Kingsley Ikeke will make the first defense of his North American Boxing Association super middleweight title against Zane Marks on April 3 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. Ikeke, currently ranked No. 10 by the World Boxing Association, captured the NABA crown with a 10-round split decision over Mark Woolnough on Aug. 29, 2009 and brings a record of 26-3-0 with 14 KOs into the 10-round championship bout. A native of Nigeria who now calls Los Angeles home, Ikeke has won three consecutive fights since dropping back-to-back bouts to current WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and top-ranked super middleweight Arthur Abraham. Both defeats came in 2005 with the latter being for the vacant IBF middleweight title. The 25-year-old Zane Marks is 17-4-1 with 10 KOs.
Highlighting the five-bout undercard will be undefeated heavyweight George Foreman III (6-0-0). Foreman, the son of former world champion George Foreman, has scored all six of his professional wins by knock out, including five first-round KOs. The 27-year-old Foreman will meet Dale Mitchell in the four-round contest. The first bout is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Emerald Queen Casino box office and any TicketMaster location.