Sultan Ibragimov vs Lance Whitaker

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Sultan Ibragimov vs Lance Whitaker
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3
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Date: 
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
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Fan Cards: Sultan Ibragimov vs Lance Whitaker


scorecard by DIZZY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
10
10
10
10
10
10
60
LANCE WHITAKER
8
8
9
9
9
8
51


scorecard by CAPMAN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
10
10
10
10
9
10
59
LANCE WHITAKER
8
8
9
9
10
8
52


Comments

dizzy's picture

Fantastic performance by Sultan Ibragimov, in a fight that cannot be described other than Unstoppable Force vs Immovable Object. This was a tricky fight to predict, I saw both fighters as come-forward, pressuring fighters that like to have their opponent move backwards, however their approach couldn't be more different - Whitaker was a big 6'8" slugger with very little outside game, his strenghts were his enormous size and overall physical advantages, while Ibragimov was a small out-fighter that used his hand-speed, footwork and agility to apply pressure. I was really interested in how Ibragimov would deal with the massive size difference (it honestly felt like a clash between a light-heavyweight and a superheavyweight) and what would he do when being forced to move backwards or fight against the ropes. The fight showed that Sultan and his team did their homework - Ibragimov started off unusually aggressively, relentlessly peppering Whitaker with fast combinations, not allowing his bigger but slower opponent to impose his size on him, he did a surprisingly good job fighting on the back foot - whenever Whitaker had him against the ropes, Ibragimov would immediately take advantage of the openings Whitaker gave him when coming forward, firing fast and razor-sharp (counter)punches, catching Whitaker off guard numerous times, throwing him off balance and sending him to the canvas twice in the first two rounds. Whitaker, whose game plan seemingly didn't work, was basically forced to fight in a manner that reminded me a lot of an old, 1990s' George Foreman - a huge but slow, plodding boxer that was mostly setting Ibragimov up for that one punch/one combination that would put Sultan to sleep. In rounds 4 and 5, Ibragimov took his foot off the gas, giving himself time to recuperate and fighting mostly in a counterpunching manner. He willingly gave away the centre of the ring, fighting against the ropes and actually inviting Whitaker to come at him, close the distance and give Ibragimov an opportunity to exploit certain openings in the process. In round six, Ibragimov fully restored his energy and picked up right where he left off, frequently blasting Whitaker with fast, precise combinations and hurting him on numerous occasions, knocking him down again. Can't blame Whitaker for quitting, he was trailing badly on the scorecards, had his nose broken and overall was outgunned.