EXCLUSIVE: Beibut Shumenov reveals Nathan Cleverly unification contact


Esaiah Gomez

US-based world title holder Beibut Shumenov is not ruling any of the top fighters out as the WBA light-heavyweight champion seeks a money-spinney bout on one of America’s biggest networks in 2012.

The 28 year-old, who captured the title in just his tenth fight, has consistently expressed his desire to fight one of the other champions at 175lbs and told WBN that rival and WBO belt holder Nathan Cleverly is interested in traveling to Las Vegas for a unification.

“It doesn’t really matter to me who I face. I would love the opportunity to fight on HBO or Showtime so that I will fight whoever,” Shumenov told World Boxing News.

“There is a big fight between Chad Dawson and Andre Ward happening at 168, I wouldn’t drop down in weight, but I would fight the winner at 175.

“Also, Frank Warren’s matchmaker has informed Mr. Chargin (Don, Shumenov’s adviser) that they are willing to come to Las Vegas to fight so that we will see. It will be the best option for us to fight in the boxing capital of Las Vegas for a unification.

“As I have said before, I’m open to fighting anyone in regards to Kessler, Erdei, Bute, Froch, winner of Cloud/Pascal, etc.

“I don’t know what the future holds at the moment or what opportunities may arise, but what I do know is I’m ready.”


Shumenov has made four successful defenses of his title already in just under two years.

A huge unification with Cleverly or a title defense against Bernard Hopkins, as proposed by Oscar De La Hoya to WBN earlier this year, could see the Kazakhstan fighter fulfill his wish for greater exposure shortly.

Phil Jay is the Editor of WBN. An Auxiliary member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay.