Heavyweight Ike Ibeabuchi: The Top Secret RCM Interview Files Part III Nevada Courts

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent



In our secret telephone conversations, Ike ‘The President’ Ibeabuchi, age 43, released from incarceration after 17 years, including the year spent in immigration limbo, went into great depth about his legal issues.


Before doing that, Ibeabuchi clarified the physical conditioning training he was involved with in 2016 in Gilbert, Arizona, and the intent behind it. Given, Ibeabuchi stated he sought an immediate bout with heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz. However, Ibeabuchi’s immigration status was as yet unresolved during our conversations (he subsequently obtained a U.S. Green Card lawfully and applied for U.S. Citizenship lawfully).


Ike’s physical conditioning program was geared only towards maintenance. Ike wanted to leave Arizona, with permission from the authorities monitoring his probationary status, to return to boxing training. His ability to leave Arizona remained unclear. Ike was apparently unaware of a requirement to begin a treatment program in Arizona related to his 1998 conviction in a sexual assault case. This needs to be clarified. Ike was convicted separately in 2001 of attempted sexual assault and battery in Las Vegas.


It now appears, based on this writer’s comprehensive research, and conversations with Ibeabuchi, that Ike was unaware of the treatment program requirement tacked onto the previous conviction, and Ike apparently gotten nailed and jailed on the old warrant.


17 years has now become 18, and in 2019 it will be 20 years since Ike was out of the ring, making his name long faded from memory, and his odds of a comeback far fetched.


Robert Brizel: “Ike, how much do you weigh now? What’s your condition?”


Ike Ibeabuchi: “252 pounds. I’m only training (now) to be in good spirits. I’m waiting to restore myself from the abuse I suffered from the U.S. of A. I’m now training (at present) for any boxing engagements. I’m training to keep myself well. I go to the gym seven days a week to maintain my physical fitness.


Robert Brizel: “What happened in the Nevada Supreme Court?”


Ike Ibeabuchi: “The Nevada Supreme Court reversed my conviction, and remanded it to the lower court for Habeas Corpus petition. When the lower courts abandoned it, and did not clear my penal record as the Nevada Supreme Court had ordered, the judgment of conviction was overturned. When the Nevada Supreme Court reversed it, the lower courts did not apply it, so the matter remained moot.”


Robert Brizel: “Your current fight right now is to clear your good name.”


Ike Ibeabuchi: “And to restore my status granted to me by the courts in the U.S. of A. I t’s not a political matter.  I contacted Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada about my case. They did not write my back. The governor had written back to me earlier when he was attorney general. I had the Nevada Supreme Court letter of relief. The only thing the executive branch of government of Nevada issued was a certificate of discharge on February 28, 2014.”


Robert Brizel: “Where did immigration fit into the big picture?”


Ike Ibeabuchi: “I was transferred to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Eloy Detention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. I was (held) in administrative segregation by my own choosing instead of being housed with a roommate.”


Robert Brizel: “So you would not get into legal trouble?”


Ike Ibeabuchi: “I had my legal matters. I wanted to focus on my legal matters. I had more room to practice law (as a paralegal), as a consequence of immigration releasing me when they did.”


Robert Brizel: “You earned three associate’s degrees and a few certificates.”


Ike Ibeabuchi: “I earned my Associate of Applied Science in General Studies in 2005 from Western Nevada College. Then in 2006, I earned an Associate of Applied Science in General Business. In 2007, I earned an Associate of Applied Science in Management. I then earned a paralegal certificate from Blackstone Career Institute in Pennsylvania by correspondence.”


Robert Brizel: “What happened to the money you earned as boxer during your career?”


Ike Ibeabuchi: “I had three bank accounts at Norwest Bank worth over 10 million dollars. Well Fargo purchased Norwest Bank (while I was incarcerated). This included a money market investment portfolio worth over 500 thousand to a million dollars. My mother assigned my power of attorney to a family friend, an attorney, in September of 2001, in the Supreme Court of Nevada. To date, he has refused by discharged from his status as overseer of my accounts (and return my money and financial assets to me) and will not provide me with financial records.”


Robert Brizel: “Where are you now in terms of resolving your legal matters?”


Ike Ibeabuchi: “I had an attorney in Arizona who opened the case to restore my legal status in the United States. In 2003, Arizona issued a grand jury warrant to extradite me, and it was illegal because Nevada had to dispose its own matters before Arizona could file for extradition.  Arizona was my home state of residence when I got arrested in Nevada. Returning home, the circumstances of my immigration status brought me to Eloy in Arizona. I have regained all of my legal status in Arizona. My attorney is looking at what matter Arizona did not dispose when they tried to extradite me in 2003.”

Robert Brizel: “What is your current litigation status?”


Ike Ibeabuchi: “I withdrew from subsequent appeals. On Jan 19 to 21 of 2016, The Nevada Supreme Court and the Chief Justice, respectively, issued an order addressing the order of the Supreme Court in 2007 ordering it be upheld, owing to the circumstances of 2007 to 2014 when my certificate of discharge was issued by the State of Nevada.”


Robert Brizel: “Are you currently on probation?”

Ike Ibeabuchi: “I refused parole because I already had relief from the Supreme Court of Nevada. Nevada then turned me loose to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Nevada lower courts or the state prosecutor have been ignoring the order handed down from the Supreme Court of Nevada.”


Robert Brizel: “Your immigration status now?”

Ike Ibeabuchi: “My green card was recently renewed on January 29, 2016. I filed for U.S. citizenship on January 29, 2016. The judgment of the Nevada Supreme County was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, and sent to homeland Security to put into my file. I can be called for a citizenship interview at any time. Once I am a citizen of the United States, I intend to resume my boxing career full-time.”


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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.