Kazakh fighter Beibut Shumenov (17-2, 11) may not be the most talented or popular of fighters but he has carved his own career rather than being dictated to by promoters with their interests coming before his. That has seen him chasing things like the Light Heavyweight world speed record, world title unification and, eventually, a crusade to be Kazakhstan's first 2-weight world champion. He might have faced some terrible opposition as a champion but he has often chased things in an attempt to prove his ability.
That chasing hasn't stopped and Shumenov has now publicly called out unified Cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22), for whom Shumenov is the WBA Mandatory challenger for.
Lebedev is expected to return later this year to face IBF mandatory Murat Gassiev (23-0, 17) and Shumenov took to the media to call out both Lebedev and the WBA. He suggested that the WBA should strip Lebedev for not trying to secure a bout with himself, despite having been told previously to sort a fight with Shumenov. The WBA gave an order ahead of Lebedev's unification bout with Victor Emilio Ramirez in May that the winner would have to face Shumenov within 120 days. Shumenov has claimed he has tried to make that fight, whilst Lebedev's team have ignored all calls for the bout.
Instead of forcing Lebedev to keep to that order the WBA have since given special permission to Lebedev to face Gassiev, despite complaints from both Shumenov and WBA "interim" champion Yunier Dorticos who are both chasing a fight with the Russian.
Whilst it seems clear a bout between Levbedev and Shumenov isn't taking place in the near future questions have to be asked about the WBA and the way they have have treat the Kazakh, if all of his claims are true.
Interestingly a bout between Shumenov and Dorticos (21-0, 20) would perhaps be the smartest order from the WBA who could then state the winner of that will be getting a bout with Lebedev in 2017, and leave us with just one WBA champion at Cruiserweight. Then again when did the WBA make smart choices?
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