Today the Kazakh Minister of Culture and Sports Mr. Arystanbek Mukhamediuly met with Beibut Shumenov, professional boxer, two-weight world champion (WBA Super Light Heavyweight and WBA Cruiserweight), BNews.kz reports quoting the press service of the Committee for Sports and Physical Culture, Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan.
Photo: press service of the Committee for Sports and Physical Culture, Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan.
During the meeting, Beibut Shumenov informed the minister of his plans to organize in Astana boxing event featuring 16 top fighters from around the world, including the member of the Qatari royal family Sheikh Fahad Bin Khalid Al-Thani. Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will visit Astana to support him.
It is expected that the evening will be hosted by the world-famous ring announcer Michael Buffer. The honorary guests will include legendary boxers Roberto Duran, David Haye, Jorge Linares, Hasim Rahman, Zab Judah, Evander Holyfield, popular UFC fighters Khabib Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov, as well as the World Boxing Association (WBA) management.
Also, it is planned to hold the WBA Directorate meeting. This event is held twice a year to exercise authority and address current challenges by the WBA members.
Arystanbek Mukhamediuly noted the importance of holding such events in Astana to increase the interest to promoting sports in Kazakhstan and attract foreign tourists. He said that he will provide extensive support in organizing and holding the meeting.
In his turn, Beibut Shumenov thanked the minister for the support and assistance in developing professional boxing in Kazakhstan.
“I think that today we had a very important and productive conversation with Mr. Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, the Minister of Culture and Sports. The WBA contacted our promotion company KZ Event Productions Inc. and proposed to hold the upcoming Board meeting in Astana during the celebration of 20th anniversary of Kazakh capital. I think that Astana will be an excellent dialogue platform to discuss important issues in the world of boxing. This event will boost the development of professional boxing in Kazakhstan, as well as increase the interest of young people in sports and healthy lifestyle,” Shumenov said.
It is planned to hold the WBA Directorate Meeting and the evening of professional boxing in early July. The Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan, the Mayor’s Office of Astana and the Federation of the Professional Boxing of Kazakhstan will provide support to hold these events.