Seth Mitchell vs. Timur Ibragimov
2011-12-10 : Seth Mitchell 240½ lbs beat Timur Ibragimov 221 lbs by TKO at 2:48 in round 2 of 10
- Location: Convention Center, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
- Referee: Malik Waleed
- Judge: Dave Braslow
- Judge: Steve Rados
- Judge: Tammye Jenkins
- Seth Mitchell 23-0-1 (17 KOs) vs. Timur Ibragimov 30-3-1 (16 KOs)
- Fight was on the undercard of Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson.
- Ibragimov entered having not fought in just over a year and was coming off a split decision loss to Jean-Marc Mormeck.
- At 240.5 lbs., Mitchell was fighting at the lightest weight of his professional career to date. At 221 lbs., Ibragimov was fighting at his lightest since June of 2006.
- It was the ninth consecutive knockout victory for Mitchell to occur within five rounds.
- It was the first time Ibragimov lost via knockout or stoppage.
Both fighters landed a few decent shots in the fairly even opening round. The two came out and traded early in Round 2 and a small cut opened on the bridge of Ibragimov's nose. A left hand at 1:55 of the round hurt Ibragimov. He attempted to tie up Mitchell but was caught with a few right hands both upstairs and to the body. Mitchell came forward and landed five consecutive right hands that backed Ibragimov into a corner. After Mitchell landed his sixth, the referee stepped in and waved an end to the bout.
- "That's what heavyweights are supposed to do." - Jim Lampley
- "Do you know how long it's been since people have been able to tune in and watch an American heavyweight knock a guy out in a couple of rounds? This guy is an aggressive fighter." - Max Kellerman
- "In the first round, we knew we had to alleviate his right hand. His right hand was the key. He was trying to set me up in the first round and caught me a couple of times. My trainer was getting on me because I had my left hand down. Once we figured that out, it was pretty much an easy night for me. I saw that he couldn't get away from my right hand so I just kept firing it" - Seth Mitchell in the post-fight interview with Larry Merchant