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Shumenov Reacts To Kovalev: If You Want Me, Just Ask!

By Luke Furman

WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov has responded to some recent critical comments from Sergey Kovalev, the WBO's champion at 175-pounds.

Last month, Kovalev (23-0-1, 21KOs) took a direct shot at Shumenov (14-1, 9KOs), as the Russian puncher voiced his disgust with World Boxing Association's decision to make Shumenov a "super champion" at light heavyweight.

"Beibut Shumenov is a world champion only in writing. To not box for a year and a half, and then get the status of super champion.....it's funny. The WBA is a [sanctioning body] that has some strange, inappropriate decisions. Perhaps the officials simply are feeding off of him, because, as I have heard, Beibut is quite financially secure," Kovalev told Championat.

Shumenov was very surprised with the comments, especially since the two fighters have had a respectful relationship.

"[Kovalev's comments] were unpleasant. Kovalev was my guest during an evening of boxing in Shymkent. Then he was at my rematch with Campillo in the United States and congratulated me on my victory. We always talked normally with each other. But now that he won the title, he started to say things like that. Why? For what? I do not know what he imagines about himself. If he wants us to meet in the ring, he does not need a lot of words to get it done. Let him say: 'I need a fight with Shumenov.' That's all. I'm ready to fight him. And I've talked about it with [Golden Boy CEO] Richard Schaefer and [adviser] Al Haymo. Their answer: 'do not worry, we will get you this fight.' But [the Kovalev fight will have to happen] after [I get my] fight with [IBF champion] Bernard Hopkins," Shumenov said.

Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by giacomino on 01-07-2014

[QUOTE=sergey.smith;14109505]Gia - the Campillo that fought Kovalev was still probably drunk. He wasn't the same fighter that fought Cloud and before that Shumenov which was 4 years ago. The facts are Campillo was in great shape for Cloud and Shumenov.…

Comment by Cuban Linx on 01-07-2014

[QUOTE=Koba-Grozny;14109674]Shumenov somehow has one of the most ridiculous championship records in all of boxing. Since winning the title off Campillo (by what was widely considered a robbery) 4 years ago he's fought 5 times, and only one of these opponents…

Comment by sergey.smith on 01-07-2014

Tudor - I knew you were Russian by your incorrect comments earlier. No problem, you like Kovalev. Be proud of it, support who like. I prefer Hopkins as I mentioned not Shumenov but as I can tell you don't really…

Comment by TudorMiron on 01-07-2014

I'm Russian and I live in Moscow - English is not my native language. So I make mistakes. But you have a right to call me stupid for it :) if it makes you feel better. Keep trying making people…

Comment by sergey.smith on 01-07-2014

Tudor - You make me "laugh" at your spelling. Good lord, learn how to spell simple words so you don't make yourself sound so stupid when you post. I am a boxing fan who follows stats and I actually prefer…

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