Beibut Shumenov

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Beibut Shumenov
Бейбут Шуменов
Beibut Shumenov vs. Gabriel Campillo (1).jpg
Shumenov (left) vs. Campillo, 2010
Real nameBeibut Amirhanoviç Shumenov
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Reach188 cm (74 in)
Born (1983-08-19) 19 August 1983 (age 35)
Shymkent, Kazakhstan
Boxing record
Total fights20
Wins by KO12

Beibut Amirhanoviç Shumenov (Kyrgyz: Бейбут Амирханович Шуменов; born 19 August 1983) is a Kazakhstani professional boxer. He is a multiple-time world champion in two weight classes, having held the WBA (Regular) cruiserweight title since July 2018 and previously from 2016 to 2017, as well as the WBA light heavyweight title from 2010 to 2014.

Early life[edit]

Shumenov’s mother was a schoolteacher and his father was a chief accountant. Both worked long hours and Shumenov was left with two aunts to look after him. Shumenov nearly died as a baby, after severe complications from consuming spoiled milk while in the care of his aunts. Even though he eventually recovered, the lingering effects of his health scare stuck with him throughout childhood.[1]

Shumenov developed a love for combat sports while watching Bruce Lee films and began practicing numerous martial arts disciplines as he matured.[2]

As a young man Shumenov earned a law degree and clerked for a judge at the same time he was honing his skills as a fighter.[2]

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. 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.

Shumenov was targeting a fight with then WBO World Champion Zsolt Erdei.[3]

WBA light heavyweight champion[edit]

Shumenov vs. Campillo, 2010

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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[7] and again on June 2, 2012 in Las Vegas against Enrique Ornelas.[8]

Shumenov was promoted to WBA Super champion[9] and retained the WBA Super and IBA Light Heavyweight titles against Tomáš Kovács, a boxer from the Slovak Republic, on December 14, 2013.[10]

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

WBA cruiserweight champion and retirement[edit]

Shumenov defeated BJ Flores by a unanimous decision for interim WBA Cruiserweight title at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on 25 July 2015 in a Premier Boxing Champions bout broadcast live on NBCSN.[11] Flores pressed the action throughout the fight, serving as the aggressor much of the night. Shumenov began ramping up his offense in Round 8, throwing combinations and taking advantage of a tiring Flores. With 10 seconds left to go in the fight, Flores landed a punishing right that sent Shumenov careening into the ropes. Flores didn’t have enough time, though, to take advantage of the opportunity to inflict more damage on a suddenly vulnerable Shumenov, resulting in a unanimous decision victory for Shumenov.[12]

In June 2017, Shumenov retired at the age of 33 because of an eye injury.[13] This retirement would be short-lived, as he returned in July 2018 to win back the vacant WBA (Regular) cruiserweight title.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
20 fights 18 wins 2 losses
By knockout 12 0
By decision 6 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
20 Win 18–2 Turkey Hizni Altunkaya RTD 9 (12), 3:00 7 Jul 2018 Kazakhstan Barys Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan Won vacant WBA (Regular) cruiserweight title
19 Win 17–2 United States Junior Anthony Wright TKO 10 (12), 1:04 21 May 2016 United States Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBA (Regular) cruiserweight title
18 Win 16–2 United States BJ Flores UD 12 25 Jul 2015 United States Pearl Concert Theater, Paradise, Nevada, US Won WBA interim cruiserweight title
17 Win 15–2 United States Bobby Thomas Jr. RTD 5 (8), 3:00 13 Dec 2014 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US
16 Loss 14–2 United States Bernard Hopkins SD 12 19 Apr 2014 United States DC Armory, Washington, DC, US Lost WBA (Super) and IBA light heavyweight titles;
For IBF light heavyweight title
15 Win 14–1 Slovakia Tomáš Kovács TKO 3 (12), 2:55 14 Dec 2013 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, US Retained WBA (Super) and IBA light heavyweight titles
14 Win 13–1 Mexico Enrique Ornelas UD 12 2 Jun 2012 United States The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, US Retained WBA and IBA light heavyweight titles
13 Win 12–1 United States Danny Santiago TKO 9 (12), 0:46 29 Jul 2011 United States South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, Las Vegas, Nevada, US Retained WBA and IBA light heavyweight titles
12 Win 11–1 United States William Joppy KO 6 (12), 0:15 8 Jan 2011 Kazakhstan Sport Palace, Shymkent, Kazakhstan Retained WBA and IBA light heavyweight titles
11 Win 10–1 Ukraine Vyacheslav Uzelkov UD 12 23 Jul 2010 United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California, US Retained WBA and IBA light heavyweight titles
10 Win 9–1 Spain Gabriel Campillo SD 12 29 Jan 2010 United States The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, US Retained IBA light heavyweight title;
Won WBA light heavyweight title
9 Loss 8–1 Spain Gabriel Campillo MD 12 15 Aug 2009 Kazakhstan Daulet National Tennis Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan For WBA light heavyweight title
8 Win 8–0 United States Byron Mitchell TKO 4 (12), 2:58 9 May 2009 Kazakhstan Stadium Khadjimukan, Shymkent, Kazakhstan Retained WBC–ABCO, WBO Asia Pacific, and PABA interim light heavyweight titles;
Won vacant IBA light heavyweight title
7 Win 7–0 Colombia Epifanio Mendoza UD 10 13 Dec 2008 United States Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, Washington, US
6 Win 6–0 United States Montell Griffin UD 12 2 Aug 2008 Kazakhstan Stadium Khadjimukan, Shymkent, Kazakhstan Retained WBC–ABCO and WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight titles
5 Win 5–0 United States Lavell Finger KO 1 (12), 1:05 22 Apr 2008 Kazakhstan Arman, Shymkent, Kazakhstan Retained WBC–ABCO and PABA interim light heavyweight titles;
Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title
4 Win 4–0 United States Donnell Wiggins KO 2 (12), 2:11 10 Apr 2008 Kazakhstan Arman, Shymkent, Kazakhstan Won vacant WBCABCO and PABA interim light heavyweight titles
3 Win 3–0 United States Shannon Miller TKO 4 (6), 1:43 21 Mar 2008 United States The New Daisy Theatre, Memphis, Tennessee, US
2 Win 2–0 United States Cedric Howard KO 1 (4), 2:23 22 Feb 2008 United States Xtreme Indoor Karting, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
1 Win 1–0 United States Walter Edwards TKO 1 (4), 2:58 17 Nov 2007 United States Gymnasium, Wilson, North Carolina, US


  1. ^ Jason Bracelin (2015-07-16). "From sickly boy to world champion, Beibut Shumenov eluded death to live his dreams". Retrieved 2016-12-31.
  2. ^ a b "Beibut Shumenov - Next Fight, Fighter Bio, Stats & News". Retrieved 2016-12-31.
  3. ^ "#1 source for boxing news on the web". 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2016-12-31.
  4. ^ "Beibut Shumenov earns controversial split decision over Gabriel Campillo - Las Vegas Sun News". Retrieved 2016-12-31.
  5. ^ "Beibut Shumenov Eyes Zsolt Erdei Year-End Clash - Boxing News". Retrieved 2016-12-31.
  6. ^ "Jürgen Brähmer's sudden exit kills bout vs. Beibut Shumenov". 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2016-12-31.
  7. ^ "Beibut Shumenov Stops Danny Santiago In Nine - Boxing News". 2011-07-30. Retrieved 2016-12-31.
  8. ^ "Beibut Shumenov Shuts Out Enrique Ornelas In Las Vegas - Boxing News". 2012-06-02. Retrieved 2016-12-31.
  9. ^ "SecondsOut Boxing News - Main News - Shumenov promoted to super champion". 2014-04-15. Retrieved 2016-12-31.
  10. ^ "Beibut Shumenov will defend title against Tamas Kovacs". 2013-10-18. Retrieved 2016-12-31.
  11. ^ "Beibut Shumenov defeats B.J. Flores to capture vacant interim cruiserweight title". 2015-07-27. Retrieved 2016-12-31.
  12. ^ Jason Bracelin (2015-07-26). "Beibut Shumenov relies on speed and elusiveness to earn unanimous decision victory over B.J. Flores". Retrieved 2016-12-31.
  13. ^ "Ex-titlist Shumenov retires due to eye injury". Retrieved 2017-07-27.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
New title WBCABCO
light heavyweight champion

10 April 2008 – August 2009
Title next held by
Gayrat Ahmedov
Title last held by
Danny Green
PABA light heavyweight champion
Interim title

10 April 2008 – August 2009
Title last held by
Alexey Trofimov
WBO Asia Pacific
light heavyweight champion

22 April 2008 – August 2009
Title next held by
Soulan Pownceby
Minor world boxing titles
Title last held by
Reggie Johnson
IBA light heavyweight champion
9 May 2009 – 19 April 2014
Vacant after loss to Hopkins
Title next held by
Sergey Kovalev
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Gabriel Campillo
WBA light heavyweight champion
29 January 2010 – 8 October 2013
Title next held by
Jürgen Brähmer
as Regular champion
Title last held by
Antonio Tarver
WBA light heavyweight champion
Super title

8 October 2013 – 19 April 2014
Succeeded by
Bernard Hopkins
Title last held by
Youri Kalenga
WBA cruiserweight champion
Interim title

25 July 2015 – 21 May 2016
Won regular title
Succeeded by
Yunier Dorticos
as co-interim champion
Title last held by
Denis Lebedev
as champion
WBA cruiserweight champion
Regular title

21 May 2016 – 19 June 2017
Succeeded by
Yunier Dorticos
promoted from interim status
Title last held by
Yunier Dorticos
as champion
WBA cruiserweight champion
Regular title

7 July 2018 – present