News: Shumenov battles Ornelas on June 2nd; Golden Boy signs Johan Perez and Julian Ramirez
LAS VEGAS (May 17, 2012) - Unable to secure a unification title fight against the other 175-pound world champions, World Boxing Association (WBA) Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov returns on June 2 to make his fourth title defense against former super middleweight world title challenger Enrique Ornelas (33-7, 21 KO's) at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. in a fight that will be televised live on FOX Sports Net and FIX Deportes and will be televised on a delayed basis on FUEL TV.
Article posted on 18.05.2012
Shumenov vs. Ornelas is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and KZ Event Productions and sponsored by Corona and DeWalt Tools. The FOX Sports Net and FOX Deportes bilingual simulcast will air live at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. FUEL TV will rebroadcast the fight on Sunday, July 1, at 12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT.
Tickets, priced at $100, $60, $30, $25, along with a limited number of VIP suite seats priced at $125, may be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
"I'm looking forward to defending my world title belt, especially on a nationally televised show once again," Shumenov said from his Las Vegas home."
A unique boxing world champion, at least in terms of his background, Shumenov has growing international appeal. The chiseled 2008 Kazakhstan Olympian is a lawyer and boxing promoter who, along with his brother Chingis Shumenov, owns and operates KZ Event Productions out of Las Vegas.
Two-and-a-half years ago, also at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Shumenov captured the WBA World Title in just his 10th professional bout with a 12-round unanimous decision victory over former World Champion Gabriel Campillo. The win established a new record for a fighter winning a major light heavyweight world championship in the fewest professional fights.
Shumenov was scheduled for a unification fight on Jan. 8, 2011 against World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Champion Juergen Braehmer in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, but Braehner pulled out of the fight just a few days prior to the scheduled event. To avoid cancelling the show in the capital city of his native country, Shumenov fought former World Champion William Joppy, who was slated to face another fighter on the same card.
Since capturing his WBA World title belt, Shumenov has successfully defended against undefeated, mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (DEC 12), Joppy (KO 6) and most recently Danny Santiago (TKO 9) this past July. The 28-year-old Shumenov has defeated four world champions - Campillo, Byron Mitchell, Joppy and Montell Griffin - as well as former world title challengers Epifanio Mendoza, Uzelkov and Santiago in only 13 professional bouts.
"My goal has always been and remains to fight the best and unify the world light heavyweight title." Shumenov noted. "To do that I need to keep practicing and improving with each and every fight. Someday, I hope one of the other world champions will put his belt on the line against mine. Until then, though, I am only focused on defending my world title belt against the toughest possible challengers like Ornelas."
Some present and former world champions have made overtures about fighting Shumenov, but they have demanded that the fight be held in their respective hometowns. To his credit, Shumenov hasn't made a Kazakhstan showdown a mandatory demand, despite attracting more than 30,000 fans there for a fight against Griffin in 2008.
"All fighters dream of fighting in the boxing capital of the world, Las Vegas," Shumenov remarked. "I'd love to fight again in Kazakhstan and intend to do that again someday, but Las Vegas is a perfect, neutral site."
Hall of Fame promoter Don Chargin, who serves as Shumenov's advisor, has been frustrated by biased media reports about major fights for Shumenov. "I had discussions with representatives for a title fight with (Jean) Pascal and unification with (Nathan) Cleverly," Chargin explained. "They wanted to fight in Canada and England, but we preferred Las Vegas or Kazakhstan. Beibut's the world champion and I didn't believe those options to fight in Canada or England were in his best interest. Discussions never got any further because neither of them were really serious about fighting us. Meanwhile, time had passed. Beibut's layoff was no fault of his own; he wanted to fight all along and patiently waited. Making either of those fights, though, was out of his control. If things go right June 2, we'll try again to make a unification fight."
Shumenov understands that, first, he has to get past a tough, hungry challenger in Guanajuato, Mexico's Ornelas, who has moved up to the light heavyweight division after an impressive run at 168 pounds, where he owned the NABF title and proved to be a strong challenger for Robert Stieglitz' WBO title in 2010.
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Golden Boy Promotions Signs World Champion Johan Perez & Former Amateur Star Julian Ramirez
LOS ANGELES, May 17 - The best roster in boxing added to its luster this week with Golden Boy Promotions' signing of current WBA Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Johan Perez and unbeaten former amateur standout Julian Ramirez to multi-year promotional agreements.
"This is a big day for us and I'm proud to have these two boxers fighting for us now," said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "Boxing will never grow if we don't keep cultivating new talent and in Johan and Julian, we've signed two fighters that you're going to be hearing a lot about in the months and years to come."
A 28-year-old native of Caracas, Venezuela, Johan Perez (15-0-1, 12 KO's) turned professional in 2005 and rang up five consecutive knockout victories. Following a two-year layoff resulting from the lack of professional boxing events being promoted in Venezuela, he returned in 2009 and steam-rolled through all comers, with the only blemish on his record being a 2011 draw with 16-0 fellow prospect Alberto Mosquera. Along the way, Perez fought anyone, anywhere, with stops in Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, England and Mexico garnering him a solid fanbase and the WBA Fedecentro and WBA Fedelatin super lightweight titles. In October of 2011, he stunned highly-regarded Kenny Galarza with a fourth round technical knockout victory and less than two months later, he won the WBA Interim Super Lightweight World Championship with a fourth round stoppage of Fernando Castaneda, setting the stage for what promises to be an unforgettable future.
19-year-old Julian Ramirez (2-0, 2 KO's) hails from Alhambra, Calif. and, as the nephew of the late, great Genaro "Chicanito" Hernandez, this talented teenager undoubtedly has boxing in his blood. A long-time amateur standout, Ramirez compiled a record of 73-5 en route to racking up 10 tournament titles including four World Desert Showdown titles, four National PAL titles, one Junior Olympics Championship and the 2011 Mexico Games Championship. In February of this year, he made his professional debut with a first round knockout win over Javier Damien. Two months later, Salvador Cifuentes suffered the same fate, lasting just 80 seconds with the hard-hitting Ramirez, who has 'star' written all over him.
Both fighters' first fights under the Golden Boy Promotions banner will be announced at a later date.
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