By Daniyar Karimzhan (ringside), Leonid Yuryev and Alexey Sukachev
WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo of Spain (19-2, 6 KOs) retained his title for the first time with a hard-fought, thrilling twelve-round unanimous decision over sensational Kazakh prospect Beibut Shumenov (8-1, 6 KOs). Shumenov, WBO #6, WBA #9 and WBC #15 175lber in the world, fighting for the major belt in his ninth fight as a pro, started the bout aggressively, throwing punches in bunches but mostly to the block of his opponent. Campillo was fighting smoothly, trying to counter the challenger from the distance and displaying savvy boxing skills in controlling the tempo. Kazakh Shumenov was visibly tired at the halfmark of the fight but dug deep to catch the second wind as the collision went on. In round nine already fatigued but yet powerful Shumenov floored the champion with a hard left to the chin. Campillo, seemingly on the brink of defeat, was able to regroup and fought back with the zeal. Championship rounds were back-and-fourth but the Spaniard solidified his position with a wicked left hook to the body that put Shumenov down early in the twelfth. At the end of the day, all three judges saw the battle in a favor of the defending titlist: 114-112, 115-111 and 114-113 – for Campillo. Fightnews saw it 113-113 a draw. All in all, an exciting two-way action and a strong effort by 25-year old Shumenov.
Up-and-coming Uzbek light heavyweight prospect Gayrat “Gerry” Akhmedov is now 12-0-1, with 8 KOs, following the second-round destruction of Kenyan import Douglas Otieno (19-3, 9 KOs). Rapidly rising Akhmedov acquired the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council light heavyweight title and an interim version of the PABA 175lb belt after this win.
Former WBO light welterweight champion DeMarcus Corley scored his second consecutive stoppage victory with the eighth-round TKO over Kenyan James Kimori (11-2, 7 KOs). Corley, who is now 35-11-1, with 21 KOs, koncked out his penultimate opponent Sidney Siqueira also in the eighth and also in Kazakhstan. Kimori was stopped for the first time in his career in his first ever bout outside of Africa.
25-year old light middleweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov (9-0, 7 KOs) of Andijan, Uzbekistan, made a brilliant display of his talent with the thunderous first-round annihilation of Kenyan veteran Joseph Miyumo (30-8-5, 17 KOs).
Former Kazakh amateur standout Abzal Adambaev (1-0, 1 KO) debuted with the stoppage win over fellow Uzbek rookie Muratjan Kurbanov (0-1). The fight was halted after the third round, when Kurbanov retired on his stool.