Former two-division world titleholder Beibut Shumenov, who stated in January that he was ending a retirement initially introduced on by a watch damage, introduced his comeback combat on Thursday.
Shumenov, who received world titles at gentle heavyweight and cruiserweight, will face Hizni Altunkaya for a vacant secondary cruiserweight title on July 7 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Shumenov (17-2, 11 KOs), 34, a 2004 Olympian from Kazakhstan who now lives in Las Vegas, has not fought since a 10th-round knockout of Junior Wright to win the identical vacant secondary cruiserweight title in Could 2016 in Las Vegas.
He vacated the title due to a extreme proper eye damage sustained in coaching for a compulsory protection in opposition to Yunier Dorticos that triggered blurred imaginative and prescient and necessitated surgical procedure. On the time of his retirement final June, Shumenov stated he wanted one other operation on the attention, and his physician stated he would threat blindness within the eye if he fought once more.
The combat, which shall be promoted by Shumenov’s KZ Occasion Productions, shall be a part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Astana’s being named the capital of Kazakhstan.
“I’m happy to fight for my belt,” Shumenov stated. “My eye is 100 percent and I’m excited about fighting again. I’m honored to fight on the 20th anniversary celebration of Astana as my country’s capital. After this fight, I want interim cruiserweight champion, Arsen Goulamirian.”
The 30-year-old Altunkaya (30-1, 17 KOs), a local of Turkey combating out of Germany, suffered his lone loss to former cruiserweight world titlist Krzysztof Glowacki when he was stopped within the fifth spherical final June. Altunkaya received his solely combat since, a six-round determination over Three-7-1 opponent Niko Lohmann.
“I’m thankful for the chance to fight Beibut Shumenov,” Altunkaya stated. “He’s a great fighter but I will give him my best. We have optimum time to be fully prepared for the fight. It’s going to be a good fight. I’m coming to Kazakhstan to win.”
In 2010, Shumenov received a cut up determination in opposition to Gabriel Campillo in Las Vegas to win a lightweight heavyweight world title. It was Shumenov’s 10th skilled combat, and it set the document for fewest fights wanted to win a 175-pound world title. He defended the belt 5 instances earlier than dropping by cut up determination to Bernard Hopkins in a 2014 title unification combat in Washington, D.C.