the odds on Easter Jr vs Shafikov?
Robert Easter Jr was a 1/5 (-500) favourite going into the contest, while Denis Shafikov made his way into the ring at 7/2 (+350) with oddsmakers.