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Tuesday, March 13, 2007
On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by reviewing some of the latest spinning of the wheels in the heavyweight division, as it sinks deeper and deeper into the mud of oblivion. We discuss IBF heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko's second-round blowout of mandatory challenger Ray Austin in Germany, as well as the continuing unmet need for heavyweight title unification.
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Sultan Ibragimov was supposed to have faced WBO champ Shannon Briggs this past Saturday, March 10, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, but Briggs had to pull out, reportedly because he was suffering from pneumonia. The show did go on, however, with Ibragimov stopping late replacement Javier Mora in just 46 seconds of the first round. Ibragimov is now 20-0-1 with 18 KOs, while Mora falls to 21-4-2 with 17 KOs. So far, no date for the Briggs-Ibragimov fight, still the WBO mandatory, has been scheduled or announced.
We did speak with Sultan Ibragimov after his victory Saturday night to get his thoughts on this fight and what lies ahead from him.
We also spoke with former undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins in his role as an executive at Golden Boy Promotions, which co-promotes Ibragimov, about his thoughts on heavyweight title unification. And we spoke with three rising prospects who also were victorious on this card: heavyweight Roman Greenberg (25-0, 17 KOs), middleweight Pete "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (10-0, 9 KOs), and junior welterweight Edgar Santana (21-2, 13 KOs).
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