Earlier today former 2-weight world champion Beibut Shumenov (17-2, 11) [Бейбут Шуменов] held a press conference, and announced a number of interesting things.
The key part of the press conference was that he was ending his retirement, which began last year following a serious eye issue. Today Shumenov stated that the eye injury wasn't the only reason for his retirement, saying he "had some difficulties with my manager, he was overloaded with his own affairs, he could not provide me with the necessary number of fights, so there were long downtimes."
Those managerial issues along with two eye operations and stress saw Shumenov needing to take a break from the ring.
The injury to the eye appears to have been more of a long term one than fans were really aware of, with Shumenov stating he has had issues with his left eye since 2008, and was fighting one eyed back in 2010, before having a serious operation to sort the problem.
In regards to his comeback he stated he was already in negotiations and was plannign to fight later this year, with his longer term plan being to fight for a world title again.
Staying on the subject of long term plans Shumenov told the press that he was looking to open a boxing school in Kazakhstanm to help the future of the sport in the country, and he also hinted at promoting bouts. He told those at the press conference that he doesn't belive KAzakh's fully understand the prestie of professional boxing, which he is hoping to build through his promotional outfit.
(Photo courtesy of Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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