Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), at 49-years-old, made history once again on Saturday night. He is now the oldest man to unify a boxing world championship and the oldest fighter to defend a world title-besting his own record-as he defeated Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) via split decision to become the Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion. Judges Dave Moretti and Jerry Roth scored the fight 116-111 for the future Hall of Famer while Gustavo Padilla scored the bout 114-113 for Shumenov. Continue reading
Beibut Shumenov has fought 101 pro rounds, far less than Bernard Hopkins who has fought 301 rounds just in world title fights. However, those aren’t the only numbers to consider.
SHOSTATS® historical comparison report for both fighters was calculated from Hopkins’ last 6 fights, and Shumenov’s last 5 fights.
Shumenov throws and lands above the average for the weight class including landing an average of 42% of his power shots.
Tonight, boxing fans will see a test of experience versus firepower when Bernard Hopkins takes on Beibut Shumenov.
From BoxingScene.com: Jake Donovan
Rare is the occasion when a fighter will admit to having his eye on a fight beyond the challenge in front of him. However, Bernard Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov are both realists and are well aware that there exists plenty of chatter regarding the extra layers attached to their April 19 light heavyweight title unification bout in Washington D.C.
The fight was already in the works from the moment Shumenov (14-1, 9KO) signed with Golden Boy Promotions late last year. There were concerns regarding what awaited the winner of the upcoming Showtime-televised main event, given that the rest of the best light heavyweights in the world were fighting on HBO.
That dynamic dramatically shifted when Stevenson decided in late March to take his business down the block. The lineal light heavyweight king will defend his crown versus Andrzej Fonfara on May 24, with Showtime to televise the bout after months of speculation that HBO had the fight locked up. The fight was made with the intention of Stevenson next facing Sergey Kovalev, who last weekend crushed overmatched Cedric Agnew on HBO.
Photo: Amanda Kwok / SHOWTIME
“ It’s no secret that my one of my biggest goals has been to unify the titles and getting to do that in a city where I have a lot of history is the best-case scenario. I’m coming back to break another record by unifying the title and I’m looking to get my first knockout since I fought Oscar De La Hoya in 2004. I know Shumenov is tough, but I’m tougher and I’m not going to let him make a name for himself by being the one to stop me. ”
— Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion
On April 19, Hopkins returns to the ring to take on WBA World Champion Beibut Shumenov in an attempt, at 49-years-old, to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event “Hopkins vs. Shumenov” has recently become a tripleheader with the addition of Peter Quillin vs. Lukas Konecny and Shawn Porter vs. Paulie Malignaggi.
Get the latest news on Showtime’s April 19 tripleheader:
It’s Now A World Championship Tripleheader – Boxing Scene
Aiming For Big Fights, Malignaggi Knows Porter Won’t Be Easy – Bad Left Hook