Interim cruiserweight titlist Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) will defend his belt against former titleholder Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (49-3-1, 35 KOs) on Dec. 18 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas in the opening bout of the Premier Boxing Champions card on Spike TV, the network told ESPN.com on Tuesday.
Former light heavyweight titlist Shumenov, 32, a Kazakhstan native living in Las Vegas, won the vacant interim belt by decision against B.J. Flores on July 25 at the Palms and will be making his first defense.
Wlodarczyk, 34, of Poland, has not fought since losing his world title by decision to Russia’s Grigory Drozd by unanimous decision in Moscow 14 months ago.
The main event, set for the past few weeks, pits Russia’s Denis Shafikov (36-1-1, 19 KOs) and Miami-based Cuban defector Rances Barthelemy (23-0, 13 KOs), a former junior lightweight titleholder, against each other for a vacant lightweight world title.