If unbeaten light heavyweight Beibut Shumenov (8-0, 6 KOs) defeats World Boxing Association light heavyweight champion Gabriel “Chico Guapo” Campillo in Saturday night’s main event, the Kazak star will become the light heavyweight champion with the fewest pro fights in history.
The Aug. 15th show will be presented by KZ Event Productions, owned and operated by the Shumenov brothers, Beibut and Chingis, in association with Sampson Boxing, LLC, at the Sport Complex “Daulet” National Tennis Center in Astana, Kazakhstan. The show is being taped live and will air in countries, dates, and times to be determined.
Spanish southpaw boxer Campillo (18-2, 6 KOs), who won the WBA title in June as a decisive underdog, taking the WBA crown from Argentinean favorite and defending title-holder, Hugo Hernan Garay (32-3), will make his first title defense against 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian Shumenov (8-0, 6 KOs), reigning International Boxing Association title-holder.
The 25-year-old Shumenov, now living in Las Vegas, returns home on a mission to become the fourth major world boxing champion from Kazakhstan, joining former IBF cruiserweight Vassiliy Jirov, WBC heavyweight Oleg Maskaev and WBO super featherweight Anatoly Alexandrov.
Shumenov, rated No. 9 by the WBA, will have eight fewer fights then the present record-holder, Michael Spinks, who became WBA light heavyweight champion in his 17th pro fight, winning a 15-round decision against Eddie Mustafa Muhammad in 1981.
Two other Team KZ members, 4-time Uzbekistan National amateur champion Gayrat Ahmedov and Uzbekistan light middleweight Ravshan Hudayaynazarov, will be showcased on Saturday evening’s card.
Ahmedov (11-0-1, 7 KOs) fights former Eastern & Central African titlist Douglas “Daggy” Otieno (19-1, 9 KOs) in the 12-round co-feature for the vacant WBC ABCO and PABA light heavyweight titles.
The 2007 World Military Games winner Hudayaynazarov (8-0, 5 KOs) takes on ex-Kenyan title-holder Joseph Joseph “Mish” Miyumo (30-7-5, 17 KOs) in a 6-round bout.
WBO light welterweight champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (34-11, 20 KOs) continues his comeback in an 8-round bout versus “Jessie” James Kimori (11-1, 7 KOs). Brooklyn cruiserweight James Bostic (16-3, 8 KOs) faces an opponent to be determined in a 6-rounder.
Also scheduled to fight on the undercard in 4-round bouts are pro debuting Kazak heavyweight Doszhan Ospanov versus Emil Abishkaev, and super featherweight Abzal Adambaev in his pro debut against TBA.