Washington, DC is fast becoming the east coast Vegas. The city has hosted 3 world title fights in the last few months and a 4th title fight can be added on Saturday April 19 at the DC Armory when legendary boxer Bernard Hopkins tries to unify the light heavyweight championship against Beibut Shumenov. The fight will be shown on Showtime Boxing and Hopkins is trying to become the oldest boxer to unify any championship weight class. Shumenov holds the World Boxing Association Super Light Heavyweight belt and Hopkins holds the International Boxing Federation belt.
"I love fighting in DC. Since I first fought here in 1993, I have always liked fighting DC fighters and it is good to be back after all of these years", recalls Hopkins, 56-6-2, 32 KO's,. " I am glad that Golden Boy, a company that I am involved in, recognizes the tradition of east coast boxers and boxing. From New York to Philadelphia to DC, there is a tradition of great fighters and for Golden Boy to promote fights in New York, Atlantic City and now DC is good for boxing."
A lot is made of Hopkins age, 49, and his 4 decades of competing in a sport that is thought to be for the young at heart. He does not think about it. "I don't do things that will derail this engine. I feel that the discipline I have goes along way to my longevity in this sport. Age is only a number to a person who has done the right things yesterday." People close to Hopkins marvel at the, almost boot camp training approach he under takes in his sport. Most athletes do not or are not willing to put them selves in the mind frame of Hopkins as he prepares for a fight.
Shumenov, 14-1, 9 KO's, won his IBA title in 2009 and his WBA belt in 2010, just two fights from the first crown. He has defended his crown successfully five times, with DC's William Joppy being one of those defeated fighters. The 30 year old fighter from Kazakhstan will be making his first visit to DC and he is confident he can make Hopkins look his age and thinks he will have his hand raised at the end of the fight.
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions says, "The fans in DC have been enthusiastic and supportive of the sport whenever we've brought an event there and I know they will love this championship triple header". The other two title fights will pit Shawn Porter, IBF welterweight champion against former 2 time and 2 -division world champion, Paulie Malignaggi and Peter Quillin will defend his World Boxing Organization middleweight title against WBO European champion, Lukas Konecny. If this fight card is anything like the last one at the DC Armory, when a near sell out crowd saw Lamont Peterson defend his title, DC boxing fans, once again, will show the world that it is a good place for championship boxing matches. Please subscribe and follow all of the DC fighters moving up the championship latter.