Sultan Ibragimov lost a wide decision to Wladimir at Madison Square Garden in 2008

“I should have been more aggressive. When I tried to go forward he’d go back. If I did get inside, he’d hold me. I couldn’t fight him. It wasn’t that I took his punches, or his speed or power. It was his height and it was a very hard technical fight. Nobody could do anything. I felt bad that I didn’t train differently. I should have had more of an attack strategy than defence. I think he fights almost scared. He’s a defensive fighter. He doesn’t want you to check his chin. It’s hard to fight a guy like that. He fights safe. Many times he’ll throw a jab and go half-step back, not move forward.”

sultan ibragimov

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