|Real name||Sultan-Ahmed Magomedsalihovich Ibragimov|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
8 March 1975 |
Tlyarata, Tlyaratinsky District, Republic of Dagestan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Wins by KO||18|
Sultan-Ahmed Magomedsalihovich Ibragimov(Russian: Султан-Ахмед Магомедсалихович Ибрагимов ; born 8 March 1975, in Tlyarata, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union), is a retired professional boxer and a former WBO heavyweight champion. He is of Avar Dagestani  descent. He fought to become a unified world champion in February 2008, losing to Wladimir Klitschko.
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2000 Silver medal as a heavyweight in the 2000 Summer Olympics.
- Defeated Pauga Laulau (Samoa) RSCO-4
- Defeated Jackson Chanet (France) PTS (18-13)
- Defeated Vladimer Tchanturia (Georgia) PTS (19-14)
- Lost to Félix Savón (Cuba) PTS (13-21)
- Defeated Primislav Dimovski (Macedonia) PTS
- Defeated Alexander Yatsenko (Ukraine) AB-3
- Defeated Andreas Gustavsson (Sweden)
- Lost to Jackson Chanet (France) DSQ
- Defeated Stephen Reynolds (Ireland) RSC-2
- Defeated Kubrat Pulev (Bulgaria) PTS
- Lost to Odlanier Solis (Cuba) PTS (13-23)
2002-2006: Prospect to Contender
2007: WBO Heavyweight Champion & Holyfield Bout
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.
2008: Unification Bout Vs Klitschko
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.
Ibragimov is married. He is Muslim by faith.
- He is only the fifth southpaw heavyweight champion in history. The others are Michael Moorer, Corrie Sanders, Chris Byrd, and Ruslan Chagaev, however only Moorer was an authentic lineal champion—Ibragimov and Sanders held the WBO belt, whereas Byrd and Chagaev won vacant belts whilst someone else was widely considered the premier heavyweight.
- Sultan's cousin, Timur Ibragimov, is also a heavyweight professional boxer. However, Sultan fights for Russia, while Timur represents Uzbekistan.
Professional boxing record
|22 Wins (17 knockouts), 1 Loss, 1 Draw |
|Loss||22-1-1||Wladimir Klitschko||UD||12||23 February 2008||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States||Lost WBO Heavyweight title. For IBF & IBO Heavyweight titles. Ibragimov appeared to be knocked down as a Klitschko combo had him held up by only the ropes but referee did not rule it a knockdown.|
|Win||22-0-1||Evander Holyfield||UD||12||13 October 2007||Khodynka Ice Palace, Moscow, Russia||Retained WBO Heavyweight title. Ibragimov was previously scheduled to fight WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev in a title unification, but Chagaev pulled out due to an illness.|
|Win||21-0-1||Shannon Briggs||UD||12||2 June 2007||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won WBO Heavyweight title. At 273 pounds, Briggs was as heavy as he had been in his career. Too, he was the heaviest opponent of Ibragimov's career, outweighing the Russian by 52 pounds.|
|Win||20-0-1||Javier Mora||TKO||1 (10)||10 March 2007||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States||Ibragimov counter punched the aggressive Mora, flooring him with a left hook to the head. A barrage of about 18 more blows staggered him and brought the stoppage by referee Mike Ortega.|
|Draw||19-0-1||Ray Austin||PTS||12||28 July 2006||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, United States||IBF Heavyweight title eliminator. Austin down in round 4 & Ibragimov down in round 10. Commentator Teddy Atlas scored the fight a draw.|
|Win||19–0||Lance Whitaker||TKO||7 (12)||15 December 2005||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, United States||Retained WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title. Whitaker down once in rounds 1, 2, and 6.|
|Win||18–0||Friday Ahunanya||TD||9 (12)||16 September 2005||Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia, United States||Retained WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title. Ibragimov was knocked down in 3rd round. The fight was stopped in the 9th round because of a cut suffered by Ahunanya over the left eye.|
|Win||17–0||Andy Sample||TKO||1 (12)||24 June 2005||Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title.|
|Win||16–0||Zuri Lawrence||TKO||11 (12)||22 April 2005||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Retained WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title. Lawrence down 4 times.|
|Win||15–0||Alfred Cole||TKO||3 (12)||3 March 2005||MSG Theater, New York, New York, United States||Retained WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title. Cole down in round 3 from a left hook as he was against the ropes.|
|Win||14–0||James Walton||TKO||6 (12)||11 December 2004||Atlantic Oceana, Brighton Beach, New York, United States||Retained WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title. Corner retirement. Ibragimov lost two points in the 2nd roundd for low blows.|
|Win||13–0||Najee Shaheed||KO||3 (12)||16 October 2004||Club Ovation, Boynton Beach, Florida, United States||Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title.|
|Win||12–0||Onebo Maxime||TKO||5 (8)||28 August 2004||Club Ovation, Boynton Beach, Florida, United States|
|Win||11–0||Alexey Osokin||UD||8||10 March 2004||Casino Crystall, Moscow, Russia|
|Win||10–0||Piotr Sapun||KO||1 (8)||29 January 2004||Centr na Tulskoy, Moscow, Russia|
|Win||9–0||Sedrak Agagulyan||TKO||1 (8)||12 September 2003||Sports Palace Yunost, Donetsk, Ukraine||Agagulyan's corner threw in the towel.|
|Win||8–0||Marcus McGee||TKO||8 (8)||6 June 2003||Express, Rostov-na-Donu, Russia|
|Win||7–0||Carlos Barcelete||KO||3 (6)||22 April 2003||Kamilla, Moscow, Russia||Barcelete down in round 2.|
|Win||6–0||Chad Butler||UD||6||26 March 2003||Convention Center, Coconut Grove, Florida, United States||Butler down 3 times.|
|Win||5–0||Lincoln Luke||TKO||2 (4)||20 December 2002||American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, United States||Corner retirement.|
|Win||4–0||Clarence Goins||TKO||1 (4)||6 December 2002||Paladium, Davie, Florida, United States|
|Win||3–0||Leroy Hollis||TKO||1 (4)||18 October 2002||Hard Rock Live, Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Win||2–0||John Phillips||TKO||1 (4)||7 June 2002||DeSoto Civic Center, Southaven, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||1–0||Tracy Williams||KO||1 (4)||25 May 2002||Tennis Center, Delray Beach, Florida, United States|
- Shannon Briggs Says Nyet
- Daily Telegraph Issue No.47,327 (Friday 3 August 2007)Holyfield steps back into the ring Article by Gareth A. Davies
- ESPN - Holyfield replaces Chagaev as Ibragimov's opponent - Boxing
- Shannon Brigs Says Nyet
- Chagaev Vs. Ibragimov heats up
- Q&A Timur Ibragimov: "I am the best."
- Professional boxing record for Sultan Ibragimov from BoxRec
- Sultan Ibragimov Fight-by-Fight Career Record
|WBO Heavyweight Champion
June 2, 2007 – February 23, 2008