Top-contender in the super middleweight division, Vladimir Shishkin, is gearing up for his next fight this Friday, September 29. He’s set to challenge Mexico’s Ramon Ayala in an eight-round contest at the Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort in Miami, Florida.
Shishkin, currently positioned as the IBF’s No. 2 contender in the 168-pound division, has strategically carved a path towards a world title since making his professional debut in 2016. Should his victories persist, Shishkin has his sights set on the current undisputed IBF, WBC, WBA, and WBO super middleweight world champion, Canelo Alvarez. Notably, Alvarez is defending his titles this coming Saturday against the reigning 154-pound champion, Jermell Charlo.
On his preparations and aspirations, Shishkin remarked, “My focus right now is improving every single day. While the Canelo-Charlo fight is certainly on my radar, my priority is delivering an outstanding performance this Friday. Securing a fight with Canelo means not just winning, but winning in a way that demands attention.”
Currently, Shishkin (14-0, 8 KOs) is a part of the revitalized Detroit boxing community, training under the expert guidance of the distinguished SugarHill Steward. After initiating his professional journey in 2016 post a successful amateur career, the 32-year-old secured a notable win against the experienced Nadjib Mohammedi in 2018. Subsequently, he achieved six consecutive wins in the US, with his most recent victory being over ex-world champion Jose Uzcategui. This win, acquired via unanimous decision, was showcased on SHOWTIME. As for his upcoming opponent, 34-year-old Ayala (25-8-1, 13 KOs), he has been in the boxing world since 2006. Hailing from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, Ayala’s list of past opponents includes names like Omar Figueroa Jr., Bryant Perrella, Chris van Heerden, Leonardo Zappavigna, and Neeco Macias.
Emphasizing Shishkin’s talent, Dmitriy Salita, the President of Salita Promotions, stated, “In the super middleweight division, I firmly believe Vladimir ranks among the top. Champions will only consider him when it’s unavoidable. With Canelo’s impending fight, Vladimir remains on standby, honing his skills for when he gets his golden opportunity.”