It's fair to say that 2019 has been a complicated year for Kazakh fighter Beibut Shumenov (18-2, 12) [Бейбут Амирханович Шуменов], who was supposed to defend the WBA "regular" Cruiserweight title against Arsen Goulamirian, after a purse bid, before being injured.
That purse big had been rescheduled and delayed and was won by Shumenov's promoter who seemed to struggle to secure things for the bout before Shumenov's injury. It then seemed like Shumenov would be stripped of his title, for failing to defending, though is still listed as the champion.
Shumenov's injury has helped freeze the WBA title picture, with neither him, nor Goulamirian, fighting so far this year. The the impasse the WBA have done what they love to do and is creating an interim title, which will be fought for on October 19th when Ryad Merhy and Imre Szello face off.
Despite the WBA mess it's now being reported that Shumenov will return to the ring in November to defend his "regular" title, in Democratic Republic of the Congo, thanks to Don King, who is looking to put on a stacked card in the country formerly known as Zaire.
Given how Don King's promotional activity has gone in the last few years, and how Shumenov's own career has gone in recent years, we wouldn't be surprised at all if this fails to materialise. It seems we're not alone in that with Vesti.kz also being more than a touch critical about Don Kong, describing him as "The odious promoter".
According to www.sports.kz the WBA "regular" Cruiserweight title bout between Beibut Shumenov (18-2, 12) [Бейбут Амирханович Шуменов] and the unbeaten Arsen Goulamirian (24-0, 16) is off.
The site reports that Abel Sanchez, the trainer of Goulamirian, has stated that Shumenov is injured, again, and is not likely to face his man after all. Derailing the plans of Don King, Shumenov's promoter, who won the purse bids for the fight a few months ago.
Apparently the WBA have told members from the Goulamirian team about Shumenov being injured, with speculation being that it's his eye again. This cancelled plans for a May 11th date, a date which never had any venue announced or any real news at all about.
It also kills the hope that this bout would be the world title bout in Kazakhstan that MTK Global were going to put on their Capital City day show in July.
The talk is that Goulamirian will now face Mateusz Masternak (41-5, 28) in June in France for the regular title, before facing the winner of a bout between Denis Lebedev (32-2, 23) and Lawrence Okolie (12-0, 9) in a bout to unify the WBA titles, and lead to a single champion. It should be noted however that the WBA do seem to like to have multiple titles, despite public comments to the contrary, and plans are always subject to change.
If Shumenov is indeed injured, and it is his eye, then we wouldn't be surprised to see the 35 year old hang up the gloves and call time on his enigmatic career.
The WBA Cruiserweight title picture has been nothing short of a mess recently, with 4 different "world champions" at the time. Thankfully we are heading to a point where that mess will be tidied up, at least partially, and today saw the WBA hold a purse bid to begin the long process of getting rid of some of those world titles.
The purse bid in question was for the WBA "regular" Cruiserweight title, and was to set up a bout between "regular" champion Beibut Shumenov (18-2, 12) [Бейбут Амирханович Шуменов] and "interim" champion, come Gold champion, Arsen Goulamirian (24-0, 16).
The winning bid was put in by Don King, $821,000, with the purse to be split 55%-45% in favour of Shumenov. The winning was almost $200,000 more than the bid put in by Goulamirian's team, who were the
It was the only one of 4 purse bids ordered earlier this year to actually take place today, more than a week later than originally scheduled.
King's winning bid came with 3 possible venues and dates.The first possibility is on April 15th in Monaco, the second possibility is just over 2 weeks later, April 30th Kazakhstan whilst the other possibility is May 13th in New York. A decision will be made shortly on which of those options will be taken forward.
French website www.lequipe.fr have quoted Sébastien Acariès, who promotes Goulamirian, as saying "Given the large amount of the bid, I have no regrets " [Translated] and also seemed to rule out the April 15th option, "King, who sent his representative, he will now have to find a city, but I do not believe in the possibility of Monaco at all." This is likely due to the fact a bout in Monaco would essentially see Goulamirian being the local favourite.
Yesterday the WBA announced that the purse for their Cruiserweight title bout between Kazakh world champion Beibut Shumenov (18-2, 12) [Бейбут Амирханович Шуменов] and Frenchman Arsen Goulamirian (24-0, 16) had been rescheduled, again.
Originally the purse bids were set for February 4th, then February 6th and now they are set for February 13th.
There was no clear reason given, but it should be noted that there was several other purse bids set for February 6th, today, and it seems like they are set to be cancelled due to fighters taking unification bouts. This is the case at Super Bantamweight, where world champion Daniel Roman (26-2-1, 10) looks set to unify with IBF champion TJ Doheny (21-0, 15), and at Lightweight, where Vasiliy Lomachenko (12-1, 9) and Richard Commey (28-2, 25) will look to unify the WBA, WBO and IBF titles.
As a result of the unification bouts we'll see the mandatory title bouts at Super Bantamweight, featuring Uzbek Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0, 4) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович] and a Lightweight, with Anthony Crolla (34-6-3, 13) being put on the back burner, for now at least.
Given the unification bouts it makes sense to cancel the purse bids at 122lbs and 130lbs though delaying the Cruiserweight doesn't make much sense.
Earlier this month the WBA ordered several purse bids, though had confusing time frames for several of them. Today however they set new dates for the 4 purse bids that they had previously ordered.
Whilst several of those bouts don't concern the Asian boxing scene, 2 of them do. They are the Cruiserweight title bout between Kazakhstan's Beibut Shumenov (18-2, 12) [Бейбут Амирханович Шуменов] and Frenchman Arsen Goulamirian (24-0, 16), as well as the Super Bantamweight bout between Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0, 4) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], from Uzbekistan, and American world champion Daniel Roman (26-2-1, 10).
The bouts have been changed from February 4th to February 6th.
As well as changing the dates the WBA also announced the purse splits. For the Super Bantamweight title bout the purse will be split 75/25, in favour of the champion, whilst the Cruiserweight bout will be split 55/45, again in favour of the champion.
The minimum bids for the bouts have been set at $200,000 for the Cruiserweight contest and $120,000 for the Super Bantamweight bout.
As well as the two with an Asian interest there will also be a Heavyweight title bout and a Lightweight title bout with purse bids taking place at the same time.
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