World Boxing Association (“WBA”) Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov returns on June 2 to make his fourth title defense against former super middleweight world title challenger Enrique Ornelas at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in a fight that will be televised live on FOX Sports Net and FOX Deportes.
The fight will mark Shumenov’s return to same venue in which he first captured the WBA title in his 10th professional bout on January 29, 2010 with a 12-round unanimous decision over Gabriel Campillo, establishing the record for a fighter winning a major world light heavyweight championship in the fewest professional fights. The 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian has successfully defended against Vyacheslav Uzelkov (DEC 12), William Joppy (KO 6) and most recently against Danny Santiago (TKO 9) this past July. In only 13 professional fights, the 28-year-old Shumenov has defeated four world champions – Campillo, Byron Mitchell, Joppy and Montell Griffin – as well as former world title challengers Epifanio Mendoza, Uzelkov and Santiago.
An all-action warrior who always gives fans their money’s worth in the ring, La Habra, California’s Enrique Ornelas (33-7, 21 KO’s) has been showing off the best form of his career since a permanent move to the light heavyweight division in 2011. He is riding a three-fight winning streak which includes a first round body shot knockout over Heriberto Gutierrez last December. Just hitting his prime at 31, Ornelas came to the 175-pound weight class after an impressive run at 168 pounds, where he owned the NABF title and gave a stellar effort in a challenge for Robert Stieglitz’ WBO title in 2010.
Shumenov vs. Ornelas is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and KZ Event Productions and sponsored by Corona. The FOX Sports Net and FOX Deportes bilingual simulcast will air live at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
Two of the talent-rich welterweight division’s top prospects, Joseph Elegele and Lanard Lane, will meet in the co-main event.
A power puncher with five first round knockouts to his name, Winter Haven, Florida’s Joseph Elegele (12-1, 10 KO’s) delivers excitement every time he steps into the ring and Saturday night’s fight gives him a chance to shine on the world stage. A professional since 2009, the 27-year-old southpaw is coming off of a controversial technical decision loss to fellow prospect Aaron Martinez in July of last year, and he can’t wait to get back in the ring and get back in the win column.
A Philadelphia fighter to the core, 29-year-old Lanard Lane (13-1, 8 KO’s) may make his home in Houston these days, but when the going gets tough, he is ready to throw down and make his fellow Philly warriors proud. The owner of wins over tough competitors like Dairo Esalas and John Brown, Lane bounced back from the lone loss of his professional career against Mike Dallas in 2010 by stopping Milton Ramos in eight rounds in March. Now he has his sights on a similar result against fellow prospect Elegele this weekend.
Hudaynazarov, fighting out of Las Vegas, is the reigning WBA FEDALATIN 147-pound champion and world rated No. 15 by the WBA. Known as a devastating body puncher, the former Uzbekistan amateur boxing standout and KZ Event Productions promoted rising star who turns 28 the night of the official weigh-in (Friday), steps-up in class to fight current WBO Latino welterweight champion Euri “Millon”Gonzalez (20-1-1, 14 KO’s), whose only loss was to WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez, in an intriguing eight-round fight.
Seeing action in a televised undercard fight is rising middleweight prospect Daquan Arnett (3-0, 2 KO’s) of Orlando, Florida who faces Yosmani Abreu (2-2-1) of Las Vegas in a four round bout.
Also featured will be featherweight Johnny Reyes (1-0, 1 KO), from Lancaster, Calif., who will square off against Uriel Torres, of Los Angeles, Calif. making his professional debut, in a four round fight and Russian middleweight Dmitry Chudinov (6-0-1, 3 KO’s), who now resides in Winter Haven, Florida, who will battle an opponent to be determined in a six-round tilt.
Tickets, priced at $100, $60, $30, $25, along with a limited number of VIP suite seats priced at $125, may be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.