Sultan Ibragimov

Sultan Ibragimov
Султан Ибрагимов
Real nameSultan-Ahmed
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Reach193 cm (76 in)
Born (1975-03-08) 8 March 1975 (age 43)
Tlyarata, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Boxing record
Total fights24
Wins by KO17

Sultan-Ahmed Magomedsalihovich Ibragimov (Russian: Султан-Ахмед Магомедсалихович Ибрагимов; born 8 March 1975)[1] is a Russian former professional boxer who competed from 2002 to 2008, and held the WBO heavyweight title from 2007 to 2008. As an amateur he won silver medals at the 2000 Olympics and 2000 European Championships, and bronze at the 2001 World Championships, all in the heavyweight division.

Ibragimov is only the sixth southpaw world heavyweight champion in history: the others being Michael Moorer, Corrie Sanders, Chris Byrd, Ruslan Chagaev, and Charles Martin.

Amateur career[]

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[]

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

WBO heavyweight champion[]

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

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.

Unification bout against Wladimir 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.


In February 2009 there were rumors about Ibragimov's retirement from boxing following his loss to Wladimir Klitschko,[4] which were later confirmed in July 2009.[5][6] Despite a largely undistinguished career, Ibragimov retired as one of only five heavyweight champions, along side Gene Tunney, Rocky Marciano, Riddick Bowe and Nicolai Valuev to have never suffered a stoppage defeat.

Personal life[]

Ibragimov is of Avar Dagestani descent, and is Muslim by faith.[7] His cousin, Timur Ibragimov, is also a former heavyweight professional boxer. However, while Sultan competed for Russia, Timur represented Uzbekistan.[8][9]

Professional boxing record[]

Professional record summary
24 fights 22 wins 1 loss
By knockout 17 0
By decision 5 1
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
24 Loss 22–1–1 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko UD 12 23 Feb 2008 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Lost WBO heavyweight title;
For IBF and IBO heavyweight titles
23 Win 22–0–1 United States Evander Holyfield UD 12 13 Oct 2007 Russia Megasport Arena, Moscow, Russia Retained WBO heavyweight title
22 Win 21–0–1 United States Shannon Briggs UD 12 2 Jun 2007 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Won WBO heavyweight title
21 Win 20–0–1 Mexico Javier Mora TKO 1 (10), 0:46 10 Mar 2007 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US
20 Draw 19–0–1 United States Ray Austin SD 12 28 Jul 2006 United States Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, US
19 Win 19–0 United States Lance Whitaker TKO 7 (12), 2:01 15 Dec 2005 United States Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, US Retained WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title
18 Win 18–0 Nigeria Friday Ahunanya TD 9 (12) 16 Sep 2005 United States The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia, US Retained WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title;
Unanimous TD after Ahunanya was cut from an accidental head clash
17 Win 17–0 United States Andy Sample TKO 1 (12), 2:47 24 Jun 2005 United States The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, US Retained WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title
16 Win 16–0 United States Zuri Lawrence TKO 11 (12), 0:32 22 Apr 2005 United States Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Retained WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title
15 Win 15–0 United States Al Cole TKO 3 (12), 1:46 3 Mar 2005 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Retained WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title
14 Win 14–0 United States James Walton TKO 6 (12), 3:00 11 Dec 2004 United States Atlantic Oceana Hall, New York City, New York, US Retained WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title
13 Win 13–0 United States Najee Shaheed KO 3 (12), 2:45 16 Oct 2004 United States Ovation Club, Boynton Beach, Florida, US Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title
12 Win 12–0 Ivory Coast Onebo Maxime TKO 5 (8), 2:13 28 Aug 2004 United States Ovation Club, Boynton Beach, Florida, US
11 Win 11–0 Russia Alexey Osokin UD 8 10 Mar 2004 Russia Crystal Casino, Moscow, Russia
10 Win 10–0 Belarus Piotr Sapun KO 1 (8) 29 Jan 2004 Russia Centr na Tulskoy, Moscow, Russia
9 Win 9–0 Armenia Sedrak Agagulyan TKO 1 (8) 12 Sep 2003 Ukraine Sports Palace Yunost, Donetsk, Ukraine
8 Win 8–0 United States Marcus McGee TKO 8 (8) 6 Jun 2003 Russia KSK "Express", Rostov-on-Don, Russia
7 Win 7–0 Brazil Carlos Barcelete KO 3 (6) 22 Apr 2003 Russia Casino Kamilla, Moscow, Russia
6 Win 6–0 United States Chad Butler UD 6 26 Mar 2003 United States Convention Center, Coconut Grove, Florida, US
5 Win 5–0 United States Lincoln Luke RTD 2 (4), 3:00 20 Dec 2002 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, US
4 Win 4–0 United States Clarence Goins TKO 1 (4), 1:36 6 Dec 2002 United States Palladium Athletic Village, Davie, Florida, US
3 Win 3–0 United States Leroy Hollis TKO 1 (4), 2:30 18 Oct 2002 United States Hard Rock Cafe, Orlando, Florida, US
2 Win 2–0 United States John Phillips TKO 1 (4), 1:26 7 Jun 2002 United States DeSoto Civic Center, Southaven, Mississippi, US
1 Win 1–0 United States Tracy Williams KO 1 (4), 1:19 25 May 2002 United States Tennis Center, Delray Beach, Florida, US Professional debut


  1. ^ " - Felix Savon - Jun 8, 2004". Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  2. ^ Daily Telegraph, Issue No.47, 327 (Friday, 3 August 2007), 'Holyfield steps back into the ring', Article by Gareth A. Davies
  3. ^ "Holyfield replaces Chagaev as Ibragimov's opponent". 2007-08-02. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  4. ^ "Sultan Ibragimov Retires". 4 September 2012. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Former heavyweight champ Sultan Ibragimov retires". 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  6. ^ "Sultan Ibragimov retires - Boxing - Boxing News". 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  7. ^ "Shannon Briggs Says Nyet". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-10-19.
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "Exclusive interview with heavyweight boxing prospect Sultan Ibragimov". 13 October 2007. Archived from the original on 13 October 2007.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Kali Meehan
WBO Asia Pacific
heavyweight champion

16 October 2004 – July 2006
Title next held by
Ruslan Chagaev
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Shannon Briggs
WBO heavyweight champion
2 June 2007 – 23 February 2008
Succeeded by
Wladimir Klitschko