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Hopkins-Shumenov Targeted For March 29th at Barclays

By Rick Reeno

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer has advised BoxingScene.com that he is in the process of finalizing a light heavyweight unification between IBF champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32KOs) and WBA champion Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9KOs). Showtime will televise. 

Hopkins, who turned 49-years-old on Wednesday, gave Schaefer his marching orders last year - to get him fights with the other champions of the division. Shumenov signed a promotional agreement with Golden Boy a few months ago, and one of his reasons for signing was an eventual unification with Hopkins. He made his Golden Boy debut last month on the Broner-Maidana undercard at the Alamodome in San Antonio, and stopped previously unbeaten Tamas Kovacs in two rounds.

Schaefer says the target date is March 29th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the site of where Hopkins made history by breaking his own record as the oldest man to capture a world championship with a win over Tavoris Cloud in March of 2013.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 01-17-2014

[QUOTE=Sweet Pea 50;14144157]I'm still laughing how fast Hop was in the ring after Shumenovs last win.:lol1::lol1:[/QUOTE] I thought it was nice he was cheering him on so bad. Hopefully he doesn't ask the other corner to stop the fight mid-fight

Comment by Sweet Pea 50 on 01-17-2014

I'm still laughing how fast Hop was in the ring after Shumenovs last win.:lol1::lol1:

Comment by Trudoe the.. on 01-17-2014

[QUOTE=teddycanyon;14138480]this is about as evenly matched a fight as you can make with a 49 year old Bernard Hopkins. He wouldn't have much of a chance against kovalev or Stevenson, but he'd beat up the fringe contenders like he did…

Comment by kombayn on 01-17-2014

Benard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov Peter Quillen vs. Daniel Jacobs What could be the 3rd fight they broadcast?

Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 01-17-2014

Hopkins' an "alien" only against mediocre fighters or limited ones.

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