Shumenov is Approached About Hopkins, Cleverly, Kessler

By Ryan Maquiñana

After Beibut Shumenov made the fourth successful defense of his WBA light heavyweight crown Saturday, his promoter Don Chargin was already pondering the Kazakhstan native’s next move.

“This week alone, I’ve been approached with three different offers about making a fight with Beibut,” Chargin told  “Golden Boy has asked me about Beibut fighting Bernard Hopkins in Brooklyn at the new arena, [WBO titleholder Nathan] Cleverly’s team has called me a couple times this week to go to Wales, and even [Mikkel] Kessler’s people inquired about us to go to Denmark.”

While neither Hopkins or Cleverly have announced their upcoming plans in detail, it has been widely publicized that Kessler is in negotiations for a rematch with new IBF super middleweight boss Carl Froch.  Shumenov (13-1, 8 KOs) shut out Enrique Ornelas (33-8, 21 KOs) at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas and will be ready for the fall if necessary.

“Beibut went into the fight with a very bad arm and he overcame it,” Chargin said. “Ornelas is a tough guy, but Beibut shut him out.”

Former 175-pound champ Jean Pascal of Canada was ringside for Shumenov’s win last July over Danny Santiago and publicly called him out.  Chargin was asked about a winter fight with Pascal, who is challenging Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light heavyweight title on Aug. 11 in Montreal.

“They’ve offered the Pascal fight, but that was in the past and he’s fighting Cloud.  The other three offers took place this week,” Chargin said.

Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly boxing column for  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LA_2_Vegas on 06-04-2012

[QUOTE=hougigo;12205478]Also he's from Kazekstan... but dude looks hella asian... like Japanese[/QUOTE] i think Kaz land area is mostly in Asia, and the other part Europe.. but im not positive. Yeah watch those Campillo fights they were pretty good...those tell you…

Comment by zimm2 on 06-04-2012

I saw plenty of cracking despite having a bad right arm. Shumenov looked impressive despite having an injury. Shumenov got some tuning up after a lay off and sounds like he is ready to challenge anyone with a belt.

Comment by tostao on 06-04-2012

shumenov can't crack an egg if he was unable to KO ornelas in lightheavy when ornelas is legit middleweight .

Comment by Hougigo on 06-04-2012

Also he's from Kazekstan... but dude looks hella asian... like Japanese

Comment by Hougigo on 06-04-2012

I'm watching highlights of the guy and his fight against Danny Santiago. So far people are right, this guy is a hitter. Then again, his best opponent was Campillo... I'm about to watch that

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