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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