Ibragimov decisions Briggs!

02.06.07 - Heavyweight Sultan Ibragimov (21-0-1, 17 KOs) easily defeated Shannon Briggs (48-5-1, 42 KOs), the WBO heavyweight champion, winning by 12-round unanimous decision tonight to capture the WBO heavyweight title at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Briggs, 35, did very little in the bout and appeared to be conserving his strength for the later rounds. Ibragimov, 32, capitalized on Briggs' reluctance to mix it up by winning round after round, powered behind hard left hands shots, and blistering jabs..

Ibragimov hurt Briggs in the ninth, landing a number of unanswered blows. However, Briggs made it through the end of the round, though he already looked battered and defeated as he went to his corner. In the 12th round, Briggs momentarily attempted to mount an attack, feebly trying a few badly telegraphed right hands, but they were thrown poorly with terrible form and missed badly.

The final judges' scores were 119-109, 117-111, and 115-113. Unlike in his last bout with Sergei Liakhovich, where Briggs looked muscular and defined, he appeared to have more fat on his frame, looking smooth. He also appeared to have visibly aged since his last bout, seeming several years older.

Article posted on 03.06.2007

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