IBF Orders Robert Easter and Denis Shafikov To Reach Terms Or Head To Purse Bid
With his first defense of the lightweight title now in the rearview, Robert Easter has little time to savor the fruits of his labor as the IBF, the body that sanctions the title, looks to move him back into the ring quickly.
In a post for BoxingScene.com, Steve Kim reports that the IBF is calling for Easter, who’s promoted by Adrien Broner’s About Billions, to reach terms with mandatory challenger Denis Shafikov or head to purse bid to force the bout. In a sport where inactivity can be a bigger foe than the person across the ring, a quick return favors the young champion.
“Robert Easter was notified on Monday that he has to start negotiations with Shafikov, they have thirty days,” said Lindey Tucker, the Championship Chairman of the IBF, to BoxingScene.com. “If they don’t reach an agreement by then we’ll call for a purse bid.”
Easter has repeatedly expressed his desired to compete with the best in the division, but in an interview following the win against Luis Cruz, it appears belts, and not mandatory challengers like Shafikov, are the only things on his radar.
“I said before the fight, and I’m going to keep saying it: I’m here to collect all them belts,” Easter said. “I’m not gonna pretend to be that guy who doesn’t call out other fights. I’m calling out (fellow world titleholders) Mikey Garcia, Jorge Linares and Terry Flanagan. I want them to see what we were able to do here tonight, the crowd I pulled in. I’m a superstar on the rise, and now it’s time for me to collect my prizes and bring all of the belts home to Toledo.”
Shafikov is promoted by Warriors Boxing and trained by Abel Sanchez.
A response from Easter, and his About Billions promoter Adrien Broner, will likely not come until sometime next week. Broner faces off against Adrian Granados on Saturday in Cincinnati.