Nearly seventeen years since his last fight and more than fourteen years since he submitted an Alford plea for battery and attempted sexual assault, Ike Ibeabuchi wants back in the ring. The big Nigerian has gone as far as hiring Michael Koncz, longtime adviser to Manny Pacquiao, and plans to fight on the undercard of "Pac-Man's" April 9th fight should he get licensed.
It's a big "if," honestly. The boys over at TheSweetScience have a good piece on Ibeabuchi (20-0, 15 KO), whose war with David Tua and beatdown of Chris Byrd had him pegged as a potential heavyweight superstar before the aforementioned sexual assault accusation. In addition, between those fights, he abducted his former girlfriends' fifteen-year-old son and crashed into a concrete pillar, yet spent only 120 days in jail. "The President" had reportedly suffered mental issues since the Tua fight and, for two-and-a-half years after his arrest, was considered unfit to stand trial and diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
He claims to currently weigh 245 pounds, almost exactly the weight at which he smashed Byrd, but there's nothing about this that doesn't make me uncomfortable. Thankfully, the state athletic commissions can still stop this.