Ibragimov Fight in October
Evander Holyfield will
have a chance at the title after Ruslan Chagaev pulled out of
his fight with Sultan Ibragimov.
Holyfield, 44, will have a shot at fifth heavyweight title in
October, after Ruslan Chagaev pulled out of his scheduled fight
with Sultan Ibragimov. An upset stomach was the reason given by
Chagaev for cancelling his fight.
World Boxing Organisation champion Ibragimov will
now meet 44-year-old Evander Holyfield in Moscow, organizers
said on Thursday.
"This is the first step on my quest to become the
undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. I'm glad Sultan
Ibragimov was willing to give me a shot," Holyfield said today.
His last attempt at becoming five-time world champion was in
2002 when he lost by decision to Chris Byrd. After loosing in
2004 against Larry Donald, Evander Holyfield was suspended by
the NY Athletic Commission on medical grounds, however, after
the ban was listed last year, Holyfied has won four fights.
The Ibragimov fight will also give Holyfield the
chance of becoming the the second oldest heavyweight champion in
history, behind George Foreman.
"Of course I am disappointed that Chagaev pulled
out and won't allow me to unify our titles, but fighting a
legend like Evander Holyfield is even better," Sultan Ibragimov
said, and went on promising Holyfield that he will be a though
opponent on the ring in October.
Evander Holyfield is 42-8-2 (27 KOs) and Sultan
Ibragimov is 21-0-1 (17 KOs). Betting odds on the Ibragimov
Holyfied fight will be posted shortly by the online sportsbook
Bodog Sports (new window). We
will publish the odds on this great bout as soon as they come
Published on 08/02/2007