The Unification: Wladimir Klitschko vs. Sultan Ibragimov

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The Unification: Wladimir Klitschko vs. Sultan Ibragimov
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Date: 
Saturday, February 23, 2008
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12
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Official Judging
Don Ackerman 119 - 110
Steve Weisfeld 118 - 110
Chuck Giampa 117 - 111

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Fight Notes: 

IBF Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko annexes the WBO title held by Sultan Ibragimov with an uninspiring unanimous decision. Using only his jab to dominate long stretches of the bout, Klitschko finally creates some excitement when he knocks Ibragimov into the ropes with a pair of right hands in the ninth round and stuns the WBO Champion in the final seconds of the eleventh.




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round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Wladimir Klitschko
                                                                    
9.41
10
10
9.91
10
9.25
10
10
10
9.91
10
10
Sultan Ibragimov
                                                                    
9.66
9
9
9.16
9
9.83
9
9
9
9.16
9
9.08


Fan Cards: The Unification: Wladimir Klitschko vs. Sultan Ibragimov


scorecard by POWERPUNCHER999
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
119
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
109


scorecard by HART
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
119
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
10
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
112


scorecard by TIBARIS
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
118
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
112


scorecard by JAROD KILLIAN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
118
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
110


scorecard by NF82
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
119
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
109


scorecard by THEICEMANJDOG
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
119
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
109


scorecard by DIZZY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
118
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
110


scorecard by NOCTISSOLID
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
118
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
110


scorecard by KMSCR83
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
119
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
109


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
118
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
110


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
119
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
109


scorecard by COREY WILLINGER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
118
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
110


Comments

rorschach's picture

It could be rather boring to watch Wlad sometimes.

dizzy's picture

Looking back at this fight, it was Russian commentator Vladimir Gendlin ml. who made the most accurate prediction - that this was going to be a pure tactical affair, where neither fighter was going to take unnecessary risks. Ibragimov's game plan was exactly what I expected it to be given the time he had spent with Jeff Mayweather - trying to work with his jab, slip under Wladimir's left and patiently wait for Wlad to fight more aggressively, throw that right hand with some sort of regularity and leave some openings for Ibragimov to counter him. Working behind the jab and patiently exploiting openings is basically the core of every game plan Floyd Mayweather Jr. applied during his Money period. The problem, however, was that not only Wlad neutralized his jab by the second round, but he very rarely threw his signature straight right, he almost never gave Ibragimov any openings, he never gave him space for an attack and never gave him an opportunity to counter him. Basically, he completely neutralized Ibragimov's game plan, and if he lost one or two rounds, it was because he was offensively way too passive in those rounds. When I saw Jeff Mayweather unable to say anything to Ibragimov, I knew Sultan was in big trouble - first, it's always bad when the fighter is outgunned and the coach doesn't know how to help him; second, Ibragimov has always been a very strict fighter - if a coach doesn't tell him to do something, he won't do it. And this was basically the main theme throughout the entire fight - Wlad patiently and cautiously works behind the jab and is unwilling to step up his aggression, Ibragimov tries to slip under Wlad's left and desperately waits for Wlad to open himself up at least a little bit. You can criticize Wlad for his caution all you want, but the final outcome is what matters the most - and why come forward and risk walking into the game-changing shot when you can safely cruise to a dominant victory, even for the sake of making the fight boring?

When I look back at Sultan Ibragimov's career, I see a big underachiever. Very few boxing fans in the US and UK remember him, but at the time I considered him one of the most talented heavyweights in the world. In his prime, he was an incredibly versatile boxer - he was equally good fighting as the agressor and counter-puncher, he was dangerous coming forward and moving backwards, he was a strong outside fighter who could hold his own fighting in tight quarters, he had strong fundamentals, lightning fast hands and amazing workrate, and his only weaknesses were his size and lack of better lateral movement. He could've stayed in this division for a longer period of time as one of the elite fighters similarly to how Alexander Povetkin did it. It's really unfortunate that his title reign was quite forgettable (through no fault of his necessarily) and a fragile left hand shortened his career. On the other hand, it's still a good thing that he retired when he knew he couldn't give his best anymore, without absorbing unnecessary punishment.