I plan to run another preview for the upcoming October 13th Holyfield-Ibragimov fight using the new updated Data Boxing ratings from Dr. Compton for Holyfield and Ibragimov (they are now available in the downloads section.) Stay tuned.
REVISED PREPLAY FOR HOLYFIELD-IBRAGIMOV USING DATA BOXING 6.0
Using the brand-new updated cards issued by Dr. Compton for Evander Holyfield and Sultan Ibragimov, I ran another preplay for this heavyweight title bout between the Methuselah of boxing, Holyfield, and the new WBO champ from the Soviet Union, Ibragimov, which will take place this Saturday in Moscow. In this preview, I ran three 100 bout series and utilized Data Boxing's reduced/enhanced efficiency option to play out some possible "what ifs" (denoted by + for enhanced and - for reduced). All three series were set to terminate early at the 1% level if a significant result was achieved.
(No adjustments/both at their best) - This series went the distance as a significant result was not achieved...
Ibragimov-Holyfield 45-39-16; 11-8 KOs, 8-9 TKOs
Note: Holyfield held the edge in knockdowns (Ns) 93-49.
(Holyfield enhanced +1. Moscow brings out the very best in "The Real Deal" and Holyfield comes up big with an even better effort than the Lou Savarese bout. Ibragimov reduced -1 and comes out flat, similar to the Ray Austin bout). Holyfield won series which was terminated early due to significant result achieved....
+1 Holyfield/-1 Ibragimov 17-3-5; 5-2 KOs, 3-0 TKOs, Ns 19-8
(Ibragimov enhanced +1. "The Sultan of Swing" goes after Holyfield and fights the fight of his life; Holyfield reduced -1 and slips badly). Ibragimov won series which was terminated early due to significant result achieved...
+1 Ibragimov/-1 Holyfield 11-1-2; 2-0 KOs, 4-0 TKOs, Ns 8-6
As you can see, this is a close match-up that could go either way. I look for Ibragimov to be hard-pressed to win this fight. Perhaps Holyfield can come up with a similar or better effort than he did against Savarese and beat Inbragimov.
I think that this fight will come down to which man desires to win it the most. Desire is one of the 13 steps to success that Napoleon Hill discussed in Think and Grow Rich
, a book which Ken Norton attributed to changing his life and inspiring him when he beat Muhammad Ali. One short quote from the chapter entitled Desire
in Think and Grow Rich
gives insight as to why Holyfield, at age 44, could win the title back...
"...DESIRE BACKED BY FAITH knows no such word as impossible."
-Think and Grow Rich
p. 54 (1937 edition)