Two-division WBA Champion Beibut Shumenov announced his comeback today at a press conference held in his native Kazakhstan.
"I thought a very long time before making this decision," Shumenov explained. "Having weighed all the pros and cons, in addition to consulting with my family and team, I have firmly decided to return to professional boxing.
"Ahead is a lot of work but our goal is obvious. I want to express my thanks to all those who've supported me. I will keep everyone up to date with more news and details of my return to the ring."
The Las Vegas-based Shumenov (17-2, 11 KOs), a 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, retired last June due to an eye injury., forcing him to relinquish his WBA cruiserweight title.
"I want to tell you why I decided to interrupt my career." Shumenov announced at today's presser conference. "The trauma of my eye affected my decision. Fatigue and emotional tension accumulated. I just needed a break. Now, I have recovered, and I am going to resume my boxing career. Negotiations are now underway for my next fight."
Shumenov also revealed that he is working with a Kazakh group to develop a domestic pro boxing program in Kazakhstan for young children to help them reach their heights.
In only his 10th pro bout, Shumenov established the fewest-fights record for the light heavyweight world champion 10 years ago, when he decisioned Gabriel Campillo in Las Vegas.
Shumenov became the only two-division world champion from Kazakhstan in his last fight, when he stopped Junior Wright in the 10th round of their May 2, 2016 title contest, capturing the WBA Cruiserweight Championship.
During the 34-year-old Shumenov's professional career, he has defeated four world champions - Campillo, Byron Mitchell, William Joppy and Montell Griffin, as well as seven world title challengers - Epifanio Mendoza, Vlacheslav Uzelkov, Danny Santiago, Enrique Ornelas, Tamas Kovacs, BJ Flores and Wright.