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Aug. 15 Friday Night Fights heads to Santa Ynez, CA

Gary Shaw Productions will be putting together a card on Aug. 15 for ESPN Friday Night Fights, that will be headlined by Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1, 17 KOs) at the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif.

Nugaev will take on Denis Shafikov (33-1-1, 18 KOs) in a 12-round lightweight title eliminator.

“I’m very happy that my promoter Gary Shaw is making this fight happen, especially on ESPN “Friday Night Fights”, said Nugaev. “Since I’ve returned from Russia to the United States, I’ve had five knockouts in a row.  I feel I’m a much better fighter now compared to early in my career. Whoever stands in my way of becoming a world champion, I will destroy.  Against Shafikov, I will show the world why I deserve to fight for a world championship.”

Shafikov is coming off his first pro loss, a decision to lightweight titlist Miguel Vazquez.

“I learned some valuable lessons in my loss to Vasquez,” said Shafikov. “Nugaev is a very tough opponent and I must stick to my game plan to be victorious.  He’s never been in the ring with a fighter of my magnitude so I’m confident in my ability to come out victorious.  I have the edge in experience and will use it to my advantage.  I’m very excited to be fighting on ESPN, the exposure will be fantastic.”

Tickets priced $35, $50, $65, $85, and $95 are on sale now.

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