Sultan Ibragimov Remains Unbeaten
MIAMI (AP) _ Olympic silver medalist Sultan Ibragimov remained unbeaten with a unanimous decision over Chad Butler on Wednesday night.
Ibragimov (6-0) dominated Butler with body shots and combinations to the head. By the final round, Ibragimov’s punches caused swelling over Butler’s left eye.
Two judges had Ibragimov winning 59-52 and the third scored it 58-53.
Butler (4-1) charged at Ibragimov from the opening seconds, trying to keep the fight at a short distance. But Butler’s brawling tactics proved futile as Ibragimov connected with lefts to the body and right left combinations to the head.
Midway through the first round, Ibragimov dropped Butler with a left hook to the body for the bout’s first knockdown.
Ibragimov, 28, continued to land the sharper punches in the second round and again sent Butler to the canvas, this time with a left to the head.
Ibragimov’s punch buildup eventually opened a cut on Butler’s left eyebrow in the third round.
Butler, 32, of New Brunswick, N.J., landed his first telling shot of the fight when he connected with a left hook to the head early in the fourth round. Ibragimov, however, shook off the punch and dominated the round with left hooks to the body.
Two of Ibragimov’s body shots buckled Butler’s legs during the round as Butler avoided additional follow-up shots by clinching.
After being warned earlier in the fight for landing punches below the belt, Ibragimov had a point deducted by referee Jorge Alonso in the sixth round when one of his body shots missed its mark. Despite the point deduction, Ibragimov finished the fight aggressively, forsaking the body attacks and pummeling Butler with right-left combinations to the head.
Ibragimov weighed 220 pounds while Butler was at 212.