WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov Retains His Title in a 12 Round Unanimous Decision Against Enrique Ornelas
Beibut Shumenov took the fast track to stardom, capturing the World Boxing Association light heavyweight title in only his tenth pro fight this past January, setting the record for the fewest fights for a 175-pound division champion of a major organization.
In less than 10 months after turning pro in late 2007, Shumenov had won all six of his pro fights, including five by knockout, and captured three title belts – WBC Asian Boxing Council, WBO Asia Pacific and PABA Interim light heavyweight championships. He has since relinquished those titles.
Now in only his third year as a pro boxer, Beibut was the WBC Asian Boxing Council Organization’s 2008 Boxer of the Year, and he also runs KZ Event Productions, a Las Vegas-based promotional boxing company, along with his brother, Chingis.
In 2008, Shumenov easily won a 12-round decision, making his WBC and WBO Asian title defenses, against former WBC title-holder Montell “Ice” Griffin (50-8, 30 KOs), whose victims over the years include a pair of future Hall of Famers, Roy Jones, Jr. and James Toney (twice). Beibut won every round, nearly stopping Griffin in the opening round, en route to shutting out the former world champion by lop-sided scores of 120-108, 120-108, 120-107. After the fight Griffin, rated No. 22 by the WBC going into the fight, was taken to the hospital for stitches for a cut over his eye as well as to get his ribs examined after Beibut’s devastating body attack.
Beibut Shumenov is not only a professional boxer but he is self-managed and self promoted. His company, KZ Event Productions Inc., was founded with his brother, Chingis Shumenov, in 2007 in Las Vegas, NV. The goal of KZ Event Productions, Inc is to help young and talented boxers to grow professionally and personally inside and outside the boxing ring.