Shumenov stops Altunkaya

By Robert Ecksel on July 7, 2018
Shumenov stops Altunkaya
Thirty-four-year-old Shumenov dropped 30-year-old Altunkaya in rounds one and nine.

Former champion Beibut Shumenov stopped #3 ranked Hizni Altunkaya to regain the WBA World cruiserweight title…

Saturday at Barys Arena in Astana, Kazakhstan, Beibut Shumenov (18-2, 12 KOs), the former two-division champion from Las Vegas by way of Shymkent, Kazakhstan, returned to active duty after a two-year layoff to stop #3 ranked Hizni Altunkaya (30-2, 17 KOs), from Neuwied, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, to regain the WBA World cruiserweight title.

Thirty-four-year-old Shumenov twice dropped 30-year-old Altunkaya, in rounds one and nine, with body shots. The new champion’s performance was desultory, however, which is not surprising after a long layoff. Ring rust might have been at factor, but Altunkaya seemed disengaged, at best, and fought to survive, insofar as he fought at all.

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  1. ceylon mooney 07:50pm, 07/08/2018

    shumenov did not regain the WBA cruiserweight title.

    he didnt win it, and he never had it.

    gassiev is WBA world champ. shumenov won the “regular” belt. like with “interim” belt, the it means the beltholder is DEFINITELY NOT the WBA champ.

    fonfara would be a cool fight.

  2. Casanovita de Ahome 11:39am, 07/07/2018

    “Desultory” is an apt description for his performance when he was in with Hopkins as well….this is one boring ass Kazakh even when he wins….even when he scores KOs!

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