Shannon Briggs vs. Sultan Ibragimov
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|As of December 2006|
|As of November 2006|
Shannon Briggs 273 lbs lost to Sultan Ibragimov 221 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12
- Date: 2007-06-02
- Location: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
- Referee: Eddie Cotton
- Judge: Luis Rivera 113-115
- Judge: Lynne Carter 109-119
- Judge: Don Trella 111-117
- World Boxing Organization Heavyweight Title (1st defense of Briggs)
- Shannon Briggs 48-4-1 (42 KOs) vs. Sultan Ibragimov 20-0-1 (17 KOs)
- Bout confirmed on January 27.
- Originally scheduled for March 10th, was postponed as Briggs fell ill with pneumonia.
- According to Ibragimov, his former coach Panama Lewis warned him that Briggs was going to look for an excuse to pull out of the fight.
- There were rumours about Briggs pulling out of the fight again, which Ibragimov believed was a tactic from Briggs' team to make Ibragimov relaxed and disrupt his training process.
- In preparation for the fight, Ibragimov teamed up with Jeff Mayweather, who became his head coach. Ibragimov also became a member of Mayweather's boxing gym.
- At 273 pounds, Briggs was as heavy as he had been in his career.
- Briggs entered having won 12 consecutive bouts dating back over 5 years, when he was defeated by Jameel McCline.
- According to CompuBox, Ibragimov outstruck Briggs in every round but first (even). He also landed min. 3x as many power punches as Briggs in every round but 7th (7-4 in favor of Ibragimov) and 11th (5-2 in favor of Ibragimov).
- Briggs was unable to land more than 6 punches per round, and failed to land anything in round 9.
- Briggs announced his retirement immediately following the bout.
- Ibragimov about the fight: "I've never had a fight like this before. Not even in the amateurs. This tactic of waiting is not for me. I prefer to go forward and be aggressive. And here I had to 'step on my own throat', because my coaches before and during the fight kept telling me: 'Do not go into trading blows - that's exactly what he wants. Don't do what he wants you to do.' Even didn't go for the finish [in the sixth], restrained myself, even though I saw that he was hurt. I wasn't happy with myself because of this, but my cornermen kept telling me after every round that I was doing great and was winning. [...] During the preparation, we devoted a lot of time on working on speed and movement. But all that work was almost a waste of time. The ring I fought on against Briggs was different than those I had worked on during training camp. It was incredibly soft, it was difficult to move on it - the feet were stuck as if in sand. But if experts praised my footwork, maybe [all that work] did pay off."
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