LAS VEGAS (March 17, 2011) – World Boxing Association/International Boxing Association Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov filed a lawsuit today (Thursday, March 17, 2011) against Goossen Tutor Promotions. The lawsuit asks the Nevada court to confirm that a promotional agreement between Shumenov and Goossen Tutor is terminated.
Shumenov terminated his agreement with Goossen Tutor Promotions in January of this year.
Shumenov alleges that Goossen Tutor Promotions violated its duties under the contract in different ways. The lawsuit charges breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and deceptive trade practices and seeks a judicial confirmation that the agreement is terminated. Shumenov seeks unspecified damages, including punitive damages
Shumenov is anxious to continue on his mission to unify the world light heavyweight titles and he will move forward through his promotion company, KZ Event Productions, Inc.
Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs), the 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, has been on an unprecedented, accelerated pace since his pro debut only three years ago, defeating two world champions in his first eight bouts, Montell Griffin and Byron Mitchell. A year ago, Shumenov established the mark for fewest pro fights needed to capture a major world light heavyweight title, defeating defending champion Gabriel Campillo by 12-round decision for the WBA crown in his 10th bout, breaking the record of 15 set by Jeff “Hit Man” Harding in 1989.
Shumenov was supposed to fight World Boxing Organization 175-pound titlist Juergen Braehmer in a Unification title fight January 8 in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, however, Braehmer unexpectedly pulled-out of the match the week of the fight claiming gastrointestinal problems.
Shumenov registered a victory by sixth-round knockout against Braehmer’s replacement, Joppy, who became the fourth world champion Beibut has defeated during his relative young pro career.
Shumenov owns and operates the Las Vegas-based KZ Event Productions along with his brother, Chingis.