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Beibut Shumenov considers Bernard Hopkins ‘one of the greatest fighters ever’

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Legendary pugilist Bernard Hopkins and WBA and IBA light heavyweight champ Beibut Shumenov continued their media tour Thursday at Lucille's Bar & Grill inside B.B. King's Blues Club in New York.

Hopkins (54-6-2-2, 32 KOs) is slated to throw fists with Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) on April 19 at the DC Armory in Washington.

Also a former two-weight world titleholder, Hopkins last vacated the squared circle in October after universally outscoring Karo Murat to successfully defend the IBF light heavyweight crown.

In a scintillating prizefight that bordered on a brawl, Hopkins battered the 30-year-old Murat (25-2-1, 15 KOs) late and aggressively tried to knock the German challenger onto Queer Street.

Despite being 18 years older, Hopkins opened a cut on Murat’s left eye and bullied the youngster for 36 minutes.

As a quasi-geriatric, “The Executioner” continues to defy Father Time.

“This is something that you’re going to remember, tell your grandkids, someone younger, someone in the boxing game, someone not in the boxing game,” said Hopkins, 49, who universally outscored Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud on March 9 to become the oldest pugilist to ever capture a major world belt. “This is not only my personal achievement in history, but this is something that you can pass down to your kids.”

Comparatively, Shumenov most recently earned a third round TKO over Tamas Kovacs on December 14.

“I’m very excited that I’m fighting one of the greatest fighters ever,” said Shumenov, 30. “That’s the way for me to show the world that I am the best in the world. Don’t miss out on April 19.”

Although younger, quicker and stronger than “The Alien,” Shumenov’s inexperience will ultimately lead to his demise.

A defensive virtuoso with an insatiable appetite for winning, expect Bernard Hopkins to give fans more “to remember” by defeating Beibut Shumenov on the cards this spring in “the District.”

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