Heavyweight Factory Contender Timor Ibragimov Decisions Unbeaten Singh
By Brad Marchetti (Aug 25, 2010) Doghouse Boxing  
Tuesday night in an off-TV bout Uzbekistan heavyweight Timor Ibragimov successfully defended his N.A.B.A strap against fringe opponent Gurcharan Singh. The 32-year old Singh, 20-1, 11 KO’s, came in looking flabby at 221 lbs. and was hit with everything but the kitchen sink in the first loss of his career. Ibragimov, 28-2-1, 15 KO’s, looked sharp with his lateral movement and use of accurate combos and counters to the head and body. After a brutal 9th round beating Ibragimov, 225.5, put the screws to the awkward but tough Singh in the 10th frame. A deadly accurate combination along the ropes had Singh out on his feet on beaten
up. A neck damaging Ibragimov right hand haymaker almost launched Singh onto the press table. Ref Frank Santore Jr. wisely called a halt to the measured beating at 1:45 of the 10th as Singh dangled from the ropes.

Ibragimov is a nice contender in a wide open heavyweight division. Timor is calm, intelligent, strong and sound technically. On the undercard former University of Miami standout linebacker 6’3” 250 Lb. James Bryant, 3-1, 3, was handed the first loss of his pro career against crafty James Monroe, 2-0, 1 KO. Bryant has some raw ability but showed his inexperience against a slick fighter with better stamina. Cuban heavyweight amateur champion Luis Ortiz, 3-0, 2 KO’s, put on a boxing clinic against journeyman Kendrick Relaford, 22-14-2, 13 KO’s, to win an 8-round UD 80-72 and 79-72 x2. Ortiz is a southpaw technician that understands the sweet science. Ortiz made polished angles and good use of the uppercut on the inside for such a tall fighter 6’4“. The 31-year old Ortiz captured the W.B.C Fecarbox title in a very classy performance for just his third pro fight.

Welterweight 2008 Florida Golden Gloves 141 Lb. champ Brad Solomon showed some flashes of brilliance against trail horse Wilfredo Negron in a 6th round KO. The energetic Solomon, 13-0, 5 KO’s, did a good Roy Jones Jr. impression with electric hand and footspeed along with leaping triple hooks. The Negron, 26-15-1, 19 KO’s, knew how to survive by rarely firing some off-target power shots. The 27-year old Brad Solomon is a very-good infighter and counterpuncher at such an early stage of his career. The aggressive Solomon possesses the tools to go to the next level with more seasoning and strength.

Kris Lawrence’s Heavyweight Factory put together another fine event that was aesthetically pleasing with lots of blonde bunnies and testosterone pleasing with well-matched wars. The atmosphere at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s boxing venue is bubbling with jaw-dropping female attendance and plenty of collisions, courtesy of matchmaking dream team Henry Rivalta (Directory of Boxing) and Johnny Bos (Matchmaker).

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