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Beibut Shumenov Eye Injury Derails Yunier Dorticos Title Fight

By Ryan Burton

Last night, multiple sources advised BoxingScene.com that WBA "regular" cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov suffered an eye injury in one of his final sparring sessions before his April 29th fight against WBA "interim" cruiserweight champion Yunier Dorticos (21-0).  The injury will reportedly require surgery.

The bout had been mandated by WBA as they continue their effort to reduce the total number of champions they have in each division.  Denis Lebedev is the WBA "super" champion even though he lost his last fight to Murat Gassiev because only his IBF title was on the line.

Shumenov had been sparring with the likes of unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Umar Salamov (18-0).

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The fight was scheduled to headline a FS1/Fox Deports card at Sam's Town Gambling Hall in Las Vegas with Carlos Zambrano (26-0) facing Claudio Marrero (21-1) for the interim WBA featherweight title as the co-main event. This fight will likely now be elevated to the main event.

BoxingScene.com has reached out to Dortico's promoter Caribe Promotions and should have a response soon.  It is not known at this point in time if the Cuban will remain on the card.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by otrocubiche on 04-21-2017

brujeria not working for cuban boxers

Comment by Clegg on 04-21-2017

I remember hearing that in WWI, soldiers who wanted to get out of the fighting would stick their arms up out of the trench until an enemy bullet hit it, then go home wounded. I'm thinking something similar happened here,…

Comment by DannYankee on 04-21-2017

No doritos for anyone :(

Comment by BigZ44 on 04-20-2017

Dammit! This sucks!!! This was going to be Dorticos' coming out party!! Another killer at 200 lbs waiting to be unleashed. Hopefully they can find an opponent to keep him busy at some point before getting that shot at Shumenov

Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 04-20-2017

The man with no trainer or Cutman but he's uber wealthy! Will enjoy the chance when Doritos crushes him like a bag of chips so we can have an even more competitive cruiserweight division So in that case...heal up champ!

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