Shumenov (left) vs. Campillo, 2010
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Reach||188 cm (74 in)|
19 August 1983 |
|Wins by KO||11|
Beibut Shumenov (born 19 August 1983) is a Kazakh professional boxer. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBA (Regular) cruiserweight title since 2016, and previously the WBA light heavyweight title from 2010 to 2014.
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.
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.
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
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.
WBA light heavyweight champion
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. 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.
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. In his place former middleweight world champion William Joppy stepped in at short notice, and was knocked out by Shumenov in the 6th round.
Shumenov fought Bernard Hopkins in a unification bout on April 19, 2014, losing his WBA (Super) and IBA Light Heavyweight titles.
WBA interim cruiserweight champion
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. 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.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|19 fights||17 wins||2 losses|
|19||Win||17–2||Junior Anthony Wright||TKO||10 (12), 1:04||21 May 2016||The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, US||Won vacant WBA (Regular) cruiserweight title|
|18||Win||16–2||BJ Flores||UD||12||25 Jul 2015||Palms Casino Resort, Paradise, Nevada, US||Won WBA interim cruiserweight title|
|17||Win||15–2||Bobby Thomas Jr.||RTD||5 (8), 3:00||13 Dec 2014||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|16||Loss||14–2||Bernard Hopkins||SD||12||19 Apr 2014||DC Armory, Washington, DC, US||Lost WBA (Super) and IBA light heavyweight titles;
For IBF light heavyweight title
|15||Win||14–1||Tomáš Kovács||TKO||3 (12), 2:55||14 Dec 2013||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, US||Retained WBA (Super) and IBA light heavyweight titles|
|14||Win||13–1||Enrique Ornelas||UD||12||2 Jun 2012||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, US||Retained WBA and IBA light heavyweight titles|
|13||Win||12–1||Danny Santiago||TKO||9 (12), 0:46||29 Jul 2011||South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, Las Vegas, Nevada, US||Retained WBA and IBA light heavyweight titles|
|12||Win||11–1||William Joppy||KO||6 (12), 0:15||8 Jan 2011||Sport Palace, Shymkent, Kazakhstan||Retained WBA and IBA light heavyweight titles|
|11||Win||10–1||Vyacheslav Uzelkov||UD||12||23 Jul 2010||Tachi Palace, Lemoore, California, US||Retained WBA and IBA light heavyweight titles|
|10||Win||9–1||Gabriel Campillo||SD||12||29 Jan 2010||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, US||Retained IBA light heavyweight title;
Won WBA light heavyweight title
|9||Loss||8–1||Gabriel Campillo||MD||12||15 Aug 2009||Daulet National Tennis Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan||For WBA light heavyweight title|
|8||Win||8–0||Byron Mitchell||TKO||4 (12), 2:58||9 May 2009||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||Epifanio Mendoza||UD||10||13 Dec 2008||Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, Washington, US|
|6||Win||6–0||Montell Griffin||UD||12||2 Aug 2008||Stadium Khadjimukan, Shymkent, Kazakhstan||Retained WBC–ABCO and WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight titles|
|5||Win||5–0||Lavell Finger||KO||1 (12), 1:05||22 Apr 2008||Arman, Shymkent, Kazakhstan||Retained WBC–ABCO and PABA interim light heavyweight titles;
Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title
|4||Win||4–0||Donnell Wiggins||KO||2 (12), 2:11||10 Apr 2008||Arman, Shymkent, Kazakhstan||Won vacant WBC–ABCO and PABA interim light heavyweight titles|
|3||Win||3–0||Shannon Miller||TKO||4 (6), 1:43||21 Mar 2008||The New Daisy Theatre, Memphis, Tennessee, US|
|2||Win||2–0||Cedric Howard||KO||1 (4), 2:23||22 Feb 2008||Xtreme Indoor Karting, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US|
|1||Win||1–0||Walter Edwards||TKO||1 (4), 2:58||17 Nov 2007||Gymnasium, Wilson, North Carolina, US||Professional debut|
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- "Beibut Shumenov - Next Fight, Fighter Bio, Stats & News". Premierboxingchampions.com. Retrieved 2016-12-31.
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- "Beibut Shumenov Shuts Out Enrique Ornelas In Las Vegas - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. 2012-06-02. Retrieved 2016-12-31.
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|Regional boxing titles|
|New title||WBC–ABCO light heavyweight champion
10 April 2008 – August 2009
Title next held byGayrat Ahmedov
Title last held byDanny Green
|PABA light heavyweight champion
10 April 2008 – August 2009
Title last held byAlexey Trofimov
|WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight champion
22 April 2008 – August 2009
Title next held bySoulan Pownceby
|Minor world boxing titles|
Title last held byReggie Johnson
|IBA light heavyweight champion
9 May 2009 – 19 April 2014
Vacant after loss to Hopkins
|Major world boxing titles|
|WBA light heavyweight champion
29 January 2010 – 8 October 2013
Title next held byJürgen Brähmer
as Regular champion
Title last held byAntonio Tarver
|WBA heavyweight champion
8 October 2013 – 19 April 2014
Title last held byYouri Kayembre Kalenga
|WBA cruiserweight champion
25 July 2015 – 21 May 2016
Won regular title
as co-interim champion
Title last held byDenis Lebedev
|WBA cruiserweight champion
21 May 2016 – present