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Sultan-Ahmed Magomedsalihovich Ibragimov (Russian: Султан-Ахмед Магомедсалихович Ибрагимов; born 8 March 1975) is a retired Russian professional boxer of Dagestani descent who competed from 2002 to 2008, and held the WBO heavyweight title from 2007 to 2008. As an amateur he won silver medals at the 2000 Olympics and 2000 European Championships, and bronze at the 2001 World Championships, all in the heavyweight division.
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Reach||193 cm (76 in)|
|Born||8 March 1975|
Tlyarata, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Wins by KO||17|
Ibragimov took up boxing at the age of 17, when he came to Rostov-on-Don and joined a local college, training under a tutelage of Anatoly Chernyayev. Soon after he was spotted by the AIBA Vice President and Russia's top boxing official Ramazan Abacharayev, his compatriot from Dagestan, who became his trainer and mentor for a long time.
Ibragimov had over 130 fights as an amateur, competing in heavyweight, claiming 135 victories, and having at least 6 known losses (no stoppages.)
Feliks Stamm Memorial (91 kg), Warsaw, Poland, September 1998:
USA–Russia Duals (91 kg), Marquette, Michigan, November 1998:
USA–Russia Duals (91 kg), Mashantucket, Connecticut, November 1998:
Trofeo Italia (91 kg), Naples, Italy, March 1999:
USA–Russia Duals (91 kg), Mashantucket, Connecticut, April 1999:
Russian National Championships (91 kg), Chelyabinsk, Russia, June 1999
Black Sea Cup (91 kg), Sevastopol, Ukraine, October 1999:
Four Nations International Tournament (91 kg), Moscow, Russia, July 2000:
Ibragimov turned professional and rose through the heavyweight ranks by knocking out journeymen Al Cole, Zuri Lawrence, Friday Ahunanya and Lance Whitaker. On 28 July 2007, Ibragimov's record improved to 19-0-1 when he fought to a draw with Ray Austin in a grueling 12 round IBF heavyweight title eliminator.
WBO heavyweight championEdit
Despite the draw against Ray Austin, Ibragimov received a title shot from another sanctioning organization, the WBO. He was scheduled to challenge Shannon Briggs for the WBO heavyweight title on 10 March 2007, but because Briggs became ill with pneumonia, Ibragimov instead faced Javier Mora at Madison Square Garden in New York on that date. Ibragimov knocked out Mora 46 seconds into the first round. This win broke the record for the quickest knockout in a main event bout in Madison Square Garden, which was previously held by Lee Savold who defeated Buddy Walker in 1948.
Ibragimov faced the heavy-handed WBO Heavyweight Champion Shannon Briggs in Atlantic City, New Jersey on 2 June 2007. With an exception of an early and late pressure by Briggs in round one & twelve, rounds two to eleven were mostly controlled by Ibragimov, out-boxing his larger opponent with fast combinations.
On 13 October 2007, Sultan Ibragimov won his first title defense against the aging former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield by unanimous decision for the WBO heavyweight title at Khodynka Arena in Moscow, Russia.
Ibragimov fought Wladimir Klitschko on 23 February 2008 at Madison Square Garden. This fight was a unification bout laying the two fighters' IBF, IBO, and WBO titles on the line. This was the only title unification since 1999 when Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield fought.
Unification bout against Wladimir KlitschkoEdit
He was defeated by Wladimir Klitschko by way of a unanimous decision. Ibragimov had his moments, but for the most part was unable to get past Klitschko's long jab and occasional straight right hand, he struggled to land any significant punches on his larger opponent.
In February 2009 there were rumors about Ibragimov's retirement from boxing following his loss to Wladimir Klitschko, which were later confirmed in July 2009. Despite a largely undistinguished career, Ibragimov retired as one of only five heavyweight champions, along side Gene Tunney, Rocky Marciano, Riddick Bowe and Nicolai Valuev to have never suffered a stoppage defeat.
Ibragimov is of Avar Dagestani descent, and is Muslim by faith. His cousin, Timur Ibragimov, is also a former heavyweight professional boxer. However, while Sultan competed for Russia, Timur represented Uzbekistan.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|Professional record summary|
|24 fights||22 wins||1 loss|
|24||Loss||22–1–1||Wladimir Klitschko||UD||12||23 Feb 2008||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US||Lost WBO heavyweight title;|
For IBF and IBO heavyweight titles
|23||Win||22–0–1||Evander Holyfield||UD||12||13 Oct 2007||Megasport Arena, Moscow, Russia||Retained WBO heavyweight title|
|22||Win||21–0–1||Shannon Briggs||UD||12||2 Jun 2007||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US||Won WBO heavyweight title|
|21||Win||20–0–1||Javier Mora||TKO||1 (10), 0:46||10 Mar 2007||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US|
|20||Draw||19–0–1||Ray Austin||SD||12||28 Jul 2006||Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, US|
|19||Win||19–0||Lance Whitaker||TKO||7 (12), 2:01||15 Dec 2005||Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, US||Retained WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title|
|18||Win||18–0||Friday Ahunanya||TD||9 (12)||16 Sep 2005||The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia, US||Retained WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title;|
Unanimous TD after Ahunanya was cut from an accidental head clash
|17||Win||17–0||Andy Sample||TKO||1 (12), 2:47||24 Jun 2005||The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, US||Retained WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title|
|16||Win||16–0||Zuri Lawrence||TKO||11 (12), 0:32||22 Apr 2005||Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US||Retained WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Al Cole||TKO||3 (12), 1:46||3 Mar 2005||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US||Retained WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title|
|14||Win||14–0||James Walton||TKO||6 (12), 3:00||11 Dec 2004||Atlantic Oceana Hall, New York City, New York, US||Retained WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title|
|13||Win||13–0||Najee Shaheed||KO||3 (12), 2:45||16 Oct 2004||Ovation Club, Boynton Beach, Florida, US||Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title|
|12||Win||12–0||Onebo Maxime||TKO||5 (8), 2:13||28 Aug 2004||Ovation Club, Boynton Beach, Florida, US|
|11||Win||11–0||Alexey Osokin||UD||8||10 Mar 2004||Crystal Casino, Moscow, Russia|
|10||Win||10–0||Piotr Sapun||KO||1 (8)||29 Jan 2004||Centr na Tulskoy, Moscow, Russia|
|9||Win||9–0||Sedrak Agagulyan||TKO||1 (8)||12 Sep 2003||Sports Palace Yunost, Donetsk, Ukraine|
|8||Win||8–0||Marcus McGee||TKO||8 (8)||6 Jun 2003||KSK "Express", Rostov-on-Don, Russia|
|7||Win||7–0||Carlos Barcelete||KO||3 (6)||22 Apr 2003||Casino Kamilla, Moscow, Russia|
|6||Win||6–0||Chad Butler||UD||6||26 Mar 2003||Convention Center, Coconut Grove, Florida, US|
|5||Win||5–0||Lincoln Luke||RTD||2 (4), 3:00||20 Dec 2002||American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, US|
|4||Win||4–0||Clarence Goins||TKO||1 (4), 1:36||6 Dec 2002||Palladium Athletic Village, Davie, Florida, US|
|3||Win||3–0||Leroy Hollis||TKO||1 (4), 2:30||18 Oct 2002||Hard Rock Cafe, Orlando, Florida, US|
|2||Win||2–0||John Phillips||TKO||1 (4), 1:26||7 Jun 2002||DeSoto Civic Center, Southaven, Mississippi, US|
|1||Win||1–0||Tracy Williams||KO||1 (4), 1:19||25 May 2002||Tennis Center, Delray Beach, Florida, US|
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- "Sport & Note". www.sportenote.com. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
- Daily Telegraph, Issue No.47, 327 (Friday, 3 August 2007), 'Holyfield steps back into the ring', Article by Gareth A. Davies
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- "Sultan Ibragimov Retires". 4 September 2012. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012.
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- Professional boxing record for Sultan Ibragimov from BoxRec
- Sultan Ibragimov profile at About.com
- Holyfield to face Ibragimov for WBO title at Yahoo! Sports
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byKali Meehan
| WBO Asia Pacific
16 October 2004 – July 2006
Title next held byRuslan Chagaev
|World boxing titles|
| WBO heavyweight champion
2 June 2007 – 23 February 2008