Ike Ibeabuchi
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Ike Ibeabuchi
Ikemefula "Ike" Charles Ibeabuchi is a former professional heavyweight boxer who defeated highly ranked contender David Tua and future heavyweight titelist Chris Byrd. Ibeabcuhi's ring nickname is "The President. " After compiling a record of 20-0 with 15 knockouts, he was imprisoned following charges that he tried to rape a woman in Las Vegas in July 1999.
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The “Could Have Beens” - SecondsOut
Google News - over 5 years
... David Guerault, Hector Lopez, Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez, Orzubek Nazarov, Shannan Taylor, Clarence “Bones” Adams, Anthony Hembrick, Paul Spadafora, Octavio Lara, David Kamau, and Ike Ibeabuchi. The others are presented in alphabetical order
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Mike Tyson and His Top 10 Fights That Never Happened - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
There was something obscene about watching Ike Ibeabuchi fight, he was so good and powerful. And due to him being a horrifically messed up human being, we'll never know where his career could have gone. It's fun to imagine it crashing into Tyson at
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HBO Needs Don Chargin - EastsideBoxing.com
Google News - over 5 years
Ike Ibeabuchi, the premium cable network was easily the universally recognized champion of boxing on television. With their brilliant panel of commentators: Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant, and Big George Foreman, no other network could match the overall
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ALEX ARIZA: "I NEVER FELT THAT MICHAEL KONCZ SERVED ANY REAL PURPOSE" - Fight Hype
Google News - over 5 years
Just because Michael Koncz couldn't fucking bail himself out of that disaster of going bankrupt trying to get Ike Ibeabuchi out of jail, he had to hang on Manny's coattails to get somewhere. He couldn't do it on his own and he's not self-made like Tim
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Dougie's Monday mailbag - Crave Online (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Fans give their 2 cents on Juan Manuel and Rafael Marquez, Mike McCallum, Lennox Lewis, the Klitschko brothers, Ike Ibeabuchi and the late Edwin Valero in this week's Monday mailbag. Enjoy! I thought that Rafa Marquez got hit more than
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The Man that Beat Vitali Klitschko: Former 2 Time Heavyweight Champ Chris Byrd ... - ringsidereport.com
Google News - over 5 years
MP: The Klitschko brothers and Ike Ibeabuchi. Who hit the hardest? A lot of guys hit hard but among those guys, all of them hit really hard. I think Wladimir hits harder than Vitali but equal with Ike. They each punched really hard and I was blessed to
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David Haye and the Seven Greatest Fighters to Retire with Less Than 30 Fights - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Ike Ibeabuchi, or "The President" as he was called by his trainers and entourage, was THE rising star of the heavyweight division in the 1990s after the upset of a young Mike Tyson losing to Buster Douglas. Ibeabuchi first caught the attention of
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Anonymous Austin - SecondsOut
Google News - over 5 years
I had Ike Ibeabuchi; I had David Tua and Hasim Rahman. I think the people at HBO and Showtime know me pretty well." So just how close is Trout to getting into the ring with the likes of Miguel Cotto (probably never), “Canelo” or Paul Williams?
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BOXING; Byrd Employed Nothing Fancy To Take Title With Jab, Jab, Jab
NYTimes - about 14 years
Chris Byrd does not annihilate opponents as much as he annoys them. Evander Holyfield was just the latest victim Saturday night. Byrd became the new International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion with a 12-round unanimous decision over Holyfield at Boardwalk Hall. There were no knockdowns and neither fighter was seriously hurt, but that was
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BOXING; Byrd-Holyfield Contest Is Battle of Generations
NYTimes - about 14 years
When Evander Holyfield made his professional debut in 1984, Chris Byrd was 14 years old. Byrd never figured he would get the chance to fight Holyfield, someone he has respected for many years. But in boxing, you never know. On Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall, Byrd (35-2, 20 knockouts) will face Holyfield (38-5-2, 25 knockouts) for the vacant
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Sports of The Times; Knockouts Will Bring Lewis Fame
NYTimes - over 16 years
LENNOX LEWIS feels unappreciated. As the heavyweight champion in two-thirds of boxing's world and the conqueror of the ruler (Evander Holyfield) of the other third, he believes he should be rated ''up there with'' Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali. He feels he doesn't get enough respect for his 35-1-1 record with 27 knockouts. He resents that he's not yet
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BOXING; Tua Is Looking to Make A Name for Himself, at Last
NYTimes - over 16 years
In Samoa, a group of volcanic islands in the southern Pacific, he was born Mafaufau Tavita Lio Mafaufau Sanerivi Talimatasi and, as he has said, ''Now you know why I changed my name'' to David Tua. He often refers to himself as ''Tuaman'' or in the third person, as in: ''There's no secret about David Tua's style. David Tua comes to fight. It's not
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PLUS: COURTS; Judge Reduces Boxer's Bail
NYTimes - over 17 years
Ikemefula (Ike) Ibeabuchi, a heavyweight boxing contender accused of sexually assaulting an escort in Las Vegas, has had his bail reduced from $3 million to $750,000. District Judge Joseph Bonaventure's decision does not mean Ibeabuchi will be released before the trial, which is tentatively scheduled for December. Lawyers for the Nigerian have said
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PLUS: BOXING; Ibeabuchi Arrested On Assault Charge
NYTimes - over 17 years
The heavyweight boxer Ike Ibeabuchi was arrested yesterday in Las Vegas on charges he sexually assaulted a 21-year-old woman in his suite at The Mirage hotel-casino, the Las Vegas police said. Metro Police Lieut. Tom Monahan said that after the police responded to calls from guests, Ibeabuchi, 26, barricaded himself in the bathroom but surrendered
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BOXING: NOTEBOOK; Briggs Adds a Corner Man, but Will It Matter?
NYTimes - over 17 years
Working with the trainer Emanuel Steward has given the heavyweight Shannon Briggs a fresh mental approach to boxing. No one will know whether it makes a difference until Briggs meets Frans Botha in Atlantic City on Aug. 7. ''My relationship with Manny has changed me in a big way,'' Briggs said during a conference call yesterday from Las Vegas, Nev.
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BOXING: SUPERWELTERWEIGHT DIVISION; Reid Sets First Defense of Title: It's Against Kelly, Not Kelley
NYTimes - over 17 years
David Reid said he got some incredulous looks and responses from his fans and friends after it was announced that he would make his first defense of his World Boxing Association superwelterweight championship against Kevin Kelly. They thought it was Kevin Kelley, the featherweight from Flushing, Queens. ''They were like, 'Why are you fighting that
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BOXING; His Inexperience Is Still Showing Although Grant Wins Easily
NYTimes - over 17 years
After his bout with Michael Grant on Saturday night, Lou Savarese walked out of Madison Square Garden with two friends, and in true New York fashion, hailed a cab to the hospital to have his face stitched back together. That Savarese, who was knocked down twice in the 10th round, was not knocked out says a great deal about him. That Savarese had to
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PLUS: BOXING -- HEAVYWEIGHTS; Doubleheader Set for June 19
NYTimes - almost 18 years
The June 19 heavyweight doubleheader at the Theater at Madison Square Garden appears to be set. Michael Grant and Lou Savarese will fight in the main event, and Hasim Rahman and Jeremy Williams will be the co-featured bout. Shannon Briggs and Ike Ibeabuchi took themselves out of the show with excessive contract demands. Briggs may be saving himself
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BOXING; Young and Fightless, They Wait for a Chance at the I.B.F. Heavyweight Championship
NYTimes - about 18 years
David Tua and Hasim Rahman are in the no-man's land of boxing's heavyweight division. They are young, they hit hard and no one who has a world title or who has designs on winning a world championship wants to fight them. Stuck in this predicament, the only way out is to fight each other. That's what they will do when they square off in a 12-round
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BOXING: NOTEBOOK; Only an HBO Agreement Is Needed to Make Holyfield-Lewis a Reality
NYTimes - over 18 years
Now that Don King has signed contracts with Lennox Lewis and Madison Square Garden on a heavyweight unification bout between Lewis and Evander Holyfield, he has to reach an agreement with HBO Sports, which will broadcast the fight on TVKO, before the fight can become a reality. Lewis, the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, will earn between
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ike Ibeabuchi
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 42
    In April 2016, Ibeabuchi was arrested for violating conditions of his probation in Gilbert, Arizona.
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    In January 2016, his green card and citizenship papers were applied for in good standing and in order.
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  • 2015
    Age 41
    In November 2015, Ibeabuchi was finally released as a free man.
    More Details Hide Details Ibeabuchi immediately enlisted the help of Mike Koncz, the adviser of Manny Pacquiao to guide his plan for a boxing comeback at age 43. In good health, Ibeabuchi hopes to fight his first comeback bout in the heavyweight division in the near future, but is currently waiting first to resolve his United States citizen and immigration status with USCIS.
  • 2014
    Age 40
    Ibeabuchi completed his sentence in the Nevada Department of Corrections. However, Ibeabuchi was moved in Nevada to first to the Washoe County Jail on February 28, 2014, and then transferred by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the Eloy Detention Center in Eloy, Arizona.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Age 33
    His Las Vegas conviction was overturned by the Nevada Supreme Court in 2007 and he expected to be released, but the lower courts abandoned the ruling.
    More Details Hide Details The Nevada Supreme Court subsequently affirmed its earlier ruling of its overturning of Ibeabuchi's Las Vegas conviction again, and Ibeabuchi is still fighting for his innocence and to have his name cleared, after his release.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 25
    In July 1999, Ibeabuchi was staying at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas when he phoned a local escort service and had a woman sent to his room.
    More Details Hide Details The 21-year-old woman said later she was there to strip and nothing else. She claimed Ibeabuchi attacked her in the walk-in closet after she demanded to be paid up front. Ibeabuchi barricaded himself in the bathroom and police discharged pepper spray under the door until he surrendered. Ibeabuchi's legal defense faced the further difficulty of the Clark County DA's reopening of a similar sexual assault allegation against him from eight months earlier which took place at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. Ibeabuchi was released on bail and placed under house arrest, able to train and fight again until his trial. He was remanded after two more similar allegations surfaced from Arizona. Ibeabuchi was deemed incompetent to stand trial and was sent to a state facility. Medical experts concluded he exhibited bipolar disorder and a judge granted permission to force-medicate him. Eight months later, two and a half years after his arrest, he was ruled cogent enough to plea.
    Ibeabuchi's next fight was against Chris Byrd in March 1999. Byrd, a 1992 Olympic silver medalist and a future world heavyweight champion, was a quick and slick southpaw with a record of 26–0.
    More Details Hide Details After four rounds, the three judges had the fight scored evenly: 38–38 even, 39-37 for Ibeabuchi, and 39–37 for Byrd. In the fifth round, Ibeabuchi landed a devastating left hook which sent Byrd to the canvas. Byrd made it back to his feet, but was quickly knocked back down. Byrd once again rose, but was trapped against the ropes and taking punishment as the referee waved it off at the 2:59 mark. Following the win over Byrd, Ibeabuchi turned down $700,000 to fight fringe contender Jeremy Williams, and also turned down $1 million for a showdown with the undefeated Michael Grant.
  • 1998
    Age 24
    Ibeabuchi returned to the ring after thirteen months inactivity, and scored a first-round knockout over Tim Ray in July 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Two months later, he stopped Everton Davis in nine rounds.
  • 1997
    Age 23
    After winning 16 straight fights from the start of his career, Ike made a big jump in competition and fought undefeated prospect David Tua for the WBC International Heavyweight title on June 7, 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Tua was 27-0 and considered by many analysts to be 'the next Mike Tyson'. Both boxers threw bombs and neither took a backward step all night. Ibeabuchi and Tua set a CompuStat heavyweight division record with 1,730 punches thrown. Ike also set the individual CompuStat record by throwing 975 punches and averaging 81 per round. The heavyweight average is around 50. Ibeabuchi won a unanimous 12 round decision over Tua with scores of 117-111, 116-113, and 115-114. The fight established Ibeabuchi as the top contender for the world heavyweight title. A couple of months after the Tua fight, Ibeabuchi abducted the 15-year-old son of his former girlfriend and slammed his car into a concrete pillar on Interstate 35 north of Austin, Texas. According to the criminal complaint, the boy suffered 'numerous injuries' from the accident 'and will never walk normally again'. The courts concluded Ibeabuchi was trying to commit suicide, and he was sentenced to 120 days in jail after pleading guilty to false imprisonment. Ibeabuchi also paid a $500,000 civil settlement.
    He defeated highly ranked contender David Tua in 1997 and future world champion Chris Byrd in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details After compiling a record of 20–0 with 15 knockouts, Ibeabuchi was imprisoned in Las Vegas in July 1999, after submitting an Alford plea. In November 2015, Ibeabuchi was released from the custody of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after completing his 16-year Nevada state prison sentence without incident. He has since announced that he will be returning to the ring at the age of 42 to resume his professional career.
  • 1994
    Age 20
    Under the guidance of former world welterweight champion Curtis Cokes, Ike made his professional debut at heavyweight with a second round knockout of Ismael Garcia on October 13, 1994.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 19
    Ibeabuchi emigrated to United States and moved to the Dallas area with his mother in 1993/ Ibeabuchi won the Dallas and Texas State Golden Gloves tournaments at heavyweight in 1994.
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  • 1990
    Age 16
    Ike planned on joining the Nigerian military before he witnessed Buster Douglas knock out Mike Tyson in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Inspired by the fight, Ike started boxing as an amateur. Ike twice defeated countryman and eventual 1996 Olympic Bronze medalist Duncan Dokiwari.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Born
    Born on February 2, 1973.
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