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SHUMENOV DOMINATES UZELKOV TO RETAIN WBA TITLE

A NEW LAS VEGAS STAR STEPS OUT FROM THE SHADOWS OF EURASIA INTO THE SPOTLIGHT

WBA light-heavyweight champion Belbut Shumenov turned in the most impressive performance of his career in his first title defence with a dominating 12-round decision over the former unbeaten contender Vyacheslav Uzelkov, 22-1, 14 KO‘s.

Belbut, WBA light-heavyweight champion, survived a power-laden left hook that had him on the canvas in a bewildered state in 1st round to go on and record what was his most impressive performance to date with a dominating 12 round decision over challenger Vyaceslav Uxelkov (22-1, 14 KO‘s) when he  retained his WBA World

Thereafter Belbut (10-1, 6 KO’s) controlled every following round to win a unanimous decision.

There is now talk that Belbut Shumenov from Kazakhstan is the next big USA boxing attraction. If the treatment given to the Klitschko brothers and other top quality boxers from Eastern Europe is any guide, it is wishful thinking.

However, Belbut has shrewdly taken on board a highly regarded USA  promoter partner in Goossen Tutor.

With a variety of punches thrown with full aggression Belbut was good to watch. Remarkably he is a World champion after only 10 fights. Even in these modern times with four sanctioning organizations this is some performance. To refer to it as remarkable is an understatement.

Can you imagine the acclaim had he had been born an American or British?  It doesn’t end there.

The K brothers had distinguished academic careers and each gained a Ph.D. degree, the each speak at least three languages  and are today they one of the foremost promoters in the World.

Belbut Shumenove has an equally impressive career outside of boxing. He has a law degree, speaks four languages (Russian, Kazakh, English and Uzbek), and along with his brother, Chingis, owns a full-service boxing promotional company based in Las Vegas, KZ Event Productions.

After years of trash talkers and anti-social at media at media conferences no return to good old days intelligent and well behaved boxers that youngsters and fans are able to respect, was something badly needed by boxing. A continuing loss of nobleness  boxing was once refreered to as the noble art) would have eventually mortally wounded boxing.

Of course, the return ti dignifued behaviour by boxers will sorely disappoint those that prefer headlines that degrade boxers and boxing as they sup their multiple double measures of Jack Daniels, but who could care about boozers when youngsters are being badly misguided by elders.

A hand injury in the 2004 Olympic Games probably deprived Belbut and Kazakhstan a possible Gold Medal. He had beaten Poland’s Aleksy Kuziemsky (37-22), who is 19-1 as a pro, before suffering a hand injury and was  eliminated  by Turkey’s Ihsan Yildorim Tarham (27-19).

This meant his pro’ team mate Andre Ward (USA) was given an easier route to a Gold Medal.

Recognizing the doors of opportunity available to USA boxers would have the closed sign on them until by performance, Belbut decided he had to jump into the deep end or grow old waiting.

So he decided to tread heavily on the career accelerator and in the space of time usually given to boxing prospects to reach an 8 rounds position on boxing cards , Belbut took on and beat three world champions  Montell Griffin, Byron Mitchell and Gabriel Campillo) and another world title challenger (Epifanio Mendoza) in his first 10 fights.

Although he is now a resident of Las Vegas, Belbut is as well known to boxing fans as the capital of Kazakhstan. Belbut is not fazed by this fact.

“It doesn’t bother me at all because I am a very private person,” Shumenov explained as he prepared for his first WBA title defense this week on ESPN Friday Night Fights against mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 13 KOs).

“Boxing is the No. 1 sport in Kazakhstan and I love it. I’m not in boxing for the fame and glory; it’s the one-on-one competition and training that I really enjoy. I moved to Las Vegas for career reasons. I have a great trainer here, Kevin Barry, and much better sparring partners than I would have had back home.

“I do want to be a superstar in boxing and understand that will require a lot. Goossen Tutor is a star-maker, which is one of the key reasons I signed with them. Just look what they’ve done for Andre Ward and Paul Williams.”

Belbut like any good lawyers clearly explains his case on why Kazakhstan, indeed, is a hot fertile land for boxing talent

January this year he won  the WBA championship and  joined featherweight Aratoly Alexandrov, heavyweight, Oleg “Big O’ Maskaev and cruiserweight Vassily “The Tiger” Jirov as the Kazakhstan born professional world boxing champions.

Fellow countrymen, welterweight Vitally Demyanenko and middleweight Gennady Golovkin, are top contemporary contenders.

Outside of the ring, Shumenov has a law degree, speaks four languages (Russian, Kazakh, English and Uzbek), and along with his brother, Chingis, owns a full-service boxing promotional company based in Las Vegas, KZ Event Productions.

Beibut is already receiving dividends for recently signing a promotional contract with Goossen Tutor Promotions. “My brother, Chingis, and the KZ Event Productions staff do a wonderful job,” Beibut noted.

“But I’m a hands-on type who eventually found out that, as a world champion and promoter with all the work that goes into it, especially when I'm in training for a fight, everything had become very difficult for me to handle.

“I needed to concentrate on training, which I've now been able to do, letting Dan (Goossen) and his great team at Goossen Tutor handle business outside the ring.  KZ Event Productions will still be promoting shows and my brother and I are still actively involved with our KZ fighters and signing new talent.

“Dan (Goossen) is one of the leading promoters in boxing today and I’m looking forward to even bigger and better things working with Goossen Tutor. They get a lot of television dates, feature a strong stable of boxers, and always seem to maximize opportunities for their boxers.  That is all I can ask for…I will do the rest.” Spoken like a good lawyer.

The boxing jury may still be out on Belbut Shumenov but I am convinced he is something special and am full of admiration at the way he has managed his career. There should be no doubt his career has had the benefit of a good lawyer’s mind.

Choosing Tutor-Goossen was a well thought-out choice as a partner.

Two unbeaten KZ Event teammates from Uzbekistan, WBZ Asian Boxing Council and Interim PABA light heavyweight champion Gayrat Ahmedov, ranked No. 9 by the WBA, and junior welter Ravshan Hudaynazarov (12-0, 10 KOs), were on the undercard of the Shumenov-Uzelkov on Friday night at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.

Both had inside the distance wins.

KZ Event Productions, Inc. is based in Las Vegas.

The boxing promotion Company is owned by the Shumenov brothers, World Boxing Association light heavyweight champion, Beibut, and Chingis. KZ Event Productions is a full service, international boxing promotional company. For more information visit  to www.kzeventproductions.com on the Company and the boxers contracted to the Company.

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