The European 140lb champion defended his title at the end of last month with a UD over Brunet Zamora. He fought on these shores earlier in the year against Lee McAllister, a contest which saw the Scot retire with an arm injury.
Surely Shafikov could be tempted back over to the UK or N.I. It's not like we've got a shortage of opponents.
Khan and Olusegun occupy slots 1 and 2 in the European rankings, but they've got other agendas obviously. At 3 is McCloskey and we also have Daws, Hamilton and Theophane in the top ten.
So how would Shafikov do against these four plus any others that you'd like to mention. (Alex Arthur told me he's not interested in going back for a European title.)
He's on youtube if you haven't watched him fight.