Bernard Hopkins vs Beibut Shumenov - Highlights (Hopkins OUTCLASSED Shumenov)
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April 19th, 2014. 49 year old living legend Bernard Hopkins takes on 30 year old Beibut Shumenov in a Light Heavyweight World Unification Championship. This was Hopkins’ 2nd defense of his IBF Light Heavyweight Title and Shumenov’s 2nd and 7th defenses of his WBA Super World Light Heavyweight Title and his IBA Light Heavyweight Title respectively.
However, the IBA Crown was not on the line for Hopkins as he did not pay the sanctioning fees.
Prefight records; Hopkins 54(32)-6-2, Shumenov 14(9)-1.
In his career that spanned through 4 different decades, Hopkins achieved a number of amazing feats;
1) Longest reign as World Middleweight Champion (April 1995 to February 2005):
- At 10 years, 2 months & 17 days
- Surpassing the great Tommy Ryan
2) Most successful title defenses as World Middleweight Champion (20):
- Surpassing the Argentine legend Carlos Monzon
3) Oldest fighter to win a World Championship:
- At 48 years old, 1 month & 22 days
In March 2019, Hopkins garnered the IBF Light Heavyweight Title via UD12 over Tavoris Cloud and successfully defended it for the 1st time against Karo Murat in October 2013.
For his 2nd defense, he was set to take on rising Kazakh star Beibut Shumenov.
In January 2010, Shumenov won the WBA World Light Heavyweight Title via a highly controversially SD12 over Gabriel Campillo. With the victory, he became the quickest fighter in history (at 10 fights) to win a world title at 175 pounds surpassing the record of 15 fights set by Jeff Harding in June 1989.
Between July 2010 and June 2012, he successfully defended his WBA Crown 4 times and was subsequently upgraded to “Super Champion” status by the sanctioning body.
He successfully defended his newly upgraded title for the first time via TKO3 over Tomáš Kovács.
For his 2nd defense, he was up against the seasoned veteran Bernard Hopkins aka “The Alien”.
Entering the bout, Hopkins who won world titles at Middleweight and Light Heavyweight had notable victories over Robert Allen (2x), Lupe Aquino, Simon Brown, Keith Holmes, Antwun Echols, Carl Daniels, John David Jackson, Glen Johnson, Roy Jones Jr, Winky Wright, Antonio Tarver, William Joppy, Kelly Pavlik, Tavoris Cloud, Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Jean Pascal.
On the other hand, Shumenov had commendable wins over Byron Mitchell, Montell Griffin, William Joppy, Danny Santiago, Enrique Ornelas and Gabriel Campillo.
**However, It should be noted that Mitchell, Griffin and Joppy were well past their primes when they faced Shumenov.
Known as a volume puncher, Shumenov mostly threw 1 punch at a time as he was thoroughly bewildered by the ring craft of the boxing immortal who taunted him several times as he enjoyed his dominance, making the 30 year old Kazakh looked the older man despite (supposedly) having a 19 year age advantage.
Hopkins’ right hand was the most lethal weapon throughout as he connected with the punch at will for 36 minutes. One of the right hands decked Shumenov in the 11th round. It was the 1st knockdown scored by Hopkins since 2008 when he faced Welsh legend Joe Calzaghe.
After 12 rounds, Hopkins added the WBA Super World Light Heavyweight Title to his collection via SD and achieved yet another feat ; being the oldest boxer (at 49 years old) to unify 2 major world titles.
Although the decision was rightfully awarded to Bernard, but the official scorecards of 113-114 (Gustavo Padilla) and 116-111 (Dave Moretti & Jerry Roth) did not truly reflect what transpired through 36 minutes of a masterclass performance by one of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport.
Padilla's scorecard in favor of Shumenov is considered one of the worst in the history of the sport.
This is one of the most dominant triumphs in the storied career of Bernard Hopkins, in the likes of his wins over Antonio Tarver, Felix Trinidad and Kelly Pavlik.
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