Press Release: Calvin Brock and Timur Ibragimov will headline a June 24, 2006 doubleheader on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. The card will also. feature a WBA welterweight eliminator between Joel Julio and Carlos Quintana. The bout between Brock and Ibragimov represents somewhat of a rarity these days: two unbeaten hevyweights fighting without a world title at stake. Both men recently offered their thoughts on the upcoming bout and their respective training camps. Brock said of Ibragimov, “he’s a good boxer who can press the action some, but I would call him a be safe first boxer. With guys like him you have to cut off the ring and break them down. I had 190 amateur bouts so I’ve gone against guys like that in the amateurs.” David Bostice, Robert Davis, and Brian Minto are serving as Brock’s sparring partners. Brock expects to enter the ring on June 24 “lean and weighing between 223-228.”
He adds, “this is the greatest shape I’ve ever been in at this stage of a training camp. I was better conditioned before I came to camp. I trained harder beforehand, running for four weeks prior to camp. Twice per week for two of those weeks I ran six miles. Normally I wouldn’t run more than three miles before camp. That’s how motivated I am to show Ibragimov he’s going to wish he never stepped into the ring with me.” Meanwhile, according to Ibragimov, “Brock is a good fighter who can punch. He has a lot of experience having fought in the Olympics. It’s going to be a very interesting fight for boxing fans.” He has been at his Hollywood, Florida training camp for the past six weeks but would not reveal to Main Events any details about his camp, including who he is sparring with, but he did acknowledge that he has added strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Fevoruk to his team.