Professional Record: 20-0, 15 knockouts
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 boxing fans when he went against an undefeated David Tua (27-0, 24 KOs) in July 1997.
Tua was billed "The Next Tyson," while Ibeabuchi had only faced 16 journeyman at that point of his career.
Well, 17 was his lucky number, because The President gave Tua a beating, setting the record for the most punches thrown in a heavyweight fight at 975.
Tua and Ibeabuchi together set the heavyweight record for most punches thrown by two boxers in a bout: 1,730.
In the end, Ibeabuchi won by unanimous decision.
Ibeabuchi was a major contender at this time, but he began to self-destruct his career. He kidnapped his 15-year-old son and slammed his car into a concrete wall outside of Austin, Texas.
His son would never walk normally ever again, while Ibeabuchi was let off with 120 days and a $500,000 settlement.
He continued his dominance against two journeyman and an undefeated Chris Byrd (26-0, 14 KOs).
Byrd never made it out of the fifth round, as the referee waved the fight off thanks to a mean uppercut and a punishing barrage against the ropes—this gave Ibeabuchi a TKO win and the final victory of his career.
Ibeabuchi had developed mental problems. He complained of demons and headaches. No one listened. He attacked one of his sparring partners, injuring their knee ligaments.
One final nail in Ibeabuchi's coffin was more than likely his refusal of various lucrative fight deals.
This was the 1990s and early 2000s. Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao deals were not available at the time. The closest fighter to that type of money was Lennox Lewis.
He was offered $700,000 to face a contender named Jeremy Williams and an undefeated Michael Grant.
To let you know how close Ibeabuchi was to greatness, Michael Grant would lose the following year to Lennox Lewis; a fight he earned by beating Lou Savarese and Andrew Golota.
Had Ibeabuchi just accepted at least the fight with Grant, he might have kept out of trouble long enough to become a household name.
Unfortunately, time away from the ring led to his destruction.
A female escort was sent to his room in July 1999 to "strip and nothing else" but Ibeabuchi wanted more. He was found guilty of rape.
He is still in prison at age 38 and won't be up for parole again until May 2012. By then, he will be 39 years old.