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Shumenov to defend light heavyweight title on July 29

Light heavyweight beltholder Beibut Shumenov will make the third defense of his WBA title against Puerto Rican veteran Danny Santiago on July 29 in a Telefutura-televised main event from South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs), the 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian who is now fighting out of Las Vegas, set a light heavyweight record for capturing a world title in the fewest career fights, 10, when he won a controversial 12-round split decision over Gabriel Campillo last January in Las Vegas. Shumenov has defended his title twice against mandatory challenger Viacheslav Uzelkov (UD 12) and faded former middleweight titleholder William Joppy (KO 6) this past January in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.

“I’m very excited to be fighting in my adopted hometown, Las Vegas, where I won the world title,” Shumenov said. “I’ve lived in Las Vegas for a few years and I’ve wanted to defend my title belts here since I first won them. I have a lot of respect for my opponent, Danny Santiago, who has a lot of experience in big fights.”

Santiago (31-4-1, 19), fighting out of Ocala, Florida, is a two-time title challenger. His signature victory was a fourth-round technical knockout of 30-1 Elvir Muriqi. Santiago was also featured on the third season of The Contender reality television series.

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