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.
B.J. Flores wasn’t looking for a dance partner Saturday at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas, but his opponent, Beibut Shumenov, skillfully cut a rug in the ring.
Beibut Shumenov is smiling the kind of smile known only to a man who can order a plate of meat loaf any time he damn well pleases.
Most fighters claim that they’re willing to leave it all in the ring, but for Beibut Shumenov, the contents of his stomach are occasionally included. This is the extent to which Shumenov is prepared to expend himself in his fights: He’ll battle on till he pushes himself past his physical limits. Be prepared for some grueling gut checks (literally) as Shumenov counts down his Greatest Hits.
Not-so-great expectations: Beibut Shumenov never thought he’d be a world champion—and then he became one
He had a law degree to fall back on, and that’s exactly what Beibut Shumenov expected to do when he turned pro: fall.