Team Shumenov: There is Zero Interest in Hopkins

By Phil D. Jay

WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov is likely to avoid a potential meeting with Bernard Hopkins in the wake of Oscar De La Hoya’s comments to WBN that their main aim for a return for the former world champion is a fight with the Kazakhstan boxer.

A KZ Promotions representative contacted me in light of De La Hoya’s admission to verify that Shumenov has no interest in a fight with the aging former WBC title holder as the Las Vegas-resident looks for a unification bout.

“In regards to reports out there in the media about a Shumenov/Hopkins fight in the fall, I can confirm that any reports or rumours are false," KZ told World Boxing News.

“We informed GBP a while back that we have zero interest in fighting the 47 year old Hopkins.

“Beibut has much respect for Hopkins but we are pursuing other younger options and unifying is still one of our goals, too.”

Shumenov, 28, revealed to WBN that a possible fight with WBO belt holder Nathan Cleverly has passed the initial contact phase and could happen if the Welshman is willing to fight in the US for his next defense.

Phil D. Jay covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by giacomino on 06-25-2012

Translation: The WBA won't make him fight a mandatory or anyone with a pulse and he will defend Campillo's title against nobodies until he finds a suitably soft "champion" to beat

Comment by Mikhnienko on 06-25-2012

[QUOTE=QUELOQUE;12279566][B]Shumenov has been fighting for 5 digits on ESPN2 and Telefutura. A fight against B-Hop would net him his first 6 figures and get him on HBO or Showtime. [/B]The reward is there... the risk is just enough to make…

Comment by Seiko on 06-25-2012

Translation:We have no interest in losing a lopsided decsion to Hopkins, losing our belt, and fading into obscurity.

Comment by Heru on 06-25-2012

[QUOTE=Cupocity303;12277539][SIZE="3"]What happened to Nathan Cleverly? I thought he wanted Hopkins regardless of whether he lost to Dawson or not. As far as Shumenov, I can't blame him. [B]No reward[/B], and too much risk. Unless Hopkins is willing to forfeit his…

Comment by 2shameless on 06-25-2012

Be nice to see Hopkins pick up another title before he retires on a win. Shumenov is certainly the easiest route to do so for him.

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