Evander Holyfield vs. Sultan Ibragimov – Giving their all
By Rob Scott (Oct 13, 2007) DoghouseBoxing        
‘For every action, there is an equal yet opposite reaction,’ is the third law of physics presented by Sir Isaac Newton. It was one which showed that the amount of energy dished out will come back to anything with the same amount of force.

When put in reference to the heavyweight division, it seems like the big boys haven’t placed much energy in excitement, and with some, even the intent on exciting the masses. Reaction? The masses have responded by giving out just as little of energy in the way of support for this historical glamour division of boxing.   

Within the past years, we have struggled to search for that figure, or figures, which would light a fire under the butt of the fans, to lift them out of their seats, whether in the arena or at home. The words of, “the heavyweight division is dead,” are heard much more than any of the words of support for a division that once was the home of some of the all time great names, like Ali, Louis, Dempsey, and many more.

This weekend, Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield, 42-8 -2 (27), attempts to capture a piece of the heavyweight crown for an unprecedented 5th time, when he challenges WBO heavyweight champion, Sultan Ibragimov, 21-0-1 (17), on the champion’s home turf of Moscow, Russia.

At first, this bout was given the one word question of why? Now as the bout draws near, there is a change to that question, where many are saying, why not?  It goes back to Newton’s law, where as with this bout, the energy given by these two fighters is being given in return.

Evander Holyfield has literally given his blood, sweat and tears to this sport and the pursuit and belief in climbing back to the top of that heavyweight mountain; while Sultan Ibragimov has fought virtually unknown, yet he has labored his way to
the WBO championship. Evander Holyfield has proven the masses all wrong throughout his career, and while doing so, he has given us some moments we won’t ever forget; while Sultan Ibragimov has proven naysayers wrong, in the sense where with some people, especially the American viewing public, who until the recent, and undeniable, dominance of the Russian heavyweights, they didn’t see the US heavyweight contingent being totally overshadowed. With the exceptions of a few, the overseas big boys were seen as just that, big boys – not the big men needed to take over the division – now Sultan Ibragimov is a player in the heavyweight fight game

The efforts of these two heavyweights have created a curiosity of sorts. Can the Warrior, Evander Holyfield, conjure up that same energy that he showed in his title winning effort against Mike Tyson? It was an energy that no one thought he had at that time; now a change of mentality has seemed to take place, where as, some may not go all out and say he will do it again, but Evander’s energies have made the masses’ energies and beliefs turn to one of,  'hey you never know'.

Sultan Ibragimov has shown that he is a slick fighter that cannot be taken lightly. Shannon Briggs can attest to that fact, as the Brooklyn native lost in his first defense of his then newly acquired WBO crown to Ibragimov this past June. It was a victory opened the eyes of a lot of people and lessened the question of, Ibraga-who?  A victory over the great Evander Holyfield would further put the Russian’s name on the tongue of the American audience; even the modern day version of ‘The Real Deal’. It’s a task that he knows will bring dividends in his pursuit to be considered the best.  
 
‘For every action – there is an equal yet opposite reaction?’ True, the heavyweight division isn’t what it used to be, but truly, all you can ever ask from someone is their best effort.  These are two that are likely to give us just that, as history is in the making. Tune in this weekend, as these two heavyweights are sure to give their all. Then maybe, just maybe, it will be the start of the fans giving their opposite yet equal reaction, by giving their all to a division that hasn’t had too many nice things said about it in recent years.
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