win vs Junior Anthony Wright
May 21, 2016 / The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
Shumenov gained a 10th-round TKO to earn a vacant 200-pound world title.
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An injury to 200-pound champion Beibut Shumenov is putting an interim 126-pound title bout on a bigger stage.
Beibut Shumenov won a vacant 200-pound world title last year, and now he’s set to begin his campaign as champion against unbeaten knockout artist Yunier Dorticos.
Rances Barthelemy knows the euphoria that comes with being a world champion, having claimed a 130-pound title 16 months ago. Now the undefeated Cuban is looking to experience boxing bliss again—this time at a higher weight class.
Win vs Junior Anthony Wright 15-1-1
May 21, 2016 • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Chelsea Ballroom, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Beibut Shumenov WINS against Junior Anthony Wright by TKO in Round 10 of 12
Win vs B.J. Flores
Jul 25, 2015 • The Pearl, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas
Beibut Shumenov WINS against B.J. Flores by UD in Round 12 of 12
For Shumenov defeated Flores by unanimous decision Title
Win vs BJ Flores 15-2-0
Jul 25, 2015 • Palms Casino and Resort, Pearl Theater, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Beibut Shumenov WINS against BJ Flores by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Bobby Thomas Jr 14-2-1
Dec 13, 2014 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Beibut Shumenov WINS against Bobby Thomas Jr by RTD in Round 5 of 8
LOSS vs Bernard Hopkins 54-6-2
Apr 19, 2014 • DC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Bernard Hopkins WINS against Beibut Shumenov by SD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Tamas Kovacs 23-0-0
Dec 14, 2013 • Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Beibut Shumenov WINS against Tamas Kovacs by TKO in Round 3 of 12
Win vs Enrique Ornelas 33-7-0
Jun 02, 2012 • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Beibut Shumenov WINS against Enrique Ornelas by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Danny Santiago 31-4-1
Jul 29, 2011 • South Point Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Beibut Shumenov WINS against Danny Santiago by TKO in Round 9 of 12
Win vs William Joppy 39-6-2
Jan 08, 2011 • Sport Palace, Shymkent, Kazakhstan
Beibut Shumenov WINS against William Joppy by KO in Round 6 of 12
Win vs Vyacheslav Uzelkov 22-0-0
Jul 23, 2010 • Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California, USA
Beibut Shumenov WINS against Vyacheslav Uzelkov by UD in Round 12 of 12
WIN vs Gabriel Campillo 19-2-0
Jan 29, 2010 • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Gabriel Campillo LOSES to Beibut Shumenov by SD in Round 12 of 12
LOSS vs Gabriel Campillo 18-2-0
Aug 15, 2009 • Sport Complex “Daulet”, Astana, Kazakhstan
Gabriel Campillo WINS against Beibut Shumenov by MD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Byron Mitchell 27-4-1
May 09, 2009 • Stadium Khadjimukan, Shymkent, Kazakhstan
Beibut Shumenov WINS against Byron Mitchell by TKO in Round 4 of 12
Win vs Epifanio Mendoza 28-6-1
Dec 13, 2008 • Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, Washington, USA
Beibut Shumenov WINS against Epifanio Mendoza by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Montell Griffin 49-7-0
Aug 02, 2008 • Stadium Khadjimukan, Shymkent, Kazakhstan
Beibut Shumenov WINS against Montell Griffin by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Lavell Finger 26-2-0
Apr 22, 2008 • Arman, Shymkent, Kazakhstan
Beibut Shumenov WINS against Lavell Finger by KO in Round 1 of 12
Win vs Donnell Wiggins 24-10-4
Apr 10, 2008 • Arman, Shymkent, Kazakhstan
Beibut Shumenov WINS against Donnell Wiggins by KO in Round 2 of 12
Win vs Shannon Miller 23-39-8
Mar 21, 2008 • Omni New Daisy Theater, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Beibut Shumenov WINS against Shannon Miller by TKO in Round 4 of 6
Win vs Cedric Howard 0-1-0
Feb 22, 2008 • Xtreme Indoor Karting, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Beibut Shumenov WINS against Cedric Howard by KO in Round 1 of 4
WIN vs Walter Edwards 0-0-0
Nov 17, 2007 • Wilson Gymnasium, Wilson, North Carolina, USA
Walter Edwards LOSES to Beibut Shumenov by TKO in Round 1 of 4
After nearly dying as a baby, Kazakhstan’s Beibut Shumenov overcame numerous childhood health issues to develop into a fighter who won a 175-pound title more quickly than any other boxer in the history of the division. He then went on to become a two-division champion after claiming another title at 200 pounds.
A fighter from birth
Born in what would become the nation of Kazakhstan (then part of the Soviet Union), Shumenov narrowly escaped death as a baby after severe complications from consuming spoiled milk while under the care of two aunts.
When his parents took him to the hospital, the initial prognosis was grim.
“When the doctor checked me, they said it was too late,” Shumenov said. “They couldn’t find any veins, they said, ‘Your son isn’t going to survive. He’s going to die.’ My parents were crying. They almost gave up. But then a miracle happened. I survived.”
Even though he eventually recovered, the lingering effects of his health scare stuck with him throughout childhood.
“All my life I was weak,” he says. “I wanted to be strong and tough, but I was always in hospitals, always sick, skinny, small.”
Flourishing in the ring
Shumenov developed a love for combat sports while watching Bruce Lee flicks and began practicing numerous strains of martial arts as he matured and grew out of his early health issues.
He’d eventually find his way to the boxing gym where he’d prove to be a quick study, winning the 2004 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships and representing his homeland in the Olympics that year.
Boxing wasn’t the only thing he was student of, however, as Shumenov earned a law degree and clerked for a judge at the same time he was honing his skills as a fighter.
A champ in no time
Although he didn’t speak a lick of English at the time, Shumenov decided to relocate to the United States to embark on his pro career, eventually landing in Las Vegas in 2007.
After stopping his first five opponents, Shumenov took on former 175-pound champ Montell Griffin in August 2008, pounding out a win by unanimous decision.
One year later, Shumenov challenged Gabriel Campillo for his 175-pound title, dropping a majority decision to the skilled Spaniard.
Shumenov would avenge his loss in January 2010, however, defeating Campillo by split decision.
It was a history-making victory, with Shumenov winning a title more quickly than any other fighter at 175 pounds, becoming a world champion in his 10th pro bout.
Stepping up to 200 pounds
After successfully defending his title five times, Shumenov took on the ageless Bernard Hopkins, a fellow 175-pound champ, in a unification fight in April 2014.
The wily Hopkins handed Shumenov his second loss, winning by split decision.
Following that defeat, Shumenov decided to move up to the 200-pound division.
“To make 175 [pounds] was very hard for me,” Shumenov said. “At 200 pounds, I don’t have the psychological pressure. When I was fighting at 175, I wasn’t thinking, ‘How can I get better,’ I was thinking, ‘How can I lose weight?’ Now, my goal now is, ‘How can I get better?’ That’s good. I’m happy at this weight.”