ASTANA, Kazakhstan (August 16, 2009) – Previously unbeaten Beibut Shumenov lost a highly controversial 12-round decision last night to WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo that left the crowd upset when announced at the Sport Complex “Daulet” National Tennis Center in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The show was presented by KZ Event Productions, owned and operated by the Shumenov brothers, Beibut and Chingis.
On the scorecards, Campillo-Shumenov was a majority draw going into the 12th and final round, in which, Campillo (19-2, 6 KOs) caught Beibut (8-1, 6 KOs) midway through the final round that felled the off-balanced Shumenov, which turned out to be the deciding factor.
Judge John Coyle scored the fight 114-113, Glenn Feldman 114-112, Pasquale Procopio 115-111. Questionable scoring resulted in Campillo being in position to win the fight by taking the last three rounds on two judges’ scorecards, as well as two of three by the other judge. Most observers at the fight had Beibut winning.
“Shumenov is a great boxer,” said road warrior Campillo, who won the title this past June against Hugo Hernan Garay in Argentina. “He will be world champion.”
Shumenov, reigning IBA World champion, floored Campillo with a spectacular counter left-hook at the end of the ninth round.
“Everyone thought Beibut won the fight,” promoter Chingis Shumenov remarked after the fight. “All we wanted was a fair shake and we were surprised by the final scores. Beibut will be back stronger than ever.”
Uzbekistan prospect Gayrat Ahmedov (12-01, KOs) stopped Douglas “Daggy” Otieno (19-2, 9 KOs) at 2:14 of the opening to win the vacant WBC Asian Pacific and PABA light heavyweight titles. Ahmedov, 4-time Uzbekistan National amateur champion, drilled Otieno with a vicious left hook to the body that disabled the Kenyan.
Former WBO light welterweight champion Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley’s (35-11, 21 KOs) comeback continued versus “Jessie” James Kimori (11-2, 7 KOs) by eighth-round knockout. An outworked and weakened Kimori, who had had been floored for an 8-count in the sixth round, came out for the final round and Corley immediately unloaded a devastating right hook that put his opponent to sleep on his back as the fight was halted.
Uzbekistan light middleweight prospect Ravshan Hudaynazarov (9-0, 6 KOs), 2007 World Military Games gold medalist, kept his unbeaten pro record intact with a first-round knockout of Joseph “Mish” Miyumo (30-8-5, 17 KOs), former ECAPBG champion. Hudaynazarov trapped Miyumo on the ropes midway through the opening frame, unloading a barrage of punches that put the Kenyan down twice, the last for the final time as he was counted out.
Full results below:
Gabriel Campillo (19-2, 6 KOs), Madrid, Spain WDEC12 (115-111, 114-113, 114-112) Beibut Shumenov (8-1, 6 KOs), Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
(Campillo retains WBA Light Heavyweight Title)
Gayrat Ahmedov (12-0-1, 8 KOs), Andijan, Uzbekisten WKO1 (2:14)Douglas Otieno (19-2, 9 KOs), Nairobi, Kenya
(Ahmedov won vacant WBC Asian Pacific & PABA Light Heavyweight Titles)
Demarcus Corley (35-12, 20 KOs), Washington D.C., USA WTKO8 (0:09) James Kimori (11-2, 7 KOs), Nairobi, Kenya
Ravshan Hudaynzarov (9-0,6 KOs), Andijan, Uzbekistan WKO1 (1:20) Joseph Miyumo (30-8-5, 17 KOs), Nairobi, Kenya
Jameson Bostic (17-3,9 KOs), Brooklyn, NY, USA WTKO1 (2:35) Mirzohid Jianbaev (1-8, 0 KOs), Andijan, Uzbekistan
Doszhano Ospandov (1-0, 1 KO), Chimkent, Kazakhstan WTKO2 (1:03) Emil Abishkaev (0-8), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Abzal Adambaev (1-0, 1 KO), Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan WTKO3 (3:00) Mirolin Kurbanov (0-1) Dzhalalabad, Kyrgizstan
KZ Event Productions, Inc.
Based in Las Vegas, KZ Event Productions is owned by the Shumenov brothers, world-rated light heavyweight Beibut and Chingis. KZ Event Productions is a full service, international boxing promotional company. Go to www.kzeventproductions.com for more information about the company.