Two-division World Boxing Association (WBA) World Champion Beibut Shumenov has relinquished his WBA cruiserweight world title,
due to his career-ending eye injury, and he has announced his retirement from the ring.
"I'm extremely disappointed my boxing career has ended like this but, unfortunately,
injuries are part of this sport and there's nothing I can do about it.
I still have blurred vision and I need to have an additional surgery next month to try to further repair so I don't risk blindness in my (right) eye.
"I'd like to thank my family, my team throughout the years, friends and fans for their continued support all these years.
I was proud to wear the WBA championship belt for many years as a two-division champion.
I'm grateful to WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, his father, and all those in my WBA family.
It was quite a ride and I look forward with great anticipation to the next chapter of my life with my son and future endeavors." saүs Shumenov.
The 33-year-old Shumenov retires as the first and only two-division world champion to date from Kazakhstan.