Hopkins-Shumenov to fight April 19
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernard Hopkins will attempt to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles when the IBF light heavyweight champion opposes WBA champion Beibut Shumenov on April 19 at the DC Armory.
“I’m trying to force history to write another book on me,” the 49-year-old Hopkins said on Tuesday.
Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs), of Philadelphia, captured the IBF crown in March 2013 with a decision over Tavoris Cloud. He successfully defended it with an October win against Karo Murat.
Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) is a Kazakh who lives in Las Vegas. He won the WBA title by defeating Gabriel Campillo in 2010 and has made five successful defenses.