Who's No. One? Sultan Ibragimov, that's Who!

HOLLYWOOD, FL, September 12 – 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.”

The Co Promoters of Sultan Ibragimov, Seminole Warriors Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, Golden Grain Promotions and Sampson Lewkowicz are extremely excited about the latest developments and praise the WBO for recognizing Sultan Ibragimov’s accomplishments and rewarding him with the #1 ranking and making him the mandatory challenger for Sergei Liakhovich.

Ibragimov (19-0-1, 16 KOs), a 2000 Olympic Silver medalist, has been thrilling boxing fans from the moment he stepped into the ring, most recently drawing record ratings on ESPN2 while battling with fellow contender Ray Austin in July. He is the WBO Asia-Pacific Champion with six successful title defenses to his name.

Article posted on 12.09.2006

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