Ibragimov KOs Mora, Focuses on Briggs

By Francis Walker
Updated: March 12, 2007

NEW YORK — WBO No. 1-ranked heavyweight title contender Sultan Ibragimov (20-0-1, 17 KOs) slaughtered Javier Mora (21-4-1, 17 KOs) at 46 seconds into the first round of a scheduled 10-round fight at The Theater in Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

Mora replaced WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs, who was diagnosed with having pneumonia. “I hope to see Shannon Briggs soon,” Ibragimov said of the WBO champion. “I hope to see Briggs in the ring. He talks too much.”
Ibragimov, a southpaw from Rostov-na-Donu, Russia, sent Mora, a Mexican heavyweight, to the canvas in the opening seconds after landing a left hook to his chin. Mora returned to his feet only to be greeted by a massacre of hard left and right hands to his head. Mora was out, fight finished.
“I just got caught, dude,” Mora said afterwards. Mora took the fight on less than three weeks notice and weighed in 35 pounds heavier than Ibragimov (256-221).
Ibragimov earned a world title shot when he fought Ray Austin to an exciting 12-round draw last year. Austin lost his bid to become IBF heavyweight champion in Mannheim, Germany when Wladimir Klitschko knocked him out in the second round.
Ibragimov is simply going to have to wait another three months before he can get Briggs into the ring again. Briggs has reportedly started light workouts and is expected to reenter training camp in the next few weeks, depending on medical approval from his doctors.
Briggs has been plagued with asthma throughout his entire career.
Briggs won the World Boxing Organization heavyweight crown last November with a knockout at 2:59 of the twelfth and final round against Sergui Liakhovich. Briggs has knocked out his last 12 opponents.
Greenberg, Santana, & Kid Chocolate Victorious
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Roman Greenberg (25-0, 17 KOs) dominated Michael Simms (19-7-1, 13 KOs) through ten rounds to win a unanimous decision.
All three official ringside judges scored the bout 99-91. Greenberg displayed a lot of patience inside the boxing ring fighting behind his left jabs and combinations. He saw every punch Simms threw. The fight didn’t heat up until the last 10 seconds of the fight when both men engaged in a slugfest.
Unbeaten middleweight prospect, “Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin (10-0, 9 KOs) earned an impressive TKO stoppage in the second round against Nathan Martin (8-7, 4 KOs).
Quillin stunned Martin with a right hook to end the first round. A left hook and double left uppercut dropped Martin in round two. An overhand right, left uppercut ended the fight at the 39-second mark.
Junior welterweight Edgar Santana (21-2, 13 KOs) won his 16th consecutive fight by escaping with a close 8-round unanimous decision against a very gamed Dario Jose Esalas (29-7, 24 KOs).
All three judges at ringside scored the bout 77-75 for Santana, who pressed against the ropes from early in the fight. Esalas, who suffered a badly lacerated left eye in the third round, taunted Santana to fight.
It wasn’t until the third round until Santana began to distance himself from Esalas. Santana began to box behind his left jabs more consistently and beat Esalas to the punch. Esalas was very aggressive and pressed Santana in a fight that could have been easily ruled a draw.
Unbeaten welterweight, Shamone Alvarez (17-0, 11 KOs) stopped Travis Hartman (8-5-1, 6 KOs) at two minutes of the first round.
Junior welterweight Khabib Alakhverdiev (1-0, 1 KO) won his pro debut with a first-round TKO of Anthony Thomas (0-3).
Welterweight prospect, Eylon Kadeem (3-1-3, 1 KO) won a four-round spilt decision against Miguel Angulo (1-2, 1 KO). The scores were 38-37 (twice) and 37-38.