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Beibut Shumenov injures eye; fight vs. Yunier Dorticos postponed

Cruiserweight world titleholder Beibut Shumenov suffered an eye injury during training on Wednesday, and on Thursday he postponed his defense against Yunier Dorticos.

Shumenov and Dorticos, the interim titleholder and mandatory challenger, were scheduled to meet April 29 at Sam's Town in Las Vegas.

With Shumenov-Dorticos postponed until Shumenov is healed from his injury, the original co-feature between interim featherweight titlist Carlos Zambrano and challenger Claudio Marrero will move into the main event position of the Premier Boxing Champions card (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes, 10 p.m. ET).

"It is disappointing that Shumenov suffered an eye injury in training. Unfortunately, that's the nature of boxing,'' said Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, who is promoting the card. "We were looking forward to seeing him defend his cruiserweight world title against Dorticos. I hope he makes a full recovery and we can reschedule the match."

My dear friends, I received a scratch in my eye during a sparring session. The scratch was deep in my retina and I had an emergency surgery. The injury was severe and it takes some time for recovery. My dear friends, just like you, I was looking forward to defeat my opponent. During the preparations, I had 390 rounds of sparring and I was ready on April 29th to knock my opponent out. I had a tremendous training camp but it's very unfortunate that the fight has to be delayed till June now. Thank you very much for your understanding and supporting me. Құрметті жанкүйерлер! Сіздер сияқты, мен де 29 сәуірдегі жекпе-жегімді қатты күттім. Барымды салып дайындалдым. 390 раундтық спаррингтен өттім. Қарсыласымды нокаутпен ұтуға дайын болдым. Кезекті жаттығуымда ойламаған жерден көзіме жарақат алып қалдым. Жаттығудағы қарсыласымның қолы көзімнің қарашығын сырып кетті. Дәрігерлер шұғыл операция жасамасақ, көру қабілетіңнен айырыласың деді. Операция жасаттым. Сәтті өтті. Енді 30 күн бойы ем қабылдауым керек. Осылайша жекпе-жегім кейінге қалып отыр. Амандығымды тілеп, уайымдап отырған жанкүйерлеріме алғысым шексіз. Біз бірге жеңіске жетеміз! Дорогие друзья! Во время моего спарринга произошел несчастный случай. Получил глубокую царапину на сетчатке глаза. Была экстренная операция. Травма оказалась серьезной. Нужно определенное время на восстановление. Друзья, так же как и вы, вместе с вами, я с нетерпением жду своего боя, чтобы одолеть соперника. При подготовке к этому бою я провел 390 раундов спарринга; был готов выйти на ринг 29 апреля и нокаутировать своего соперника. Мои тренировки были усиленными и напряженными. Мне так же, как и вам, очень жаль, что бой на время откладывается. Всем огромное спасибо, кто поддерживает и болеет за меня. #beibutshumenov

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There is no timetable yet on when Shumenov is expected to return from the injury.

"Now, we're looking forward to Carlos Zambrano making his Mayweather Promotions debut in a scintillating match against a very tough challenger in Claudio Marrero," Ellerbe said.

Shumenov (17-2, 11 KOs), 33, who owns a secondary title to Denis Lebedev's main world title, and Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs), 31, both have been out of the ring for 11 months and will see their layoffs extended. The fight is long overdue.

The 32-year-old Zambrano (26-0, 11 KOs), of Peru, won an interim belt in March 2015, defended it in August of that year and has not fought since.

Marrero (21-1, 15 KOs), a 28-year-old southpaw from the Dominican Republic, has won seven fights in a row since dropping a competitive decision to former world titleholder Jesus Cuellar in 2013.

The new co-feature will pit 22-year-old Jeison Rosario (12-0, 9 KOs), of the Dominican Republic, in his United States debut against Nathaniel Gallimore (17-1-1, 14 KOs), 28, of Jamaica, in a 10-round middleweight fight.