Holyfield vs Ibragimov In Moscow

By Boxing News - 10/12/2007 - Comments

A few days ago Sultan visited Red Square wearing a USA track suit. Moments after entering he was confronted by Kremlin workers lugging bags of Russian clothing gear who insisted that he change into their nation’s colors . . . I guess none of them noticed the ticket checker at the Kremlin entrance who was wearing a New England Patriots baseball cap . . ..

Moscow traffic makes the LA Freeway at rush hour look like the Indy 500. There are between 10-12 million Muscovites-and 4 million cars. Drivers park everywhere and anywhere, including on the sidewalk. One individual parked in the right lane of a three-lane highway. . . . Amazingly enough horn blowing is rarely heard . . .

On Tuesday Holyfield visited the U.S. embassy and presented the U.S. ambassador with an “Evander Holyfield Grill”. The grill is perfect for tailgating while sitting in Moscow traffic . . .

Overheard during a travel venture along Moscow’s main avenue: “The concept of staying in your lane is yet to arrive over here” . . .

Think you have problems with your boss? St. Basil’s Cathedral, a truly stunning architectural masterpiece, was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the mid-1500s. Upon its completion legend says that Ivan blinded the architect, Postnik Yakovlev, to prevent him from creating something more beautiful . . .

Decorated Russian General Yuri Kulik is a huge Evander Holyfield fan. He was among the welcoming party at the Moscow airport when Holyfield arrived on Sunday, and he has offered to take the four-time heavyweight champion on a scenic tour of the city via the Moscow River on his personal boat . . .

Most memorable question asked by the Moscow media at the final press conf on Wednesday: “Evander, how is your ear?”

Most omnipresent corporate logo in the city: McDonald’s

At an open-to-the-public workout on Monday, Holyfield was presented with a personalized jersey with his name written across the back: Holifield . . . Oh well, it’s the thought that counts, isn’t it?

Moscow is a beautiful city and the people have treated the Holyfield camp like royalty. It has been a wonderful experience for all involved. Next stop: Fight Night . . .

Holyfield vs Ibragimov PPV Broadcast

Four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield seeks to become an unprecedented five-time world heavyweight champion on October 13, 2007, in Moscow, Russia when he challenges WBO World Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov in a 12 round bout that will be broadcast in the U.S. on Pay-Per-View..

The October 13 broadcast is live on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT and carries a suggested retail price of $34.95. The pre-show will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT.

The fight card will be available in over 45 million homes. Due to the abnormal starting time – Saturday afternoon – for a pay-per-view boxing event, distributors will run replays through the night and into Sunday morning.

iN DEMAND will broadcast live at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday and follow with replays at 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. (Sunday). Direct TV will carry the event live beginning at 1 p.m. ET then run replays at 7 p.m., 10 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. (Sunday). All times ET.

The only heavyweight to win the title four times, Holyfield is extremely confident to win it a fifth, and ignores his detractors. “I really don’t focus on what people say. I am willing to get up every morning and train hard to become the best fighter that I can be. That’s what drives me. I am not into what the fans say – it is about 50/50 all the time. If I listened to it, my emotions would on a roller coaster. I understand that they have a right believe what they want. And I have a right to work hard.”

Holyfield, Ibragimov Arrive In Moscow, Russia

HOLLYWOOD, FL, October 10 – The Champion is in Moscow, so is his challenger preparing for the highly anticipated WBO Heavyweight World Title bout featuring, Sultan Ibragimov and Evander Holyfield. In support of this event, Mitchell Cypress, Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, is traveling to Russia. Ibragimov, the current WBO Heavyweight Champion, is one of the featured fighters on the Tribe’s very own Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions Team. Chairman Cypress and the Seminole Tribe of Florida are pleased to be hosting a special pre-fight dinner for these two warriors at one of their newly acquired properties known as Hard Rock Café Moscow on Thursday, October 11th at 7:30pm..

“This is a historic matchup between two of the best heavyweights in the world today, and I am privileged to be a part of it,” said Cypress. “But before Sultan and Evander step into the ring for battle, we’re going to break bread like gentlemen in celebration of this great fight and these great fighters.”

The Hard Rock Cafe Moscow was opened on September 17, 2003, and the 116th Hard Rock Cafe in the world is the second biggest restaurant in Europe. It is located at 44 Stary Arbat in Moscow.

Ibragimov vs Holyfield, which is presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing, Golden Boy, Golden Grain Promotions, Main Events, Yuri Federov Sports Lab, Real Deal Promotions and Sampson Lewkowicz in association with Nafta Moskva and the Seminole Tribe of Florida will be televised from Moscow, Russia via PAY-PER-VIEW, check your cable and satellite provider for listings.

Tickets for the October 13th card, priced from 300 to 75,000 rubles / $10 – $3,000 USD (with a limited number of VIP tickets available), may be ordered by calling +7 (495) 228-0418 or +7 (495) 643-1825, or by visiting www.ring-side.ru or www.hockey-palace.ru.

United States fans wishing to purchase tickets to this historic event, which will see Holyfield attempt to win a record fifth world heavyweight title by beating the conquering hometown hero, Ibragimov, may be purchased by calling Seminole Warriors Boxing at 954-985-1155.

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