Calvin Brock: “I am definitely going to win impressively”
INTERVIEW by Benny Henderson Jr. (June 21, 2006)
Calvin Brock
This Saturday night June 24th live 10:30 PM ET/PT on HBO’s Boxing After Dark the undefeated heavyweight contender Calvin Brock, 28-0 (22), returns to the ring in a scheduled twelve round clash against unbeaten Uzbekistani Timor Ibragimov, 21-0-1 (13), in a battle for Brock’s IBA Continental Heavyweight title. One will taste defeat for the first time while the victor moves closer to a world title shot.

The ‘Boxing Banker’ has cashed in on the division with his power and solid pugilistic background defeating all that have crossed his path, and this Saturday night the strong armed contender plans on taking the next step to solidifying his stand in the land of the big boys. Fresh off his crushing sixth round KO victory over tough journeyman Zuri Lawrence, Brock continues his heavyweight campaign against Ibragimov, a fight that Brock is confident he will win.

“I am definitely going to win and win impressively,” stated Brock. “It is the next step to becoming heavyweight champion of the world.”

Brock, a former amateur standout and 2000 Olympian, has brought the pain feverishly throughout his career laying down the leather and laying out the opposition with his heavy hands. His flawless résumé includes wins over Terry Smith (UD10), Clifford Etienne (TKO3), and his career defining moment when he came off the canvas to defeat the man-mountain Jameel McCline by unanimous decision in April of ’05.

The North Carolina native fought under the radar of many, all the while fighting anybody and everybody who was offered up. While some were being handed top twenty rankings and undeserved title shots, Brock was hard at work establishing a name for himself as he fought his way to the top of the crop.

“A title shot is coming soon, maybe after this fight or one more fight after Ibragimov,” said Brock. “You have to let the fight world get to know you though, earn the crown or it’s just a trinket you are holding. People got to know Tyson, Bowe and Holyfield, they know who you are and you make the money.”

Always the business man, the thirty-one year old contender feels that his process of climbing to the top will pay off in the very near future.

“The heavyweight division is wide open, there is a strong talent pool but the fighters are unknown, there has to be a unified champion, and I am that person that’s going to unify the titles,” Brock said of his future.

Brock’s opponent Timor Ibragimov has earned himself a spotless record in his five years as a professional fighter. Although Ibragimov has gone undefeated in twenty-one bouts, Brock feels that the thirty-one year old Uzbekistani won’t be a problem on Saturday night.

“Ibragimov is a good experienced fighter, he has a good jab and a good straight right hand, but I have beaten many fighters with good jabs and straight right hands so this won’t be a problem”, stated Brock.

Calvin Brock has his eye on the heavyweight crown and this Saturday we should see him move a step closer at getting his chance at the top.

I would like to thanks Calvin Brock for taking the time out to speak to Doghouse Boxing, as always it was greatly appreciated!

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