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Shumenov regains WBA belt

After being inactive for more than two years, Beibut Shumenov came back to win the vacant WBA “regular” cruiserweight belt when he stopped Hizni Altunkaya in the ninth round in a clash for the vacant belt at the Barys Arena in Astana, Kazakhstan on Saturday afternoon.

The 34-year-old Shumenov (18-2; 12) dropped the number three ranked Altunkaya (30-2; 17) in the opening round with a left to the body.

Shumenov was in control throughout in what was more like a boring sparring match.

He never moved out of first gear and was content to slowly outbox the German throughout before scoring another knockdown in the ninth round.

Altunkaya’s corner pulled him out at the end of the ninth round.

At the time of the stoppage, Shumenov was ahead 90-79 on all three judges scorecards.

It is questionable how the WBA rated Shumenov at number two after more than two years out and that Altunkaya, 30, was listed at number three after being stopped by Krzysztof Glowacki in five rounds in June 2017 and scoring a six-round points victory over Niko Lohmann (3-7-1) in his most recent fight.


Former IBF minimumweight champion José “Tecuala” Argumedo (22-4-1; 13) won on a 10-round unanimous points decision over Moisés “Taz” Calleros (28-9-1; 16) at the Parque San Rafael in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico on Saturday night.

The scores 97-91 twice and 99-90.


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