Evander Holyfield + Sultan Ibragimov = le bullshit

So I’m making an effort to pay more attention to that whole ‘boxing’ thing … the site is called ‘Fight’ linker, not MMA Linker. And although I originally called it that because it sounded cooler and to rip off Zach Arnold, I figure I might wanna live up to the name and at least have a passing knowledge of what’s going on in the world of boxing, kickboxing, and all sports that involve one person beating another person up. Or sports that at least claim that one person is going to beat another person up but all the fights end with no one really hurt and go to a boring decision.

That being said, I’m glad I watched the Pavlik/Taylor fight last week or I would have already given up on boxing already after watching the Evander Holyfield / Sultan Ibragimov fight from this weekend. I’m down with the whole aging fighter vs underperforming champion thang – we all saw how awesome that was when Couture pulled it off against Tim Sylvia. But instead of 5 rounds of Couture outsmarting and outclassing Sylvia, this fight was twelve rounds of slow monotany.

In fact, the most exciting part of the whole fight was when Holyfield’s corner shat all over him before the 8th round, berating him like a kid caught sniffing his sister’s panties. I knew Holyfield was done when he just took it and didn’t respond … he went out in the 8th and just continued to plod. Ibragimov was happy to pick Holyfield apart with the jab and throw occasional body shots, and in the end he won an uninspired decision.

Even the announcers were commenting on how dry and unexceptional this fight was. But apparently boxing announcers do this on a regular basis … fuck. I can understand why. 12 rounds = 36 minutes I’ll never get back. I’ve taken shits that have been more satisfying than this fight.

Anyways, I only checked this out because Holyfield was involved, and I don’t think I’ll make that mistake again. As for the whole retiring shit, people have to fuck off and mind their own business. The day Holyfield gets smashed in the ring is the day he should consider stopping … while the fight definately sucked, there’s tons of high profile matches that have sucked just as hard if not worse.

People are blaming Holyfield’s age for it, and maybe it’s true. But if he was really over the hill, should he have been able to go twelve rounds with a heavyweight champion and emerge unscathed? Is that the sad state of boxing, or are people just flapping their gums about ‘protecting a legacy’. Hmmm, that sounds pretty familiar to me.

  • Jordan Breen

    To be fair, the fight only happened because Chagaev had to pull out of the unifier with Ibragimov.

  • http://flyingguardpass.blogspot.com/ garth

    Boxing just doesn’t hold my attention anymore. I tried, but its not interesting. I know it’s difficult, and great (even good) boxers are excellent athletes. It’s just not interesting to me. I’m sure lacrosse players are great athletes with compelling stories too, but I could give two shits. Even when they’re raping hookers. Not into it.

  • http://www.fightlinker.com fightlinker

    State of boxing aside, if Holyfield is over the hill like people make him out to be, why couldn’t ibragimov finish him or at least really dominate his will over him? I’m not about to say it was a close match, but ibragimov seemed content to hang around and just pick away for points the whole fight

  • http://flyingguardpass.blogspot.com/ garth

    what’s the bible verse on holyfield’s trunks?
    “And I said unto the lord, yea, verily, stop hitting my grill, it dost mightily vex mine brain pan, and the lord sayeth unto me ‘Then move your fat head, you wore-out old lummox, or get on some shitty reality TV show where you have to marry a donkey’ and I did praise the lord with many hosannas and a basket of assorted cheeses. Amen.”

  • Audacity

    In regard to Ibagimov dancing around, there are a number of possibilities as to why.
    Even though Holyfield is an aging fighter, power is the last thing to go [see George Foreman]. He probably respected Holyfield’s power and decided, like most boxers these days, not to risk an embarassing knockout and give a boring–but winning–performance [see Tim Sylvia].
    It could have been a work. They probably wouldn’t want an old guy like Holyfield as the champ. And when a fight is a work, the other guy usually doesn’t want to accept a royal beating or get knocked the fuck out [see Cro Cop vs. Randleman 2 (Guillotine Choke WTF?)].
    And then there’s that third category to be considered: maybe Ibagimov is just not that good. Maybe he needs to stay on the outside and try to work jabs and hope he wins on the scorecards.

  • Cyrus

    boxing sucks

  • Andrej

    How can you not cheer for someone’s first name is Sultan. That is divine royalty right there. The next Emporer of Boxing glory, but of course he is russian so maybe not. I think Fedor Emelianko and Sultan Ibragimov should fight together or fight aganist other competition. Sadly it will only sell in Russia. No Way they can sell PPV’s. and the company will die. M1 Take note.

  • ted dibiase

    boxing isnt fighting. quit blogging about this boring shit

  • Accomando

    Here’s a tip, DO NOT watch the Heavyweight division, its blows; slow, old, euro-trash hold all the belts.

    However, besides Pavlik/Taylor, which was the fight of the year boxing or MMA, there are a bunch of potentially great fights coming up.

    Super Middlewieght Unification bout between Mikkel Kessler (42-0) vs. Joe Calzaghe (39-0) on Nov. 3rd, live for free on HBO.

    Miguel Cotto vs. Shane Mosley

    Ricky Hatton (undefeated) vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (undefeated)

    Looking more forward to the upcoming boxing matchups than the UFC ones.

    Another thing, after you watch a good boxing match, and then watch a stand up war in MMA, it really looks sloppy and kind of pathetic.

    Not hating, just saying, cause I like MMA more, but there are different aspects to each sport.

  • DannyP72

    Duhh, I think everyone knew the Holyfield fight was going to blow. It’s par for the course for the heavyweight division at the moment.

    The Diaz/Diaz fight was the must see fight last weekend and it delivered in spades.

    Also Katsidis/Earl is the foty in boxing (well so far)

  • bmiller

    hey fightlinker,

    the name to this site is fight not mma you are right. but you are suppose to write about sports where the two competeitors actually fight, and not stand around and hug eachother and have the ref break them apart, so that they can go back to hugging again in 5 seconds.

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