Shumenov Remains Tight-Lipped On Plan To Beat Hopkins

By Jake Donovan

If you’re waiting for Beibut Shumenov to reveal the secret of how he plans to beat Bernard Hopkins on April 19, you stand a better chance of passing out holding your breath while waiting on that answer.

The Kazakh boxer, now living in and training out of Las Vegas, is all business ahead of his upcoming light heavyweight title unification bout. So much that he refuses to tip his hand or give Hopkins (54-6-2, 32KO) – the absolute boxing master when it comes to pre-fight mind games – any additional ammunition.

All you really need to know about Shumenov, is that he has a plan and you’re just going to have to wait until fight night to find out what it is.

“I cannot discuss the knowledge I know about Bernard,” Shumenov (14-1, 9KO) stated, repeating that response in several variations during a recent conference call to promoter their upcoming Showtime-televised headliner. “I’m at the final stages of my preparation so people can see for themselves. I won’t give away any secrets.”

Shumenov was fast tracked to a world title, facing Gabriel Campillo in just his ninth pro fight. He came up just short in that attempt, but managed to best the Spaniard in their rematch five months later, claiming a major title in just his 10th pro fight.

Five title defenses have followed, although spray painted over the past four-plus years. The 30-year old is coming off of a 3rd round knockout of Tamas Kovacs last December, marking his debut on Showtime and with Golden Boy Promotions while ending an 18-month inactivity period.

Shumenov has decisively won each of his title defenses. Howeever, both fights with Campillo were extremely close and resulted in disputed decisions. Given the fighting styles of both fighters here, there exists the strong possibility of wide debate on the final scores should this one go to the cards.

To that, Shumenov revealed his only secret ahead of fight night.

“I plan to win so clearly that the judges don’t have a chance to take it from me,” Shumenov insists.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by giacomino on 04-04-2014

This is also classic Shumenov: wait until a legend is almost 50 and hope he catches him on the fade. Wouldn't have fought Hopkins at 45

Comment by Hougigo on 04-04-2014

[QUOTE=Sugar Adam Ali;14394741]Shumenov needs to stay busy, and keep the pace up, and use the jab alot.. Taylor and dawson were extremely effective vs hopkins doing that.. As soon as you slowdown, and start trying to box,, Hopkins has won..…

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 04-04-2014

Shumenov needs to stay busy, and keep the pace up, and use the jab alot.. Taylor and dawson were extremely effective vs hopkins doing that.. As soon as you slowdown, and start trying to box,, Hopkins has won.. the slower…

Comment by Spray_resistant on 04-04-2014

This is the type of opponent Hopkins histroically does well against, a slow plodder with no head movement, flatfooted, no defense of any kind who relies on winging hard power punches. Easy Popskins UD.

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 04-04-2014

[QUOTE=skinnystev;14393669]perdiction; Beibut Shumenov will present a very thorny problem for popkins[/QUOTE] Only if the contract allows for him to glue thorns onto his gloves.

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