Brian Halquist Productions has announced the signing of Kingsley “Sharp Knuckles” Ikeke to a long term promotional contract today. Ikeke (25-3, 14 KOs) is coming off an impressive knock out win over Tacoma’s Emmett Linton in the main event at the Emerald Queen Casino’s Battle at the Boat 72, last month. Halquist and Emerald Queen Manager George Robinson traveled to Freddie Roaches Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California to sign Ikeke.
“Ikeke has beaten two of Tacoma‘s favorite fighters,” said Promoter Brian Halquist. “The crowd really likes watching him fight. He beat a local hero on our last show and the fans gave him a standing ovation after the fight. He is an exciting fighter and a real crowd pleaser. We are very high on Kingsley,” Halquist said.
It’s not the first time that Ikeke has beaten a local Northwest fighter. In 2003 Ikeke beat Kenny Ellis for the NABA, NABO and NABF middleweight titles on a fight that was broadcast on ESPN. Ellis was the current NABO champion and ranked 3rd in the world by the WBO. Ellis was (30-4-2) and was in contention for a world title fight when Ikeke came to Tacoma and took the titles. Six fights later, Ikeke fought Arthur Abraham for the vacant IBF middleweight world title.
“We could not be happier. We look forward to fighting for Brian and to earning the respect of the hometown fans of Tacoma. We hope they will embrace us like they have done with their past champions,” said Steven Feder of Standing Eight Management.
At 6’4 and a reach of 79 inches, Ikeke’s large frame makes him very difficult to hit. “His steady jabs and his vicious uppercuts make Ikeke a very dangerous fighter,” said Halquist.
“There is no question in my mind Kingsley belongs in the elite of the super middles, which is one of the hottest divisions in boxing as we speak. When things shake out over the next several months, I firmly believe that Kingsley will have properly addressed any naysayers and leave little doubt that he is someone to be reckoned with,” said Whitfield Haydon, advisor to Kingsley Ikeke.
On August 29th, 2009 at the Emerald Queen Casino’s Battle at the Boat 73, Kingsley Ikeke (25-3, 14 KOs) will face Mark Woolnough (19-5, 6 KOs) for the NABA super middleweight title.
“It’s exciting that we have some world class fighters that we are signing out of Freddie Roaches Wild Card Gym,” said Emerald Queen Manager George Robinson. “It’s amazing how far we have come with our boxing program. It has come a long ways since we had the circus tent set up on the water front, years ago.”
“Everything is in place for Kingsley”, Halquist Said. “We have a world class fighter in Kingsley, a great venue in the Emerald Queen, a solid management company to move him with, and the best gym in the world – Freddie Roaches Wild Card Gym. What a great team Kingsley has built for himself,” Halquist said.