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Barthelemy aspires to become the first Cuban professional boxer with three world titles

The two-time professional world champion Rancés Barthelemy will fight for the first time in 2022 against the American from Maryland Gary Antuanne


The two-time professional world champion Rancés Barthelemy will fight for the first time in 2022 against the American from in a 10-round fight that will take place at the Barclays Center in , , on Saturday, July 30.

Rancés (29-1-15 KO) aims to seek another universal belt in his next fight (to win against Russell) and, incidentally, become the first Cuban professional boxer in history to win three world titles in different divisions. .

The Guantanamo-Habanero was champion in the 130 pounds (super featherweight) of the International Boxing Federation by defeating the Dominican Argenis Méndez on July 10, 2014 in .

Barthelemy conquered the other world belt on June 3, 2016, in a split decision against American for the 135-pound (lightweight) crown of the International Boxing Federation.

Barthelemy’s only loss came to Belarusian Karly Relikh on March 10, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas.

Russell (15-0-15 KO), meanwhile, is a heavy-hitting fighter for a 140-pounder. It will be his second lawsuit in 2022.

On February 26, Russell had by KO in the tenth round against the Ukrainian Víctor Postol in a fight held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Currently, Russell and Rancés appear among the first fighters in the world at super lightweight, a list headed by the British Josh Taylor, the American of Mexican origin José Carlos Ramírez and the Spanish from Barcelona Sandor Martin.

Currently, Rancés heads the list of Cuban professional boxers, which is completed by Orestes Velázquez, Alexei Guibert, Cristian Martínez, Yainiel Alvarez, Carlos Ideal Bori Viset and Rordani Flores.

At a historical level, Cuba contributed two professional world champions at 140 pounds, Diosbelys “El Kid Oriental” Hurtado from Santiago and Richard Abril from Pino.

At different times, Ramón Revollar (1934-1940), Pedro Laza (1980-1990), the undefeated Roberto Ayala (1969-1973) and Braulio Santiesteban (1981-1992) were among the best on a global level.