Notes from Kazakhstan
December 29, 2010
(DEC 29) Shymkent, Kazakhstan - WBA and
IBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) has
been preparing for the biggest fight in his very short, but storied
career, training for "The Unification," his Jan. 8, 2011 blockbuster
boxing event first at Team Barry Boxing in Henderson, Nevada with his
head trainer and 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist Kevin Barry, and now in
WBA & IBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov
trains with Dewey Cooper
"The Unification," presented by Goossen Tutor
Promotions and KZ Event Productions in association with Universum
Box-Promotions, will feature Shumenov and WBO Light Heavyweight World
Champion Juergen Braehmer (36-2, 29 KOs) putting their respective titles on
the line kicking-off the 2011 boxing year in exciting fashion, in a 12-round
WBA-WBO Light Heavyweight Unification World Championship on January 8, 2011
at the Ice Mansion in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.
Shymkent-native Shumenov, now fighting out of Las Vegas, owns and operates
KZ Event Productions along with his brother Chingis is promoted by Goossen
Shumenov is a workout "animal," unlike anybody Barry has been associated
with in the past."I'm constantly putting the brakes on and the only time we
butt heads is when I try to slowdown his training," Barry noted. "Training
camp has been outstanding. I've never worked with or been around anybody
like Beibut, who is very mentally strong, focused and disciplined. He is
100-percent, totally committed to each and every fight, unlike anybody I've
ever seen. He blocks everything out and has no outside life. His whole
purpose -- from the time he gets up in the morning to going back to bed at
night -- is to do as much as possible to be the best boxer that he can
possibly be. As a trainer, he is a Godsend to be around. Beibut is a machine
- nothing less!
"We've had a very productive, yet relaxed training camp. We start every day
with a hug. Our conversations at the gym always incorporate a joke from
somebody. Ravshan (Hudaynazarov, 13-0, 11 KOs) has become quite a jokester;
the more English he learns, the funnier he gets."
Unlike many fighters, Beibut doesn't blow-up between fights, "He eats very
clean," Barry added. "He eats a very disciplined diet allowing his body to
perform at maximum level for training."
"I am very excited about being in Beibut's hometown and him returning home
as the WBA champion," Barry remarked. "He is a much different fighter than
the last time he fought there."
"The weather is better than I expected here in Shymkent and Beibut has his
mind in complete fight mode. He's ready for everything."
Braehmer is also a world champion and Team Shumenov has been preparing and
working on a game plan to fight the southpaw. "Every minute of training in
the gym has been geared around our fight plan," Barry explained. "Beibut is
now able to do things he couldn't do before and the exciting thing is that
he is still improving. I'm asking more of him and he's taken every step in
"Braehmer is an experienced 11-year pro and WBO champion who must be
respected. Experience is big in this business. On paper, if the fight was
judged on experience, we'd come in second. But Beibut sets high goals for
himself; the bigger the challenge, the higher his motivation. We respect
Braehmer and he has a solid team around him. But I could not be more
confident than I am. Beibut is doing terrific things in training and I
believe he is on track to win both belts.
"We've studied Braehmer and put a strategy in place like we did for the
Uzelkov defense. It's different, of course, but everything planned and
worked on is conducive for resulting in Beibut winning the fight."
Christmas and the Holidays
After defending his title July 23, Beibut's next fight was tentatively
scheduled to be held in December, so Barry booked a 3-week vacation for his
family to visit his parents for the holidays. His family spent Christmas and
New Year's back in New Zealand, but without the Christmas planner. Barry
instead is with his boxing family, Team Shumenov in Kazakhstan, doing their
own celebration of bringing all titles back to the United States.
"My wife, Tanya, and our three children (17-year-old Jordy and 15-year-old
twin boys Taylor and Mitchell), haven't been in New Zealand in four years,"
Barry commented about being away from his family during the holidays. "I was
back there in February. I planned this trip earlier in the year. They'll
miss me but they understand my job. I have an incredibly understanding wife
who has supported me 100-percent throughout our marriage. She's eager for me
to come back with the WBA and WBO belts. After getting back from Kazakhstan,
I'll stay in Las Vegas for a week and then fly down there to visit my