On Saturday, April 19th another historic event will take place in the nation's capital when IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs) faces WBA World Champion Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) in an attempt to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles at 49 years old. The once beaten 30 year old Shumenov hasn't lost since August of 2009. He avenged that loss by a split decision victory in January of 2010, knocking down his opponent Tamas Kovacs three times in the process. Hopkins is coming off of two unanimous decision wins in 2013 against Karo Murat and Tavoris Cloud after losing a majority decision in a rematch with Chad Dawson in 2012, the first fight being ruled a no contest in 2011.
"I'm pretty sure that a lot of people don't know who Shumenov is and I tell them he's a fast guy who is rising in the sport of boxing quickly. He comes to fight and he comes to win," Hopkins said.
"I'm very excited that I'm going to fight one of the greatest fighters ever," Shumenov said. "I know that I've never faced anyone on his level and I know it's going to be the hardest fight of my life. But I will do whatever it takes to win this fight. And I'll do everything possible and impossible to get the victory."
Will Hopkins continue to make history or will father time finally catch up to him? We will see on April 19th whose hand will be raised in victory.