Lou DiBella, who has promoted several of Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight world title fights, has added a pair of big men, Stephan Shaw and Oleksandr “Sasha” Teslenko, to his lineup.
DiBella announced the signings Tuesday. Shaw and Teslenko will have the first fights of their promotional deals on Feb. 7 on DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing” card at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Times Square in New York.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Shaw (9-0, 6 KOs), 25, of St. Louis, will take on Joel Caudle (7-1-1, 5 KOs), of Raleigh, North Carolina, in a six-rounder. Shaw has been relatively inactive since turning pro in 2013, but as an amateur he won a Police Athletic League and U.S. national title in 2013.
“The fans in New York City will get an up-close look at me next Wednesday. I am thrilled to be fighting there and will not disappoint,” Shaw said in a news release.
Shaw is managed by David McWater’s Split-T Management, which also has other fighters with DiBella, including 2016 U.S. Olympian Charles Conwell.
“I’ve watched Stephan fight and, just as important, I’ve seen him spar with Deontay Wilder, so I know what he’s capable of,” DiBella said in the news release. “Boxing fans in attendance are in for a real treat to see both Stephan and Sasha fighting in separate bouts on our Feb. 7 ‘Broadway Boxing’ show.”
The 6-6, 220-pound Teslenko (11-0, 9 KOs), 25, a native of Ukraine fighting out of Toronto, will face Keenan Hickman (6-2-1, 2 KOs), of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in an eight-round fight.
“Sasha is one of the most talented heavyweights that I’ve come across,” DiBella said. “He had an impressive amateur career and possesses the tools to someday fight for the heavyweight championship of the world. We look forward to working with Sasha and his team as he strives to become one of the best heavyweights in the world.”
Teslenko, who has boxed since he was 8, was a three-time Ukrainian national champion and went 224-23 in the unpaid ranks.
“My goal is to become the heavyweight champion of the world and I know by working with Lou DiBella that is now possible,” said Teslenko, who is managed by Gary Freedman. “I’m very happy to be making my New York debut on Feb. 7 and will put on a great performance. The fans in attendance will know they are witnessing a future threat to the heavyweight throne.”
The Feb. 7 card is headlined by a 10-round welterweight bout between Noel Murphy (12-0, 2 KOs), of Woodlawn, New York, and Brooklyn’s Mikkel Lespierre (18-0-1, 8 KOs).