WBA and IBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) may be in deep training for his January 8 unification showdown against WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Juergen Braehmer (36-2, 29 KOs), but the 27-year-old has a vested interest in Saturday night’s fight between WBC 175-pound titlist Jean Pascal and living legend Bernard Hopkins.
“Pascal is the champion with youth on his side; Hopkins is a future Hall of Famer with invaluable experience,” Shumenov commented from his Las Vegas training camp. “I’m not in the predicting business, but I hope that it’ll be a great fight. I’m looking forward to an exciting 2011 in the Light Heavyweight division.”
“The Unification,” presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and KZ Event Productions in association with Universum Box-Promotions, will feature Shumenov and Braehmer putting their respective titles on the line kicking-off the 2011 boxing year in exciting fashion in a 12-round WBA-WBO Light Heavyweight Unification World Championship on January 8, 2011 at the Ice Mansion in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.
Shumenov, a native of Shymkent, now fighting out of Las Vegas, owns and operates KZ Event Productions along with his brother Chingis and is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions understands that whoever wins tomorrow night, they jump in line for the next unification bout of the light heavyweight titles.