EPISODE: Episode 38
Boxing Greats | The Scoop with Bola Ray | Talkin Fight
Nigerian-born heavyweight Ikemefula Charles “Ike” Ibeabuchi – aka The President – is featured on this episode. He is known for throwing the most punches by a heavyweight in a fight in 1997. Watch The Scoop from Monday to Friday featuring Canadian heavyweight champ Bola Ray, who lends his vast experience in the sport and provides his comments and analysis on boxing, on YouTube and TalkinFight.com/live. #boxinghistory
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Thank you, talk and fight fans from around the world for joining us for another episode of the scoop featuring the champ bola ray in his continuing exploration of the boxing world.
His icons and iconic fights that have happened over the decades and i’m curious to know what we’re going to be talking about tonight.
What do we got champ? How are you doing great? Thank you.
Uh today is going to be another segment within my um ongoing segments on iconic fighters of the 90s heavyweights of the 90s that actually made the top tier look so great, the forgotten soldiers per se um, but well, this story is like no other, thankfully um.
It’S an absolute tragedy: um we’ll be talking about a fighter who, on the rise, had a master record of 20 fights 20 wins with 15 knockouts and he had wins over top prospects and future world champions, and yet never step foot in the squared circle to dance.
For a title himself, my name is bola raymond wally.
This is the scoop february.
The world was never to be the same again, full stop the impossible had happened and the world was watching and included in that statement was a young ike of biabuchi.
Now, mike was 17 years old in nigeria and upon seeing this fight, he set his sights to become a professional boxer training at a local boxing facility in essentia nigeria.
Forgive me being nigerian.
I have no idea what the hell this is um.
He ike started his amateur career with noble, wins against future olympic bronze medalists duncan dokiwari.
After a couple years in the boxing game, ikea’s mother moved to dallas of texas in pursuit of his dream upon reaching the u.
s ike met and was trained by none other than the former world.
Welterweight champion himself.
Curtis, coax with only a few months as an amateur on the american soil ike had won both the dallas and texas golden glove heavyweight championship.
It’S not bad, not bad.
Later on that year, i stepped into the ring on october 30th or 13th.
Sorry um and won the second round knockout, which was the beginning of his uh professional campaign.
Now fighting only locally ike was able to amass an impressive record of 15 fights 15 wins to knock out only to be launched into a completely new level of opposition.
In a rising star by the name of david tua, because two, i had a record going into this fight of 27-0 and was a heavy favorite at that.
This was a scenario where 1-0 must go.
What an epic war, it’s literally one for the for the record books like it actually literally, is one in the record books.
This fight broke records for the amount of punches thrown by heavyweights fighting by compustat, which was a hunt.
Uh 1730 punches combined, punches thrown by two fighters and then broke another record where ike individually broke by compustad, which was 975 punches by one heavyweight ike averaged 81 punches around where the norm was more like 50.
, it was just leather being thrown back and forth.
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Neither one of these guys understood the concept of taking a step back.
They just went full throttle at each other, like like they owed them, something i quote to fight united’s decision and he was officially on the radar as a top prospect in the heavyweight division worldwide.
His world was on a trajectory that was kill for so what could go wrong well in his personal life, see ike was seen seem to have changed in accordance to people around him.
A few months after ike fought tua, apparently mike abducted, his ex-girlfriend’s seven or six fifteen year old son and took him on some wild goose chase where the police were in hot pursuit.
He’S driving like a madman at some insane rate.
He ends up hitting a pillar and the boy sustained a massive amount of injuries, some so bad that resulted in him never being able to walk properly again yeah.
The courts were convinced that ike attempted to commit suicide um, which resulted in ike pleading guilty to false imprisonment, and he had to pay hundred thousand dollars in compensation and then spend 120 days in prison.
No, the story doesn’t, and actually it actually gets even more bizarre.
He apparently didn’t just nickname himself, the president.
He actually believed it and not the president of the united states, but the president of the world, and if you didn’t address him as such.
Well, if you’re lucky, he just wouldn’t answer you if you’re lucky, lou de bella, formerly hbo and currently boxing promoter said spoke about this.
Sometimes when he was acting up and just feeling like the most mundane, things were so beneath him.
He wouldn’t do it like attending a weigh-in.
His handlers would appeal to his presidential regal side and say things like it’d, be the noble thing to do.
Wow, while having dinner at a fine restaurant, five food restaurant in new york city, discussing a three deal fight with a three-fight deal with a boxing promoter, senator kushner out of nowhere, i grabs a carving knife and starts smashing it banging it on the table screaming.
They knew it, they knew it.
The belts are all mine.
Why don’t they give them back to me, like a viking, vikings, never reach nigeria just a little record, my god.
After a 13-month, layoff ike went back to work and scored two quick knockouts um only to fade go face to face with the untouchable chris bird, the 1992 um summer olympic game, silver medalist at middle of a middleweight turn professional at heavyweight sensation, 26 and old taboo.
This was the big times now going into the fourth round.
The fight was a dead, even scored dead.
Even one judge had the score 38 to 38, for both guys one judge had it 39 to 37.
For chris, the other judge had it 39 to 37 for ike goes into the fourth round or going into the fifth round.
Then chris gets tagged with a monstrous left hook and for the first time in his professional career he touches counts.
Okay, he makes a count.
I jumped him again boom chris touches.
Crams again, he gets up, makes a count all as well.
Ike jumps him and puts a tremendous beating on him.
He is now in the corner, just absorbing punishment and with two minutes and 59 seconds done in the fifth round.
The ref calls a fight fifth round.
Tko mike wins the fight, this solidified him as a top contender in the heavyweight division.
There are talks of him versus lennox lewis, there’s talks of him versus, like quite a few people, actually um.
This was also the last time he ever stepped foot in the ring to date.
As a fighter, he had to fight offered to him actually offered to him worth 700, a 700 000 and a million dollars of which, for unknown reasons, he turned down now july of 1999, was staying at the mirage hotel in casino in las vegas, where he decided To call have an escort come up to his room and yeah.
She claims that she was sent there only to strip, but apparently she found herself being attacked by ike in the walk-in closet.
Well, so much way shape or form.
Ike wasn’t too pleased with her going off and insisting on payment prior to any activities going on prior, so lost his damn mind and she so much way she got out ran out called the police, the whole nine yards, the police come storm in the room, ike Barricades himself in the washroom, and he is then the police or the boys dem.
As my voice say, the boys them were able to pepper spray, send pepe tree under the door and fumigate the room until he surrendered yeah upon this news hitting the the airwaves.
The investigation reopened another allegation in clark’s county at the treasure, island, hotel and casino eight months prior of almost identical scenario with another call girl mike, was given house arrest and permission only permission to leave the house to train or to fight only to have two more Allegations surface from arizona, i went to prison for a long time.
I spent the next decade and a half in prison, with the convictions being overturned only to be overturned back again only to be overturned only to be overturned back again november of 2015 ike finally reached free man, soil.
He was released from prison on parole only to have five months go by and he is back in prison for violations of his parole conditions sending back from 2003.
He finally was released and completely free, no parole, no anything september.
I don’t know if he hopes to fight again, but honestly what a waste of potential the hope here is hoping he can remain in the good graces of the law.
Ike was one of those iconic fighters who was a tear below all those superstar heavyweights in the 90s um and and the only reason why he’s tear below and not with the likes of evander, mike george foreman, linux and riddick bull.
Because this nonsense.
He i think he lost his mind.
You use on a trajectory to actually potentially even decimate a lot of these guys, but he genuinely made that decade.
In that era, interesting people would sit back and and and be excited about the.
What, if we probably still can do it with fantasy boxing, he still would be a threat.
He was, you know, an amazing fighter.
You me just imagine a mike tyson with evander holyfield work ethic with actually he was bigger than evander same height, but like a bigger, stronger man, it was, he would have been a force, an absolute force to reckon with.
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It’S your boy bella! That’S the scoop wow! What a story i i’ve actually never heard of the fella and i’m blown away.
There’S no movie! Oh! Maybe there is but what a story? That’S incredible! It’S so sad! It’S just so genuinely sad! The fight! I didn’t imagine the fight that that intrigued him, so that got him into boxing mike tyson, duster buster douglas wow man, that’s an incredible story, but yeah.
I think he had a screw loose yeah.
I i would have to agree, i mean maybe maybe he might have gotten caught up in the whole sex drugs, rock and roll thing.
His world was him and his mother, i don’t know, i have never heard him to be one of the nightlife per se.
I think he just had a screw loose like to go off and start believing that you’re, the president of the world, yeah yep.
What are you gon na say, wow great episode? Thank you very much.
That was amazing.
Well researched, well, well stated uh loved that one that was great looking forward to tomorrow nights uh, as i’m sure everyone else is as well.
This is uh.
I didn’t expect that at all i was expecting another fighter i’d heard of, but this was great.
Thank you very much and thank you good listenership for joining us this evening for another episode of the scoop featuring the champ bullarey and, as he says, if you like, like share and subscribe.