HOLLYWOOD, FL, January 30 – With a combined record of 49-2-1, it is amazing that Timor Ibragimov (21-1-1, 13 KOs) and Tony Thompson (28-1, 17 KOs) haven’t already received a well-earned shot at the World Heavyweight Title. So on Friday, February 16, at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California, these highly-avoided warriors will do things the old fashioned way by fighting each other and leaving no doubt as to which fighter is truly the most deserving contender..
Ibragimov-Thompson, which is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing, will be telecast live on a special boxing edition of Fox Sports Net’s “Best Damn Sports Show Period”.
“This is a rare meeting of two fighters at the top of their games who could have easily fought journeymen while waiting for a shot at the world championship,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing. “I respect both men for putting it all on the line, and I’m expecting a great fight on February 16th.”
A talented fighter approaching his prime, Uzbekistan’s Timor Ibragimov (21-1-1, 13 KOs) is ready to make his move on the elite in the heavyweight division. A 1996 Olympian for his home country, Ibragimov relocated to the United States shortly after turning pro and has since impressed fight fans with his versatility in the ring. Ibragimov would lose his only pro fight in June of 2006 via 12 round decision to future title challenger Calvin Brock, but with temperatures in the outdoor arena sailing past the 100 degree mark, it was obvious that the 32-year old was hampered by circumstances out of his control. Well-rested and eager to return to the ring, Ibragimov looks to have an impressive comeback fight against Thompson on February 16.
Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (28-1, 17 KOs) is an imposing 6-5 southpaw who is coming into his own at the age of 35. A seven year pro who is unbeaten in 24 fights since his only loss (via four round decision to Erik Kirkland) in 2000, the Maryland native went 3-0 in 2006, with his biggest win coming in June, as he easily outpointed highly regarded Dominick Guinn over 12 rounds to win the vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.