Shumenov-Flores Preview

By Clarence George on July 24, 2015
Shumenov-Flores Preview
“They don’t give light heavyweight titles for free," said Flores, "or because they’re easy.”

The winner of Saturday’s fight between Shumenov and Flores will likely get a shot at Denis Lebedev’s WBA World cruiserweight title…

Saturday night at the Palms Casino and Resort’s Pearl Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, Beibut Shumenov (15-2, 10 KOs) meets B.J. Flores (31-1-1, 20 KOs) for the interim WBA World cruiserweight title. The fight, promoted by Premier Boxing Champions, will be televised live on NBCSN starting at 9:00 PM ET/PT).

The thirty-one-year-old Shumenov fights out of Las Vegas by way of Shymkent, Kazakhstan. An eight-year pro, he won the WBA World light heavyweight title by decisioning Gabriel Campillo in January 2010 (the WBA upgraded Shumenov to Super World light heavyweight champ in October 2013). He successfully defended his title five times before being decisioned by Bernard Hopkins in April 2014. Never stopped, his other loss was to Campillo, who won by majority decision when they fought for the title in August 2009. He most recently fought in December 2014, retiring Bobby Thomas Jr. in the fifth. Shumenov is ranked #1 by the WBA.

Flores, 36, was born in San Francisco, California, but currently resides in Chandler, Arizona. He is a 12-year ring vet who last fought in October 2014, stopping Kevin Engel by third-round TKO. “El Peligroso” retired Nicholas Iannuzzi in the fifth in July 2011 to win the vacant WBA-NABA USA cruiserweight title, decisioned Paul Jennette in October 2011 to win the vacant WBA Fedelatin cruiserweight title, and stopped David McNemar by second-round TKO in October 2012 to win the vacant WBA-NABA cruiserweight title. Never stopped, Flores’ sole loss came at the hands of Danny Green, who won by unanimous decision in November 2010. He drew against Semisi Bloomfield in November 2003. Flores is ranked third by the WBA.

“B.J. Flores is a good, tough cruiserweight who has a lot of experience,” said Shumenov. “I am prepared to fight with any style and against any style. I’m ready for anything in the ring, and I want to make it a great fight for the fans.”

“I’m looking forward to stepping into the ring with Beibut,” Flores said. “He’s a very good fighter. They don’t give light heavyweight world titles for free or because they’re easy. He earned it. Everything he’s gotten in his career he’s earned and I’m looking to get mine on Saturday night.”

The winner of Saturday’s fight will likely get a shot at Denis Lebedev’s WBA World cruiserweight title.

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  1. Clarence George 01:04pm, 07/24/2015

    Could be a competitive fight, which I see Shumenov taking by decision.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 12:20pm, 07/24/2015

    Flores could probably give an expert analysis of how the fight could play out but it’s all about execution now. Shumenov is unGodly strong and B.J. will have his hands full when the bell rings and Shumenov starts stalking with his crude ass caveman style.

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