Ike catches up with the man Jesse "The Boogieman" Ferguson (25-18) with 15 knockouts started boxing at the age of 22. His professional debut was January 12, 1983, defeating Tony Jackson by a first round KO. "The Boogieman" has squared off with several world class fighter like James Douglas, Mike Tyson, Tony Tubbs, Ray Mercer, Larry Holmes, Frank Bruno, Obed Sullivan and many more. On May 9, 1985, Ferguson moved his unbeaten pro record to (12-0 winning a 10th round unanimous decision over James "Buster" Douglas, the first fighter to defeat Mike Tyson as a pro. Former heavyweight champion, Ray Mercer, suffered his second professional loss to Ferguson on February 6, 1993. One of the most well traveled fighters in the heavyweight division, Ferguson has a few things to say about his passed and his future.
Interview by: Ike Enwereuzor Ike: Hey, Boogieman, how do you feel lately? Ferguson: I'm doing Ok. Ike: It was a pleasure seeing you at the Harris-Robinson bout last weekend at Tropicana casino, Atlantic City, NJ. What did you think of the fight? Ferguson: I think they robbed Robinson of that fight, he won the first four rounds, he had the guy down, they took a point away, but he was definitely in the fight though out the whole fight. In my opinion I felt that he won the fight, it was close but I felt that he pulled it out. Ike: We read that the Duva's are planning an appeal, what's you thoughts? Ferguson: That's ok for him to do that, but it would probably come down to a rematch, and they can settle the score then. Ike: Have you won any professional titles? Ferguson: I was never looked on as a companionship fighter, I felt more like an opponent. I won the ESPN tournament in 1986 and at that point I thought my career was on it's way up. However, I started fighting certain guys who at that time in my career I shouldn't have fought and that is the reason my career took a turn. Ike: Your thoughts on the Holyfield-Ruiz bout? Ferguson: I think Holyfield is shot. Ruiz did what he had to do to win the fight. According to Holyfield's background and the types of fights he's been in quite naturally he will get the decision. Holyfield is a very shot fighter him and Mike Tyson are both shot, but still making lots of money. I think that there's a lot of guys out there who can beat Mike and Evander but they are all just so satisfied with just making a little bit of money. Holyfield has plenty of money and still he's not satisfied. Some one needs to show him that he should retire because he doesn't have it anymore. Ike: Which of your fights would you consider the toughest since your professional career? Ferguson: Well, I would have to say the Carl Williams because I was (13-0) up and coming. He had just fought for the championship of the world with Larry Holmes and it was a good fight, I put all I could in it but he just came out to be the victor. Ike: Your thoughts on Lewis-Grant Fight? Ferguson: I was disappointed with Michael Grant because he was given the right fights in his career, he was molded to be the heavyweight champion of the world. He was the right size, he had the right reach, he punched hard enough, he seemed to take a hard enough shot from the guys he had faced, so therefore I felt as though he was ready for that type of fight. However, you have to fight the fight, everything looks good on paper but you still have to fight. For example, it's the same thing in pro football, you could be in the superbowl but you still have to play the game in order to win it. Ike: How would you describe your fight with Mike Tyson? Ferguson: I was just coming off the ESPN tournament, he was the hottest fighters at the time everything was in his favor. I really wasn't that mature in the game. I felt as if I was just a fighter, anyway, he caught me with a good shot I went down and the rest is history. You would have to see the fight in order to understand that particular fight. I try to win but I just didn't win that one. Ike: Any words to your fans out there? Ferguson: I want to thank all of them. I want them to know that I still got a lot left in me, don't judge a man by his age because there are people in the sports world that is 40 and above that are still doing great. For instance, Darryl Green who just sign with the Washington Redskins and runs a 4.2, 40 yard dash. I think that's great how he took good care of his body to be able to do that. I feel if guys like Darryl can do that then so can I. Ike: How was your fight with Ray Mercer? Ferguson: I would rather not talk about that fight because of the circumstances that occurred in the fight, but I went ahead and I beat him and I beat him the second time too. However, they gave it to him because he had a name for his self, he was the Olympic gold medalist and part of that was against me. Ike: Who would you like to meet in the ring soon? Ferguson: I'll fight any of the heavyweights out there, I would fight David Izon, Derrick Jefferson, Oleg Maskeav, Mount Whitaker, Michael Moorer or any of the Klischkos and any other challenge that brought to me. Ike: Your prediction on Trindad-Vargas Bout? Ferguson: Truthfully, I like Vargas for that fight, he doesn't have to move up but Trinidad is moving up to his weight class 154 pounds. I know Trinidad can throw a lot of punches but I'm in favor of Vargas, don't get me wrong I not trying to take nothing away from Trinidad, he good too. Ike: Please, describe your 10th round victory over Obed Sullivan in New York City, December 1998? Ferguson: It was an easy fight for me mentally even though it was a split decision. I was in Atlantic City at one of his fights, Obed didn't recognize me until he came closer, he told me that we both need to get it on and that I'll be in deep water and will drown if I were to fight him. No fighter has ever talked to me that way. I told him I'll destroy him if we should ever fight and that's just exactly what I did. Ike: What do you like about the Boxing game? Ferguson: There is a lot that I like about the sport mainly, the money, training. Ike: Do you hate anything more about the sport? Ferguson: There's a few things, first, I hate sparring mostly, as you know it's necessary but I wish sparring wasn't so important. Secondly, I hate bad decisions, managers doing wrong to fighters, I hate last minute notices, anybody that wants to be the best, should fight the best and be given the same time to prepare. Ike: Your favorite fighters? Ferguson: I like Shane Mosley, Roy Jones, Jr. and many more. Ike: Your hobbies? Ferguson: I like bowling, play billiards, NFL, Westerns and I'm interested in Real Estate. Ike: What do you want to see done differently in Boxing? Ferguson: I would like to see more strong heavyweight matches so the public can get and idea of real fighters. Ike: Your greatest sports moment? Ferguson: Getting a shot at the world title and watching George Foreman knock out Ken Norton and Joe Frazier. Ike: What's your thoughts of the Shane Mosley-Oscar De La Hoya fight? Ferguson: Honestly speaking, before the bout, I picked Oscar to beat Shane because Oscar looked a little bigger, we seen Oscar in some good fights but Shane's hand speed was fierce! Ike: What's your prediction if there's a rematch? Ferguson: Shane will still beat Oscar again, Shane has very good hand speed, Oscar can't hit him, I wouldn't be surprised if one of them get knocked down. I don't see Oscar beating him. Ike: What did you think of De La Hoya-Quartey bout? Ferguson: The only way Oscar won is because of who he is. Quartey was in the fight from round 1-12 but because Oscar has a name for himself, he got the win. Even the Whitaker-De La Hoya fight was close, but we all know that Whitaker beat him. Ike: Your thoughts on Lewis Tua upcoming bout? Ferguson: I think Lewis will beat Tua, but I'll give Tua a chance because he's consider a puncher. Lewis is seven inches taller, with a 5 to 6 inch reach and he shouldn't have a problem beating him. Ike: Is there any thing you want to achieve in Boxing you haven't accomplish yet? Ferguson: I want to be like every other fighter out there. I would like more than one chance at the title because I truly believe that I can win the title. I think that it's possible because the title can change hands at any given time with the heavyweight that out here today. Ike: I must thank you for giving us this opportunity to chat with you. Ferguson: Ike would just like to sum it up like this, a lot of these guys are getting by without doing anything to make the sport what it used to be. The heavyweight division was strong, it was what everybody wanted to see. Now it's what everybody don't want to see. The lighter weights all the way up to the light heavy weights are what the people wants to see. There is no one out there that can make a statement the way Mike Tyson made it when he came into boxing. There was one guy who was that way and his name was Ike Ibeabucci, but look what happen to him. The saddest thing in life is wasted talent. I thank you again Ike for this interview.