Mike Tyson to Assist Ibragimov – Updated


Published: May 29, 2007

Update 31 May 2007: Mike Tyson’s appearance at the fight of Sultan Ibragimov and his cornerwork for Sultan unfortunately won’t go through due to not getting permission from Arizona authorities. See newspost above.

Mike Tyson at the end of the Sultan Ibragimov vs Lance Whitaker fight 2005-12-15
2005-12-15 – Mike Tyson at the end of the
Sultan Ibragimov vs Lance Whitaker fight

Source: kommersant, Associated Press

29 May 2007

The legendary heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson will walk Russias Sultan Ibragimov to the ring during his WBO belt battle with Shannon Briggs of the United States and might even be the cornerman, according to several Russian media reports. As an old friend of Ibragimov, Tyson tries not to miss matches of the Russian. The bout is slated for June 2, Atlantic City of New Jersey.

Update 30 May 2007:

Mike Tyson has applied to work the corner of heavyweight Sultan Ibragimov during his WBO title fight against Shannon Briggs on Saturday night in Atlantic City, N.J.

Tyson sent an incomplete application to the New Jersey Athletic Control Board on Tuesday and will need to answer two more questions before he is considered for a license as a second in the undefeated Russian’s corner.

The former heavyweight champion has been an unofficial adviser to Ibragimov in the past and attended Ibragimov’s Dec. 15, 2005 knockout of Lance Whitaker.

The application left blank which boxer Tyson was applying to assist, and whether Tyson knew of any medical conditions affecting the fighter.

Nicholas Lembo, counsel for the NJACB, said there was still time for Tyson to be considered for the license if he quickly refiles a complete application.

“We have not considered any action on it because it is incomplete,” Lembo said Wednesday. “It was simply returned for completion. Once it is submitted in complete form, there will be a consideration of the application for a license.”

Tyson needs permission by a judge to travel outside Arizona and California while his charges are pending.

“Whether or not it is granted depends on the information provided,” Lembo said.

Mario Costa, one of Ibragimov’s trainers, has known Tyson since 1983. He said Tyson was granted permission to attend his daughter’s high school graduation in Washington on Friday. Costa said Tyson would then travel to Atlantic City for the fight.

“Sultan gets confidence when he sees him,” Costa said. “Before the Whitaker fight, in the dressing room, Mike was showing Sultan what to do and Sultan was excited he would do that.”