By Brett Okamoto
Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 | 10:26 p.m.
Campillo vs. Shumenov
* Boxing trainer Kevin Barry excited to take another shot at boxing championship
The first time Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KO) fought Gabriel Campillo (19-3, 6 KO), Aug. 15 in Astana, Kazakhstan, Campillo came away with a majority decision clouded in controversy.
Their rematch Friday night at The Joint at The Hard Rock may prove to be even more controversial.
Shumenov, who lives and trains in Las Vegas, earned a split decision win to become the new WBA light heavyweight champion, much to the shock of many who watched the fight. Judges scored the bout 117-111 for Campillo, and 117-111, 115-113 in favor of Shumenov.
Although he appeared surprised when the decision was announced, Shumenov later said he agreed with the judges.
“I agree with the decision. I thought I won the fight,” he said. “I feel great. I won this for my fans, family and friends. I’m so proud that I could win it for them.”
Shumenov took control of the fight early, including a big right hook in the third round that opened a cut over Campillo’s left eye. Campillo kept coming though, nearly putting Shumenov down multiple times in the later rounds.
Campillo opened up a wide cut on the right side of Shumenov’s nose in the ninth round and it looked like referee Jay Nady was moments from stepping in. Shumenov showed lots of heart, though, motioning Campillo to keep coming even though it was clear he had been stunned by the exchange.
As the final bell rang, it was clear both fighters believed Campillo had won. Campillo raised his arms in victory while Shumenov slumped in his corner. Campillo accepted the decision well, smiling and shrugging his shoulders while his corner stood stunned behind him.
It was the first test for Shumenov to measure the progress he’s made with new head trainer Kevin Barry. The pair began working together in November.
“Kevin Barry was the difference in this fight,” said Shumerov, who went to the hospital to receive stitches on his nose following the fight. “He’s the best trainer in the world. He gave me direction and showed me what I had to do to win a title.”
Barry served as trainer and manager to heavyweight contender David Tua from 1992 to 2003.
It was also the first Las Vegas fight in Shumenov’s young professional boxing career. He enjoyed a successful amateur career, representing his home country of Kazakhstan in the 2004 Olympics.
We are pleased to announce that Alfonso Gomez will be fighting on the Pacquiao-Clottey undercard on March 13th at Cowboys stadium in Arlington Texas!
This is a 10 Round Welterweight bout and will undoubtedly be another step up the ranks for Alfonso Gomez. Alfonso’s training, determination and attitude is among what makes some of the best fighters of all time the legends they are! We are extremely excited for this bout….be sure to tune in and witness this must see fight!
JOSE LUIS CASTILLO is 60-9-1, 52 KOs, fighting out of Sonora, Mexico
ALFONSO GOMEZ, 21-4-2 in his very young career as a professional boxer is from Guadalajara, Mexico.
Castillo, a two-time world champion, is ranked WBC #9. Gomez, ranked WBC #10, WBO #10, starred in the first season of ‘The Contender’ and is coming off a victory over Jesus Soto-Karass.
De Mori briefly boxed as an amateur, taking 11 fights, and made his professional debut at age 22, racking up a 6-0-1 record (with 5 knockouts) until he was stopped in the 1st round of 6 by John Wyborn. De Mori took a year and a half off from boxing, returning to the ring with a new trainer in February 2006 to accumulate another 5 wins and 1 draw, with 5 more knockouts. In 2007 de Mori signed a three year deal with American promoter Don King. On April 11 2008, in Auckland New Zealand, de Mori scored a one sided eight round unanimous decision over American Ed Mahone. Mahone , a former world title challenger, was a big favourite going into the fight. Mark has since won two fights in America both by knockout as a result of body blows, he is now ranked the number 17 heavyweight in the world by the prestigious WBC.
Mark trains with World Crown Sports to prepare for his fights!