HISTORY IS MADE AGAIN AS BERNARD HOPKINS DEFEATS BEIBUT SHUMENOV TO
BECOME THE UNIFIED LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 20, 2014) - Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), at 49-years-old, made history once again on Saturday night. He is now the oldest man to unify a boxing world championship and the oldest fighter to defend a world title-besting his own record-as he defeated Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) via split decision to become the Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion. Judges Dave Moretti and Jerry Roth scored the fight 116-111 for the future Hall of Famer while Gustavo Padilla scored the bout 114-113 for Shumenov. Boxing's elder statesman, Hopkins was calm and confident throughout the fight, enforcing ring generalship against Shumenov who was never able to figure out a game plan to score. Shumenov, who is self-trained, threw very few combinations, and did not press the pace. Hopkins, on the other hand, dazzled with his timing, counterpunching and, at times, showmanship. In the 11th round, Hopkins landed a short right hand that sent Shumenov to the canvas for the fifth time in his career. After the judges scores were read, SHOWTIME ringside reporter Jim Gray asked Hopkins what he thought of the split decision. He responded, "Listen, when you get into all that about the judges and all that stuff, they go to school. They have commissions to regulate all that. I don't like to get into all of that. It's not my job to deal with that. It's my job to get ready and to unify the championship before 50." When Gray asked about his legacy, Hopkins compared himself to another boxing great. "I describe my legacy like a Joe Frazier. We get knocked down but we get back up. I'll let the historians analyze and debate over the years as I grow a deeper gray beard watching soap operas. I'll let them break down my legacy." On his future, Hopkins said, "We are with SHOWTIME until I end my career. Stevenson, I am coming to Canada. I am getting my papers together. I want to be the undisputed light heavyweight world champion this year, period." A disappointed Shumenov told Gray, "To be honest, I wasn't thinking about the scorecard. I tried hard. Bernard, but he was the better man tonight. I chose the wrong strategy and used the wrong style. I am angry that I couldn't get the victory. I am a true warrior and I want to fight only the best. Tonight, obviously it wasn't my fight."
WASHINGTON D.C. (April 17, 2014) - The
fighters, including legendary future Hall of Famer Bernard "The Alien"
Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov, who will compete on Saturday's eagerly
awaited "History at the Capitol" world championship tripleheader on
SHOWTIME®, participated in the final press conference Thursday at The
Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C
In the history-making main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® (9
p.m. ET/PT following the premiere of Episode 1 of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather
vs. Maidana) the 49-year-old Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs), of Philadelphia,
will be seeking to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify
world titles when he puts his IBF Light Heavyweight title on the line
against his WBA counterpart, Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs), of Shymkent,
Kazakhstan, who is aiming to become the fastest fighter to unify the
light heavyweight division with only...
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Red Hot Light-Heavyweights Upside Down
by Mike Schmidt
April 14, 2014
Courtesy photos: Ms. Redlin
Last year Beibut Shumenov walked into a Gym, as a requested guest, occupied by one Mr. Jean Pascal and one Mr. Fifty Cent. Shortly thereafter Mr. Pascal, having decided to test his strength with Mr. Shumenov, was, like a newborn babe, turned upside down and inside out by the powerful Mr. Shumenov. A message of future reference. In fact Shumenov’s long-standing target is April 19th, in a very intriguing match up, when he steps in the ring with Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins. Photo Gallery
|IBA Super Flyweight
Champion Bruno Escalante Successfully Defends his Title!
photo/PR by Mario Serrano
April 5, 2014
CALIFORNIA (April 5, 2014) - Tonight at the Cache Creek Casino, Bruno "The Aloha Kid" Escalante (13-1-1, 6 KOs) successfully defended his IBA Super-Flyweight title with a unanimous decision victory against a game Victor Ruiz (12-3, 9 KOs). Escalante vs Ruiz was presented by Don Chargin Productions, Paco Presents Boxing and Cache Creek Casino Resort. In the early rounds, Ruiz pressed the action and won a few rounds before Escalante got into his grove. Escalante made the proper adjustments in the middle rounds and used superior boxing skills and defense to confuse Ruiz as he took the lead going into the final two rounds. Ruiz tried to make a final push but Escalante dug deep and finished strong. Escalante hurt his hand in round 2 and fought with his right hand for most of the fight. Scorecards read 98-92, 97-93, and 96-94 all in favor for Escalante. "This was a tough fight but I made the proper adjustments to come out on top," said Escalante. "Ruiz is a warrior but he never hurt me except when I busted my left hand in the second round, but that came from me hitting him. My cornermen Brian Schwartz and Mike Bazzel gave me great advice. They told me to use my jab and stay relaxed. My defense was on point tonight and I was in great shape. I will go to the hospital tonight to get an x-ray of my hand. I'm hoping to return to the ring as soon as I get cleared from the doctor. I want to thank my team for this victory." "Bruno did what he had to do to get the victory," said Manager Herb Stone. "I'm very satisfied that Bruno was able to make the adjustment needed to win this fight. The prognosis of his hand injury will give me an idea of when he'll be able to return. If it's not too bad I will get him back in the ring in the summer."
Super Flyweight Champion Bruno Escalante to Make First Title Defense
April 2, 2014
CALIFORNIA (April 2, 2014) - After an astonishing 2013 where he went 5-0 and captured the IBA Super-Flyweight title, Bruno "The Aloha Kid" Escalante (12-1-1, 6 KOs) makes his first title defense against Victor Ruiz (12-2, 9 KOs). Escalante is eager to face Ruiz as the bout is scheduled for this Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Cache Creek Casino in Brooks California. Escalante believes he'll be victorious but is not looking past Ruiz who has an impressive knock out ratio. Bruno feels a victory against Ruiz will lead him to bigger fights in the near future. "This is a very important fight for me," said Escalante. "Ruiz is a power puncher who is going to be putting a lot of pressure on me. I've been training real hard for this fight and I believe I have the better boxing skills. A win will get me one step closer to fighting bigger names in my division. My energy is focused on beating Ruiz." Escalante's manager, Herb Stone, see's some big fights right around the corner for Bruno should he win his fight with Ruiz. "Bruno is having a nice run right now." said Herb Stone. "I want to keep the momentum going and hopefully get him in there with some other champions. First we have to successful in defeating Victor Ruiz." Escalante vs Ruiz and Mendez vs Perez headlines a night of world-class professional championship boxing presented by Don Chargin Productions, Paco Presents Boxing and Cache Creek Casino Resort. Doors open at 5:00 pm, the first bell rings at 6:00 pm. Tickets, priced at $65, $95 and $125, are on sale now and available for purchase at www.Cachecreek.com, www.Tickets.com and www.PacoPresentsBoxing.com.
|Flash From the Past with the IBA
April 1, 2014
(APR 1) The IBA recently discovered a couple of Flash from the Past photographs of Roberto Duran, wearing the IBA t-shirt, and the IBA Vice President Bob Case. The photograph was taken before the Duran vs, Vinnie Pazienza when they fought for the IBA Super Middleweight world title. In a second Flash from the Past photo, it is of Bob VP President Case [left]; IBA President Dean Chance; and Alana Case, at the Bruce Trampler's Hall of Fame Induction.
|IBA Super Flyweight
Champion Bruno Escalante Philippine SAC Award Recipient
March 27, 2014
CEBU, PHILIPPINES -Last night in Cebu, Philippines at the at SAC Awards
(Sportswriters Association of Cebu) held at the Ayala Activity Center, Bruno
Escalante was honored for his astonishing 2013 boxing accomplishments, where
he went 5-0 and captured the IBA super-flyweight world title. The SAC Awards
honor the best athletes born in Cebu. Veteran sportswriter Quinito Henson
will be the guest of honor.
"I'm very grateful to be recognized by the SAC panel for my recent success in boxing last year," said Escalante. "The people of Cebu are very close to my heart as I still have a lot of family there. Cebu will always be on my mind each and every time I step in the ring. I pray for continued success in boxing. It's a blessing to be receiving this award. I want to thank my team and everyone who's been supporting me on my journey to be the best fighter in my division."
Super Flyweight Champion - Bruno Escalante
February 18, 2014
(FEB 18) REDWOOD CITY, CA - With less than a couple of weeks away from his 2014 debut, IBA Super-Flyweight champion, Bruno Escalante (11-1-1, 5 KOs) talks about his training camp, being awarded 2013 Nor-Cal Fighter of the Year, and his upcoming fight against Lorenzo Trejo (33-28-1, 20 KOs) at Fox Theatre in Redwood City, California, February 28th. How has training camp coming along?Bruno: Everything is going great. I have a fabulous team of coaches I'm surrounded by on a daily basis. My boxing coach Brian Schwartz and strength and conditioning mentor Mike Bazzel are pushing me every day. Sprint coach Remi Korchemny is working on my explosion. Victor Conte provides me with the best nutrition and supplements. I'm with the best team in boxing. Full Story
|Shumenov Successfully Defends his
IBA Light Heavyweight Title Fifth Time!
December 14, 2013
Photo: Emily Harney
SAN ANTONIO - TEXAS - Tonight at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, and televised on SHOWTIME, World Boxing Association (WBA) Super and International Boxing Association (IBA) Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov, now (14-1, 9 KO's) successfully defended his titles for the fifth time, winning by a third round TKO over Tamas Kovac, who was undefeated going into the fight and has suffered his first loss as a professional boxer. Shumenov (13-1, 8 KO’s) made his Golden Boy Promotions debut this night.