Ike Ibeabuchi Interview: Eyes Summer 2016 Return To The Ring!
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
In a Real Combat Media international interview exclusive, former number one worldwide heavyweight contender Ike ‘The President’ Ibeabuchi, 20-0 with 15 knockouts, age 43, now living and training in his new hometown of Gilbert, Arizona, is planning a return to the ring in the summer of 2016 after 17 years away. Ibeabuchi, who holds several college degrees, is also preparing for his United States citizenship interview. Ibeabuchi took time out from his busy schedule to let Real Combat Media and the boxing world know the comeback of the century will soon happen. He’s not afraid to fight anyone anywhere any place anytime.
Back in training, Ibeabuchi is back in daily physical conditioning, and is returning to his original championship form. He is now down to a fighting weight of 247 pounds, and his weight is still going down.
Robert Brizel: “Why return to the ring right now? Why do you want it so bad?”
Ike Ibeabuchi: “Because I can fight!”
Robert Brizel: “Do you think you can win the world heavyweight title at age 43?”
Ike Ibeabuchi: “Yes.”
Robert Brizel: “Is you age an obstacle or not?”
Ike Ibeabuchi: “No, it’s not an obstacle.
Robert Brizel: “Tell me about your current training regimen, and the progress you have made.”
Ike Ibeabuchi: “I’m in good shape! I am at 247 pounds fighting weight, and that should be enough to get me back into the boxing ring again.”
Reader’s Note: George Foreman weighed 267 pounds when he won his first comeback bout in March 1987 in Sacramento, California over Steve Zouski.
Robert Brizel: “Ibeabuchi, at 6’2” you are a strong fighter. How will you handle tall heavyweights like Tyson Fury, Wladimir Klitschko, Anthony Joshua, and David Haye? These are tall guys. What’s your opinion of them?”
Ike Ibeabuchi: “I want to fight, and not reveal my fight strategy! They are gonna run away from me. After I fought Chris Byrd, there were no fighters out there for me. My ability made the fights (for me) hard to get. The best fighters will still try to avoid me.”
Robert Brizel: “How should your comeback be regarded?”
Ike Ibeabuchi: “I believe my best chance for a successful comeback is to be seen (simply) as a former fighter who’s coming back.”
Robert Brizel: “You think you are still one of the best heavyweights in the world. Why?”
Ike Ibeabuchi: “Because I am in good shape! I have (still) got plenty of fight left in me! I believe I (again) can be the very best heavyweight in the world today.”