The cruel irony does not escape the Barthelemy brothers. The one who was on the billboard on September 6 in Los Angeles, now will not step into the ring of the Microsoft Theater. Those who did not expect anything from this program will be part of it thanks to last minute efforts.
Rancés Barthelemy will have to wait for a future date to seek a new crown at 140 pounds, after his opponent Alberto Puello (17-0, 9 KO) faced problems with his visa in the Dominican Republic that prevented him from traveling to the evening. from Premier Boxing Champions.
His brother Leduán, however, already has confirmation that he will face a warrior from the Philippines in what will be his first boxing appearance since he fell by TKO in November 2019 against Eduardo Ramírez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“Once again fate does not want us to be together on the same night,” Leduán confessed. “I feel happy because I am going to fight, but sad for my brother, because I know how much he wanted this fight. I just hope that problem can be solved as soon as possible so that he can continue his career. ”
For Rancés (27-1-1, 14 KO) it is a frustrating situation, because the habanero came to Miami for the second time to train with professor Pedro Roque in search of a crown from the World Boxing Association, but the coronavirus in March prevented him from going ahead with the April fight.
The double professional champion had to return home to Las Vegas and waited for better times before returning with Roque for this second round on September 6, where his compatriot Yordenis Ugás fights for a WBA welterweight belt against Abel Ramos.
“My brother just wants to make history and show everyone what he is capable of doing,” Leduán added. “We have lived very complicated moments with this COVID-19, we have made sacrifices, efforts. So seeing a fight this important to you down hurts. ”
For Leduán (15-1-1, 7 KO) it is a new chapter in his career that allows him to erase the last image of his defeat and restore his confidence in a new division, albeit one of the toughest, where they champion men like Vasyl Lomachenko and Teófimo López, among others.
According to Leduán, part of what happened against Ramírez had to do with the inability to give the 130 pounds, but now he says he feels comfortable in the higher category, so this Sunday clash on FOX will allow him to better understand his options for future.
“The fault of that defeat is mine, because I knew what it cost me to lose weight and I accepted it because of the issue of revenge,” said the Cuban who had previously tied with Ramírez. “But that has already happened and now I look forward. I hope to continue to gain confidence with a victory. I would have liked to have my brother fight that night, but there will be another chance. ”