World Champion Beibut Shumenov
has special interest in Erdei-Mitchell fight
LAS VEGAS (June 1, 2011) – WBA/IBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs), preparing for his third title defense this summer, has a special interest in Saturday night’s fight in Atlantic City between past world champions Zsolt “Firebird” Erdei and Byron “Slama from ‘Bama” Mitchell.
While history-making Shumenov dreams of unifying the light heavyweight division, he’s been unable to get any other world champions to put their title belt on the line. If none of the other world light heavyweight champions will get in the ring with Shumenov in 2011, Beibut will strongly consider a potential match-up later this year against the leading recognized non-world champion, Erdei (32-0, 17 KOs), a former two-time, two-division world titlist.
Shumenov, the 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, has been on an unprecedented, accelerated pace since his pro debut only 3 ½ years ago. He has defeated four world champions in only 11 pro fights, including Mitchell, as well as Montell Griffin, William Joppy, and Gabriel Campillo. The 27-year-old Shumenov, fighting out of Las Vegas, captured the WBA crown January 9, 2010 in his 10th pro bout via a 12-round decision against Campillo, breaking the world light heavyweight record of 15 set by Jeff “Hit Man” Harding in 1989.
“Erdei is an undefeated, two-time world champion who I’ve been trying to fight through promoters for the past two years,” Shumenov said. “But, so far, we’ve been unable to make the fight happen. Mitchell is a two-time world champion, too. I fought (WTKO4) Byron in 2009 and since then we’ve become friends and helped each other during a couple of training camps. If Erdei should defeat Mitchell, I would love to fight Erdei on Showtime or HBO, and Mr. DiBella can contact me directly to make it happen.”
Shumenov owns and operates the Las Vegas-based, full service boxing promotional company, KZ Event Productions, along with his brother, Chingis. In addition to promoting Beibut, Team KZ also includes three undefeated, world-rated boxers: WBA International Light Heavyweight champion Gayrat Ahemedov (16-0-1, 10 KOs), WBA rated No. 2 contender; WBA FEDALATIN Welterweight king Ravshan Hudaynazarov (14-0, 12 KOs), rated No. 8 by the WBA; WBA International Super Lightweight titlist Alexandr Zhuravskiy (11-0, 8 KOs), who is ranked No. 15 by the WBA.
Go online to www.KZEventProductions.com for additional information about Shumenov, KZ Event Productions, or any of its fighters.
WORLD CHAMPION BEIBUT SHUMENOV STOPS WILLIAM JOPPY IN SIX
SHYMKENT, Kazakhstan (January 8, 2011) – WBA/IBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs) successfully defended his world titles for the second time, stopping 3-time world champion William Joppy in the sixth round, tonight in front of a packed house at the Ice Mansion in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.
Joppy (39-6-2, 30 KOs) replaced WBO titlist Juergen Braehmer, who last Monday night suddenly and unexpectedly pulled out of his scheduled unification showdown against Shumenov, in the main event.
The former Kazakhstan Olympian, now fighting out of Las Vegas, floored Joppy in the fifth round with a powerful right and seconds into the sixth round, he fired a vicious left hook to Joppy’s body that resulted in him taking a knee and being 10-counted out. Shumenov joined fellow world champion Lucian Bute and former superstar Felix Trinidad as the only fighters to ever stop the game, experienced Joppy.
“I’m happy but still want to be the undisputed light heavyweight champion of the world,” Shumenov said after the fight. “That is my goal. I took a little while to get to Joppy because I had prepared four months to fight a southpaw.
“I can go toe-to-toe or move and box. I’m trying to learn everything to be the best, using my power and speed. He’s (head trainer Kevin Barry) the greatest. I listened to my corner. I want to fight the best - the other three world champions. I can’t be considered the best until I’ve beaten the other three champions.”
“Under the circumstances,” Barry noted, “I thought that Beibut’s performance was incredible. It was a fight that I didn’t like because he was fighting a last-minute replacement with a lot of excperience. Mentally and emotionally, I was concerned because he was deflated and he had to get back up in three days. He has a world-class jab. The plan was for him to throw to the body in the first few rounds and then go to the head. Everything worked out well for us.”
The show was presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and KZ Event Productions, which is owned and operated by the Shumenov brothers, Beibut and Chingis, in Las Vegas.
In the co-feature, Uzbekistan native Ravshan Hudaynazarov (14-0, 12 KOs), rated No. 13 by the WBA, won the WBA FEDALATIN Welterweight title by 10th-round technical knockout due to a deep cut over Jose Luis “Chelin” Cruz’ right eye. A devastating body puncher, the 26-year-old Hudaynazarov dropped Cruz (41-8-2, 33 KOs) with a left hook to the liver late in the opening round, but his Mexican opponent proved to be as tough as advertised. Cruz had fought a draw with Carlos Baldomir and took Shane Mosley the full distance.
On the advice of the ring doctor, the referee stopped the fight in the 10th round, but Hudaynazarov gained invaluable experience having never before fought more than six rounds. He won every round on the three judges’ scorecards through nine in a thoroughly convincing performance.
Former Kazakhstan National Amateur Champion Alexandr Zhuravskiy (11-0, 8 KOs), fighting out of Las Vegas, kept his perfect pro record intact by knocking out Ruben “Modern Day” Galvan in the sixth round to capture the WBA International Super Lightweight Championship. Zhuravskiy methodically broke-down Galvan, who had been stopped only twice in 45 previous fights, flooring him with a left and then immediately jumping on him with a 1-2 combination that ended the fight.
Unbeaten Interim PABA Light Heavyweight Gayrat Shumenov (16-0-1, 10 KOs), rated No. 65 by the WBA, successfully defended that belt and added the WBC International crown to his collection when Tursunboy Absullakimov was unable to answer the bell to start the fifth round.
Hudaynazarov, Zhuravfskiy and Ahmedov are all in the KZ Event Productions stable of fighters.
Full results from Shymkent, Kazakhstan:
Beibut Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs), Las Vegas, Nevada, USA W KO 6 (015)
William Joppy (39-7-2, 30 KOs), Woodbridge, Virginia, USA
(Shumenov retains WBA and IBA titles)
Gayrat Ahmedov (16-0-1, 11 KOs), Las Vegas, Nevada, USA W KO 4 (3:00)
Tursunboy Abdullakimov (13-5 3 KOs), Dzhizak, Uzbekistan
(Ahmedov retains Interim PABA and wins WBA International title)
Ravshan Hudaynazarov (14-0, 12 KOs), Las Vegas, Nevada, USA W TKO 10 (1:22)
Jose Cruz (41-8-2, 33 KOs), Santa Ana, California, USA
(Hudaynazarov wins WBA FEDALATIN title)
Alexandr Zhuravskiy (10-0, 8 KOs), Las Vegas, Nevada, USA W TKO 6 (2:14)
Ruben Galvan (27-15-4, 10 KOs), Hammond, Indiana, USA
(Zhuravskiy wins vacant WBA International title)
Barry training KZ Event Quartet
LAS VEGAS (Jan. 26, 2011) – 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist Kevin Barry is training a unique, talented quartet of boxers from Kazakhstan, featuring WBA/IBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov, and Uzbekistan out of his gym, Team Barry Boxing, in Henderson, Nevada.
Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs) and light welterweight Alexandr Zhuravskiy (10-0, 8 KOs) are Kazakhstan natives, while WBA No. 6 light heavyweight Gayrat Ahmedov (16-0-1, 10 KOs) and WBA No. 13 welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov (14-0, 12 KOs), are from Uzbekistan. All four members of this unique foursome now live in Las Vegas, where they’re trained by Barry, who guided heavyweight title challenger David Tua for 12 years.
Shumenov owns and operates the Las Vegas-based KZ Event Productions along with his brother, Chingis.Zhuravskiy, Ahmedov and Hudaynazarov are promoted by KZ Event Productions and Beibut is a hands-on promoter, guiding their careers as a promoter/fighter, as well as in terms of training, fight preparation, and selecting opponents.
Shumenov, the 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, and New Zealander Barry have developed a special relationship in the past 12 months, including Beibut’s WBA title-winning performance against defending champion Gabriel Campillo and two successful title-defenses versus mandatory, previously unbeaten Vlacheslav Uzelkov and 3-time world champion William Joppy. Shumenov holds the record for fewest fights (10) to capture a major world light heavyweight title.
“Training Beibut for only two months going into his second fight against Campillo,” Barry explained, “I didn’t know how much of a difference it would make but with Beibut’s exceptional abilities and willingness to learn it was enough. We had more time working together for the Uzelkov fight and he showed tremendous improvement. After a full year I know my fighter: he is much more accomplished, better skilled, and he’s made huge improvements in his abilities. Beibut is more comfortable and polished and he has grown into his role the last 12 months.
“Originally, I had said give me 5-6 fights to see what type of fighter Beibut is. We’ve now had three fights together and his conditioning has improved greatly. He has better balanced and understands distance in fights. He’s gone from a primarily 1-2 puncher into one with extensive energy and an arsenal of weapons. Beibut is comfortable throwing and landing blows to any part of his opponent’s body. He has also grown into a world champion; confident in himself, and he shows more maturity than many fighters with more years in this business. As a fighter, he has grown a lot in 12 months, winning the WBA title in only his 10th fight and defending it in grand fashion against Uzelkov and under difficult circumstances against Joppy. It’s incredible that he’s made all of these accomplishments having turned pro only three years ago.
“Beibut challenges himself by setting high goals and he will still continue to improve. I said I needed 5-6 fights to see what type of fighter he is but, by then, he may unify all of the belts. Beibut is very driven and the sky’s the limit for him. He believes there’s nothing he can’t do. I’m excited about what he’s done in the past 12 months. Under the circumstances, I thought Beibut’s performance against Joppy was incredible. After (WBO champion Juergen) Braemher pulled out, in my opinion, like a coward in the middle of the night without telling anybody, Beibut was in a fight I didn’t like because he was fighting a last-minute replacement with a lot of experience (Joppy). Mentally and emotionally, I was concerned because he was deflated and he had to get back up in only three days. Everything worked out well for us. He is taking the right steps to be a star in the future.”
Barry also broke-down the other trio of defeated fighters he trains -- Ahmedov, Interim PABA and WBA International Light Heavyweight Champion; Hudaynazarov, WBA FEDALATIN Welterweight Champion; and Zhuravskiy, WBA International Super Lightweight Champion.
“Gayrat is a strong, durable fighter who is a terrific body puncher. He has heavy hands and we’re working to get him throwing more punches. Ravshan has phenomenal output. He throws 6 to 10 punches at a time and he’s a devastating body puncher. Body punches take more out of a fighter than head shots and Ravshan loves hitting the body. They can’t shake-off his body punches. He has developed into a seasoned fighter who has gone around gyms in Las Vegas beating-up most guys. Ravshan is legitimate. His progress has been very exciting. Alex, I’ve only had two months with but he is a real exciting prospect. He is a very strong, tough fighter who’s a huge 140-pounder. You would think he’s a 154-pounder -- he’s bigger than Ravshan! Alex is a southpaw with a great amateur background. He is a good puncher who loves to fight. He is more like Beibut than Gayrat or Ravshan. You can never ask him to do too much. Picture an old-school Russian fighter and that’s what he looks like with that great work ethic. He didn’t speak a word of English when he got here but he’s very disciplined and listens to me and my assistant coach, Dewey Cooper.”
Despite working with four foreign-born fighters, Barry insists that there are no communication barriers because all of them now speak English, maybe not as fluent as Beibut, but more than enough to understand what they have to do. Beibut also speaks Russian, Kazak, Turkish and Uzbekistan; Uzbekistan and Russian for Gayrat, Ravshan only Uzbekistan, and Zhuravskiy speaks Russian and Kazak.
“Boxing has a universal language – signs and showing what we mean -- that all of us understand,” Barry concluded. “Ravshan’s improvement speaking English is out of sight. Beibut has made the transition so much easier for me by translating in order to explain small details to them. He has been instrumental taking part in their careers as a leader for them to follow. Beibut sets the standard and the others try and keep up with him.”
Bob Trieger, Full Court Press, 978.664.4482, email@example.com
Kazakh boxing champ seeks to be sport’s undeniable best
By Hal Foster
Boxer Beibut Shumenov would like to be the light-heavyweight champion of all of boxing’s organizations
ASTANA - Friday, September 10, 2010 - Boxer Beibut Shumenov knew his first-round fight in the 2004 Olympics would be brutal. He just didn’t know how brutal.
Shumenov, one of Kazakhstan’s best fighters ever, beat one of the world’s top light-heavyweights, Aleksy Kuziemski of Poland, in the bout in Athens. But he paid a high price – a broken left hand.
Most boxers would have dropped out of the competition. But Shumenov hung tough, fighting the next competitor, Ihsan Yildirim Tarhan of Turkey, with one hand. The outcome was predictable – a decision for Tarhan. But it showed the world that Shumenov had what it takes to be a champion: Courage. Determination. Guts. Shumenov’s talent, combined with these valuable traits, helped him become the World Boxing Association’s light-heavyweight champion this year more quickly than any other boxer ever has – in 10 fights.
The 26-year-old Las Vegas resident’s next goal is to become a marquee champion, the kind of legend that boxing fans talk about decades after he’s hung up his gloves. To help him achieve that objective, this spring he hired one of the sport’s top promoters, California’s Dan Goossen.
His first fight under Goossen on July 23 pitted Shumenov against an undefeated opponent, Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Uzelkov. Shumenov won a lopsided unanimous decision, 118-108, 118-108, 117-109.
The Shymkent native’s record is now 10-1. Six of his nine victories have been by knockouts, most in the first or second rounds. Now the 6’2”, 175-pound Shumenov wants to become the light-heavyweight champion of all of the world’s boxing organizations.
Die-hard fans know that the world of boxing has so many confederations that the question of who really is the world champ is often a subject of hot debate. Often, different boxers will hold the different title championships at the same time.
The only way to settle who’s really the world’s best boxer in a weight division is to have all the title-holders square off one by one. That’s what Shumenov wants to do.
He said he would like his next fight to be against Jean Pascal, a Haitian-Canadian who holds the World Boxing Council, International Boxing Organization and Ring Magazine titles, or America’s Tavoris Cloud, the World Boxing Organization title holder.
Meanwhile, the only light-heavyweight boxer who has beaten Shumenov, Spain’s Gabriel Campillo, is demanding another fight after Shumenov defeated him in a rematch for the World Boxing Association title.
Shumenov took the controversial 2-1 split decision in Las Vegas in January of this year.
It avenged a one-sided 2-0-1 decision to the Spaniard at the Sport Complex in Astana on August 15, 2009. The 2-0-1 tally meant that two judges believed Campillo had won and one considered the contest a tie.
Shumenov has been living in Las Vegas since 2007, when he and his older brother Chingis established their own promotion company, KZ Events Promotions. Shumenov’s trainer is Kevin Barry, who, like Goossen, has a reputation for molding champions.
Although Shumenov and his brother will continue to have KZ Event Promotions sign and develop other talent, he will let Goossen promote his own matches. That will give him more time to focus on training to become a marquee champion, he said.
"I'm excited about this arrangement with Dan, who is one of the leading promoters in boxing today," Shumenov said. "They get a lot of television dates and have a strong stable of boxers. They always seem to maximize the opportunity for their boxers. That is all I can ask for. I will do the rest.
"Being a world champion and promoter and all the work that goes into that -- especially when I'm in training for a fight -- makes it very difficult for me,” he said. “I need to concentrate on training, which I'll now be able to do.”
"I'll let Dan and his great team at Goossen Tutor handle the business outside the ring,” Shumenov said.
"KZ Event Productions will still be promoting shows, and my brother and I will still be involved with our KZ fighters and signing new talent. I look forward to even bigger and better things working with Goossen Tutor."
Shumenov’s first professional fight, in 2007, was a first-round knockout of Walter Edwards in Wilson, N.C.
He followed that with two knockout wins within four months
In March 2008, Shumenov returned to Kazakhstan to fight American Donnell Wiggins. He knocked out Wiggins in two rounds.
A month later he knocked out former U.S. Golden Gloves champion Lavell Finger in the first round.
Shumenov's most high-profile fight before taking on Campillo in 2009 was against former world champion Montell Griffin in Shymkent in 2008.
Griffin was Shumenov’s first professional opponent to go the distance with him. But it was a clear-cut victory, with each of the three judges acknowledging his dominance in each round.
His other victories were against another former world champion – Byron Mitchell – and Colombian native Epifanio Mendoza.
Shumenov won the light-heavyweight title five fights earlier than Jeff Harding, who became champ in his 15th bout in 1989.
He is the fourth Kazakhstan boxer to win a world championship.
The others were Anatoly Alexandrov, who took the World Boxing Championships’ super-featherweight crown in 1990; Oleg Maskaev, who won the WBC heavyweight crown in 2006; and Vassily Jirov, who won the International Boxing Federation cruiserweight crown in 2001.
KZ Event Fighters
Ahmedov & Hudaynazarov Explode in U.S.
LAS VEGAS (August 2, 2010) – KZ Event Productions, the company headed by Beibut Shumenov and his brother, Chingis, had a very successful night on July 23, 2010. Twoof its undefeated fighters, light heavyweight Gayrat Ahmedov (15-0-1, 10 KOs) and welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov (13-0, 11 KOs), both former amateurs standouts from Uzbekistan, now fighting out of Las Vegas, registered impressive, knockout victories in Lemoore, California.
Ahmedov and Hudaynzarov fought on the undercard of an ESPN “Friday Night Fights” show, presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with KZ Event Productions, that was headlined by WBA and IBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs), at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.
The Goossen Tutor-promoted Shumenov, who successfully defended his title belts by way of an aggressive, offensive-controlled 12-round unanimous decision (118-108 twice, 117-109) against the very dangerous mandatory challenger Vyachesklav Uzelkov (22-1, 14 KOs), instantly put his name alongside the other champions in the light heavyweight division with the victory.
“My brother and I are very proud of Gayrat and Ravshan,” Chingis remarked. “They have been improving with each fight, especially after moving to Las Vegas and training here. They both made statements with their impressive action-packed performances making new boxing fans along the way.”
WBA #9 world rated Ahmedov stopped his toughest opponent to date, Dallas Vargas (22-5, 16 KOs), in the opening round after landing a perfectly placed left-hook to the body. Gayrat, the WBA Asian Boxing Council and interim PABA titlist, exchanged blows with Vargas until unloading a left hook to the liver. Vargas went down to both knees and, unable to make it to his feet, he was counted out by the referee.
“At the count of seven,” Gayrat explained, “I already knew what combination I planned to hit him with if he had stood up. He didn’t make it, though. Sparring with Beibut really helped me for my fight.”
One of the hottest prospects in boxing, Hudaynazarov followed his game plan to perfection, cracking Pavel Miranda’s body until he was unable to continue after five rounds. Fighting under the sun and 100-plus degree heat, Ravshan, a notoriously brutal body puncher, destroyed his experienced opponent who came into the fight with a 16-5-1 (8 KOs) record.
“I knew he was a tough Mexican fighter who could take a lot of punches,” Ravshan said. “I set him up in the first two rounds with a good body attack and took whatever he had. But he kept taking punches. I wasn’t surprised he quit on the stool after the shots I was landing.
“I really feel much better fighting as a welterweight. I’ve spoken with Beibut about getting me a regional title fight next.”
Head trainer Kevin Barry added, “Beibut has led the way to a world championship. I believe that, someday, Gayrat and Ravshan will also be world champions. They work very hard in the gym and do what they’ve been taught.”
KZ Event Productions, Inc.
Based in Las Vegas, KZ Event Productions is owned by the Shumenov brothers, World Boxing Association and IBA Light Heavyweight World Champion, Beibut, and Chingis. KZ Event Productions is a full service, international boxing promotional company. Go to www.kzeventproductions.com for more information about the company and its fighters.
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (175 Lbs / 79.38 Kgs)
World Champion: BEIBUT SHUMENOV KAZ
Won Title: 01-29-10
Last Mandatory: 07-23-10
Last Defense: 07-23-10
WBC: JEAN PASCAL - IBF: TAVORIS CLOUD
WBO: JURGEN BRAEHMER
1. GABRIEL CAMPILLO (OC) SPA
2. CHRIS HENRY USA
3. TIM BELL (PABA) AUS
4. ALEKSY KUZIEMSKI (EBA) POL
5. VYACHESLAV UZELKOV UKR
6. DAWID KOSTECKI POL
7. JOE SPINA USA
8. VITALY RUSAL UKR
9. GAYRAT AHMEDOV UZB
10. HUGO HERAN GARAY ARG
11. OTIS GRIFFIN USA
12. TOMMY KARPENCY USA
13. ELVIR MURIQUI USA
14. THIERRY KARL FRA
15. VIKAPITA MERORO NAM
MARCUS JOHNSON USA
WELTERWEIGHT (147 Lbs / 66.68 Kgs)
VYACHESLAV SENCHENKO UKR
Won Title: 04-10-09
Last Defense: 10-03-09
INTERIM CHAMPION: SOULEYMANE MBAYE FRA
WBC: ANDRE BERTO WBO: MANNY PACQUIAO
IBF: JAN ZAVECK
1. NOT RATED
2. MIKE JONES (NABA) USA
3. SAID OUALI MOR
4. SAUL ALVAREZ MEX
5. LEONARD BUNDU (WBA I/C) ITA
6. MATTHEW HATTON U.K.
7. ANTONIN DECARIE CAN
8. VITALY DEMYANENKO (PABA) KAZ
9. VIKTOR PLOTNIKOV (EBA) UKR
10. ALFONSO GOMEZ MEX
11. SEBASTIAN LUJAN ARG
12. CHARLIE NAVARRO VEN
13. HECTOR SALDIVIA ARG
14. RAVSHAN HUDAYNAZAROV UZB
15. YURI NUHNENKO UKR
Beibut Shumenov's Ambition Reignites Fire in Kevin Barry
Jake Donovan, BoxingScene.com • 1/26/2010
It happens to the very best of them. What you know really well often serves as what you do, but eventually reach a point where the passion is gone and it’s simply just a job.
Veteran trainer and 1984 Olympic silver medalist Kevin Barry had been around the game for what felt like forever, but a long and expensive lawsuit and several operations kept the New Zealand-bred boxing coach away from the spotlight since 2003.
The game never quite left him, but Barry reached a point in his life where he believed he had maxed out in what he would achieve from the game. It meant bringing several fighters – most notably heavyweight contender David Tua - to the top level, but having never manned a corner in which his guy left the ring with a world title around his waist. Read Full Article
A corner has always been where Kevin Barry’s heart and home are
Norm Frauenheim, 15Rounds.com • 1/26/2010
t’s not exactly a comeback. Kevin Barry never really left. Home has always been in a corner, no matter how obscure. It’s just that the lights are beginning to brighten again for Barry at a post that has cornered a special place in his heart.
“Boxing is the love of my life,’’ Barry said.
That life, like marriage, tested Barry with familiar controversies, starting with his 1984 Olympic silver medal won in a disqualification of eventual heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield and including a split with David Tua in the courts of his native New Zealand.
Barry wasn’t sure he ever wanted to venture back toward the biggest stage, which in boxing can be as upside-down as the Down-Under in his homeland. In fact, he needed some convincing. But he’s glad he listened to a persuasive Beibut Shumenov (8-1, 6 KOs), a light-heavyweight from Kazakhstan who will have Barry in his corner Friday night in a Fox-televised rematch of his disputed loss by majority decision to World Boxing Association champion Gabriel Campillo (19-2, 6 KOs) of Spain at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. Read Full Article