Boxing Odds – Shumenov vs. Hopkins Light Heavyweight Unification Bout April 19!

BY The Sweet Science ON April 17, 2014
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hopkingsSumenov 288e7Bernard Hopkins is coming off an IBF Light Heavyweight title win while Beibut Shumenov is coming off a IBA Light Heavyweight and WBA Super World Light Heavyweight title and now is the time to unify all of those titles into one as Hopkins will face Shumenov for the WBA Super World Light Heavyweight, IBF Light Heavyweight, and IBA Light Heavyweight titles in a bout that will take place at the DC Armory in Washington, DC in a scheduled 12 round bout that will take place on April 19. Bernard Hopkins opened as a -250 favorite with the Boxing odds with Beibut Shumenov opening as a +200 dog.

Beibut Shumenov

The 30 year old Beibut Shumenov stands at 6 feet 2 inches tall with a reach of 74 inches and fights from an orthodox stance. Shumenov is a native of Kazakhstan and now resides in Las Vegas, NV. Shumenov has a career record of 14 wins, 1 loss, and 0 draws. Out of his 14 wins, 9 have come by knockout and he has never suffered a knockout defeat. Shumenov is coming off a technical knockout win over Tamas Kovacs on December 14, 2013 in the 3rd round of a scheduled 12 round bout that took place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX which was for the International Boxing Association Light Heavyweight and WBA Super World light heavyweight titles.

Bernard Hopkins

The 49 year old Bernard Hopkins stands at 6 feet 1 inch tall with a reach of 75 inches and fights from an orthodox stance. Hopkins was born in Hockessin, Delaware and resides in Philadelphia, PA. He has a career record of 54 wins, 6 losses, and 2 draws. Out of his 54 wins, 32 were by knockout and Hopkins has never suffered a knockout loss in his career. Hopkins is coming off a 12 round unanimous decision win over Karo Murat for the IBF Light Heavyweight Title in a bout that took place on October 26, 2013 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.

The Pick

This one looks even making the dog the call=SHUMENOV!

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deepwater2 says:

I picked Shumenov also .

brownsugar says:

Shumenov reminds me of a Mongolian Holy field... Deep heart..not as good but formidal nonetheless. I wouldn't be surprised if he shocked Bhop....he'd better be on his toes.

Carmine Cas says:

With all the talk regarding Shumenov I wouldn't be surprised if we see an upset, but I have not seen enough of him to make a prediction.

Skibbz says:

I can't wait for this bill, been looking forward to it since it's been announced.

Surprising there's so many takers for Shumenov. I don't think he's as scary as people believe. He should have two losses, his unorthodox defence doesn't help him and Bernard will beat him inside once he takes away his legs. Let's not forgot how avoidable his fully loaded shots are.

BHop by UD.

Radam G says:

Again, B-Hop is gonna whup another hyped-up young gun. The fight, he has already won. Holla!

The Commish says:

This could very well be Bernard Hopkins' toughest fight. Gotta' give him a round of applause for taking on Beibut Shumenov.

Late last year, Hopkins told me he intended to carefully watch Shumenov in action against Tamas Kovacs. B-Hop was ringside to witness Shumenov's three knockdown destruction of Kovacs. He liked what he saw, and now is hours away from facing his taller, younger opponent from Kazakhstan.

While many veterans and authorities believe this will be the end of the line for Hopkins, and while I feel it will be a close, competitive fight, I see Hopkins using his decades of ring experience to show Shumenov and the rest of us just why he is a future Hall-of-Famer. He will nullify Shumenov on the inside, even tire him out. From the outside, B-Hop will keep the pace just as he wants it to be, controlling the action with his terrific jab.

I see this one going deep...probably the distance. When it does, B-Hop will have won for the 55th time, while Shumenov will have lost for just the second time.

-Randy G.

amayseng says:

Shumenov looked solid all around from what I saw, he also seems very well composed.

I favor Hopkins, but at 49 anything can happen.

Great overall card though, and on Showtime not PPV

ArneK. says:

I cringe whenever a boxer over the age of 40 enters the squared circle. But then I'm reminded of Archie Moore who had 219 pro fights (perhaps even more), answering the bell 1474 rounds (the comparable numbers for Hopkins are 64 and 482). Archie Moore was lucid well into his 70s and, for all I know, right up to the very end. But Archie was a freak of nature.

Most people know that BHop lost his first pro fight. Here's another oddity. The main attraction on that card pitted Saoul Mamby against John Meekins. Mamby had his last pro fight in the Cayman Islands at the preposterous age of 60 (shame on the promoter; whoever that was), so if Hopkins wants to be the ultimate greybeard, he has quite a ways to go.

For the record, Mamby lost his last fight to an opponent with a listed record of 6-21-1 who would go on to win only two of his next 17 fights. Hopkins is forewarned. Say goodnight Bernard, you have already cemented your status as one of the most remarkable athletes of all time.

As for a selection, I'm with Carmine Cas. I don't know enough about Shumenov to venture a pick.

admin says:

Arne, my man, you wanna Mod?? ---Editor Mike

oubobcat says:

Shumenov has good skills. Generally, I also do not buy into the fact that experience beats youth and skill. However, Hopkins has used his vast experience in recent fights to out smart his much less experienced opponents. I expect Shumenov to pose some issues but Hopkins will find a way, mostly by stealing some close rounds, to win a tight decision.

ArneK. says:

Yo, Admin....I wouldn't want to mod unless I could do it as well as Editor Mike, and i can't....

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