Ibragimov committed to improvement, and it shows

Sultan Ibragimov (19-0, 17 KOs) takes on Ray Austin (24-3-3, 16 KOs) on FNF. The winner will be the IBF's No. 1-ranked heavyweight contender, Joe Tessitore writes.

Originally Published: July 25, 2006
By Joe Tessitore | Special to ESPN.com

A heavyweight with a March 8 birthday! That's like a preacher born on Dec. 25. Or a florist born on Feb. 14. Or Allen Funt blowing out the candles each April 1. (Boy, I loved "Candid Camera.") You get the idea. It was meant to be.

Four years after Ali-Frazier I cemented March 8 as one of sports' most historical dates, a woman in Kaspiisk, Russia, gave birth to a healthy baby boy. You can only begin to imagine what Kaspiisk was like in March 1975. I have visions of a long, gray winter and ...

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