Perhaps it is indicative of the surge of popularity of UFC among young sports fans, the resultant ageing demographic of boxing’s followers and the fact Mike Tyson is the last global superstar boxing produced, but the fallen champion remains the most compelling hook most lazy publicists appear able to muster to promote their fighters. Last week it was Sultan Ibragimov, who hoped the former champion could provide advice as part of his corner team, this week Victor Oganov is trying to repeat the trick.
Oganov, who possesses a glamorous 26-0 (26) record against the great and good of Russia, Ukraine and Australia, has signed with Dennis Hobson/Fight Academy and will appear on Ricky Hatton’s under-card later this month. Boxrec.com suggest he will be contesting the IBO Super-Middleweight crown against the always reliable TBA, while FightNews.com today report veteran puncher Antwun Echols has got the fixture. Either way, the 30 year old is an interesting addition to the FA stable and more telling is the increasing resonance of IBO belts over the more established IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO bodies on their shows; Hatton defends the IBO belt versus Castillo having forsaken the others he accumulated in the preceding two years.
Though a junior organisation, the IBO belt is legitimised by a more transparent rankings system free from human intervention and influence. Completey algebraic the rankings are determined by a computer system, and I don’t believe any of the leading promoters has yet managed to wine and dine a PC.