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Klitschko Toys With Ibragimov for WBO Title

Bigger, stronger Ukrainian easily claims third heavyweight belt
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2008 12:14 AM CST
Klitschko Toys With Ibragimov for WBO Title
Wladimir Klitschko, of Ukraine, punches Sultan Ibragimov, of Russia, during the fifth round of a boxing match Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Klitschko won the fight by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Wladimir Klitschko looked more like the older brother picking on his smaller sibling than someone trying to win a heavyweight title fight last night. The much taller and stronger Klitschko barely took a punch in beating Russian Sultan Ibragimov for the minor WBO belt in a unanimous decision, reports the Associated Press.

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Klitschko (50-3, 44 KOs), didn't think it was that easy. "He was very difficult to fight," the Ukrainian said. "He kept backing off. He's very careful, but the result counts." Klitschko nows owns three belts, the IBF, the IBO and the WBO. This was the first unification bout in nearly nine years. (Read more boxing stories.)

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