Written By Bakari Simpson: Boxing often requires unreasonable sacrifices from fighters. Whether those sacrifices present themselves financially, socially or geographically the toll is routinely high. IBF champ Robert Easter Jr. nicknamed “E-Bunny” (19-0, 14 KO’s) has a family oriented sacrifice. 25 days before his second title defense, with Denis “Djingis Khan” Shafikov (38-2-1, 20 KO’s), his first child was born. On June 6th, which is also Easter Sr. birthday, Robert Easter the 3rd, 3-Bunny, made his way into the world. Congrats to E-bunny and the whole Easter team and family.
Robert was literally bred for this scenario. Easter Jr is himself a third generation fighter. True enough, it’s a grind preparing for a fight by day and tending to his son and lady at night. Training for combat while rearing the young was transfused into his blood at birth. If, down the line, his son dons the 10 oz. gloves of mayhem, he’ll make the 4th generation. Rather than presented with a distraction, this new addition has provided E-bunny motivation.
Robert Easter Jr not easily distracted. The Toledo tyrant focused on completing a divisional domination. Easter’s resume littered with impressive scalps. By utilizing his high work rate, aggressive style and smart boxing Robert has become a tremendous combatant, turned champion. His unusual height, combined with his marvelous inside & out fighting skill, makes him one vexing puzzle to solve.
These combined attributes have made E-Bunny a nightmare for his adversaries. On the other hand, his insistence on facing the roughest customers available makes him a fans dream.
As Garfield the cat would say, the next dream sequence will feature Easter versus Shafikov. The Huntington Center in Toledo, Oh hosts this surefire rumble. It’ll be E-Bunny’s second straight fight at home, although these represent his only hometown fights as a professional. Robert Easter Jr rewarded with these bout locations having worked his way to champion status. Yet, it bears mentioning that the Huntington Center is a very nice venue with a fun crowd.
Beyond this, Robert Easter Jr isn’t looking for any home cooking because he only knows how to go for the neck. Thankfully for the spectators, Denis Shafikov is of an identical mind state. Shafikov a come forward fighter, very pugnacious take no prisoners type of fighter. He is no joke, or push-over despite being beaten twice.
In his last outing Shafikov bested former Easter victim Richard Commey. Like Robert, Denis edged Commey with a close split decision win. Directly before the Commey scrap Shafikov TKO’ed the talented Jamel Herring. The Shafikov loss is Herrings only professional blemish. Robert and Herring came up in the same circles. A revenge motive for Easter Jr. would not be out of the question. Getting pay back for the Ohio home squad would make his title defense that much sweeter.
No matter how you slice it, this is a fight were there are no losers. The fans get a sensational dustup, and win, lose or draw the stock of each fighter will rise. Get ready for one thrilling affair. It’s the raging Russian versus the proud fighting father. Simply can’t go wrong here!
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