While the COVID-19 has slowed down the boxing world, Rances Barthelemy (27-1-1) still has big plans for 2020 and also for 2021.
First up on his agenda is a September 6th showdown against WBA interim super lightweight champion Alberto Puello (17-0). The fight takes place on the televised undercard of the Yordenis Ugas-Abel Ramos Premier Boxing Champions on FOX broadcast.
Last year wasn't an active year for Barthelemy as he only fought once. In April he battled Robert Easter Jr. to a lackluster draw in Las Vegas in a fight that produced very little action. However, he expects a much better fight in September because he believes his style will mesh a lot better with Puello’s style.
“Puello is a good fighter. He is tough. I think we will put on a great fight for the fans,” Barthelemy told BoxingScene.com.
If the 34-year-old former two-division champion has his way - his second tour in the 140 pound division won't last long. Having already captured titles at super featherweight and in the lightweight division, Barthelemy has bigger aspirations.
At 5’10” Barthelemy has the size and frame to compete in the welterweight division and would like a shot at becoming the first Cuban to wIn world titles in not only 3 but 4 divisions.
“First this fight at 140 then I would like to go 147. I am willing to do whatever it takes to get the big fights,” said Barthelemy.
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