Kazakhstan's Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9) may have fought just once in each of the the last 2 years but he is already preparing for his first fight of 2014.
Shumeov, the WBA Light Heavyweight "super" champion, is set to return to the ring on April 19th at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C in an attempt to unify his title with the IBF Light Heavyweight title currently held by American legend Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2-2, 32).
The fight, set to be the main event of a "Showtime" card gives Hopkins the chance to become the oldest man in history to unify titles, adding that record to his long list of achievements. For Shumenov it's a chance to score a really notable victory and claim the scalp of a hall of famer as well as unifying the titles.
Hopkins, at 49, has proven to be an ageless warrior but one dare suggests that father time is breathing down his neck and one more loss may be the end for him. Despite his age though he is still an excellent fighter who knows all the tricks in the book, heck he probably wrote most of them, and could well have the well schooled ability to defeat Shumenov.
As for Shumenov he is crude but very strong, fairly powerful and aggressive. He's not as special as perhaps he thinks he is but he's a decent enough fighter and at almost 20 years Hopkins' junior he may well feel he has the freshness and youth to defeat "The Living Legend".
(Picture courtesy of boxrec.com)
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