Beibut Shumenov

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Beibut Shumenov
Beibut Shumenov vs. Gabriel Campillo (1).jpg
Shumenov (left) vs. Campillo in 2010
Real name Beibut Shumenov
Rated at Light Heavyweight
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Nationality Kazakh Kazakhstan
Born (1983-08-19) 19 August 1983 (age 31)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 17
Wins 15
Wins by KO 10
Losses 2
Draws 0
No contests 0

Beibut Shumenov, (born 19 August 1983 in Kazakhstan) is a Kazakh professional boxer who fights in the Cruiserweight division.[1] He is a former WBA (Super) and IBA Light Heavyweight champion.

Amateur career[edit]

Shumenov represented Kazakhstan in the 2004 Summer Olympics. His results were:

  • Defeated Aleksy Kuziemski (Poland) 34-22
  • Lost to Ihsan Yildirim Tarhan (Turkey) 19-27

He qualified for the Athens Games by winning the gold medal at the 2004 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships in Puerto Princesa, Philippines. In the final he defeated PR of China's Lei Yuping.

Professional career[edit]

Shumenov moved to the United States and based himself in Las Vegas where he turned professional in March 2007. In his debut in North Carolina, Shumenov defeated Walter Edwards with a knockout in the first round.[1] He followed this up with another two knockout wins within 4 months.

In March 2008, Shumenov returned to Kazakhstan to fight American Donnell Wiggins for the vacant WBC Asian and interim PABA light heavyweight titles. Shumenov quickly dispatched the experienced Wiggins with a second round knockout and the next month beat former US national Golden Gloves champion Lavell Finger in the first round to add the vacant WBO Asia Pacific title to his WBC Asian and interim PABA titles.

Shumenov's most high profile fight came in August 2008 when he faced former world champion Montell Griffin in Chimkent, Kazakhstan to defend his regional WBC and WBO titles. Shumenov was taken to the scorecards for the first time in his career but won the fight clearly winning every round on all three judges cards.[1]

Shumenov was targeting a fight with then WBO World Champion Zsolt Erdei.[2]

World Title[edit]

Shumenov fighting against Gabriel Campillo in 2010 rematch

On 15 August 2009 and only 8 professional bouts on his record Shumenov received a shot at the WBA belt when he took on the Spaniard Gabriel Campillo. The fight took place in Shumenov's home country of Kazakhstan and resulted in the first loss of his career when Campillo was declared the winner by majority decision. A rematch took place on 9 January 2010, with the result being reversed this time and Shumenov declared the winner by what was considered an extremely controversial split decision.[3] With this victory Shumenov became the quickest man ever to win a world title in the light heavyweight division, beating the record of 15 fights set by Jeff Harding in 1989.[4]

Shumenov made the first defense of his title on 23 July 2010 when he won a unanimous decision against the previously undefeated Viacheslav Uzelkov. Shumenov then arranged to have a unification fight with the then WBO champion Jürgen Brähmer, the fight was scheduled to take place in Kazakhstan 8 January 2011. However just days before the fight was due to take place Brähmer left Kazakhstan and returned to Germany, citing illness as his reason for dropping out of the fight.[5] In his place former middleweight world champion William Joppy stepped in at short notice, and was knocked out by Shumenov in the 6th round.

He successfully defended his title in Las Vegas on 29 July 2011 against former Contender star Danny Santiago[6] and again on June 2, 2012 in Las Vegas against Enrique Ornelas.[7]

Shumenov was promoted to WBA Super champion [8] and retained the WBA Super and IBA Light Heavyweight titles against Tomáš Kovács, a boxer from the Slovak Republic, on December 14, 2013.[9]

Shumenov fought Bernard Hopkins in a unification bout on April 19, 2014, losing his WBA (Super) and IBA Light Heavyweight titles.

Professional boxing record[edit]

15 Wins (10 knockouts, 5 decisions), 2 Losses, 0 Draws[10]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 15-2 United States Bobby Thomas, Jr. RTD 5 (8), 3:00 2014-12-13 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 14-2 United States Bernard Hopkins SD 12 2014-04-19 United States D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C. Lost WBA (Super) and IBA Light Heavyweight titles.
For IBF Light Heavyweight title.
Win 14-1 Slovakia Tomáš Kovács TKO 3 (12), 2:55 2013-12-14 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Retained WBA (Super) and IBA Light Heavyweight titles.
Win 13-1 Mexico Enrique Ornelas UD 12 2012-06-02 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBA and IBA Light Heavyweight titles.
Win 12-1 United States Danny Santiago TKO 9 (12), 0:46 2011-07-29 United States South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBA and IBA Light Heavyweight titles.
Win 11-1 United States William Joppy KO 6 (12), 0:15 2011-01-08 Kazakhstan Sport Palace, Shymkent Retained WBA and IBA Light Heavyweight titles.
Win 10-1 Ukraine Viacheslav Uzelkov UD 12 2010-07-23 United States Tachi Palace, Lemoore, California Retained WBA and IBA Light Heavyweight titles.
Win 9-1 Spain Gabriel Campillo SD 12 2010-01-29 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained IBA Light Heavyweight title.
Won WBA Light Heavyweight title.
Loss 8-1 Spain Gabriel Campillo MD 12 2009-08-15 Kazakhstan Sport Complex “Daulet”, Astana For WBA Light Heavyweight title.
Win 8-0 United States Byron Mitchell TKO 4 (12), 2:58 2009-05-09 Kazakhstan Stadium Khadjimukan, Shymkent Won vacant IBA Light Heavyweight title.
Retained WBC Asian Boxing Council, WBO Asia Pacific & Interim PABA Light Heavyweight titles.
Win 7-0 Colombia Epifanio Mendoza UD 10 2008-12-13 United States Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, Washington
Win 6-0 United States Montell Griffin UD 12 2008-08-02 Kazakhstan Stadium Khadjimukan, Shymkent Retained WBC Asian Boxing Council & WBO Asia Pacific Light Heavyweight titles.
Win 5-0 United States Lavell Finger KO 1 (12), 1:05 2008-04-22 Kazakhstan Arman, Shymkent Retained WBC Asian Boxing Council & Interim PABA Light Heavyweight titles.
Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific Light Heavyweight title.
Win 4-0 United States Donnell Wiggins KO 2 (12), 2:11 2008-04-10 Kazakhstan Arman, Shymkent Won vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council & Interim PABA Light Heavyweight titles.
Win 3-0 United States Shannon Miller TKO 4 (6), 1:43 2008-03-21 United States Omni New Daisy Theater, Memphis, Tennessee
Win 2-0 United States Cedric Howard KO 1 (4), 2:23 2008-02-22 United States Xtreme Indoor Karting, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Win 1-0 United States Walter Edwards TKO 1 (4), 2:58 2007-11-17 United States Wilson Gymnasium, Wilson, North Carolina Professional debut.


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Title last held by
Reggie Johnson
IBA Light Heavyweight Champion
May 9, 2009 – April 19, 2014
Vacant after loss to Hopkins
Preceded by
Gabriel Campillo
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
January 29, 2010 – October 8, 2013
Title next held by
Jürgen Brähmer
Title last held by
Antonio Tarver
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
Super Title

October 8, 2013 – April 19, 2014
Succeeded by
Bernard Hopkins