Liakhovich Wants Ibragimov

liakhovich05.06.07 - Former WBO Heavyweight Champion Sergei Liakhovich says he’s surprised and offended by the pre-fight comments of new champion Sultan Ibragimov and would like to be the first to face him. “It was a good win for you Saturday night,” said Liakhovich of Ibragimov’s unanimous decision over Shannon Briggs, “however, I take offense to your comments that I was ‘afraid’ of Briggs when I fought him. Just pick a place and a date if you want to fight. Let’s see how tough you really are.”

Liakhovich, who was ahead on the scorecards before losing his title to Briggs via last-second knockout last November 4, says he’d be willing to travel to Ibragimov’s backyard of Russia, if need be. “Let’s make it happen and you’ll see how scared I am,” insisted the “White Wolf” who says he has fully recovered from injury and is eager to get his title back.

“Your people say you’re the toughest heavyweight in the world today and you’ll fight anybody and that nobody wants to fight you. We’ll make it simple: I’ll fight you anywhere, any time.”

Liakhovich says he is hoping there will be no games. “This is a great match up between the former champion and the new one. You fought very cautiously to win your title, now let’s you and me give the fans a thrill and get it on!”

Article posted on 05.06.2007

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