Shumenov keeps WBA crown

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, Last Updated: 2:29 PM ET

Shymkent, Kazakhstan - WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov successfully defended his crown Saturday with a sixth-round knockout of American William Joppy.

Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs) made the second defense of his crown against an opponent for whom he had less than a week to prepare. WBO title-holder Juergen Braehmer was the original scheduled foe, but pulled out unexpectedly on Monday.

A native of Kazakhstan and former Olympian, Shumenov sent Joppy to the canvas in the fifth round with a powerful right hand.

Just seconds into the next round, Shumenov delivered a searing left hook to the body that sent Joppy to a knee and resulted in him being counted out after 10 seconds.

"I am happy but still want to be the undisputed light heavyweight champion of the world," Shumenov said. "That is my goal. It took a little while to get to Joppy because I had prepared for four months to fight a southpaw."

Joppy fell to 39-7-2 in his career.


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