WBA light heavyweight beltholder Beibut Shumenov (right) was too big, too strong, and too young for Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago in Las Vegas Friday night on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate. Shumenov outclassed his 38-year-old opponent for eight rounds before stopping him in the 9th with a vicious flurry of heavy shots that shattered Santiago’s guard.
The former Kazakh Olympian hardly looked fatigued afterward while accepting a challenge from recently dethroned world champ Jean Pascal and proclaiming himself for anyone and everyone at 175 lbs.
“I didn’t count the punches,” Shumenov (12-1, 8 KOs) said after the fight, “but I could have thrown more.”
Vegas native and owner of one of the best nicknames in boxing Lonnie “El Negro Mexicano” Smith used his right hand to open a nasty cut on the left eye of Tijuana native Eduardo Arcos that forced the doctor to end the fight after the 3rd round on the televised undercard. Another super featherweight contest followed with Joel Diaz Jr. (5-0, 4 KOs) overpowering Esteban Nichol in the 1st.
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