WASHINGTON, D.C. — Heavyweight prospect Seth Mitchell Brandywine, Md., mercilessly unloaded several, big right hands to the jaw of Timur Ibragimov of Uzbekistan, on Saturday night, forcing referee Malik Waleed to step in and protect the most seasoned opponent of Mitchell’s career for a second round knockout at 2:48 before 8,647 fans at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
The 29-year-old Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 knockouts) scored the first stoppage in the career of the 36-year-old Timur Ibragimov (30-4-1, 16 KOs), who was coming off a split-decision loss to former cruiserweight titleholder Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs) in December that ended Ibragimov’s winning streak of nine straight victories, including three stoppages.
“I totally agree that this was my best performance. I was ready 100 percent. I didn’t underestimat my opponent, but I definitely wanted to be the first to stop him,” said Peterson. “Once I saw that I could get the right hand in, I kept throwing it. Once I got him hurt, I wanted to finish him off and that’s what I did.”
Mitchell came up with his 22nd straight victory and his 17th knockout during that run in the HBO-televised clash on the undercard of a main event featuring RING No. 1-rated junior welterweight and WBA/IBF titleholder Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) against Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs).
Although the heavyweight division is dominated by the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs) and Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KOs), Mitchell, nicknamed, “Mayhem,” is considered by some to be America’s best chance at ending its heavyweight championship drought.
No U.S.-born fighter has held a heavyweight title since 2007, when Shannon Briggs briefly wore the WBO’s strap. In 2006, Hasim Rahman of Baltimore held the WBC belt while the IBF title was held by Chris Byrd.
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