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|Real name||Timur Ibragimov|
January 15, 1975 |
Tashkent, Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR
|Wins by KO||16|
Ibragimov is from Uzbekistan. He is the cousin of former WBO Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov, although Sultan is a native of Dagestan. Both of Ibragimov's parents are of Turkic origin, and his father is from the Khorezm region. Ibragimov himself is an Uzbek Turk and a Muslim.
Ibragimov had over 200 amateur fights, and during the 1990s, he was one of the world's leading amateur boxers in the light heavyweight division. In 1991, Ibragimov won the Soviet Union Junior National Championships for his age category (16 to 18 years old). After the break-up of the USSR, Ibragimov won the Uzbekistani National Championships five times. Ibragimov participated several times in the Asian Amateur Boxing Championships and the Asian Games, and in 1995 he was a quarter finalist at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Berlin. Ibragimov won the Gold Medal at the Central Asian Games in 1997.
Ibragimov turned professional in 2000, fighting alongside his cousin Sultan in a stable managed by Boris Grinsberg. Now based in the United States, Ibragimov ran up a record of 21-0-1 by 2006. His lone draw was against Kevin Johnson.
In 2006 Ibragimov was outpointed by then-undefeated Calvin Brock in a high-profile fight televised by HBO. Although he rocked Brock early with a solid right cross, Ibragimov fought defensively for most of the bout against his more experienced opponent. The scores were 119-109, 117-111, and 115-113. On February 16, 2007 Ibragimov lost a unanimous decision to top contender Tony Thompson. Ibragimov rallied in the last two rounds, but was not able to overcome the points advantage accumulated by Thompson earlier in the bout. The scores were 99-91, 97-93, and 97-93.
Later in 2007, Ibragimov won a unanimous decision over former European champion Timo Hoffmann in Germany. Ibragimov dominated the bout with shifty boxing tactics and hurtful counter rights to the head. The scores were 99-94, 98-92, and 97-93. The victory was regarded as an upset, and it positioned Ibragimov on the edge of the world ratings.
Due to promotional and managerial problems, Ibragimov was inactive after beating Hoffman. In 2008, Ibragimov fought only twice, winning decisions each time. He won two fights in 2009 as well.
Ibragimov had an important year in 2010, winning four fights and obtaining high worldwide rating by the World Boxing Association. In February, he took the International Boxing Association Intercontinental heavyweight title by knocking out Awadh Tamim in three rounds. In June, Ibragimov scored his most important career victory by outpointing former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall over twelve rounds. The scores were 119-109, 117-111, and 117-111. The McCall victory earned Ibragimov the North American Boxing Association heavyweight title. Ibragimov next defeated Gurcharan Singh and Luis Pineda.
In December 2010, Ibragimov lost a 12-round split decision to former cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck. The bout, held in Paris for the vacant WBA International heavyweight title, was closely contested. Many reporters actually scored the fight in favor of Ibragimov. One judge favored Ibragimov 115-113, but was overruled by two judges who chose Mormeck by margins of 116-111 and 116-112. At the time of this match, Ibragimov was ranked seventh worldwide by the World Boxing Association.
After the Mormeck fight, Ibragimov remained inactive for an entire year. When he finally fought again, in December, 2011, he was surprisingly stopped in two rounds by the undefeated, power-punching contender Seth Mitchell. The defeat, which took place in Washington, D.C., marked the first time that Ibragimov had lost by knockout or technical knockout as an amateur or professional.
Professional boxing record
|31 Wins (16 knockouts, 14 decisions), 4 Losses (1 knockout, 3 decisions), 1 Draw |
|Win||10-8-2||Wiseman Dlomo||UD||12||25/06/2012||Namangan, Uzbekistan||WBA Pan-African Heavyweight title. 117-110, 117-112, 116-112.|
|Loss||23-0-1||Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell||TKO||2||10/12/2011||Washington, District of Columbia, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:48 of the second round.|
|Loss||35-4||Jean-Marc "The Marksman" Mormeck||SD||12||02/12/2010||Paris, France||WBA International Heavyweight Title. 111-116, 112-116, 115-113.|
|Win||21-8-1||Luis Andres Pineda||UD||10||02/10/2010||Panama City, Panama||NABA Heavyweight Title. 97-92, 98-92, 98-91.|
|Win||20-0||Gurcharan Singh||TKO||10||24/08/2010||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:45 of the tenth round.|
|Win||54-9||Oliver "Atomic Bull" McCall||UD||12||15/06/2010||Hollywood, Florida, United States||NABA Heavyweight Title. 119-109, 117-111, 117-111.|
|Win||11-1||Awadh Tamim||TKO||3||06/02/2010||Myakinino, Russia||IBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:15 of the third round.|
|Win||35-14-3||Alfred "Ice" Cole||UD||6||04/09/2009||Karlstad, Sweden||60-55, 59-56, 59-55.|
|Win||10-7-1||Willie "Mr. P" Palms||TKO||5||31/07/2009||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:00 of the fifth round.|
|Win||17-5-1||Kevin Montiy||UD||8||06/09/2008||Moscow, Russia||80-71, 80-71, 80-71.|
|Win||14-21-2||Andrew Greeley||UD||6||26/07/2008||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States||60-54, 60-54, 60-54.|
|Win||37-4-1||Timo Hoffmann||UD||10||23/06/2007||Zwickau, Sachsen, Germany||99-94, 98-92, 97-93.|
|Loss||28-1||Tony "The Tiger" Thompson||UD||10||16/02/2007||Beverly Hills, California, United States||WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title. 91-99, 93-97, 93-97.|
|Loss||28-0||Calvin "Boxing Banker" Brock||UD||12||24/06/2006||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WBC FECARBOX/IBA Continental Heavyweight Titles. 109-119, 111-117, 113-115.|
|Win||27-16||Kenny Craven||RTD||2||24/03/2006||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Craven could not answer the bell for round three.|
|Win||20-1-2||Paul Marinaccio||TKO||7||11/11/2005||Kissimmee, Florida, United States||WBC FECARBOX Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||34-12||Rogerio Lobo||KO||4||24/06/2005||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WBC FECARBOX Heavyweight Title. Lobo knocked out at 0:51 of the fourth round.|
|Win||9-3||David Polk||UD||10||22/04/2005||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||99-91, 99-91, 99-91.|
|Win||14-1-4||Ronald Bellamy||KO||3||03/03/2005||New York City, United States||WBC FECARBOX Heavyweight Title. Bellamy knocked out at 2:56 of the third round.|
|Win||10-3||Billy Douglas||UD||12||11/12/2004||Brighton Beach, New York, United States||WBC FECARBOX Heavyweight Title. 117-111, 117-111, 119-108.|
|Win||16-12||Shawn Robinson||TKO||1||16/10/2004||Boynton Beach, Florida, United States||WBC FECARBOX Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:58 of the first round.|
|Win||5-4||Earl Ladson||KO||2||30/07/2004||Louisville, Kentucky, United States||Ladson knocked out at 0:45 of the second round.|
|Draw||3-0||Kevin Johnson||PTS||4||17/06/2004||Laughlin, Nevada, United States||38-38, 38-38, 38-38.|
|Win||19-7-3||Terry McGroom||UD||8||22/04/2004||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||2-13||Dmitry Gerasimov||KO||1||06/04/2004||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||3-2||Joseph Kenneth Reyes||TKO||4||06/02/2004||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||24-19-3||Juan Carlos Viloria||TKO||2||10/01/2004||Boynton Beach, Florida, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:00 of the second round.|
|Win||3-1||Vitaliy Hryhoriyev||RTD||3||12/09/2003||Donetsk, Ukraine||Vitaliy could not answer the bell for round four.|
|Win||4-1||Jerry Cruz||TKO||1||01/08/2003||Tampa, Florida, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:18 of the first round.|
|Win||5-1||Gilberto Melo||TKO||3||06/06/2003||Rostov-na-Donu, Russia|
|Win||4-5-1||Kostyantyn Pryziuk||UD||6||22/04/2003||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||8-3-1||Sam Tillman||UD||6||26/03/2003||Coconut Grove, Florida, United States|
|Win||14-13||Onebo Maxime||UD||4||20/12/2002||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||1-0||John James||TKO||1||06/12/2002||Davie, Florida, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:50 of the first round.|
|Win||0-2||Lee Howard||UD||4||27/09/2002||West Palm Beach, Florida, United States|
|Win||2-0||Dmitry Naumov||UD||6||29/03/2000||Ekaterinburg, Russia|
As of July 2012, Ibragimov's professional record is 31-4-1 with 16 knockouts. He is currently the WBA Pan-African Heavyweight champion.
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