Record: 20-0 (15 KO)
WBC International Heavyweight Title
Ike Ibeabuchi may be the biggest disappointment in boxing history. He looked like he had all the tools to be the man at heavyweight for a long time.
He had good speed, power, and was in amazing physical shape. Ibeabuchi fought 16 journeymen-type fighters before stepping into the ring with David Tua.
This is one of the best action heavyweight fights ever. Ibeabuchi landed a then-heavyweight record of 975 punches thrown. He landed 81 per round, while the heavyweight average is about 50.
He took the 0 from Tua and won the WBC International Heavyweight Title. Some people are reported as saying that Ibeabuchi was “different” after this fight due to taking many heavy shots.
Shortly after the Tua fight, he claimed to see demons that would torment him. He was also involved in a bout of air rage. He then abducted his former girlfriend's son and drove straight into a concrete pillar. He spent two months in jail and this convinced many promoters to stay away. This hurt his chances of winning a title.
He then beat two club fighters before destroying future heavyweight champion Chris Byrd in his last fight. He was sent to jail in 2001, when he pleaded guilty to battery with intent to commit a crime and attempted sexual assault, after an incident involving a lap dancer.
He was diagnosed with bipolar and schizo-affective disorders. He has earned two college degrees from Western Nevada Community College: an Associate of General Studies; and an Associate of Applied Science in General Business.