Sultan Ibragimov

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Sultan Ibragimov
Султан Ибрагимов
Real name Sultan-Ahmed
Magomedsalihovich Ibragimov
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Reach 193 cm (76 in)
Nationality Avar
Born (1975-03-08) 8 March 1975 (age 40)
Tlyarata, Dagestan
Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 24
Wins 22
Wins by KO 18
Losses 1
Draws 1

Sultan-Ahmed Magomedsalihovich Ibragimov[1](Russian: Султан-Ахмед Магомедсалихович Ибрагимов; born 8 March 1975) is a Russian former professional boxer who held the WBO world heavyweight title. He retired from the sport in 2009, following his only career defeat to Wladimir Klitschko, in an unsuccessful attempt to unify the WBO and IBF titles. Ibragimov is of Avar Dagestani descent.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

2000 Silver medal as a heavyweight in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

2000 Silver medal as a heavyweight at the European Championship in Tampere, Finland.

2001 Bronze medal at the World Championships in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Professional career[edit]

2002-2006: Prospect to Contender[edit]

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, Sultan's record became 19-0-1 when he fought to a draw with Ray Austin in a grueling 12 round IBF heavyweight title eliminator.

2007: WBO Heavyweight Champion & Holyfield Bout[edit]

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[3] for the WBO heavyweight title at Khodynka Arena in Moscow, Russia.[4]

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[edit]

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,[5] which were later confirmed in July 2009.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Ibragimov is married. He is Muslim by faith.[8]


  • He is only the fifth southpaw heavyweight champion in history.[9] 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.[10][11]

Professional boxing record[edit]

22 Wins (17 knockouts), 1 Loss, 1 Draw [2]
Result Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 22-1-1 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko UD 12 23 February 2008 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Lost WBO Heavyweight title.
For IBF & IBO Heavyweight titles.
Win 22-0-1 United States Evander Holyfield UD 12 13 October 2007 Russia Khodynka Ice Palace, Moscow Retained WBO Heavyweight title.
Win 21-0-1 United States Shannon Briggs UD 12 2 June 2007 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Won WBO Heavyweight title.
Win 20-0-1 Mexico Javier Mora TKO 1 (10), 0:46 10 March 2007 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Draw 19-0-1 United States Ray Austin PTS 12 28 July 2006 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida IBF Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 19–0 United States Lance Whitaker TKO 7 (12), 2:01 15 December 2005 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida Retained WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title.
Win 18–0 Nigeria Friday Ahunanya TD 9 (12) 16 September 2005 United States Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia Retained WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title.
Win 17–0 United States Andy Sample TKO 1 (12), 2:47 24 June 2005 United States Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title.
Win 16–0 United States Zuri Lawrence TKO 11 (12), 0:32 22 April 2005 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title.
Win 15–0 United States Alfred Cole TKO 3 (12), 1:46 3 March 2005 United States MSG Theater, New York, New York Retained WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title.
Win 14–0 United States James Walton TKO 6 (12), 3:00 11 December 2004 United States Atlantic Oceana, Brighton Beach, New York Retained WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title.
Win 13–0 United States Najee Shaheed KO 3 (12), 2:45 16 October 2004 United States Club Ovation, Boynton Beach, Florida Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title.
Win 12–0 Ivory Coast Onebo Maxime TKO 5 (8), 2:13 28 August 2004 United States Club Ovation, Boynton Beach, Florida
Win 11–0 Russia Alexey Osokin UD 8 10 March 2004 Russia Casino Crystall, Moscow
Win 10–0 Belarus Piotr Sapun KO 1 (8) 29 January 2004 Russia Centr na Tulskoy, Moscow
Win 9–0 Armenia Sedrak Agagulyan TKO 1 (8) 12 September 2003 Ukraine Sports Palace Yunost, Donetsk
Win 8–0 United States Marcus McGee TKO 8 (8) 6 June 2003 Russia Express, Rostov-na-Donu
Win 7–0 Brazil Carlos Barcelete KO 3 (6) 22 April 2003 Russia Kamilla, Moscow
Win 6–0 United States Chad Butler UD 6 26 March 2003 United States Convention Center, Coconut Grove, Florida
Win 5–0 United States Lincoln Luke TKO 2 (4) 20 December 2002 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Win 4–0 United States Clarence Goins TKO 1 (4), 1:36 6 December 2002 United States Paladium, Davie, Florida
Win 3–0 United States Leroy Hollis TKO 1 (4), 2:30 18 October 2002 United States Hard Rock Live, Orlando, Florida
Win 2–0 United States John Phillips TKO 1 (4), 1:26 7 June 2002 United States DeSoto Civic Center, Southaven, Mississippi
Win 1–0 United States Tracy Williams KO 1 (4), 1:19 25 May 2002 United States Tennis Center, Delray Beach, Florida Professional debut.


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Preceded by
Shannon Briggs
WBO Heavyweight Champion
June 2, 2007 – February 23, 2008
Succeeded by
Wladimir Klitschko