Shumenov (12-1, 8 KOs) systematically broke-down a game Santiago (31-5-1, 19 KOs), WBA No. 15, using his jab and going to the body in the early rounds. “It definitely wasn’t like I expected,” Shumenov commented about the start of his third successful title fight. “He specifically prepared for my style. I knew he was tough but not that tough. He’s durable and can take good punches. I developed a blister on my right foot in the third round that made it hard for me to maneuver. I couldn’t put my combinations together because I was uncomfortable.”
Former world light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal watched the fight from ringside.“He said he wanted to fight me in Canada,” Shumenov said after speaking with Pascal in the ring. “I said he was from Canada, I’m from Kazakhstan, so let’sfight in Las Vegas where all champions dream of fighting. Pascal, Cloud, Dawson……I’m ready for anybody!”
“Shumenov is a great fighter,” Santiago remarked. “He has a good, sound technique. My eye swelled and got worse and I had trouble seeing the punches at the end. I thought I could have gone longer but, you live by the sword, you die by the sword.”
Undefeated WBA FEDALATIN Welterweight Champion Ravshan Hudaynazarov (15-0, 12 KOs), rated No, 9 by the WBA, successfully defended his title belt via a one-sided, unanimous 10-round decision (99-91, 99-91, 98-92) versus Hector “The Hurricane”Munoz (19-6-1, 12 KOs).
Unbeaten WBA International Light Heavyweight Champion Gayrat Ahmedov (17-0-1, 11 KOs), rated No. 2 by the WBA, used a relentless body attack to pitch a complete shutout, winning all eight rounds (80-72 three times) against Billy Bailey.
Hudaynazarov and Ahmedov are both members of KZ Event Productions table.
LightweightJuan Suazo (8-4-3, 5 KOs) upset local favorite Ramon Montano(17-10-2) by way of a six-round decision in a war. Exciting Las Vegas super featherweight “Lightning” Lonnie Smith(14-2-2, 10 KOs) scored a win by third-round TKO when Eduardo “Lalo” Arcos(16-5-1, 13 KOs) was unable to continue. Hot super featherweight Joel Diaz (5-0, 4 KOs) remained unbeaten, stopping Esteban“Junglehead” Nichol (3-2, 3 KOs) in the opening round. Russian cruiserweight Medzhid Bektemirov (6-0, 5 KOs) remained undefeated but he had to go the distance for the first time as pro for a win by four-round split decision against Chad “TKO” Davis.
Medzhiad Bektemirov (6-0, 5 KOs), Houston, TXWDEC4 (40-36, 39-37, 37-39)Chad Davis (3-9, 0 KOs), Phoenix, AZ
Beibut Shumenov (12-1, 8 KOs), Las Vegas, NVWTKO 9 (0:46)Danny Santiago (31-5, 19 KOs), Ocala, FL
(Shumenov retained WBA & IBA World Light Heavyweight titles)
Gayrat Ahmedov (17-0-1, 11 KOs), Las Vegas, NVWDEC8 (80-72, 80-72, 80-72)Billy Bailey (11-12, 4 KOs), Bakersfield, CA
(Ahmedov retained WBA International Light Heavyweight title)
Ravshan Hudaynazarov (15-0, 12 KOs), Las Vegas, NVWDEC10 (99-91, 99-91, 98-93) Hector Munoz (19-6-1, 12 KOs), Albuquerque, NM
(Hudaynazarov retained WBA FEDALATIN title)
Juan Suazo (8-4-3, 5 KOs), Tucson, AZWDEC6 (60-54, 59-55, 58-56)Ramon Montano (17-10-2, 2 KOs), Las Vegas, NV
Lonnie Smith (14-2-2, 10 KOs), Las Vegas, NVWTKO3 (3:00)Eduardo Arcos (16-5-1, 13 KOs), Tijuana, Baja, Mexico
Joel Diaz (5-0, 3 KOs), Palmdale, CAWTKO1 (2:20).Esteban Nichol (3-2, 3 KOs), Denver, CO
About KZ Event Productions, Inc.
KZ Event Productions is a full service, international boxing promotional company in Las Vegas, Nevada. Owned and operated by Beibut and Chingis Shumenov, its growing stable of champions include WBA/IBA light heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov, WBA FEDALATIN welterweight champion Ravshan Hudaynazarov, WBA International light heavyweight championGayrat Ahmedov and WBA International light welterweight champion Alexandr Zhuravskiy.
About Golden Boy Promotions
Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions was established in 2002 by Oscar de la Hoya, the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company.In 2007, in its fifth year of promoting, Golden Boy Promotions set a record by selling over 2.5 million in pay-per-view homes in a single night. Also in 2007, Golden Boy Promotions established the record for highest grossing pay-per-view homes in a single year with more than 4 million total. In 2009, the company broke records again by breaking the million mark in pay-per-view homes again with the return of Floyd Mayweather. Golden Boy Promotions is one of boxing’s most active and respected promoters, presenting shows in packed venues around the United States and the world on networks such as HBO, HBO Latino, HBO Plus, SHOWTIME, TeleFutura, Televisa, ESPN2 and Fox Sports Net.
Golden Boy Promotions currently has over 70 fighters under contract, from future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins to current world champions and superstars Saul Alvarez, Robert Guerrero, David Haye, Chris John, Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana and Victor Ortiz. Also included on the company’s roster are top contenders Librado Andrade, Abner Mares and Daniel Ponce De Leon as well as highly regarded prospects Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia, Frankie Gomez, Erislandy Lara, Seth Mitchell, Carlos Velasquez and Deontay Wilder.
About Cerveza Tecate
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