Shannon Briggs vs Sultan Ibragimov

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Shannon Briggs vs Sultan Ibragimov
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3
Average: 3 (3 votes)

Date: 
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
Referee: 

Official Judging
Luis Rivera 113 - 115
Don Trella 111 - 117
Lynne Carter 109 - 119

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Averaged Fan Card:

round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Shannon Briggs
                                                                    
9.75
9.50
9.25
9.25
9
9
9
10
9
9.25
9
9.25
Sultan Ibragimov
                                                                    
9.25
9.75
9.75
9.75
10
10
10
9
10
9.75
10
9.75


Fan Cards: Shannon Briggs vs Sultan Ibragimov


scorecard by STINGEV98
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
SHANNON BRIGGS
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
110
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
118


scorecard by NF82
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
SHANNON BRIGGS
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
111
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
117


scorecard by DIZZY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
SHANNON BRIGGS
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
112
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
117


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
SHANNON BRIGGS
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
112
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
116


Comments

Champion97's picture

Tentative fight, interesting fight, certainly not the fight for a blood thirsty fan, but full of skill and knowledge.
I think Briggs, at this point, was experienced, durable for his age, he can always do damage, he's good at making guys work, but he looked quite lethargic in this fight, speed was an issue, and Ibragimov wasn't making mistakes, he was patient, and whenever they opened up and exchanged, it was often Ibragimov who was able to use his skills, use his boxing brain, and have success. Briggs never let Ibragimov make it completely his fight, he was always prepared to land the counter right hand whenever he had the chance, he hurt Ibragimov once or twice, he held centre ring, so the fight was always interesting, but I think because Ibragimov used his footwork, set up his offence, established his superior speed, Briggs very rarely found the confidence to take a gamble and pull the trigger, and overall, he got out boxed quite comfortably.

dizzy's picture

So I finally decided to re-watch the fight for the first time in years, and I have to say, this fight was more entertaining and competitive than I remembered it to be. Now to be honest, I think this fight was a matter of two fighters being in the right place at the right time. Briggs was far removed from that young, careless and overaggressive fan-friendly fighter. Instead, this was a very cautious, walking Goliath that developed enormous neck and shoulder muscles which allowed him to use the shoulder roll defense more effectively and made it almost impossible to move his head with punches, but at the same time it sapped his already weak stamina. He was fortunate in that Siarhei Liakhovich, a fighter who won the title in a brutal slugfest, had not fully recovered from a heavy beating sustained in a title fight, and picked Briggs as his first defense instead of someone more capable, and came in to the fight physically fragile, which Briggs took advantage of. Had Liakhovich fought someone else for his first defense - and there were quite a few more capable highly-ranked contenders, such as Ibragimov Krasniqi, Peter or Chagaev - I highly doubt Briggs would've eventually won the title.

In this fight, Briggs fought in a manner everyone expected him to fight, a manner that could be described as a variation of an old, 90s' George Foreman - he stood in the center of the ring, slowly coming forward at his opponent, patiently waiting for his opportunity and (for most of the time) setting his opponent up for a game-changing punch/combination. The main difference was that while Foreman used cross-armed defense and patiently baited his opponent to be at the range without closing the distance, Briggs preferred a shoulder roll and mostly relied on counter punches, waiting for his opponent to come at him and leave himself open. As for Ibragimov, he had joined Jeff Mayweather shortly prior, and Mayweather, as probably expected, wanted to develop him into a fighter that could be described as a heavyweight variation of Floyd Mayweather Jr. In this fight, you could see that Ibragimov struggled with adapting the Philly Shell defense-based fighting style, you could see that he couldn't efortlessly jell with this style - he came from a totally different boxing school, and at this age he was an already formed fighter that could hardly be taught to fight in a completely different manner that didn't necessarily play to his strenghts (on top of that I'm not entirely sure whether Mayweather's fighting style is suitable for fighting someone who has a massive size advantage over you, but that's mainly because I haven't seen any other heavyweight use this style at the highest level), and had the title been won by someone else, I'm not entirely sure whether Ibragimov would've taken the title from that guy. But this was Shannon Briggs, and while Ibragimov still somewhat struggled in the opening rounds, he was doing better with each round as he was patiently figuring Briggs out. Now to be fair, this safety-first style lowered the risk of Ibragimov getting knocked out by walking into a set up, but it also lowered the chance of Ibragimov putting together a more dominant performance against a temporary titleholder.

I would say this fight's story has some similarities with George Foreman's first defense of the newly won unified title against Axel Schulz, where Foreman, while undoubtedly a legend, was blessed in a sense that the title was held by Michael Moorer - a really good boxer in his day, but still a small-framed fighter who lacked patience and couldn't take Foreman's punches as well as guys like Evander Holyfield or Tommy Morrison, and while Schulz was a decent fighter, his chances of winning the title would've been a lot smaller if he had to face someone like Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Riddick Bowe or even Bruce Seldon and Frank Bruno. As for Briggs vs Ibragimov, after twelve rounds there was no question about the winner, personally I have no problem with the judges' scorecards, even 115-113 wasn't that far fetched, but you'd have to give Briggs every close and competitive round to have him winning five rounds.