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Showtime Championship Boxing: Hopkins vs Shumenov Odds Preview & Predictions

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By Anthony Ross

Saturday night live from the DC Armory in Washington D.C., Showtime Championship
Boxing returns with a tripleheader featuring three world title fights. In the
main event reigning IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard “The Executioner”
Hopkins (54-6-2, 32KO) will battle IBA/WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut
Shumenov (14-1, 9KO) in a 12-round bout for light heavyweight division
supremacy. The co-main event is an intriguing bout between IBF welterweight
champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter (23-0-1, 14KO) taking on former two-division
world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KO) in a 12-round bout.
Opening up the telecast WBO middleweight titlist Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin
(30-0, 22KO) puts his title on the line versus Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23KO) in a
12-round bout.

The ageless wonder everyone calls “B-Hop” just keeps plucking along at the ripe
ole’ age of 49 after becoming the oldest fighter in boxing history last March to
capture a world title dispatching Tavoris Cloud to win the IBF title. Hopkins
seems to be willing to take on all comers as he faces his stiffest test to date
in Shumenov since losing a majority decision to Chad Dawson in early 2012. One
of the most well conditioned athletes in sports today, Hopkins stays in
remarkable tip-top shape year around which enables him to stay at the
championship caliber level. Hopkins reign began in 1995 defeating Segundo
Mercado winning the IBF middleweight crown. Hopkins began to create his own
legacy going on a storied run with twenty consecutive title defenses over a ten
year span before losing a split decision to Jermain Taylor in July 2005. Hopkins
at one time was considered a detriment to the sport by fans not wanting to see
his style of grabbing, clinching and holding yet as time has passed the aura of
Hopkins has touched a soft spot with fans wanting to see what the old man can
muster up next. Hopkins realizes every time he steps in the ring history is
being made and a new chapter is being built, “This is really defense of my
legacy. Belts are nice but they’re nicer when you’re younger and establishing a
foundation. My foundation was laid down years ago. Enjoy and understand this is
history. I’m defending something bigger than a title. My legendary 20plus year
legacy, is more important than anything around my waist.” Hopkins stated at
Thursday final presser. Saturday night Hopkins will attempt to make history once
again by being the oldest man to become a unified world champion.

The 30-year old Shumenov who hails from Kazakhstan enters the ring with only
fifteen fights in the professional ranks yet comes in with a very decorated
amateur career. Shumenov is no stranger to the big stage as he represented his
native country in the 2004 Olympic Games as well as winning the gold medal in
the Asian amateur championships. Shumenov after turning pro moved to Las Vegas
in 2007 and shot up the light heavyweight division after going the distance for
the first time shutting out former world title challenger Montell Griffin in
just his sixth professional bout. Shumenov made history in January 2010
capturing the WBA light heavyweight title in just his tenth bout with a highly
controversial split decision victory over Gabriel Campillo. Since winning the
title, Shumenov has battled promotional issues and inactivity which has led to
only five defenses in the last four years. With the light heavyweight division
starting to gain steam over the last year with names like Adonis Stevenson and
Sergey Kovalev, Shumenov was clever enough to signed up with Golden Boy
Promotions and powerful advisor Al Haymon which has led to his second bout in
less than four months. Shumenov realizes going up against a legend like Hopkins
he needs to be mentally prepared for the challenge ahead, “I’ve been dreaming
all my life for this moment. I’ve been ready to fight at this level for several
years. I couldn’t get there on my own. This is a good opportunity for me. I am
ready to show the world what I’m capable of. I will show the world that I am the
best light heavyweight champion.” Shumenov stated at the final presser. Shumenov
will experience the quickest turnaround in-between fights in his career which
should only benefit him heading into Saturday night.

Hopkins is accustomed especially being almost half of century old to get off to
a slow start. Hopkins last opponent Karo Murat quickly got off to an easy 3-0
lead until “B-Hop” got warmed up and quickly turned the tide in a highly
entertaining fight. Shumenov can be mechanical at times yet with solid punching
power has to let his hands go to be the enforcer pressing the action at all
times. Hopkins at this point in his career has to be taken by a fight by fight
basis and at the age of 49 father-clock keeps ticking and we all keep wondering
if Saturday will the day Hopkins turns old overnight.

TV: Showtime 9PM ET/ 6PM PT

Vegas Odds
Hopkins -260 vs Shumenov +160
Porter -280 vs Malignaggi +220
Quillin -2500 vs Konecny +1000

Hopkins – SD
Porter – SD
Quillin – 10th Rd KO

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