Eye injury forces Shumenov to retire, Dorticos regular WBA champ

Juan Arias 20/06/2017


This week, the World Boxing Association championships committee released a resolution regarding the cruiserweight division status.

Firstly, it was made public the relinquishment of the division regular champion, the Kazakhs Beibut Shumenov because he can no longer fight based on medical recommendation after suffering an injury to the eye.

For that reason, it was decided to promote Cuban Yunier Dórticos, who was supposed to fight Shumenov, from interim to regular champion more than a year ago without fighting, eliminating the interim title.

Second, Russian boxer Denis Lebedev was authorized to fight Australian Mark Flanagan for the for the Cruiserweight super championship. However, the winner must fight Dorticos en 120 days, to have only one champion in this division.

The resolution was sent to all parties involved and it will and its intention is to ensure the activity to the division that had a year without a title fight.