Unconfirmed reports reaching CITI FM indicate that former Welterweight Champion Ike Bazooka Quartey has declared his intention to step a weight down to the Welterweight division from the junior middleweight level, where he is currently positioned.
Ike Quartey scored a tenth round stoppage of Carlos Bojorquez in a non-title junior middleweight comeback bout at the Mandalay resort in Las Vegas last Saturday.
After retiring form the sport in 2000, the Bazooka suddenly declared that he wanted to come back early this year and has since won all his comeback fights, beginning with the 8th round defeat of Clint Scot McNeil in January, this year. A source close to the boxer in America hinted that the boxer has decided after his victory over Carlos Bojorquez that he intends to drop to the Welterweight division in order to give him a good avenue to become a World Champion again. The President of the World Boxing Council, Jose Sulaiman Chagnon has indicated that the bazooka will be given a chance to contest the Junior Middleweight title after his third come back fight but it appears as if it might be difficult for the boxer to contest the Middleweight title if he steps down to the Welterweight division.
Already there are talks that the former Champion might be facing the likes of Oscar Dela Hoya, Ricardo Mayorga, Alejandro Garcia or Kassim Ouma but with the latest development, it appears that there is more at stake for the Bazooka. Hopefully 2006 will be the year of the Bazooka because the sport needs more fighters who can draw a crowd and excite fans, and Ike Quartey is certainly one that can do both