By Ryan Burton
Last week, BoxingScene.com's Elisinio Castillo reported that WBA "regular" cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov (17-2) and WBA interim champion Yunier Dorticos (21-0) will finally face each other in Las Vegas on April 29th.
The fight was mandated by the WBA as they continue their efforts to reduce the total amount of champions they have in each division.
The winner will be ordered to face WBA "super champion" Denis Lebedev, who is coming off a loss to Murat Gassiev. Only Lebedev's IBF belt was at stake in the Gassiev fight.
Dorticos captured his interim title last spring when he knocked out Youri Kalenga in Paris, France in a 2016 Fight of the Year candidate.
Shumenov's last fight took place a day after Dorticos' fight on May 21st when he stopped Junior Wright in 10 rounds at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino.
Sources close to the situation have advised BoxingScene.com that the fight will indeed take place in Las Vegas at the Palms Resort and Casino. The Las Vegas based Shumenov will have home court advantage against the Miami based Cuban.
"My exiting fighting style and punching power will once again show all my fans and the world why I'm called 'The KO Doctor' and my next patient that I will prescribe my medication to is Beibut Shumenov," Dorticos said.
Television coverage for the fight along with the rest of the fight card is expected to be announced in the next few days.
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