Tuesday, February 13, 2007
WBO Heavyweight Champion Shannon Briggs has contracted a form of pneumonia and was forced to withdraw from his mandatory title defense against Sultan Ibragimov yesterday.
Briggs is very upset about the fact that he had to postpone the bout and hopes that it can be rescheduled for the spring:
“I’m not doing too good,” a tired-sounding Briggs said. “To me, this was almost $2 million. I’m sick about it. I’m destroyed over this. It was an easy payday for me. Hopefully, we can push it back to May or June and I will be better.”
Briggs’ doctor, Dr. Islon Woolf, has stated that Briggs will be out of action from up to three to four months. Woolf said he diagnosed Briggs with aspiration pneumonia after administring a CAT scan last week.
For those who aren’t familar with the medical term, aspiration pneumonia is the inflammation of the lungs and bronchial tubes due to the inhalation of food particles or fluids into the lungs.
“It’s very serious,” said Woolf, who said he also referred Briggs to a lung specialist. “Plus, he has chronic asthma. That hasn’t helped. He couldn’t make it though one round if he had to box today. He will need to rest for a few weeks and probably can’t fight for three or four months.”
HBO will still televise Wladimir Klitschko-Ray Austin on that same day…
Monday, February 12, 2007
HOLLYWOOD, FL – While Shannon Briggs and Sultan Ibragimov determine boxing’s present when they battle for the WBO Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, March 10, two of boxing’s rising stars, heavyweight Roman Greenberg and junior welterweight Edgar Santana, will represent the future in intriguing undercard bouts at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
“Roman Greenberg and Edgar Santana are future world champions in their respective divisions,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing. “Both have the skill, style, and heart to become stars, and fight fans will get to see them in action on March 10, if they are fortunate enough to get a ticket.”
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
With a combined record of 49-2-1, it is amazing that Timor Ibragimov (21-1-1, 13 KOs) and Tony Thompson (28-1, 17 KOs) haven’t already received a well-earned shot at the World Heavyweight Title. So on Friday, February 16, at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California, these highly-avoided warriors will do things the old fashioned way by fighting each other and leaving no doubt as to which fighter is truly the most deserving contender.
Ibragimov-Thompson, which is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing, will be telecast live on a special boxing edition of Fox Sports Net’s “Best Damn Sports Show Period”.
Monday, January 08, 2007
New York — It’s the first heavyweight championship fight of 2007, and on Saturday night, March 10th, at Madison Square Garden’s Theater in New York City, Sultan Ibragimov hopes to take his first step towards becoming the sport’s next great heavyweight when he challenges hometown hero and champion Shannon Briggs for the WBO Heavyweight Championship of The World.
HBO will televise this high-impact 12 round showdown - which is presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions, and Golden Grain, in association with Madison Square Garden – live beginning at 10pm ET / on delay 10pm PT.
“Sultan Ibragimov has long been seen as the future of the heavyweight division, and we’re pleased to finally announce that the future is here,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions. “And I can’t think of a better place to crown a new champion than in the Garden, where legends like Muhammad Ali, Joe Joe Frazier, Joe Louis, and Rocky Marciano all thrilled fight fans.”
“Sultan Ibragimov is an exciting young fighter and he’s earned his title shot,” said Briggs, “but there’s no way I’m giving up my belt, and absolutely no chance of me losing in front of my hometown fans. I’m here to stay, and Ibragimov’s gonna have to chase after another belt, because he’s not getting mine.”
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
HOLLYWOOD, FL – In a complete team effort, Seminole Warriors Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, Golden Grain Promotions and Sampson Lewkowicz today won the promotional rights to the WBO heavyweight championship bout between their fighter, unbeaten Sultan Ibragimov, and champion Shannon Briggs.
The winning bid from Team Ibragimov was $2,501,000. Briggs’ promoter, Don King, came in second at 1,501,000. The bout will be presented at a site and date to be announced soon.
Monday, October 30, 2006
HOLLYWOOD, FL – At the 19th annual WBO convention, held on the cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas, the sanctioning body’s Championship Committee reconfirmed to Seminole Warriors Boxing’s Lourdes Carrero and our promotional partners Eric Gomez from Golden Boy Promotions and Sampson Lewkowicz that unbeaten heavyweight sensation Sultan Ibragimov, as the WBO’s mandatory challenger, will get a shot at the winner of Saturday’s bout between champion Sergei Liakhovich and challenger Shannon Briggs within 90 days.
Once the bout between Liakhovich and Briggs is over, both parties will have until the middle of November to reach a deal with a site and date for the fight. If a deal cannot be reached, a purse bid will take place at the WBO offices in Puerto Rico on November 16, 2006.
Said Ibragimov, “I am eagerly awaiting the result of Saturday night’s fight, but no matter who wins, I am prepared to challenge the winner and become the new WBO heavyweight champion of the world.”
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
David Tua promoter Cedric Kushner is reporting that Tua is set to return to the ring and looking for a November return.
Kushner noted that Tua has been training in Arizona and that an arena and opponent have not yet been named. I remember reading about Tua possibly fighting Juan Carlos Gomez on October 28th, his first rumored return but I’m guessing that’s not happening now. Kushner also said that Tua is aiming for a title shot by the middle of 2007…
A title shot by next year? That leads me to believe that Tua’s next opponent is going to be someone of note, especially if it’s going to be his last fight of the year as well.
So what heavyweights of note are available? Since I’m so nice, I compiled a list for you kids…
Sinan Samil Sam
Personally, I think that Tua should fight an lower-tier guy in November, an upper echelon guy in the spring, and then look for a title shot in the late summer. I actually think that Sultan Ibragimov is a pretty good choice for this winter. He hasn’t fought since June and is coming off a draw to Ray Austin. It would really show one of two things: either Ibragimov is a real contender or Tua is on his way back up the rankings…
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
HOLLYWOOD, FL – It goes without saying that unbeaten Heavyweight contender Sultan Ibragimov is on the fast track to a World Championship. The only question is – who will be the first champion to fall to the Russian power hitter?
It may very well be WBO Heavyweight Champion Sergei Liakhovich, as WBO President Paco Valcarcel today informed Seminole Warriors Boxing, Ibragimov’s promoter, that the 31-year-old southpaw has been installed as the number one contender to Liakhovich’s crown.
“We’re honored that the prestigious WBO has made Sultan the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship,” said Ibragimov’s manager, Boris Grinberg. “We have a lot of respect for the champion, Liakhovich, but we also feel that he is no match for Sultan.”
Saturday, July 29, 2006
The first line of the AP story is the quickest recap I can give you:
Sultan Ibragimov and Ray Austin traded knockdowns and fought to a draw Friday night
They did fight, and the knockdowns weren’t weak either. It was a good show, and Sultan was easily the aggressor, but he will have to do even more if he hopes to make any sort of splash in the heavyweight division.
Friday, July 28, 2006
ESPN 360 Video: Sultan Ibragimov Wants His Shot at the Title
Ibragimov fights Ray Austin on Friday Night Fights
Sultan talks about his style, how he wants a title shot and the difference between him and cousin Timor.