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Shumenov: Cleverly and Dawson Never Got Back To Me

By Ryan Burton

WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov was on hand at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to support his friend Andy Ruiz Saturday night who defeated Carl Davis via first round knockout.

BoxingScene.com caught up with Shumenov afterwards to talk about his future. The once beaten fighter has been inactive since defeating Enrique Ornelas last June. Shumenov said he has been in the gym training and that he thought he was close to getting a unification fight against WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly. He also said he reached out to Chad Dawson's team without any success.

"We tried to make a fight with Cleverly since they were mentioning my name in interviews. They said Cleverly wanted to fight me. We reached out to them but then they tried to make a fight against Bernard Hopkins.  When we tried to talk to them again (after Hopkins opted to face Cloud) they just disappeared. If that fight happens in the future I will be happy.

"Chad Dawson got knocked out tonight but before he agreed to fight (Adonis) Stevenson we reached out to Gary Shaw but he never got back to us," Shumenov stated.

A fight against the newly crowned WBC light heavyweight champion doesn't seem very likely either for Shumenov. He said that he would be interested in facing the Haitian-Canadian but only if the fight were to take place in the US.

"I don't think that he will come out of Canada but if he does then that would be great. I would love to fight him too," Shumenov told BoxingScene.com.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Wenger Is God on 06-11-2013

[QUOTE=qksilvr;13464896]I would think people would know better then to believe everything that they read in the press or that Frank Warren says. Frank Warren never has made an offer to Shumenov of any money to fight anywhere. Shumenov has never…

Comment by qksilvr on 06-11-2013

I would think people would know better then to believe everything that they read in the press or that Frank Warren says. Frank Warren never has made an offer to Shumenov of any money to fight anywhere. Shumenov has never…

Comment by Wenger Is God on 06-11-2013

[QUOTE=wja1966;13464448]Dont forget Warren also made Shumenov a offer but they wouldnt leave america It works both ways[/QUOTE] True. And Shumenov's people couldn't even get an American tv date.

Comment by wja1966 on 06-11-2013

Dont forget Warren also made Shumenov a offer but they wouldnt leave america It works both ways

Comment by qksilvr on 06-10-2013

Springfiels pal- I sure hope you were joking about Cleverly clearing out the division. Shumenov already beat Kuziemski in the Olympics and he used Hawk and Karpency as sparring partners years ago. So Cleverly is fighting Shumenov's left overs not…

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