The 49-year-old Hopkins (54-6-2-2, 32 KOs), who is also a former two-weight world titleholder, 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.
Comparatively, the 30-year-old Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) most recently earned a third round TKO over Tamas Kovacs on December 14.
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 defeat Beibut Shumenov on the cards this spring in “the District.”