B.J. Flores wasn’t looking for a dance partner Saturday at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas, but his opponent, Beibut Shumenov, skillfully cut a rug in the ring.
Beibut Shumenov is smiling the kind of smile known only to a man who can order a plate of meat loaf any time he damn well pleases.
Most fighters claim that they’re willing to leave it all in the ring, but for Beibut Shumenov, the contents of his stomach are occasionally included. This is the extent to which Shumenov is prepared to expend himself in his fights: He’ll battle on till he pushes himself past his physical limits. Be prepared for some grueling gut checks (literally) as Shumenov counts down his Greatest Hits.
Suit and tie, side of the ring, firing off smart, insightful commentary like he’s firing off precision punches, it’s easy to settle in with B.J. Flores, the analyst, when you listen to him broadcast NBC fights.
Not-so-great expectations: Beibut Shumenov never thought he’d be a world champion—and then he became one
He had a law degree to fall back on, and that’s exactly what Beibut Shumenov expected to do when he turned pro: fall.
El Peligroso? B.J. Flores is certainly a dangerous man. Just ask Jose Luis Herrera, Nick Iannuzzi and Darnell Wilson. That trio of wins comprises an easy victory, an against-all-odds decision and a fighter who ran into a buzzsaw as an angry Flores came off the lone loss of his career in his Greatest Hits.
Beibut Shumenov cuts an imposing figure that almost never was.