Opinion | Jun 24 2015

The Cuban class of Rances Barthelemy can carry him to a light-welterweight world title

Few manage to leap up through weight classes but Barthelemy's Cuban schooling will help him writes Daniel Herbert
Rances Barthelemy-Antonio DeMarco

SIGNIFICANT result from the weekend’s double boxing helping in Las Vegas was Cuba’s Rances Barthelemy joining the crowded throng of talented light-welterweights by outclassing Antonio DeMarco.

Barthelemy held the IBF belt at super-feather until fairly recently, so was jumping up two weight classes for this one. At 5ft 11ins he didn’t seem outsized, so may yet have a role to play at 140, where there are plenty of good opponents in Terence Crawford, Lucas Matthysse or even Ruslan Provodnikov.

Still, to my way of thinking, breezing past a weight to go the next one up always seems a risky strategy. The fact that Roberto Duran made a success of it when he jumped from 135 to 147 to trounce Carlos Palomino and then Sugar Ray Leonard merely proves my point: Duran was an exceptional fighter.


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