SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and will also feature former superb light weight winner Viktor Postol dealing with France’s Mohamed Mimoune in a WBC super lightweight title eliminator, while still rising heavyweight sensation Efe Ajagba looks to remain unbeaten against once-beaten German Michael Wallisch in a 10-round heavy weight attraction.
Easter vs. Barthelemy pits two tremendously proficient and explosive former 135-pound champions against one another since they look to grab a name and vault back themselves to the upper echelon of this light weight division.
Easter will return to the ring for the very first time since losing his IBF name in a unification showdown with WBC Champion and pound-for-pound great Mikey Garcia last July on SHOWTIME. Barthelemy is undefeated at 135 pounds and returns into the light weight branch for his next fight since losing a 140-pound name rematch into Kiryl Relikh continue March on SHOWTIME.
“Two former champions looking to recover their tournament status speaks for it self in regard to the action and can to win this Easter and also Barthelemy will bring on April 27,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of both Mayweather Promotions. “The two guys have proven that they have exactly what is needed to take care of business at this degree. The eliminator bout, together with Postol bringing his experience and Mohamed trying to take advantage of the chance, is an excellent leadin to the major event attraction. Plus, Efe Ajagba brings a + game in search for a victory over Michael Wallisch. The fans in attendance at the Cosmopolitan Within Nevada, and tuning on SHOWTIME, are in for a deal. ”
“Easter vs. Barthelemy can be an authentic 5050 fight that will end with these fighters leaving the ring together with one of the highest areas in the light weight division,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “The two are world champions at light-weight and have the styles and features that will make this an action-packed match. Combined with a very competitive name eliminator between Viktor Postol and Mohamed Mimoune, and the can’t-miss punching power of Efe Ajagba, this Will be a stunning nighttime on SHOWTIME and at the Cosmopolitan in Nevada. ”
Tickets for the live event, which is encouraged by Mayweather Promotions and also TGB Promotions in association with Around Billions Promotions, carry on sale Monday, April 1, and will be obtained in www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster.
The 28-year-old Easter (21 1, 14 KOs) won the IBF Lightweight Championship in 2016 by projecting an exciting split-decision contrary to then-unbeaten and current IBF title holder Richard Commey. After two successful title defenses in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, Easter defeated former winner Javier Fortuna by decision in a January 2018 fight in SHOWTIME.
That success set up a unification with WBC winner Mikey Garcia, in which Easter survived an earlier knock down to push Garcia the full 12 rounds before coming up short on the scorecards. At 5-foot-11, Easter has continued to show the blend of size, skill and athleticism that made him a respected prospect after an amateur career that featured a spot as an alternate to the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.
“He’s an embarrassing style and that I ’m up for this particular challenge. I am coming in as the devious fighter with a reach advantage and that I ’ll utilize it in order to make this fight go I want it to. He’s a former world champion and he is coming to bring it like I am. ”
A decorated Cuban amateur woman who hails from a boxing family that includes his elderly brother, Olympic Gold Medalist Yan, and younger brother, unbeaten featherweight Leduan, Rances Barthelemy (27-1, 14 KOs) will go back to light weight to vie against one of the greatest boxers in the branch. The 32-year-old now trains in vegas and previously caught a 135-pound belt by beating Denis Shafikov in December 2015.
Barthelemy won a 130-pound championship by beating Argenis Mendez in 2014 and attempted to turn into the first Cuban three-division winner when he moved as much as 140-pounds for his very first fight Relikh, a name eliminator he won by decision. After dropping the rematch into Relikh in a vacant name fight on SHOWTIME, then Barthelemy returned into the ring in December and ceased Robert Frankel.
“I’m excited about a terrific fight Robert Easter Jr,” said Barthelemy. “I know I have what it takes to beat him capture another name and eventually become a real-world universe champ. My best performances attended at 135 pounds. Both of us are world champions who are hungry and will give the fans a more stunning night of boxing. I’t lost at light weight and that will continue on April 27. Don’t even miss this fight on SHOWTIME. It’s now or never! ”
Originally from Ukraine, however currently fighting out of LosAngeles, Postol (30-2, 12 KOs) previously got a 140-pound domain by rapping Lucas Matthysse in 2015. The 35-year-old dropped the name in a unification showdown with Terence Crawford in 2016 before rebounding back by beating then unbeaten Jamshidbek Najmiddinov. Last June he dropped a choice to unbeaten contender Josh Taylor & he defeated si-ar Ozgul in November.
The 31-year-old Mimoune (21-2, 2 KOs) has fought professionally since 2010 and will also be making his U.S. debut against Postol on April 27. Representing Haute Garonne, France,” he is unbeaten in his last 10 battles dating back to 2014. His past five successes have come in 12-round conclusions, including two final year then unbeaten Emiliano Dominguez & most recently against Franck Petitjean.
Nigeria’s Ajagba (9-0, 8 KOs) gained notoriety past August 24 if his rival, Curtis Harper, walked out of the ring after touching glasses to start out the very first round. The 24-year-old, 2016 Nigerian Olympian won the fight without throwing a punch because Harper was disqualified. In his final fight Ajagba, who resides in Stafford, Texas and trains together with Ronnie Shields, defeated his toughest contest to date by quitting long-time competition Amir Mansour after two rounds.
Fighting out of Munich, Germany, Wallisch (19-1, 12 KOs) won his very first 19 pro struggles after turning pro this season, including a German heavy weight title-winning performance in 2013 against Alexander Kahl. The 33-year-old fought three times this past year, picking up two rebounds successes before falling into Christian Hammer in December.