ASTANA, Kazakhstan (January 29, 2018) – Two-division World Boxing
Association (WBA) World Champion *Beibut Shumenov *announced his comeback
today at a press conference held in his native Kazakhstan.
“I thought a very long time before making this decision,” Shumenov
explained. “Having weighed all the pros and cons, in addition to consulting
with my family and team, I have firmly decided to return to professional
boxing. Ahead is a lot of work but our goal is obvious. I want to express
my thanks to all those who’ve supported me. I will keep everyone up to date
with more news and details of my return to the ring.”
The Las Vegas-based Shumenov (17-2, 11 KOs), a 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian,
retired last June due to an eye injury., forcing him to relinquish his WBA
cruiserweight world title.
“I want to tell you why I decided to interrupt my career,” Shumenov
announced at today’s presser conference. “The trauma of my eye affected my
decision. Fatigue and emotional tension accumulated. I just needed a break.
Now, I have recovered, and I am going to resume my boxing career.
Negotiations are now underway for my next fight.”
Shumenov also revealed that he is working with a Kazakh group to develop a
domestic pro boxing program in Kazakhstan for young children in Kazakhstan
to help them reach their heights.
In only his 10th pro fight, Shumenov established the fewest-fights record
for the light heavyweight world champion 10 years ago, when he
Campillo* in Las Vegas.
Shumenov became the only two-division world champion from Kazakhstan in his
last fight, when he stopped *Junior Wright* in the 10th round of their May
2, 2016, title fight, capturing the WBA Cruiserweight World Championship.
During the 34-year-old Shumenov’s professional career, he has defeated four
world champions (Campillo, *Byron Mitchell*, *William Joppy* and *Montell
Griffin*), as well as seven world title challengers (*Epifanio
Uzelkov*, *Danny Santiago*, *Enrique Ornelas*, *Tamas Kovacs*, *BJ Flores* and
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