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Beibut Shumenov is coming out of retirement

Shumenov announced his retirement from boxing last summer after suffering an eye injury.

Beibut Shumenov v Junior Anthony Wright Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images

Beibut Shumenov, who won world titles at both light heavyweight and cruiserweight, has made an announcement that he will be ending his retirement. Shumenov had previously announced that he would be calling it quits last summer because of a serious eye injury, one that required multiple surgeries with a doctor claiming that he was risking blindness by continuing to fight.

Shumenov (17-2, 11 KOs) has now released this statement, as reported by ESPN:

“I thought a very long time before making this decision,” Shumenov said. “Having weighed all the pros and cons, in addition to consulting with my family and team, I have firmly decided to return to professional boxing. Ahead is a lot of work, but our goal is obvious. I want to express my thanks to all those who’ve supported me. I will keep everyone up to date with more news and details of my return to the ring.”

The Kazakhstan boxer mentions that negotiations for his next bout are underway but it remains to be seen where he might go from here. Shumenov most recently took a stoppage win over Junior Wright in May 2016

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