Fight Photos: Shumenov defends WBA belt, speaks out on fights with Kessler, Hopkins and Cleverly

5 Jun

Words: Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

Photos: Emily Harney – KZ Event Productions

Arguably the least heralded of all the light heavyweight world champions, Kazakhstani 28-year-old Beibut Shumenov successfully defended his WBA/IBA titles on Saturday, June 2 by unanimously decisioning challenger Enrique Ornelas (120-108 x3). Shumenov outclassed the Mexican – a former title challenger at super middleweight and ex incumbent of the NABF middleweight belt – before pondering the offers of three high-profile prizefighters.

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Shumenov stuck sterling combination punches onto the frame of Ornelas despite his arm injury

At The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Shumenov completely shut Ornelas out of contention as he collected the ten score in each and every round even though he was encumbered by an arm injury sustained during sparring, ten days prior to fight night. Ornelas refused to give up, but was too slow to cope with Shumenov, who attacked both the head and body throughout, timed uppercuts to perfection and landed right hands on multiple occasions.

Finding a way through Ornelas’ defence became a matter of routine for the reigning world champion

On the victory, that sees his record rise to 13-1-0, 8ko, Shumenov said: “I trained very hard because I knew he [Ornelas] is very tough. His defence was very good. I wasn’t able to show my best because of the arm injury I suffered. I’m happy with the win.” Ornelas, meanwhile, fell to 33-8-0, 21ko as Beibut secured his fourth successful title defence having also triumphed over Danny Santiago, William Joppy and Vyacheslav Uzelkov since claiming the belts off Gabriel Campillo.

Shumenov with the WBA (waist) and IBA (shoulder) belts, if he fights Cleverly, he could have a chance of adding the WBO

Shumenov, having paid his dues as a representative of the WBA, will now look at a trident of lucrative contracts from one future hall-0f-famer, one former super middleweight ruler and one undefeated star in his homeland. Promoter Don Chargrin confirmed: “We have three great offers from [Bernard] Hopkins (52,6-2, 32ko), [Mikkel] Kessler (45-2-0, 34ko) and [Nathan] Cleverly (24-0-0, 11ko).”

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One Response to “Fight Photos: Shumenov defends WBA belt, speaks out on fights with Kessler, Hopkins and Cleverly”


  1. News: Jan – June « On The Beak - November 18, 2012

    […] Fight Photos: Shumenov defends WBA belt, speaks out on fights with Kessler, Hopkins and Cleverly […]

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