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    Re: Briggs- Ibragimov Card Results & Discussion 6/2/07

    Imagine tommy morrison comming back and unifying the title. rocky 7,8,9.
    damn these russian automatons, making easy work of americas best. next they'll target the pride of the UK, audley harrison. sorry, been working too hard and staying up too late

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    Re: Briggs- Ibragimov Card Results & Discussion 6/2/07

    I never realized Briggs hit so hard! I mean these guys run from him like hes Joe Louis and even in the final round when he is gassed they act like he has dynamite in his hands. I mean both Liahovich and Ibgramimov have decent chins I suppose and both guys moved away from Briggs really respecting his punching power. It sounds like what old timers said of Jess Willard. Big strong slow and hard to hurt and a very hard puncher if he nailed you. Of course it was a slow fight and the Russian won easy, and now we have to see Sultan against other guys to see his quality.

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    Re: Briggs- Ibragimov Card Results & Discussion 6/2/07

    Well, Shannon IS "the real Greatest of all Time." Just ask him. PeteLeo.

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    Re: Briggs- Ibragimov Card Results & Discussion 6/2/07

    <<<Shannon's asthma excuse will come in handy again>>>>>

    Damn dustmites

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    Can They Put THAT on PPV?

    <<<Shannon's asthma excuse will come in handy again>>>>>

    Damn dustmites

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    Re: Briggs- Ibragimov Card Results & Discussion 6/2/07

    Does anyone know the ppv numbers for this so call fight?

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    Re: Briggs- Ibragimov Card Results & Discussion 6/2/07

    Quote Originally Posted by rocky111
    I never realized Briggs hit so hard! I mean these guys run from him like hes Joe Louis and even in the final round when he is gassed they act like he has dynamite in his hands. I mean both Liahovich and Ibgramimov have decent chins I suppose and both guys moved away from Briggs really respecting his punching power. It sounds like what old timers said of Jess Willard. Big strong slow and hard to hurt and a very hard puncher if he nailed you. Of course it was a slow fight and the Russian won easy, and now we have to see Sultan against other guys to see his quality.
    Well glass jawed Darrol Wilson went into the belly of the beat in Brigg's prime and won by KO so go figure . . .

    I think Sultan and Sergui may have been intimidated by a walking, breathing (or should I say huffing) version of Roadblock from GI Joe that they saw in front of them. The Soviet propaganda had such an effect on those poor kids . .

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    Re: Briggs- Ibragimov Card Results & Discussion 6/2/07

    Briggs however has the mobility of a rusted out Destro.

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    Re: Briggs- Ibragimov Card Results & Discussion 6/2/07

    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkey
    Briggs however has the mobility of a rusted out Destro.
    Chris
    Is that "A rusted out Desoto"?

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    Re: Briggs- Ibragimov Card Results & Discussion 6/2/07

    "I think Sultan and Sergui may have been intimidated by a walking, breathing (or should I say huffing) version of Roadblock from GI Joe that they saw in front of them. The Soviet propaganda had such an effect on those poor kids . ."

    "Briggs however has the mobility of a rusted out Destro."

    Thanks guys, I think I soiled myself laughing so hard at the old school GI Joe referances....

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    Re: Briggs- Ibragimov Card Results & Discussion 6/2/07

    Haha! Roadblock! Destro! Love that.
    You guys just made me bring back GI Joe.
    NY will never be the same again

    Duke the Dustmite will ultimately be the one to unify
    Juan called it first

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    Re: Briggs- Ibragimov Card Results & Discussion 6/2/07

    THE BANKER IN THE BULLPEN

    By Michael Swann
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    Last Saturday night in Atlantic City Sultan Ibragimov won the WBO heavyweight title with a thoroughly convincing unanimous decision over Shannon Briggs, 119-109, 117-111, and 115-113 before a disappointing but raucous crowd of 5,132. Ibragimov, 21-0-1 (17), a feisty southpaw, followed a masterful game plan set up by his trainer, Jeff Mayweather, and boxed brilliantly even if by his own admission he didn’t care for that fighting style.

    “Shannon is a very tough guy,” Sultan said after the fight. “I didn’t like that kind of fight and I don’t fight like that.”

    The asthmatic, power punching Briggs, 48-5-1 (42), outweighed his opponent by 52 pounds and at 6’4” had far more than the two inch height advantage listed on the program, a differential that seemed magnified in the ring. Briggs shook Ibragimov with a first round right hand, but that was the highlight of the night for him. He simply didn’t throw punches, was unable to cut off the ring and was continually tagged with straight lefts from every conceivable angle. Shannon was never in the fight competitively.

    While part of the crowd was booing, some were jumping and yelling in Russian as they left their seats to get closer to ringside, causing a confrontation from some Briggs fans whose view was blocked. Others were screaming obscenities at the ring and each other, causing a confrontation among Briggs supporters over who loved Shannon most. In any case, it’s safe to say that the only ones who left the building with the thought that they had just witnessed anything other than a turkey were the members of the Russian contingent who cheered on their hero. To Sultan’s credit, he did what he had to do inside the ring.

    Team Ibragimov did what it had to do outside of the ring and the back door maneuvering to make the fight happen was far more interesting than the fight. Sultan’s team was prepared for any contingency and as rumors continued to persist of a Briggs pullout, they were ready with a backup plan involving “The Boxing Banker,” Calvin Brock.

    As late as the final press conference, Briggs said, “This guy isn’t in my league. I’m going to take it to him. The asthma is fine. Everything is good. I’m 100% for this fight.”

    To support this statement, Briggs did not disclose anything to the contrary to the New Jersey Athletic Commission on the pre-fight questionnaire, and he did in fact pass his physical.

    Yet after the fight Briggs appeared at the post fight press conference with a cut and bruised eye and said that Golden Boy Promotions and Seminole Warriors Boxing had sent him to their doctors when the original March 10 date had to be postponed because of his bout with pneumonia. He claimed that they said that he was “a coward, a phony, a liar, and that he was afraid to fight [Ibragimov].”

    “After going to their doctor, he said I shouldn’t be in the ring for four to six months due to scar tissue on my lungs,” Briggs said.

    Back in training for the June 2 rescheduled date, Briggs said that he began to feel the same discomfort and was told that he still had the infection.

    “At that point, I was on Zithromax for three days and antibiotics for 15 days,” he continued. “Don King took me to the best pulmonary doctors in the country and then pulling out wasn’t an option. One, feeding my family and two, three and four, the politics involved. They threatened to sue me and possibly ban me. I was told the networks wouldn’t pick me up if I pulled out of the fight. With that being said, I came to the fight wounded and I still thought I won.

    “I fought a kid with 20 fights and he fought like a kid with 20 fights. He fought, for him I guess, a smart fight. He boxed. He ran. I thought you had to beat the champion to get the belt.

    “I’m the greatest fighter of all time. No disrespect to Muhammad Ali or Sugar Ray Robinson but they didn’t have asthma.”

    Briggs said that three weeks ago he was on IV’s with Zithromax for three days and the doctor said he shouldn’t be fighting. He told the doctor, “Well, give me $1.8 million then.

    “She didn’t give me the money so I showed up tonight.”

    A writer asked Briggs who threatened to sue him and he replied, “Well not to be pointing fingers but,” pointing his finger inside his hand at Leon Margules, the Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing, Ibragimov’s promoter who was standing at the podium.

    Late in the week, three members of the Ibragimov camp were becoming more and more concerned about the status of the fight. According to a reliable source, the issue was in doubt until the opening bell. Margules arranged to have Calvin Brock’s fight with Alex Gonzales pushed back until after the main event in case Brock was needed as a standby in the case of a last minute pullout. The source said that it was rumored that Shannon had not been training properly.

    The source said that the WBO was prepared to sanction the fight with Ibragimov and Brock as a title bout.

    “I was hopeful that they would sanction the fight if Briggs didn’t show up,” Margules replied when asked if he had asked the WBO to sanction the bout.

    (Brock later was floored in the third round before going on to an eight round unanimous decision, 79-74, 77-74, and 77-74. Gonzalez last won a fight in 1999. Brock earned $40,000.)

    It was also revealed from an insider that Briggs was renegotiating his managerial contract with Scott Hirsch, threatening not to go into the ring before it was resolved. Literally just prior to the fight, around five p.m., the new contract was delivered. Whether or not this plays any part in in this intrigue is known only by Briggs.

    Don King, Briggs’ promoter, was prevented from being part of the promotion because of an earlier problem with the Casino Control Board in Atlantic City that precludes his being licensed there. Still he has a contract with Briggs stating that he would get 20% in the event of a purse bid. For now, his money is in escrow. Whether or not he gets it is as yet undetermined since there is some question as to how much his licensing prohibition would affect the matter.

    Golden Boy and Warriors outbid King by $1 million in the purse bid for the fight. The high bid allowed Briggs to receive an estimated $1.875 million, while Ibragimov was to receive $625,000.

    Margules was asked for a response to Briggs’ charges.

    “He’s had bad health for many years,” he began. “The harder he trains, the sicker he gets. So either give up the title or fight sick. When he pulled out of the fight in February he could have asked for six months but he asked for 45 days. He got three months because I couldn’t reschedule the fight that quickly. I could have said, ‘fine let’s have another purse bid.’ King and them wanted me to reschedule the fight and still pay the $1.8 million. I said, ‘fine, but if he doesn’t show up next time he’s not the champion anymore.’

    “He had a physical, he passed his physical.

    “He had a lefthander and didn’t want to fight him. He kept saying the kid didn’t deserve to be #1.

    “I have my own theory. The guy has acute asthma. The older he gets, the bigger he gets. The bigger he gets, the sicker he gets.”

    Margules is now left to mull over the many possibilities that have opened up for Ibragimov. The best bet, at least the one with the greatest financial upside with the lowest risk would be an Ibragimov-Evander Holyfield fight in Moscow. Other possibilities include the aforementioned Brock, and even Vitali Klitschko.

    Regarding Vitali, Margules said, “I’d rather fight Wladimir and unify.”

    As for the defeated Briggs, after the fight he sauntered down the boardwalk on foot, drawing a crowd like a rock star, signing autographs, posing for pictures, just soaking in the moment.

    His manager, Scott Hirsch, who came so close to getting the axe, had this to say about Shannon after the fight:

    “I was proud of the effort that Shannon showed. He wasn’t at his best, but he fought his best. He showed a championship heart. Muhammad Ali had to lose to Leon Spinks to become a three time champ. We’ll be back. I’ll drag him back.”

    Unfortunately for Shannon, he is dogged by a disease that compromises his conditioning and that’s that. I can see why he took the fight because it’s unlikely that he’ll ever see another $1.8 million payday.

    Michael Swann can be reached at mswann4@aol.com.

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    Press Release on Briggs- Ibragimov Results

    Hey,

    I posted this press release up last night. I couldn't help myself in giving it the new title:



    Ibragimov Feels Like a Sultan, Celebrates Win over Briggs!



    Press Release



    HOLLYWOOD, FL, June 5 – It was the culmination of a lifelong dream, and finally, Sultan Ibragimov can call himself ‘Champion’ after scoring a clear cut 12 round unanimous decision over Shannon Briggs last Saturday night to win the WBO Heavyweight Championship.


    “I am proud to be a World Champion, and while I will enjoy some time off to visit with my family back home, I will be back in the gym soon because now the truly hard work begins,” said Russia’s Ibragimov, who befuddled the much bigger Briggs with his speed and tactical brilliance at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.



    With the win, Ibragimov improved his unbeaten record to 21-0-1 with 17 KOs.

    “I would like to thank my entire team, from my promoters and manager to my trainer, Jeff Mayweather, for all their hard work and dedication and a special thanks to my dear friend Suleiman Kerimov for his continued support,” said Ibragimov. “Most of all, I thank my fans for sticking with me and supporting me throughout my career so far. I will continue to do everything in my power to make you proud.”


    As for the future, the 32-year old southpaw’s game plan is simple.


    “I will be a true World Champion and fight whoever is put in front of me,” he said. “My main goal is to unify the belts and be the only champion in the world. I want the title to mean something to everybody again, and the only way we can do that is to fight each other and see who will be the last man standing.”


    To view the Sultan Ibragimov Media Gallery or for more information on Seminole Warriors Boxing, please visit our website at www.warriorsboxing.com .

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    Re: Briggs- Ibragimov Card Results & Discussion 6/2/07

    Quote Originally Posted by kikibalt
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    Is that "A rusted out Desoto"?
    Briggs aint that fast, Frank.

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    Re: Briggs- Ibragimov Card Results & Discussion 6/2/07

    Funny how a 50 year old George Foreman, Darroll Wilson, Frans Botha and even Sedrick Fields held far less regard or fear for Briggs, and performed better against him than Lyakovich or Ibragimov (Fields debateable i guess)

    Realistically, Lyakovich had an entertaining fight with Brewster, but that was sandwiched by kayo losses to C level fighters like Maurice Harris and current Shannon Briggs. Brewster himself had lost to the likes of the passive Shufford and fragile Clifford Etienne. Brewsters icing of Golota puts the sh#tty reigns of Ruiz and Byrd into clearer perspective with that information.

    Its like one big merry go round of dressed up journeymen fighters.

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