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The Best of the Best in the
IKF for 1998
- BEST IKF
- Pro Fighter of the Year
- Chad Sawyer, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
- AM Fighter of the Year
- Heath "COWBOY" Harris, San Diego, California, USA
TRAINER OF THE YEAR
- Mike Miles, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
- MOST IKF
- Dennis Alexio, Hawaii, USA & Dave Horvath, Winnipeg,
Canada, (2 World Title bouts EA)
- MOST ACTIVE IKF
- Dennis Alexio, Hawaii, USA and Dave Horvath, Winnepeg,
- Juan Escubar, Gilroy, California, USA.
- BEST IKF
- Juan Escubar, Gilroy, California, USA (3-0)
- MOST IKF
- PRO: Dennis Alexio, Hawaii, California, USA
- AM: Juan Escubar, Gilroy, California, USA.
- BEST IKF
- Matthew Robinson over Lou Cozzo at :35 seconds of round 1
when he hit his bare foot solid to Cozzo's jaw at K. O. Kickboxing
Cesars Latin Palace's, San Francisco, California, USA Event on 2-16-97. VERY
Cozzo, he was wearing a headgear.
- Jeremy Jablonski on Bradley Parent at 1:20 of rd 3 at Mike
Miles, Canada event, 6-14-97.
- Randy Bussart over
Doug Dickey at 1:43 of round 2. Bussart landed a clean
turnback/spinning side kick to Dickey's FACE to end the bout and win the
IKF California Pro full contact rules
Super Welterweight Title in Redding, California, USA on 7-24-97.
- Heath "COWBOY" Harris over Mike Dougherty
at 1:26 of round 2. Harris landed a clean and solid right hand to KO
Dougherty and win the IKF Amateur
United States Intl. Rules Light Heavyweight Title in Redding, California, USA on
- THE MOST DEVASTATING
Ivan Silva over Dave
Horvath at 1:44 of round 1. Silva hit Horvath with a
devastating 1-2 punch combination that sent Horvath to the canvas &
into convulsions. Silva won the IKF
Pro World International Rules Welterweight Title at
Gerardo Salman's TJ, Mexico event 12-15-97.
- QUICKEST IKF
- In both fighters very first bout, Matthew Robinson KO'ed Lou
Cozzo at :35 seconds of round 1 when he hit his bare foot solid to Cozzo's
jaw at K. O. Kickboxing Cesars Latin Palace's San Francisco, California, USA
event on 2-16-97.
- BEST IKF
BOUTS OF THE YEAR
- Chad Sawyer (15-0, 171 lbs, Calgary, Alberta Canada) won a
unanimous decision over Maurice Travis (30-5, 170 lbs, Malibu,
California, USA.) to win the PRO IKF
Muay Thai Rules North American Light Heavyweight title, 48-46, 50-45, 48-46. The
bout was at Table Mountain Casino in Fresno, California, USA and promoted by
Eric Nolan &
Abe Belardo on July 12th, 1997.
- Jericho Lane (171 lbs, 5-5 of Redding, California, USA)
Shon Moore (165 lbs., 3-6-2 of Reno, Nevada, USA) at :35 of the
4th and final round. Lane retained his IKF
California Super Middleweight full contact rules title. The bout was in Redding,
California, USA on 7-24-97.
- EVENT TRIVIA
- MOST ACTIVE IKF
- Eric Nolan & Abe Belardo of Bakersfield, California,
- MOST ACTIVE IKF
- Dan Stell, Fairfield, California, USA Marcos Rosalas, Cecil
Rick Mendiola, Bakersfield, California, USA
- MOST ACTIVE IKF
- Steve Wenger, San Francisco, California, USA
December 31st, 1998, AT 3:45 PM
Words of Wisdom From A Good Friend For The
"May your reflections on the year past give you
strength for a new year ahead. It's a long and winding road we walk, filled with
joy and pain, and yet the journey is one that if not taken would reflect in the
lives of many!"
Best wishes, Your
NEWS OF 12-31-98. . .
IKF World Team Member Robert
Wilesmith of Australia announced that his club will be holding the Grand
Opening of their new facility on Saturday, the 9th of January, 1999 at 12 Noon.
Their guests will include World & Australian Kickboxing Champions:
GRANT BARKER, MARCUS MANGAN, GLEN BARAGRY, HOLLY FERNERLY & of
course Australia's most famous Boxer & 3 Time World Champion,
JEFF FENECH. All of the champions will be available to take pictures,
autographs & will be doing demonstrations during the day. Also they will be
there to answer any questions that you throw at them. The address to the new
THUNDRELEGS KICKBOXING / BOXING
CENTRE, 1st Floor, 143 145, Parramatta Road, Granville, 2142, NSW.
Mr. Wilesmith already has a major IKF
Promotion planned for August, 1999 that will include 4 IKF
World title bouts. To contact Mr. Wilesmith, call (61) 2-9632-1222,
Fax: (61) 2-9681-7776 or e-mail by clicking
December 24th, 1998, AT 3:45 PM
Inspiration For The
IKF RING WARRIOR...
In ANY IKF bout, when the warriors
challenge is done,
Both let down their guards, and holster all their guns.
shall show respect, to their opponent across the way
Knowing that they gave
their all, in the ring of battle today.
One is crowned the winner, of the
battle they just fought.
But none shall be a loser, for both have walked the
The winner shall be praised, as many have before,
The other only
lost a battle, for their goal is to win the war.
Speak not of either
hastily, for both warriors stood the test
Rather than watch from afar, and
only wished they'd fight the best.
For no one is a champion, until their
heart has felt defeat.
For a champion truly knows, such emotions that run so
So real champions know the price, where victory and defeat may lie.
real champions aren't afraid to hug or are they afraid to cry.
For they have
met their challenge, and tears may flow from pride.
The emotions of a
warrior, running strong and deep inside.
This battle is over, and their will
be another day.
For no title is so valued, as the one that slips away.
a title bout the winner wears the belt, with the IKF
While the other knows their quest of it, has only been
Both shall be remembered as winners, for facing their ultimate
The test of two courageous warriors, who battled to be the best.
train for that battle, courageous ring warriors of the night.
Let those who
judge you from afar, know you came to fight.
Whether you win or if you lose,
is not your journeys end.
It's how you take your wins and loses, the message
to others you send.
warrior, a win in the ring is good, but in life there's so much more.
respected outside that ring of battle, and now you've won life's war.
To all of those ring warriors who entered the ring
whether you won or lost, YOU "Walked the Walk!"This
ones for YOU, the Trainers who got you there, the
Officials who watched over you and the Promoters and Sponsors that MADE IT ALL
HAPPEN! Happy Holidays to you ALL. Sincerely, Steve Fossum,
IKF World President, and PROUD
MEMBER of the IKF WORLD TEAM!
December 23rd, 1998, AT 12:05 AM
To Move To
MUAY THAI ONLY!
IKF United States
International Rules Champion George Tsutsui of Vallejo, CA, USA
has made an it official, "I only want to fight Muay Thai bouts for the
remainder of my career." said Tsutsui in a phone interview a
few days ago. Since Tsutsui only wants to fight
Muay Thai Rule bouts for the remainder of his fighting career, he has
also decided himself that he will vacate the 2
IKF United States International Rules (Leg
Kicks) Titles he currently holds.
As an Amateur Tsutsui had a shot at 3 IKF
Titles. His first was back on March 27th, 1993 when he lost a close decision in
San Francisco to Antonio Puente. On February 18th, 1995 he was fouled by
Suji Yamaguchi when Yamaguchi accidently kicked him in the
groin. That bout ended in a No Contest since it happened at only 6 seconds into
the 2nd round. Finally on April 29th, 1995 he won the IKF Amateur International
Rules United States Light Welterweight title which he won in a rematch against
Yamaguchi of San Diego, CA, USA by Majority Decision, 49-45, 50-46 & 47-47.
The bout was at Travis AFB in Fairfield, CA, USA.
As a Pro in 1996, Tsutsui won two more IKF
Title belts. The first was when he defeated John Adams for the IKF United States Light Welterweight Title on
February 17th, 1996 at Travis Air Force Base by unanimous decision, 70-61, 69-63
and 70-61 on the judges cards.
He won his second IKF Pro title, the
IKF U. S. Welterweight Title on November
16th in Redding, CA against Miguel Reyes by a DEVASTATING Knockout at
1:03 of the 5th round of what had been a great fight up until that point. Tsutsui
was never challenged to defend either of his pro IKF
title he won.
He will now voluntarily vacate the 2 titles making them available for
someone else as he makes his commitment to Muay Thai. Tsutsui is no
stranger to Muay Thai having defeated Melchor Manor and Danny
Steele by decisions and putting a spanking most recently on David
Blocker at San Pablo Casino, CA, USA, Blocker had the nerve to cry
to the athletic commission that the officials lost the bout for him. The IKF didn't sanction the event but we were there to
watch it... David...You lost fare and square.
Now Tsutsui sets his eyes on an IKF
Muay Thai World Title that he may get a shot at on several IKF events
this spring. The only question is, What weight will he attempt the title at? The
IKF Lightweight World title is vacant at
130.1- 135 lbs. Or he could re-match Danny Steele since Steele
holds the IKF Junior Welterweight Muay
Thai World title (135.1-140 lbs.). This would make Steele happy as well
after losing a decision to Tsutsui in San Jose about a year or so ago.
Next in line would be to challenge Khunpol who holds the IKF Welterweight Muay Thai World Title (140.1-147
lbs.). Or move up to challenge Kongnapa for the IKF Junior Middleweight Muay Thai World Title
All we know is that Tsutsui should fit into this mix of world class
fighters fine whereever he gets his shot. Win or lose, he has proved himself in
the ring before time and time again. It's just another day at the office for
George, and like any true champion, the challenges only get harder from
here. He's never turned away from any fight so we can assure you, whoever he
fights, we can promise a true Muay Thai War...Is
this sport GREAT or What!
NEWS OF 12-22-98. . .
Endorses New Mouthguard!
Yesterday, the IKF publicized it's
concern for leg kick fighters safety, now we move ahead to the safety of all
fighters. The IKF is Officially Endorsing
a New mouth piece produced here in the USA. We hope to see fighters worldwide
using the new mouth piece since it is not just endorsed by the IKF but many fighting champions worldwide. It is
called the Jaw-Joint
Protector and here is the latest news on the new produce
available through companies such as
INC. and other dealers.
As athletes continue to get bigger, stronger, and faster, internal head injuries
and concussions are more frequently sidelining and even ending the careers of
young athletes. A new mouthguard is being marketed to sports organizations and
athletes around the world and it is called the Jaw-Joint Protector. The
Protector not only protects the upper and lower teeth, but it repositions both
jaw bones in a down and forward position and locks them comfortably in place.
Upon impacts to the head this new defensive facial posture prevents the jaw bone
from crashing into the base of the brain and other vital nerve groups inside the
Products, the developer and patent holder of the Jaw-Joint
Protector has focused its ten year study on a part of the anatomy called the
TMJ, which is also known as the jaw-joint assembly. Studies have shown that this
is the most unprotected area of the body in sports and because of that it is
responsible for the majority of internal head injuries. Most athletes suffer
from some degree of jaw-joint disorder and because the injury is cumulative,
performance and even the quality of life after their careers is affected."We
have been traveling the world educating sports organizations and athletes on how
internal head injuries are increasing in contact sports and what we can do to
reduce them", says Joe Manzo, National and International
Accounts Director of WIPSS. Just back from the international games in
Malaysia and Argentina at the request of the International Amateur Boxing
Association, WIPSS presented its studies on internal head injury
patterns in sports and also demonstrated how the
Jaw-Joint Protector can eliminate many of these needless injuries. There
was great acceptance from the medical and safety committee and efforts are being
made to advise its membership on the new technology.
The most recent stop was at the Educational Funding Companies trade show and
seminar in San Francisco. Dojo owners from around the world viewed the Protector
and where pleased to see that there was finally a mouthguard that provided
protection against internal head injuries as well as the teeth. While in the Bay
area, a Mecca for the combat arts, three champion superstars and their fighting
camps where visited; Alex Gong and the Fairtex team, Cung Le and
the Sansho team and Frank Shamrock, UFC World Champion. All three
champions fitted the Protector and they also agreed that protection against
internal head injuries was a priority in there teachings. They where anxious in
testing it so they could feel the protection and other advantages that come
along with the unique WIPSS design.
Muay Thai Kickboxer Alex Gong, President of
Fairtex Muay Thai
Training Camp and Fairtex Products says, "My fighters
and I really like the Jaw-Joint Protector. You can really take a hit with it and
not be affected as much, it seems like your wearing a brain pad and now we can
breath through the mouth while clenching and fighting, it is a competitive
advantage. We will incorporate the Protector in our catalog of top notch Muay
Thai products, promoting safety and helping market this new technology
throughout the world."
World San Shou Champion Cung Le and Owner / Chief Instructor of
Cung Le Martial
Arts Training Center says, "My team members adapted very
quickly to the Protector, the breathing is great and when I take a hit with the
Protector in, I can feel the impact being absorbed into the unit instead of
sending the shock to my brain. It's also very comfortable. The Jaw-Joint
Protector is a good safety product for our sport and all of my students. The
breathing is enhanced so much while wearing the Protector that I am also going
to recommend it for all of my Cardio Zone Kickboxing TM students to enhance
their endurance and maximize their workouts."
UFC World Champion Frank Shamrock says, "I fitted myself
in minutes and it's very comfortable. The breathing is great and when I wore it
while doing my weight training, I felt stronger and saw my reps increase
instantly. I do endorse the Jaw-Joint Protector and look forward to wearing it
in my upcoming fights."
WIPSS is proud to announce that Fairtex Products in San Francisco,
TC Media Inc. in Fremont CA. and RINGSIDE INC. will be distributing the Jaw-Joint
Protector to competitors and practitioners of the Martial Arts around the
world. The Protector is also endorsed by the IKF,
International Kickboxing Federation, WBA, World Boxing Association, IFBA,
International Female Boxing Association, National Dental Association, US Olympic
Boxing Team, The Golden Gloves of America, IABA, International Amateur
Boxing Association, CABA, Canadian Amateur Boxing Association, USA
NKF National Karate Team, World Champion Tokey Hill, UFC
Champ Maurice Smith, IBC Heavyweight Champ
Mike Grant and many other sports organizations and professional
athletes. If you or your organization is interested in reducing internal head
injuries including concussions and knockouts while gaining the competitive
advantage. Call WIPSS at 1-888-424-WIPSS - Contact: Joe Manzo-
National Director or for their web site, click Jaw Joint Protector for the dealer or
representative nearest you.
December 21st, 1998, AT 10:45 PM
Another "FIRST" For The Sport, Again.
OK... We may be rocking the boat a little here, but keep in mind that our
intentions here are for the longevity and safety of kickboxers worldwide. This
announcement is yet another First by the IKF
towards a better future for the World of Kickboxing. After discussing the issue
in question with IKF World Team Leaders
and Leg Kick and Muay Thai experts Mike Miles of Calgary, Alberta,
Canada and Duke Roufus of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, the IKF is announcing a change of the round lengths on
ALL IKF Sanctioned International Rules
(Leg Kick) World Title Bouts. These bouts will now be 10 rounds instead of 12.
WHY? Well no, it's not a major change, but it "WILL" make a
difference. In fact, there was even discussion on cutting the leg kick titles to
5, 3 minute rounds, but
Mr. Miles brought up a very important point about how such a drastic
change would strongly effect a fighters strategy in a title bout. The main
concern as we previously mentioned here is the fighters safety and longevity.
For example, if one takes a moment to think about it, the PUNISHMENT from ANY
bout with leg kicks "IS" the Leg Kicks. Leg kick fighters take "A
LOT" more overall punishment on their entire body than a full contact
fighter. Not saying one style of fighter is better or worse, tougher etc., just
different. Fighters are able to fight more in Thailand for example because their
bouts do not exceed 5 rounds in their Muay Thai Rules bouts. Sure, they include
Knees and Elbows and are 3 minutes long, but the main punishment is from the leg
kicks. Don't get us wrong, an Elbow or Knee to the face causes more damage than
a foot or punch, but they also happen a lot less than the leg kicks. However,
some time ago, some one thought it was a good idea to have 12 round leg kick
bouts instead of the once 9 rounds. Well, the IKF
wants to go back in time a bit. Here are the new Title Bout requirements for the
IKF International Rules (Leg Kick) bouts.
The amateur title bout round lengths will not change, only the Pro Title bouts.
Pro World Title Bouts: 10, 2 minute rounds, 1 Minute Rests.
Intercontinental and Continental Title Bouts: 8, 2 minute rounds with 1 minute
Pro National Title Bouts: 7, 2 minute rounds with 1 minute rests.
Regional and State Title Bouts: 6, 2 minute rounds with 1 minute rests.
We welcome ANY comments in regards to this change and in fact we
encourage them. Here's to the Future of Kickboxing...Cheers!
December 18th, 1998, AT 12:40 AM
Results of Mattox's
IKF Illinois, USA...
IKF Promoter Mike Mattox made
his promoting debut on Friday, December 11th, 1998 in Dixon, Illinois, USA.
IKF Representative Dan Stell
of Fairfield, CA, USA attended the event as Referee and IKF Representative along with assistant
representative Craig Monyelle of Beloit Wisconsin, USA. Here are the
- Full Contact Rules
Rick Boyler of Beloit, Wisconsin,
defeated Andy Busch of Mulling, Illinois, USA by TKO in round
1. Referee Dan Stell stopped the bout.
- Full Contact Rules
Bryan Helfrich of Dixon, Illinois,
defeated David Froeber of Beloit, Wisconsin, USA by TKO in
round 3. Froeber quit.
- International Rules
Brett Heair of Mulling, Illinois,
defeated Scott Martin of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA by unanimous
decision, 29-28, 30-27 & 30-27.
- Full Contact Rules
Rachel Thomas, of Beloit, Wisconsin,
defeated Natalie Friel of Dixon, Illinois, USA by TKO in round
1. Friel quit.
- Muay Thai Rules
Chris Weitz of Dubuque, Iowa, USA
defeated Travis Rivieria
of N/A by TKO in round 3. Referee Dan Stell stopped the bout.
Great Job Mr. Mattox and welcome to the IKF
World TEAM as an official IKF
Kickboxing Promoter! Everyone is already looking forward to your next
December 14th, 1998, AT 2:00 PM
Official Results and Times from The
- Bernardo TKO over Filho 3rd round at 1min. 35sec.
- Aerts TKO over Satake 1st round at 2mn. 40 sec.
- Greco TKO over Hoost 2nd round at end of round.
- Hug TKO over Sefo 2 rd 2min. 28 sec.
Round 2 - Semi Finals
- Aerts TKO over Bernardo 1st round at 2 min. 53 sec.
- Hug 2-0 decision over Greco
Aerts KO over Hug in round 1 at 1min. 10 sec.
K-1 Grand Prix Finals History
- 1993 Branco Cikatic def. Ernesto Hoost
- 1994 Peter Aerts def. Masaaki Satake
- 1995 Peter Aerts def. Jerome Le Banner
- 1996 Andy Hug def. Mike Barnardo
- 1997 Ernesto Hoost def. Andy Hug
- 1998 Peter Aerts def. Andy Hug
Click HERE for all the
news and Results...The KICKBOXING RING REPORT!!
NEWS OF 12-14-98. . .
CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA
IKF Canadian promoter Mike Miles presented
his last fight card of the 1998 year - Malice at
the Palace 2 - "Holiday Bash" on Sunday December 13th,
1998. The event was chocked full of excellent bouts and featured five title
bouts in one evening as well as a women's submission bout. The event was
attended by 800 people. "I was surprised our attendance did this well,
having the event in a night club that is frequented by people in their early
twenties. The event was so close to Christmas and secondly, a lot of our regular
audience is in the midst of finals at the University, etc. I was happy with the
crowd we had! " said promoter Mike Miles.
The Main Event was Canada's Trevor "T.N.T." Smandych,
defending one of his North American Welterweight Muay Thai Title against
American challenger David Morrow. This was a very good bout that ended
on a somewhat sour note. During the bout Morrow possessed a bob and
weave style, not a smart style to have when fighting under Muay Thai rules. This
was to prove to be Morrow's undoing. Smandych, controlled the
bout from the beginning to the end of the third round in this scheduled five
round fight. Smandych used a more traditional upright Muay Thai stance
and picked off Morrow's attacks, and answered with solid kicks, knees,
and punches. Being bruised from his last bout in November (a KO win over a
Thai), Smandych kept trying to land his high round kicks to finish
the bout. In round two, a solid kick attack followed by a knee hurt Morrow.
This was followed by a blistering punch attack that forced the referee to
intervene and deliver a standing eight count to Morrow. In round three,
Morrow weaved low right into a high round kick attempt by Smandych
and took a high shin on the temple area which created a large gash. At the end
of the third round Morrow's corner protested claiming that the blow was
an intentional knee to the head (no knees to the head were allowed in this
bout). During the attack in question, Smandych did not have a hold
on Morrow's head and did not pull Morrow into the knee. The
officials called the blow and accidental knee. The fight doctor examined the cut
and called the bout. This particular bout was for a WKA title, not an IKF title and following WKA rules, if an accidental
foul stops a bout after the second round, the fight will then go to the score
cards. (This is somewhat the same in the IKF)
Smandych was declared the winner having won the first round, then
scoring a 10-8 round in the second, and then winning the third round again. Morrow
lodged a protest but the officials followed the rulebook and Smandych
was awarded the bout and retained his title. This was a very exciting bout.
The Semi-Main Event of the evening featured up and coming Canadian Sokhim
"Machine" Or against American Joe Sarkissian for
the IKF North American Welterweight Muay
Thai Title. Sarkissian came out real fast in round one and Or
walked through the attacks and answered back with an impressive array of punches
followed by kicks. A third of the way into the round, Or walked through
Sarkissian's attacks and answered with some punishing blows giving Sarkissian
his first knockdown. Sarkissian quickly realized he had a war on his
hands and he rushed in at the Or but Or counterpunched and
forced Sarkissian back to the ropes.
Or then delivered a beautiful left frontal knee to Sarkissian
who went down and decided he had had enough of the bout and could not continue.
Or won the title for his effort and also won the Best In Town Fighter
Calgary, Alberta Canada's Jason Fenton squared off in the ring with
California, USA's Scott Thorsen. This proved to be a very exciting bout
with the momentum changing back and forth throughout the five rounds of
Kickboxing rules (allowing leg kicks).
Fenton proved to be the more effective kicker of the two while Thorsen
relied heavily on his hands to try and win the bout. There were several
knockdowns during this bout but all from taking out the opponent's legs. Neither
athlete went down from blows to the head. Fenton's kicking prowess would
be greeted by cheers from the audience every time he kicked but the majority of
his kicks were bouncing off of forearms. Thorsen would force Fenton
to the ropes and work the hands, but the majority of the punches would glance
off of forearms as well. There would be surprises during the bout with Fenton
Thorsen off of the ropes with his hands and Thorsen suddenly
delivering jumping back kicks at Fenton from close range. The bout was
close in the scoring department with Thorsen winning by a split decision
for forcing the fight. Thorsen also won the trophy for "Best Out of
IKF Intercontinental Welterweight
Kickboxing Champion Trevor Desjarlais from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada,
stepped up a division and put his hat in the ring for the vacant IKF North American Superwelterweight Kickboxing
Title. His opponent was California, USA's Jacob Salas. Salas
started the fight using his height and reach advantage to that, his advantage.
Long punches and kicks, followed by lateral movement and slipping had Desjarlais
catching a lot of air with his blows. At the end of the first round surprisingly
Salas was looking tired. In the second
Salas took a few heavy body shots that obviously hurt him and the dance
seemed to disappear from his legs. To compensate he started relying more on
holding. In the third of the scheduled five rounds, Desjarlais turned on
the pressure and started landing some brutal round kicks to the body which hurt
Salas. They were followed with some exceptional body punches that
finally forced Salas to quit and not continue. Desjarlais won
the vacant IKF title by TKO.
The final title bout of the evening was for the vacant WKA Super
Middleweight Muay Thai Title. The belt was contested for by Calgary's
Gord Anderson and Steinbach's Sioudom Pathammavong. Anderson
was under the weight limit but this did not matter. Eastern Canadian Super
Middleweight Kickboxing Champion Pathammavong, could not deal with Anderson's
variety of attacks and in the middle of the second round took a knee to the
belly that put him to the canvas. Anderson walked away with the belt
with a second round TKO.
The submission bout of the event featured two women in a grudge match with
a big difference in weight. Calgary's Sheila Bradish weighed in at 135
lbs. and she squared off with Edmonton's Val Prente who tipped the
scales at 190 lbs. Initially Prente started the bout in better position
relying on her weight advantage. About a minute into the round
Bradish turned the tide and worked from the guard position to the top
position. Suddenly and quickly Bradish took hold of Prente's
hand and made her tap out due to a very painful arm bar.
The undercard was rounded out with the following:
- Calgary's Yuki Tatsuno won an unanimous decision over Manitoba's
Gilbert Mange in their Welterweight Kickboxing bout which was contested over
- Calgary's Kerry Dell won an unanimous decision over Manitoba's
Nick Penner in their 3 round non-title Cruiserweight Muay Thai bout.
Penner was strong in the clinch but Dell kept the pressure on
the outside forcing the win.
- Calgary's Jason Taylor came on a little too late (in the third
round of the scheduled three), and lost a split decision to American Adam
For more info on this event, contact Mr. Mike Miles at (403)
244-8424 or e-mail by clicking HERE.
December 11th, 1998, AT 4:15 AM
Wins IKF North American
Spaid Defends IKF
Wins IKF California Title
Freeman's Title is Questioned...
A day before the event at the press conference for the Regan vs Hagins
bout, respectful and polite Eric Regan of Citrus Heights California, USA
(16-0 with 10 KO's) smiled at the camera and just said he looks forward to
getting in the ring again and be able to kick someone. "I just like to
Kick" said Regan who also does a little boxing to keep busy as
well. He finished his interview with only kind and respectful words for his
opponent, Cecil Hagins of Albq. New Mexico, USA (18-6 with 14 KO's) .
when it was Hagins turn to talk, the tide turned. Hagins said he
was going to get inside and "POUND" Regan's ribs. When asked
by the press if Regan's 6'4" frame of a 163 lb fighter worried him
any, Hagins answered, "It's just more body to hit, and I came
here to bang! He's never been hit by someone like me before!" With some
other smack talkin one liners that were great for the pre fight build-up, Hagins
convinced the press of his confidence to simply walk through Regan and
surprise the hometown crowd. However those of us who know "Mr.
Regan" have heard these words MANY TIMES before and once again as
they say in the fight game, "Talk only goes so far!"
On Wednesday night, December 9th at the Radisson Hotel in Sacramento, CA,
USA, IKF North American Champion
Eric "The Hitman" Regan jabbed, smacked, cracked,
battered, tattered, razzled and dazzled ( Gee, what other words can we
use....There aren't enough...) punched, kicked and simply did a home town
professional thrashing of Hagins. Regan walked through the
standing room only crowd, coming straight up to Hagins in the ring and
SLAMMIN his gloves to Hagins. Once in those ropes, as we have said
before, Regan becomes A DIFFERENT PERSON! He is "IN THE
ZONE!" He than aknowledged the hometown "SELLOUT" crowd
of over a 1,000 as he danced around the ring. Heck, from the looks of it, one
would have thought Dennis Alexio was in back in Sacramento again like
last May. But no Alexio was needed on this night. Tonight it was "MASTER REGAN'S HOUSE!
From the moment of the opening bell, Regan put his foot SQUARE on
Hagins chest, than in his face and back in his chest and again and
again... Regan had thrown every kick in the book before Hagins
was ready to answer back. When the bell ended round 1, Regan had thrown
a total of 29 kicks in the 2 minute round to Hagins 11. He had jabbed
Hagins so many times that even if Hagins wanted to get inside,
Regan made him pay big. Once inside, Hagins POUNDED and Regan
smiled...Heck, maybe Regan doesn't have any ribs to break...
As round 2 started, Regan introduced Hagins to his "OTHER"
weapon... Regan's RIGHT HAND! with a lead jab followed by the right
hand, Regan wouldn't just punch when he controlled Hagins, he
followed every 2 punches with another kick and than 2-3 more punches. Than enter
another weapon...The HOOK and DOWN WENT HAGINS! As he stood for his
count, blood seemed to cover his face as he looked to his corner and shrugged
his shoulders as if to saw "What can I do??" A look MANY Regan
opponents give once they are in "REGAN'S OFFICE!" When round 2
was over, the damage was obvious. Regan had thrown 19 kicks to Hagins
When round 3 came, Hagins had no idea what to try next. Confused and
obviously hurt, Hagins wasn't where he wanted to be. At the 1:45 mark,
referee Dan Stell stepped in and called the bout off. He could of called
it earlier but he wanted to give Hagins every chance he could so no one
would question it. There was NO QUESTION about this stop. Before the stop, Regan
had twice as many kicks as Hagins. No title was on the line in this
fight since it was only scheduled for 6 rounds but it was clear to the IKF that Regan is clearly a WORLD
TITLE Contender. We believe he doesn't need to wait any longer for his
World Title shot. It will again depend on his trainer, Nasser Niavaroni.
Niavaroni ( IKF Trainer of the
year in 1996 ) has taken his time with Regan and made all the right
moves. Together they are the "One-Two Punch" Kickboxing Needs. And
hey...Whoever said full contact, above the waist rules was dead has NOT seen a
fighter like Eric Regan perform. There's never a moment of silence in a
Regan bout from the opening bell! If anyone plans to meet him in the
ring, expect to have a full schedule from the opening bell on. Gee, where do you
suppose he got that from.....Maybe a friend named Alexio....GREAT FIGHT ERIC!
OK, OK, yes there were other bouts as well. So lets get to them. For you
Muay Thai fans, Niavaroni's card had the best for you as well. Strong
handed, and strong headed, Fernando Calleros of Albq. New Mexico, USA
(28-7 with 16 KO's) faced off against Jongsanan Fairtex of San
camp (Over 200 bouts) for the IKF North
American Welterweight Pro Muay Thai Title. Calleros came out active and
strong in rounds 1 & 2 as Jongsanan started slow like many skilled
Muay Thai fighters as Calleros won both rounds 1 & 2, 10-9 and 10-9
on all 3 judges cards. as round 3 unfolded though, Calleros begin to
slow down. He threw less punches and kicks and as the last minute of the round
unfolded (3 minute Muay Thai rounds) Jongsanan threw several strong
ending flurries which won the judges over. Jongsanan won round 3, 10-9
on all the judges cards. In round 4, Jongsanan begin to take control. A
strong kick to Calleros chest forced a delayed reaction out of him and
he took a knee on his own forcing a standing 8 count by referee Jon D.
Schorle II. (Schorle was the FIRST Ever, Officially Certified
IKF Judge back in 1992) . As round 4
ended, Jongsanan was up by 1 point on 2 of the cards while one judge had
them even only scoring round 4, 10-9 Jongsanan instead of 10-8. Although
un-eventful as far as dominating combinations etc., round 5 proved to be the
winner as Jongsanan just stayed busy and took the victory by unanimous
decision, 48-46, 48-46 and 48-47. Jongsanan won the vacant IKF North American Welterweight Pro Muay Thai Title.
Back in May, IKF U.S. Amateur Light
Welterweight Champion Brett "Lionking" Spaid of
Roseville, CA, USA (10-1 with 6 KO's) faced off against a strong and fast Tawn
Saephan of Roseville, CA, USA (4-3 with no KO's). It was a cross town grudge
match that some thought wouldn't be much of a fight. But Saephan came to
bang and Spaid found himself on the mat from a right hand out of nowhere
late in the bout that cut his cheek bad. Spaid needing to reach down
inside and pull out that Lionking Heart he has and add some Lionking Power
before he finally stopped Saephan at 1:12 of the 5th and final round to
retain his title. When the smoke cleared, yes Spaid won, but everyone
remembered that this was a WAR! So what's the best thing for a
promotion? Bring the WAR back to town!
It was a new Saephan this time as he came out with flashy kicks
stronger and faster punches. This cross town rivalry was again, a WAR as
promised! After 2, Saephan led on all 3 judges cards 20-18 but round 3
proved to be the turning point. Spaid once again found the Lion inside
and it begin to roar. Not loud and not by domination, but enough to control his
space. Spaid was finally putting his combinations together and turned
the tide. At the end of 4 it was all tied up at 38 each. As round 5 unfolded,
Spaid looked like a fighter wanting to go 7 more! His combinations were
strong and fast as Saephan begin to slow down a bit. But Saephan
kept in the game and both continued to go toe to toe. In the end, the judges
gave it to Spaid. These 2 could fight ten more times and we could see
Saephan winning half. These two were that evenly matched. Spaid
retains his IKF Amateur Light Welterweight
Title once again. This bout will be nominated with several others as IKF Amateur bout of the year.
We surly hope Saephan doesn't get discouraged after his 3rd loss in
a row. Why? Well, he hasn't been fighting beginners fight fans. Spaid
back in May, and a close majority decision loss to IKF
Super Lightweight Amateur Champion Billy Beach (7-0 with 2 KO's) in
Oregon on November 7th, of this year, 46-46, 48-46 and 48-47 and now again to
Spaid. Saephan is a FAR better fighter than his record shows.
(4-2) We hope to see him back soon, maybe against an opponent closer to his
record... but were sure to eventually see another war... Maybe another shot at"THE
LIONKING"! WOW did these two BANG!
In other amateur action, Armando Ramos of San Francisco, CA, USA
-Fairtex- defeated IKF California
Featherweight Amateur Champion, Vantha Chhim of Modesto, CA, USA (6-2)
to win the IKF California Super
Lightweight Amateur Title by unanimous decision. Ramos is still awaiting
an official IKF Review Decision on his
last bout with Shawn Yacoubian when the decision was questionable. The
fight was in Oregon on November 7th for the IKF
Super Lightweight Amateur West Coast Title. At the event Yacoubian was
declaired the winner by unanimous decision. Judge Shawn Silva scored it
48-45. Judge Jason Elliot scored it 49-44 and judge/referee Dan
Stell scored it 48-46. In question are the scoring of knockdowns in round 1
and the technique in which was scored by the judges. The "OFFICIAL"
decision of this bout should be known before Christmas.
Controversy arose between fighters Darren Freeman of Susanville, CA,
USA and Fairtex' Kazushi Nishida of San Francisco, CA, USA. It appeared
that Freeman was told by matchmaker Niavaroni that he was
fighting a 3 round leg kick bout. However, Nishida said they were told a
5 round Muay thai bout for a title. Hmmm. The IKF
was going to scratch the bout rather than have either fighter fight a fight they
weren't prepared for. In good sportsmanship, Fairtex' Alex Gong agreed
to just go ahead with the bout as a leg kick bout but still 5 rounds. Freeman's
corner agreed and the bout went the distance with Freeman winning a
Split decision, 48-45, 47-46 and 46-47. However, the IKF
is not quick to announce Freeman as the winner and title holder just
yet. Nishida came prepared to fight with knees and to any Muay Thai
fighter, if you take away the knees, you take away an important weapon. In
question is some locker room discussion AFTER the bout where it was rumored that
Freeman had previously said yes to a knee fight but changed his mind. In
Freemens defense though, the IKF
has yet to speak with Nishida's camp, Freeman or matchmaker and
promoter Nasser Niavaroni. If this is true though, the bout will be
ruled a "No Contest" and a re-match will be set. We'll let you know
the results soon.
Rounding out the night were 8 FANTASTIC undercard bouts. Here they are in
order of the event.
First time fighter Katie Ear from Fairtex, San Francisco, CA, USA
was too light (108 lbs.) to meet up with Angela Rivera (2-1, 115 lbs.)
of Phelan, CA, USA so they both did an exhibition. But WOW! What an exhibition!
At the end, both girls had ROCKED with GREAT Muay Thai style fighting! Women
Muay Thai? YES! Woman's Muay Thai. The IKF
respected their match so much that both were officially ranked into the IKF Woman's Amateur Muay Thai Rankings.
Mike Marinoble (2-0, 1 KO) of Roseville, CA, USA has had the same
problem as his 3 time IKF National Amateur
Champion Dave Marinoble. It seems over the last year, every time a fight
has been scheduled, his opponents have backed out. Some on the day of the event.
So Mike said "YES" to promoter/matchmaker Nasser Niavaroni
knowing NOTHING about undefeated Dewey Cooper (4-0, 3 KO's) of Las
Vegas Nevada, USA. The IKF had only seen
him fight once in Bakersfield but the fight didn't go long enough for anyone to
see just how good Cooper was as he stopped a less experienced Rich
Bowen (0-2) in the second round back on March 14th of this year. With
dreadlocks like that of Shannon Briggs and a chiselled look like him as
well, Cooper entered the ring at 191 lbs. Marinoble a bit
shorter and a bit smaller at 189 knew he had a tough time at the office on this
night. Some thought the more experienced Cooper would dispose of Marinoble
Marinoble had another weapon needed in the ring of battle..."HEART!"
Marinoble stayed strong taking everything Cooper had. After a
shaky round 1 where Marinoble was knocked down, Cooper couldn't
put him down again. Marinoble fired back with all he had but Coopers
strength and experience made the difference. Cooper combined a strong
upper body attack followed by some strong and powerful kicks as he won a
unanimous decision 30-26 on all 3 judges cards. Hopefully Mike will get
a closer match the next time out, and as far as Cooper? Well Dewey,
that IKF Amateur Cruiserweight Title is
still vacant..... Great fight guys.
As baseball great and the nights celebrity guest MC/Ring Announcer Steve
Sax (Las Angeles Dodgers, etc) looked at the announcer card, he hesitated
with the name...Yes Steve... "Paul Bunyan..." at 6'4"
tall and 196 lbs, Paul Bunyan of Bakersfield, CA, USA brought his AX to
the fights to face off against Carter Williams of Modesto, CA, USA who
stood an even 6' but weighed in at 215 lbs. On this night though, Bunyan
would need his ax in the final round to make things even as Williams
dominated round 1 and the judges were mixed on round 2. It took a Paul
Bunyan knockdown of a tired and winded Williams in round 3 to keep
it even as these two finished with a "Majority Draw" decision, 29-28,
28-28 and 28-28.
Under trainer Nasser Niavaroni, Jessica Ellis Nobles of
Roseville, CA, USA is undefeated at 3-0 as a full contact fighter. But if her
fight with Marlow McCray (2-2) of Melchor Manor's House of
Thunder in San Diego CA, USA would have went 1 more round, she might
have felt her first loss. Nobles DOMINATED rounds 1 and 2 with strong
punches and kicks but very few leg kicks while for some reason, McCray
also stayed away from leg kicking. But in round 3, McCray started
blasting Nobles legs over and over. Nobles just wouldn't pick up
her leg to block McCray's kicks. McCray finished round 3 with
about 10-15 straight leg kicks to Nobles legs but Nobles stood
firm. It's a good thing there wasn't a round 4 because obviously McCray
found a weak spot in the otherwise SPOTLESS defense of Nobles we have
seen in the past. Were not sure what made her want to do a leg kick fight but if
she plans to do any again, she better start picking up that leg. Nobles
is a GREAT Full Contact Rules fighter but those leg kicks are no fun and games.
Nobles took the bout by unanimous decision 29-28 on all 3 judges cards
with Nobles winning rounds 1 & 2 and McCray round 3.
They seem to always call Mr. Adam Rogers of Seaside, CA, USA the old
man... Hmmm... Well, we saw nothing old about the 35 year old work horse on
this night. Although Rogers (4-2 with 2 KO's) was told by the matchmaker
he was fighting a full contact above the waist rules bout, his opponent, Eddie
Salas of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA was told it was a leg kick bout. Rogers
had no problem with that upon being informed of it in the ring. Off came the
foot pads and he was ready for leg kicks. Rogers kept the pressure on
Salas (4-2 with 4 KO's and 20 years old) despite Salas grabbing
and holding his leg over and over again. Rogers went on to win by
unanimous decision 30-27 on all 3 judges cards. Old at 35...? Come on...Adam
is just starting to live!
Closing out the nights bouts we bring you the results of diet, nutrition,
exercise, physical fitness training, weightlifting and on and on, enter the new
IRON MAN at 156 lbs,
Domonic "The DOMINATOR"
When Robles first fought for the IKF
and actually his first kickboxing bout ever, he was 172 lbs and won a split
decision against a Jerico Lane in Redding CA, USA. In April of the same
year, again in Redding, Robles faced Adam Ament and again, won a
split decision weighing in at 175 lbs. A month later in Sacramento, CA, USA,
Robles fought Lane again in a rematch this time winning by
majority decision. He weighed in at 176 lbs. In November of 1996 it was back to
Redding again and Robles faced Pete Garcia. Robles
weighed in at 172 lbs and won again, by split decision. In July of 1997, Robles
now 4-0 faced off against Dave Holeman. Robles, at a smaller 167
lbs won again by guess what... A SPLIT Decision. By now your thinking this
story is about "MR. SPLIT DECISION, Dominick Robles..."
Although it would make a good story, that's not where were going with this...
After a couple of fights away from the IKF
and his first 2 loses, Robles was back on an IKF
event with a 5-2 record. But here is where the story is going. Robles
entered the ring Wednesday night at as lean and mean, ripped 156 lbs! Let him
speak for the fitness benefits of kickboxing.
Robles won't tell us how he did it, but if he wrote a book on it, it
would probably be a best seller after Wednesday's performance in the ring. Why?
Well, Robles was done with fighting beginners, Robles and
trainer Nasser Niavaroni went for the top of the list on this night
facing off against 2 time IKF Champion
"MAGIC" Juan Escobar of Watsonville, CA, USA.
Escobar entered the ring with a 8-1 record and 5 KO's. Escobar
weighed in at 152 lbs but he could have been 253 lbs on this night andIronman
Robles wouldn't have minded. From the opening bell, Robles shredded
through Escobar's defense and stunned EVERYONE! Escobar was the
one who was use to ripping through everyone not Mr. Split Decision Robles...
Escobar had been ripping through everyone on his way to winning 2 IKF titles. The IKF
West Coast Super Welterweight International Rules (Leg Kick) Title and the IKF International Rules United States Welterweight
Title. Robles smashed Escobar's nose so much in round 1, the
ringside physician had considered stopping it from all the blood, but a closer
look assured it was a very bad bloody nose. Although Robles had trouble
in the kicking department, he did manage to get his kicks in, in all three
rounds. It wasn't until the final round that Robles let it all hang out.
Escobar won the kick war each round, 8-6, 13-7 and 12-11 but
Robles hand combinations were enough to do the damage and get the judges
attention. Robles was VERY STRONG at this weight and if Escobar
hadn't of been the great fighter he is, Robles looked like he could have
put anyone away in the first round. However Escobar held on and never
went down as he lasted the distance. In the end, Escobar suffered only
his second loss. It was a non title bout so no titles were exchanged, but Robles
has made it clear that he is now ready for his shot at an IKF title! He can go on to say he beat the 2 time
Champion by guess what...... a
UNANIMOUS DECISION, 30-27 on all 3 judges cards. Great job DOMINATOR!
No, no, not in the fight, but in not having another split decision...just
kidding. So Dominator! What's your secret...? We all need to lose a few
pounds. It's time to let us all in on the DOMINATOR DIET! The best way
to becoming a lean and mean DOMINATOR MACHINE!
Great job done by the Niavaroni/Sax Promotional Team once
again and the Radisson for the great set-up. We all hope to be back in March so
get ready everyone... Time to Pack the house again in Sacramento!
Event Judges: Susan Thomas Gitlan and Richard Flynn
Referees: Alternating at Judges: Jon D. Schorle II and
Physicians: Dr. Vanburean Lemons
and Dr. Randy Martin.
Timekeeper: Stan Gordon.
NEWS OF 12-11-98. . .
vs Stan Longinidis!
As if the Don
"The Dragon" Wilson vs
"The Destroyer" Kimber title fight wasn't enough to force
you to tune in April 10th, 1999, now we can confirm that
"The Jet" Roufus will meet
"The Man" Longinidis. Roufus will defend his
IKF Pro IR Heavyweight Title. Apparently,
Dennis Alexio stalled even though it was rumored that Alexio was
offered $150,000.00 for the match which would have been Alexio's biggest
payday ever. Apparently Alexio said no due to terms of the event, NOT
the money and NOT the opponent. It seems that Alexio didn't want
to be a co-main event and well, who can blame him. We would think the reasons
would be obvious.
The event is scheduled for Tsongas Arena in Lowell Massachusetts, USA and
will be promoted by Revolution Productions.
for more info, you can contact Rick Broider at Revolution Productions at 781-592-9063. Along
with the 4 above, several other fighters are scheduled to meet on various events
to determine who will fight for the Vacant IKF
World Super Heavyweight Full Contact Rules Title. They include Kevin Rosier,
Mike Labree, Anthony Elmore, Grant Barker, Dennis Lane, Derek Panza, Chris
Ballard, Stewert Green, Jim Mullen and possibly others to be determined.
December 9th, 1998, AT 12:30 AM
MALICE At The PALACE # 2
IKF promoter Mike Miles will
put a close to his "Dynamic" 1998 Kickboxing Promotion Schedule as he
promotes his 6th IKF event of 1998 in
Calgary, Alberta Canada Sunday night, December 13th. The event entitled, MALICE At The PALACE # 2 will feature 2 IKF Title bouts and an exciting undercard. Here are
the title bouts;
Fighting for the IKF North American
Amateur Super Welterweight International Rules Kickboxing Title will be Trevor
Desjarlais (11-4-1) of Calgary, Alberta, Canada facing off againstJacob
Salas, 12-2 with 8 KO's from Courtland, CA, USA. For the IKF North American Amateur Welterweight Muay Thai
Rules Title, Sokhim Or, 6-1 with 4 KO's, of Calgary Alberta Canada will
face off against Joe Sarkissian of Los Angeles, CA, USA. For more info
on this event, contact Mr. Mike Miles at (403) 244-8424 or e-mail by
NEWS OF 12-9-98. . .
Ready for IKF Illinois
IKF Promoter Mike Mattox is
all set to kick off his IKF debut event on
Saturday night, December 12th. Although Mattox has promoted martial arts
events before, this will be his first kickboxing event. Assisting Mattox
will be IKF associate Rob Zbilski
of Buffalo Grove Illinois. The event will be held at the Dixon VFW on Route 38
in Dixon Illinois, USA. IKF co-founder
Dan Stell of Fairfield, CA, USA will be the event referee and co IKF representative with IKF
Craig Monyelle of Beloit Wisconsin USA. For more info on the event,
please contact Mr. Mike Mattox at (815) 288-4998 or you can Fax Mr.
Mattox at (815) 562-9014.
NEWS OF 12-9-98. . .
Moving On to Pro Ranks
With an undefeated amateur record of 12-0-2 with 5 knockouts, Roseville,
California, USA's Dave Marinoble, 5'11", 166 lbs and 29 years old
has made the official decision to turn Professional. Marinoble won 3
IKF United States titles in the Light
Middle, Middle and Super Middleweight divisions. Marinoble simply got
frustrated with no one left to fight as an amateur, and those who he was
scheduled to fight, kept backing out all the time.
Marinoble announced his decision today at the Press Conference of
the Regan vs Hagins IKF
Intercontinental Title Bout to be held tonight at the Radisson Hotel in
Sacramento, CA, USA. On the same card, Marinoble will corner for brother
Mike Marinoble against Dewey Cooper of Las Vegas and Marinobles
student Tawn Saephan when he faces champion Brett Spaid as Spaid
defends his IKF U. S. Amateur Light
Welterweight title. Marinoble will stay in the Middleweight Division and
hopes to be more active worldwide. You can now find Marinoble in the
IKF Pro World Full Contact Rules
Middleweight Division by clicking HERE
December 8th, 1998, AT 6:00 AM
Wins IKF World Title
Kostuck Edges Sakasem...Again.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Duke Roufus packed the Eagles Club Ballroom in Milwaukee with an
attendance of over 3,000. He then pleased the sellout crowd by winning the IKF Muay Thai Super Heavyweight World Title over
Hirawa TeRangi of Auckland, New Zealand. It was a great end to a very
successful year for Team Roufus and IKF
Team Wisconsin. Roufus hosted 6 IKF
sanctioned events in 1998 and has more than that planned for 1999. Team
Roufus & Phetnoi Gym made it obvious that Milwaukee is the Heart of Muay
Thai in the USA.
Roufus, modest as usual refused to take center stage as the main
event vowing to give his own up and coming fighters the headline position. Roufus
was fight number 5 on a night of 8 bouts. However it was clear that the
majority of the crowd was there for "The Duke!"Roufus
(219, 31-4-1 with 22 KO's) defeated TeRangi (219, 27-6 with
12 KO's) by unanimous decision 50-43 on all 3 judges cards. He knocked TeRangi
down with a head kick in round 1 and forced another standing 8 on TeRangi
in round 4. Roufus had commented before the bout that a past injury to
his right hand forced him to ease up on throwing the big punch. It showed
clearly that Roufus had no desire to knock TeRangi out, only get
in some good skill work. TeRangi used the ropes cleverly to lean away
attack nearly every time. Frustrated by TeRangi's defense, Roufus
went over the ropes after him and both almost fell to the judges table several
times. TeRangi had flew to Australia to train and spar with Robert
Wilesmith's group several weeks before the fight since he had no sparring
partners in New Zealand. WKA Cruiserweight World Champion Grant Barker
of Australia came as TeRangi's cornerman since Wilesmith had
prior commitments. Although elusive, TeRangi never seemed to press Roufus
who wanted to fight more of a counter fight but was never given the opportunity.
With strong kicks and a great left jab that woke TeRangi up several
times, Roufus seemed to be doing all the attacking. TeRangi
however kept the crowd alive as he smiled after many of Roufus' blows.
When the fight was over, both fighters appeared they could go 5 more rounds.
However at the end of round 5, Roufus had pulled a hamstring that he
felt later in the night. It was a good bout for Roufus who hasn't fought
for some time.
The Duke is now ready to take on any and all challengers in a
defense. That is, if anyone is willing to pay him what he's worth which seems to
be the problem in kickboxing today. Very few champions get paid their worth.
Roufus was over looked in K-1 USA this last year. Who knows, maybe he
will get another K-1 shot soon. Looking back on his career, he KOed
"The Man" Longinidis at the Foxwood Casino in Conn. USA,
in the first round. Back on November 17th, 1995 he had a shot at Curtis
Schuster's ISKA World Title at the La Nuit Des Champions II at the Palais
Des Sports in Marseille, France. However he lost to Schuster by 5 round
Schuster KOed Jean Claude Leuyer in this years K-1 USA but
couldn't continue against Rick Roufus due to a knee injury giving Rick
the win. Rick who currently holds the IKF
International Rules Heavyweight World Title went on to represent USA in the K-1
Japan. Unfortinatly, he lost to Franscisco Filho of Brazil by leg kick
KO, 15 seconds into the second round in the first round of the tournament. But lets just set the record straight. Whether
talking about Duke or Rick, the ROUFUS name means WINNERS and CHAMPIONS!!
The Main Event was clearly the fight of the night featuring the long awaited
rematch between the IKF Intercontinental
Junior Welterweight Champion Richard Kostuck with 19 wins, 4 loses with
9 KO's of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA against 40 year old ledgend, Sakasem
Kanthawong with *43 wins, 10 loses, 1 draw and 33 KO's of Indianapolis,
Indiana, USA via Thailand. (*We believe this record
should include a lot more bouts, but this was what Sakasem told us back in May
of this year.) Kostuck won the title with a close victory
over Sakasem back on May 30th, 98, winning by unanimous decision, 50-46,
50-46 & 48-47. However in their last meeting and clearly not this one
either, Sakasem never looked 40 years old during either bout. Fighting
like a fresh 20 year old he fought toe to toe with the younger Kostuck,
27. Both fighters went back and forth on exchanges of hands, kicks and knees.
Every time Sakasem seemed to get Kostuck in trouble, Kostuck hung on tough and
fought back strong. On all 3 judges cards, Kostuck won rounds 1, 3 &
5, 10-9 while they split round 2 in which 2 judges saw it for Kostuck, 1
for Sakasem. In round 4, all 3 judges scored it to Sakasem 10-9.
In our opinion, it could have easily been a draw but if a winner had to be
picked, Kostuck would get the nod as he stayed busier during 4 of the 5
rounds. When Sakasem fired strong, they were flurries that Kostuck
answered back quickly to each time. As the judges saw it, round 4 was Sakasem's
as Kostuck got himself into trouble early, getting dazed by one of Sakasem
strong and fast hand combinations. Kostuck spent the entire 4th round
eluding Sakasem and trying to regain composure until the bell ended the
round. From the start of round 5, both came out firing but Kostuck had
rested well on the break and always seemed to finish each of the heated
exchanges between the two. Kostuck retained his title with a unanimous
victory, 49-46, 48-47 and 49-46. However, let it be known that at 40 years old,
Sakasem is STILL one of the BEST Muay Thai fighters in the world
today. Could we see these two face off for a third match? Sakasem is not
only a champion fighter in the ring but a respected individual out of the ring
as well. Liked by MANY who have had the opportunity to meet him in person. Kostuck
too is a great roll model for Muay Thai and the sport of kickboxing. Which makes
everyone now believe more and more and say about this Kostuck guy, (who by the way is a full time grade school teacher)..
That Hey...THIS KOSTUCK GUY IS FOR REAL!...
As if there was any doubt ..... Great fight
The undercard featured some mis-matches but not to the fault of the
matchmaker. Seems several "BOXERS" in Milwaukee challenged several of
Roufus' Thai fighters claiming they could take them out with their
boxing skills. Well boxers, let what happened in Milwaukee Wisconsin be a lesson
to you...Roufus' Brad Fowler(4-0 with 4 KO's) took apart Harold
Johnson ( 8-10 with 6 KO's) by first round KO. Than Roufus' Paul Svehlek
( 13-1 with 10 KO's) introduced several knee strikes to John Davis (58-5
in boxing) before knocking him out with a knee to the chest followed by a quick
knee to the face at 42 seconds into round 1. Than as if that wasn't enough,
seasoned boxer Donnie Pendleton with over 200 boxing matches to his
credit lasted a whole 17 seconds into round 1 as IKF
Pro World Junior Middleweight Muay Thai Champion Kongnapa (Over 180 Thai
fights) landed 1 leg kick..."1" and that was it...Heck, his pre fight
Muay Thai Dance was longer than the fight... Again... let this be a lesson to
you boxers... Those legs and knees can hurt...
Keeping pace with USA Amateur boxing was an IKF
Junior Division bout between 2, 8 year olds. Al Warren of Indianapolis,
Indiana, USA out pointed Sam West of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 29-28,
29-28 and 30-27 for his first win.The IKF
Junior Division bouts are 3, 1 minute rounds and fighters wear full protection.
Headgear, shin pads along with of course, gloves, groin cups and mouth pieces.
Check out the Junior Division by clicking HERE
Heavyweight Muay Thai fighter Mark Vinesbright of Indianapolis
Indiana, USA entered the ring chiselled like a video game warrior fighter
showing more muscle rips and curves than The Hulk. However, his 6-0 record was
erased by Jason Johnson of Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA as he lasted Vinesbright's
strong round 1 attack. Vinesbright won round 1 on all 3 judges cards
10-9. However in round 2, Johnson pressed the fight scoring with
several "STRONG" knees to Vinesbright's face and chest. His
attack forced a standing 8 count to Vinesbright who seemed winded from
the attack of Johnson. Johnson moved ahead on the score cards
from the 8 count as he won round 2. Vinesbright lost his wind early in
round 3 and eventually, referee Al Wickers made the right decision and
stopped the bout at 1:11 of round 3. Johnson moved to 2-0 while Vinesbright
dropped to 6-1.
Rounding out the bouts of the night, Roufus' Vin Bounnanong (8-2)
lost a unanimous decision to Tom Carpenter (6-3) of Minneapolis
Minnesota, 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28.
After the event, Roufus, as always, hosted an all expenses
paid after hours party where we, again as always, get to know everyone
on a more personable note. It was here that we got to know Grant Barker
and Hirawa TeRangi a little better. We found out once again that there
are NO STRANGERS to the IKF. Only friends
we have never met. These two are "CLASS ACTS" and we are sure
to continue working with them both as things come up for them with the
IKF. It also seems that TeRangi
will be hosting some IKF Kickboxing
events next year in New Zealand as well as Robert Wilesmiths 1999 IKF events in Australia. We look forward to the
visit and once again, seeing our new IKF
World Team Members from the great land down under... For more info on
upcoming Team Roufus Kickboxing events click
HERE Or, contact Milwaukee Kickboxing & Fitness at
NEWS OF 12-8-98. . .
Niavaroni's Sacramento, CA, USA
Wednesday night, December 9th at the Radisson Hotel in Sacramento, CA, USA,
IKF promoter Nasser Niavaroni will
host 3 great IKF Title Bouts and a strong
undercard. The well known IKF North
American Full Contact Rules Champion Eric Regan of Citrus Heights,
California, USA will be fighting for the vacant IKF
Intercontinental Pro Middleweight Title against Cecil Hagins of Albq.
New Mexico. Also Jongsanong Fairtex of San Francisco CA, USA will meet
Fernando Calleros of Albq. New Mexico, USA for the vacant IKF Pro Muay Thai Intercontinental Junior
Middleweight Title. In an amateur title bout, IKF
U.S. Light Welterweight Full Contact Rules Champion Brett Spaid of
Roseville, California, USA will defend his title against local challenger, Tawn
Saephan also of Roseville, California, USA in a local grudge match. There
may also be 2 other title matches on this event. Watch for more news Tonight...
Press conference is at 1:00 PM at the Radisson Hotel in Sacramento today. The
weigh-ins are 11:AM also at the hotel, Wednesday morning. Event doors open at
6:30, bouts start at 7:PM. Main event at 9:30 PM. For more info, contact Mr.
Nasser Niavaroni at (916) 726-5425 or (916) 782-4757.
December 3rd, 1998, AT 12:00 AM
World Muay Thai Title Bout.
Jeff "Duke" Roufus of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
and Hiriwa "Kiwi Destroyer" TeRangi of New Zealand are
ready to meet in the ring at the Eagles Club Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA
for the vacant IKF World Super Heavyweight
Muay Thai Title. Roufus, 30 wins 4 loses and 1 draw with 23 KO's has
been extremely busy as the organizer of the event as well. TeRangi, 25
wins, 9 losses with 15 KO's trained in Australia with IKF
associate Robert Wilesmith. However
Wilesmith had other commitments and had to send top heavyweight fighter,
Grant Barker , 41 wins,10 losses, 32 K/O's of Australia as TeRangi's
The event will be on Friday night, December 4th and entitled, "Return To Glory". It will be the
first bout for Roufus in over a year. RINGSIDE
INC. will be the proud event sponsor supplying all the bout gloves
and other equipment. RINGSIDE INC.
Representative Joe Taylor will be in attendance. IKF President Steve Fossum will handle the
promotion details to free up Roufus so he can concentrate on his bout.
Fossum will also be the IKF Event
Representative along with Joe Taylor from RINGSIDE
INC. In addition to Roufus' bout,
IKF PRO Intercontinental Jr. Welterweight
Muay Thai Champion, Richard Kostuck of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (17-4
with 9 KO's) will defend his title in a re-match with Sakasem of
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (43-8-1 with 33 KO's) For event ticket Info Contact
Team Roufus & Phetnoi Gym at (414) 319-1151.
December 2nd, 1998, AT 4:30 AM
ENGLAND / EUROPE?
So you want to know how things went in Europe over the weekend? Well lets
just say... FANTASTIC... ! The IKF had
planned to meet with another sanctioning organizarion to discuss co-sanctioning
and the much needed in kickboxing, "Unification World Title Bouts".
However, the other organization backed out of the meeting only a day or so
prior, thinking the IKF would only USE
them to promote the IKF organization. "It's
really a shame" says IKF
President Steve Fossum. "We had hoped to work together for the
better of the sport. Instead we came away the sole winner out of it all. No,
were not complaining. Why complain when you take out the competition if you
could call it that?We're just shocked the other organization threw such a great
opportunity away for them. We met with several top kickboxing people who will be
working with the IKF in Europe, North America and abroad in 1999. Again, I just
feel bad that the other organizations don't want to do Unification Title Bouts.
It was a big win for the IKF and a Major Loss for the other organization and I
don't even think they realize what they threw away. But they will soon enough.
Oh well, know one can say we didn't at least try. But what a loss. A Very Major
IKF Europe Representative Alby
Bimpson of England has been promoting the IKF
organization to a lot of top kickboxing people in the UK and abroad. Already,
the IKF has over 30 promotions on the
books for their 1999 Europe schedule, many of which have yet to be added to the
IKF Upcoming Events
page. That number will easily double if not triple by end of 1999. The IKF is predicting over 60 IKF
Sanctioned Kickboxing events in Europe for 1999 and that's being conservative
from the contacts they have made in Europe.
The IKF hopes to be working in various
capacities in 1999 with such kickboxing names as John Blackledge, Steve
Humphries, Stewert Green, Lisa Howard, Lisa Houghton, Richard Smith, Chris
Ballard, Keith Nathan, Allan Crackin to go along with Bimpson, Chris
Wright, Ronnie Green and Trevor Ambrose of England, Jan
Cree of Scotland, Fernando Loio of Portugal, Thom Harinck
of Holland, Gor Vardanian of Armenia. Not to mention their growth in
Australia, Africa, South America and Asia. Keep watch of the IKF pages as the WORLD TEAM Continues to
grow for the better of the sport. Keep this in thought...
"Great things can be accomplished for those who
don't mind who gets the credit, and there is No "I" in TEAM."
Hang on tight IKF World Team! 1999 is
already proving to be a DYNAMIC year for the IKF
TEAM! Kickboxing is finally becoming organized WORLDWIDE! Not by
individuals, but by a group of people who truly want to help the sport grow and
improve. A group of people known as the IKF
WORLD TEAM! Who will join next? Maybe you? The door is open
and you're ALWAYS Welcome. We look forward to meeting more new friends
for the IKF WORLD TEAM.
NEWS OF 12-2-98. . .
Kickboxing World Champion Johnny "Superfoot"
has finally slowed down with his new business enough to send us an update
for his kickboxing instruction page.
Click HERE to check it out.
November 20th, 1998, AT 6:45 PM
Regional Divisions Announced
The IKF and
Ringside Inc. are organizing the Official
National Amateur Tournament. The National event will feature championship titles
for fighters fighting in 2 different fighting styles. International (Leg Kick)
rules and Full Contact (Above the Waist) Rules. Eight divisions will host
Regional Championships and each winner in each weightclass will be invited to
the US National Championship Tournament held in August, 1999. The IKF is still confirming promoters for tournaments
in various divisions. If you are a promoter and wish to be a part of this first
ever, TRUE National Kickboxing Championships, please e-mail the IKF. or contact the IKF
World Headquarters at (916) 663-2467. IKF
Promoters Duke Roufus and Rob Zbilski have already scheduled the
date for their Central North Division Regional Tournament for April 17th. Here
are the Regional Divisions and some of the promoters who have shown interest in
promoting events in their regions.
- Pacific North West Division:
Washington, Montana, Oregon,
Idaho, Wyoming, Northern California, Northern Nevada & Alaska.
Promoters: Tat Mau Wong, Nasser Niavaroni, Jack Gluck, Tim Stell &
- Pacific South West Division:
Hawaii, Southern California,
Southern Nevada, Arizona & New Mexico.
Abe Belardo, Eric Nolan & Dennis Alexio (Hawaii)
- Central North Division:
North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota,
Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan & Indiana.
Promoters: Duke Roufus, Rob Zbilski, Mick Doyle, Craig Monyelle, Ronnie
Deleon & Mike Mattox.
- Central Division:
Colorado, Utah, Kansas & Missouri.
- Central South Division:
Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana &
Possible Promoters: Keith Cory & Mike
- South Eastern Division:
Alabama, Florida, Georgia & South
Possible Promoters: Sean Whol, Caroline Mixon &
- Eastern Central Division:
Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina,
Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware & Ohio.
- North Eastern Division:
Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey,
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine & Rhode Island.
Promoters: Vladimir Borodi & Rick Broider.
NEWS OF 11-20-98. . .
More Big Names Added to
- Kimber Event
Kevin Rosier vs Mike Labree? It seems confirmed that these
two will fight for the vacant IKF
World Super Heavyweight Full Contact Rules title on the
Don "The Dragon" Wilson vs Dick
"The Destroyer" Kimber event coming in April, 1999. All
that may stop these two from meeting would be a loss in their preliminary bouts
before the events. Rosier hopes to face Anthony Elmore sometime
in January and LaBree's preliminary opponent has yet to be named. The
winners of the paliminary bouts will meet on the Wilson-Kimber event in
April 10th, 1999 in Massachuttes, USA. The PPV event also plans to feature Rick
Roufus as well. There were plans to have Rick meet
Dennis Alexio but this meeting doesn't seem likely. According to
sources, Alexio wants more than the 6 figures he was offered him which
would have been Alexio's biggest payday ever. It is possible, Roufus
may face off against
Stan Longinidis on the event instead. More details soon.
NEWS OF 11-20-98. . .
Pulls Out Against
It seems that Dimitri Stepanov of Minsk, Belarus has pulled a fast
one on his opportunity to win an IKF World
Title. Stepanov recently ask for 3 times his origional contracted fee to
fight Jeff "Duke" Roufus for the IKF
Super Heavyweight Muay Thai World Title on December 4th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
USA. After asking for the higher fee, he then pulled out of the fight. From what
we have been told, Stepanov had re-thought about his opponent and
decided recently he wanted more money after an agreement was already made.
Although the decision put a tangle in Roufus' quest for the IKF World Muay Thai Title, IKF
President Steve Fossum says a new opponent may already be found.
Currently, Fossum has been in contact with IKF
Australian Representative, Robert Wilesmith and Wilesmith has
offered Hiriwa TeRangi of New Zealand to be Duke's opponent if
the figures work out. The IKF should have
confrimation of this by Monday, November 23rd if not sooner. Keep watch for the
November 18th, 1998, AT 9:30 PM
By Brooks Mason
Sorry for the delay but here are the results of IKF
Promoter Mick Doyle's IKF Mongoos Productions, Iowa event on November 7th at
Harvey's Resort Casino in Council Bluffs
- David Brice vs Dan Rawlings
Dan Rawlings having
the superior record going in , proved experience counts with a unanimous
decision over David Brice.
Brice fought well but couldn't
overcome the proven Dan Rawlings. Rawlings won a Unanimous
Decision, scoring 30-27 on all 3 judges cards.
- Mark Ramet vs Scott Lewin
The big boys took the ring
in a first time bout for both men. Heavy hitting was afoot from the opening
Lewin's was able to sustain the pace better and scored a TKO
at 1:43 of the second round.
- Greg Lombard vs Neal Fox
Good leg kicks from the boys
up north. Lots of action was packed into this short fight. Fox took the
fight at 1:37 of the second round.
- Randy Bussart vs
The names were hard to pronounce but talking wasn't
on their minds. As good a 5 round fight as I have seen in a while. Kaljevic
simply couldn't figure out the
Tazz Man from California. Coming from the New York stronghold of
kickboxers it was surprising to see Kaljevic at the wrong end of a
victory handshake but Bussart won the fight in all aspects. Superior
kicking and hand combinations proved to much for Kaljevic and Bussart
won by a Split Decision, 47-48, 49-46 & 50-45. I'd like to see these two
fight again. Congrads to the boys in Vacaville. Youv'e got a killer. What about
leg kicks? I see talent going to waste.
- Mathew Bentley (age 14) vs
Robert Embree (age 11)
Two very young fighters took the ring. Both
were quite a bit older when the bell rang in the third and final round in a Muay
Thai bout. The techniques were clean and snappy. Products of The Emerald
Mongoose Thai Camp, I can't wait to see these boys in 5 years. Bentley
won by decision.
- Joseph Nichols vs
Coming into the fight with a 2 and 0 record Dent
used his experience and put on a quality show. A good bout .
The kind that
brings the crowd back. Dent wins by TKO 1:27 in the second.
- Duane Ludwig vs Grigoriy Flitsanov
A good bout by any
standards. Once again the boys from New York put on a heck of a show but Ludwig
took the nod with a split decision win, 28-29, 30-27 & 30-27.
- MAIN EVENT: IKF
United States Light Middleweight
Muay Thai Title
Nathan Clements vs Steven
Berkolayko: Once again the boys from New York took the field only this time
we saw what we came to expect. An excellent first round. Berkolayko
proved too much early in the second and scored a tooth rattling KO in 1:37 of
the second round.
November 17th, 1998, AT 5:30 PM
Members of Redwood City, CA, USA's Gladiators
Training Academy will be participating in the upcoming National
Shootfighting Championships on December 5th in Davenport, Iowa. Academy owner
Engene Jackson will participate along with top IKF
Ranked Amateur Muay Thai Fighter Doug Evans. Both were also a part of
the recent Team USA's Full Contact Karate (San Shou Style Fighting)
event that took place in Armenia on November 7th. Both Jackson and Evans
won their bouts by KO in Armenia along with Gladiator
team member Cary Nathan who won by decision. The Shootfighting
Championship Event which is promoted by Monte Cox will feature a total
of 48 of the best amateur fighters in the nation - 8 per each of the six weight
divisions, qualified for the event through regional competition in Iowa, Texas,
Ohio and Hawaii. For more info, you can contact the guys at Gladiators at (650) 361-9923 or check out the
Extreme Challenge website by clicking
NEWS OF 11-17-98. . .
IKF US Champ
Someone asked the other day, "Where has IKF
Champion Dave Marinoble been?" Well, to begin with, keep in
mind that most fighters out there, do have things they do other than fighting
such as jobs, hobbies etc. The last time we saw Marinoble fight was on
Tat Mau Wong's event in San Francisco, CA, USA on May 9th, winning by
TKO. He's also kept busy over the last 6 months at both his karate schools he
operates with his brother and IKF fighter,
Mike Marinoble. Mike was scheduled to fight Pete Garcia
of Redding, CA on the last IKF Medford,
Oregon USA event. However Garcia pulled out about a day before the event
, reason unknown. Recently, Mike along with 3 other students under Dave's
leadership were promoted to the rank of Black Belt. In
Marinobles style, Black Belt is quite an accomplishment, unlike some of
the quick course black belt schools we see a lot of today, so we say
congratulations to both Dave and Mike. Knowing this alone would
explain how busy Dave has been. However, for this man of endless energy
( a reason we nicknamed him "The Madman..." ) that just
wasn't enough. Oh by the way, Dave's also married with 2 children which
in itself takes time. Over the last year, Marinoble has been driving
over 100 miles every week up to Reno, Nevada, USA to train with the United
States JuJitsu Team. Last month, the team took a Silver medal at the JuJitsu
World Championships which were held this year in Reno at the Reed Auditorium.
This year, the event hosted 15 country teams from all over the world. Marinoble,
fighting in the Light Heavyweight Division at 173 lbs. won 3 of his matches and
lost 1 on points. Team England won the Gold and has been winning it quite a bit
since the series began in 1984. Each team consists of 5 main first string
members with 3 alternates. Marinoble was on Team USA's first team. So
next time you wonder what happened to a fighter, just ask.
We'll do what we can to let you know what they've
been up to...
NEWS OF 11-17-98. . .
Due to unexpected circumstances, IKF
Promoters, Phil DeRocco and Ronnie Deleon were forced to
postpone their upcoming IKF events
scheduled for November 20th and 21st. DeLeon's event planned for the
20th in Butler, Pennsylvania USA will be rescheduled due to a sickness in his
family and DeRocco will reschedule his event which was planned to be
held at Alton, Illinois to January, 1999 due to some unexpected problems with
matchmaking. For more info, you can contact Mr. Ronnie Deleon at (618)
628-3907 or Mr. Phil DeRocco at (724) 282-1644
November 15th, 1998, AT 2:55 AM
IKF SAN SHOU
A Knockout Success!!!
On any given weekend around the world in nearly every country, gladiators of
the ring fighting sports meet in the ring of battle in the toughest one on one
sport in the World... Kickboxing! But lets just take the sport of Kickboxing one
step further... Add in throws, sweeps and takedowns and you have San Shou. Or as
they call in in Europe, Full Contact Karate under the leadership of the IFCKF (International Full Contact Karate Federation)
But call it Full Contact Karate, Chinese Boxing, Draka or San Shou, it's all the
same thing and it came from one origin... "San Shou". Sure, a fighters
goal is to win and to win by domination if possible. But when the IKF and Team USA travelled to a small country below
Russia known as Armenia to the town of Yeravan, we discovered something much
more valuable than a victory by knockout. We discovered that no matter who wins
or loses, there are no strangers to us in our sport. Only friends we have never
Many here in America had no idea the event even took place, and probably
still wouldn't have known if we didn't report about it here on our web site.
However, to the 6,500 plus spectators in the crowd on November 7th at Hamaleer
Stadium in Yerevan Armenia, they'll be the first to tell you, you missed a great
show! But the show was only a small part of what this country had to offer in
friendship and hospitality towards all of us on Team USA. To truly understand
how sincerely grateful we all were to the people of Armenia, let us start from
We took off from Los Angeles Airport on Monday, November 2nd about 6:PM and
after traveling through 8 different time zones and approximately 12 hours later
we arrived in Moscow Russia. A quick run through customs and it was back on
another plane to Armenia about 3 hours away. We arrived in Armenia a bit past
midnight Armenia time and as Team USA stepped off the plane we were greeted by
cameras and press reporters, interested in our arrival. Dressed in full matching
USA uniforms top to bottom, the fighting team consisted of
Featherweight Dominic Viloria of North hollywood CA, USA. Welterweight David
Solomon of Azusa, CA, USA. Middleweight Doug Evans of Redwood City,
Middleweight Cary Nathan also of Redwood City, CA, USA and Cruiserweight
Eugene Jackson of East Palo Alto, CA, USA Along with the US Full Contact Karate Federation
Associate Ken Arutyunyan of North Hollywood, CA USA who organized the
team itself and myself, IKF President Steve
Fossum. I went along to oversee the event for the IKF
as well as be an assistant coach for Team USA. I was also asked to do some
announcing during the event as well.Arutyunyan a native of Armenia put
the team of 5 fighters together on very short time notice. Two of the fighters
had never done San Shou style fighting ever before. Featherweight Dominic
Viloria, 32 for example is an experienced Muay Thai fighter with a 26-3
record. However he had never done San Shou style fighting before with the throws
and takedowns. At the last moment the team needed a Welterweight and Arutyunyan
found David Solomon. However, Solomon, unknown to Arutyunyan,
had never even been in a full contact bout before let alone Full Contact San
Shou. Solomon, who holds a black belt did though have a lot of
experience as a continuation fighter. At 18, Solomon was the youngest
of the team and in for quite an experience.
The remaining 3 team members were the pride of Redwood Cities, Gladiator's Training Academy. As a full contact
kickboxer, Cary Nathan had struggled before, posting a record of 3 wins
and 4 loses. The last time we saw Nathan fight was against Jerico
Lane of Redding, CA for the IKF
California Super Welterweight title in Hayward, CA back on May 11th, 1996. A
bout he lost by unanimous decision. However few people knew that Nathan
had been active as a San Shou fighter over the years having fought quite a few
bouts in San Shou Style events. At age 37, Nathan was appointed as the
team captain. Nathan was still battling a severe cold but wouldn't miss
the trip and experience for anything.
The last time we saw 25 year old IKF
Fighter Doug Evans he was fighting for the IKF
Amateur Muay Thai Rules United States Middleweight Title in San Francisco CA. It
was a bout he was stopped in at 1:17 of the 4th round by Harry Vacarro
of San Diego, CA, USA. Evans' record as a Muay Thai fighter is 10-2 with 8 KO's
and although impressive, Evans best game is in the throwing and fighting
style like that of San Shou which came in handy when doing NHB/Cage fighting
bouts around the Western US & Hawaii.
Rounding out Team USA was a man high on life itself. With a name like Eugene
Jackson, it just sounds like a name that's been around awhile. Ask anyone
who travels within the circles of the exclusive west coast submission/NHB/cage
fighting events and Jackson's name reads like a household name. This
would be the first time I had ever heard of him let alone seen him perform. From
a first glance, Jackson, owner of Gladiator's
Training Academy in Redwood City, CA, looks like a Bear ready to
Rumble. And don't get me wrong, he can "RUMBLE". However, more
important is the story behind this strong man. Some may remember his name from
the troubled streets of East Palo Alto CA. From those streets, Jackson,
with the love and support of his wife and kids, rose up and grew into a strong
leader among his peers. His passion for his family is just as strong as his
passion for his training. He proved to be the gentle giant among us all with his
respect and appreciation towards everyone. Jackson is not just a great
fighter, he's a respected gentleman who never demands any respect but proved to
everyone that he was always deserving of it. Armenia was an experience for all
of us, but for the 32 year old Jackson, he was like a young child on
vacation in awe, praise and appreciation of everything we were a part of.
Lights, camera, action! Pictures, interviews and autographs! A world obviously
much bigger than the streets of East Palo Alto California. Get use to the fan
fare Mr. Jackson. Your life will truly have a lot more than the 15
minutes of fame we all are said to be blessed with in life. Even at 32, Jackson,
in my opinion has a lot of fight in him proving his strength, speed and stamina
in our workouts together at the IFCKF's gym in Armenia before the event.
Little did we all know that inside him was a grizzle bear just waiting for it's
moment to perform. But Evans and Nathan knew...They train with
him daily at Gladiators.
Meeting us with the press at the Armenian Airport was the President of the
IFCKF, Gor Vardanian and his protective security staff. Vardanian,
like Jackson was soft spoken as well and it was obvious this man was a
very powerful individual in Armenia. Probably what impressed Team USA the most
was the gracious hospitality and true friendship Vardanian and his
associates gave to us all. Although in another country, everyone there made us
feel like we were at home. It seemed anytime we asked for anything, we always
got the same response from our head bodyguard, "No Problem"
which was always followed by action. Once we got our bags we were taken to a
beautiful new customized van which proved to be our exclusive limo
transportation vehicle during our stay. We were taken by escorted motorcade to
the Dvin Hotel where we were given our rooms and a chance to rest a few hours
before starting a busy week.
Over the next several days we were shown the town by Vardanian and
his associates. Every day was filled with eating fancy meals, meeting more great
people of Armenia, sight-seeing, shopping and of course daily training sessions
at Vardanian's IFCKF's gym. As each day past, each of us as part of Team
USA got to know each other a little more. Sparring and grappling with each other
in training as well as sharing our past. It was a chance for all of us to relax
without the pressures of our daily lives. Once again, as the saying goes, we
were no longer strangers to each other, only friends who had never met. As time
went on, the bond of Team USA was not a bond of fighters. Over time, we became
more than a team, we had become brothers watching over each other in a far away
land. But as all fighters know, the most important day was Fight Day, which came
That day had finally come, November 7th, Fight Day, Armenia vs USA. It was
just like out of the movie "The Best of the Best". The
weigh-ins were held in an official capacity with all judges, referees, trainers,
coaches and other officials present at the hotel. Within a couple of hours,
everyone had made weight and now came the waiting...until fight time to go to
At about 1:30 PM, Armenian time (1:30 AM USA West Coast Time), we loaded up
into our limo van and were escorted to the Beautiful and Dynamic Hamaleer
Stadium. Once inside, our security team escorted us once again to the teams
dressing room where they set up camp. Within a couple of hours it was opening
ceremony time. With the stadium dark, a spotlight focused on a distant corner
the announcer announced the entrance of Team USA and through the smoke of the
smoke machine they appeared, one by one. Jackson took the lead followed
by Viloria, Solomon, Nathan and Evans. This was
their moment and they made the most of it as a team. The crowd of 6,500 plus
stood to their feet giving a gracious and dynamic Armenian welcome. With their
arms waving to the crowd, Team USA took the stadium by storm with their custom
red white & blue team uniforms and hats designed by Team organizer Ken
Arutyunyan. After Team USA came Team Armenia and then the other fighters of
the night for the events other bouts which included Russia and Ukraine. Once the
fighters surrounded the San Shou Style Ring (Platform floor with no ropes)
there were several presentations, including the awarding of 4th degree black
belt to IFCKF President Gor Vardanian from Chuck Norris'
fighting style. When presentations were done, all the fighters returned to their
dressing rooms to wait..and wait....and wait....
Team USA had to wait for 5 undercard bouts to take place which included a
total of 42 rounds of fighting. When the other bouts were finally completed,
once again, Team USA came out followed by Team Armenia. As each fighting pair
were introduced, they met at center stage/ring, and as a show of sportsmanship
and friendship, they exchanged gifts along with a handshake and hug for luck and
prayers for a great match. When introductions were done, it was finally FIGHT
TIME for Team Armenia vs Team USA.
First up for Team USA was Doug Evans. He weighed in at 72 3/4 Kilos
or 160 lbs. His opponent, 23 year old Ohanian Karen of
Armenia was highly favored with a record
of 25 wins and only 1 loss with 12 knockouts. The first round started with Evans
scoring big with leg kicks and throws. But the Armenian crowd lifted to their
feet when Karen knocked Evans to the floor with a strong
spinning back kick. It seemed to be the only strong kick Karen landed in
round 1. Both fighters exchanged evenly with punches.
(At the end of each round, the scores are
announced which was actually a great idea we thought for ANY type of ring
fighting. Maybe we will begin this in kickboxing with the IKF.)
At the end of this round 1, the judges had Karen winning which was a
big surprise to those of us scoring at ringside. However, let the fight go on.
In round 2, Evans was committed to the throw and within a few seconds,
Evans took Karen "AIRBORNE"
and slammed him to the ring floor knocking the wind out of him.
Karen tried to stand but his knees wobbled and he collapsed. Although
there was a little bit of a question among the Armenian judges on how to score
the knockout, the judges eventually awarded Evans with a knockout and a
quick 2-0 TEAM USA lead. (1 point decision win, 2
points KO win)
Second up for Team USA featured highly rated Muay Thai fighter, Dominic
Viloria who earlier weighed in at 57 Kilos or 125 1/2 lbs. His opponent was
a VERY experienced fighter in this style of fighting. At 19, Miranian
Varazdat of Armenia had a San Shou
Style fighting record of 18 wins and only 2 loses. He weighed in at 59 Kilos or
130 lbs. All of us knew Viloria would be working the leg kicks early but
what we didn't expect was Viloria being rushed to the edge of the ring
where he turned his ankle on the ring edge, slipped and fell, hitting the back
of his head on the corner of the ring knocking him dizzy. After looking into his
eyes, Team USA cornermen, Evans and Jackson kept him down to
avoid any serious head injury and Team USA forfeited a knockout loss to Team
Armenia. The score now stood at an even 2-2. After reviewing this bout on Video, the video showed
that Varazdat had hit Viloria with a solid forearm as he
approached the edge of the ring, but it was not noticed by the referee.
Next up for Team USA was team captain Cary Nathan who weighed in at
75 kilos or 165 lbs. His opponent, a much younger 19 year old Israelian Gor
of Armenia was no child in the ring with a
fight record of 17 wins and only 2 loses. The biggest disadvantage to Nathan
though would not be his cold that had drug him down in training all week, but
Gor's height. Nathan stood 5'8". Gor towered above
Nathan at 6'3". When the fight began, Nathan went to work
in a methodical, work horse ethic, gutting out each and every takedown he knew
while scoring with leg kicks and overhand rights. When the scores of round 1
were announced, it was a tie and the way Nathan's cold was effecting
him, it was a mental victory in itself for him. In round 2, Nathan again
went to work. Not just stand up fighting, he "Went to Work" sticking
to a skilled game plan. Nathan again scored on the inside with throws
and overhand rights. When round 2 came to an end, Nathan's cold proved
to be quickly wearing him down physically. As the announcer announced the
results, Nathan was announced as the winner of round 2 and again, it
pushed him even stronger with his mental edge. However round 2 came with a
price. Nathan broke his lead knuckle on his right hand and knew now he
had to focus on his throwing skills. In rounds 3, Nathan's hand throbbed
miserably and his focus begin to slip. At the end of the round, it was announced
Gor had won and now each fighter had 1 round a piece and a tie round.
Nathan was in pain, and the match was all tied up with 3 rounds to go.
Things didn't look promising for Nathan and Team USA. Again, he dug in
like a draft horse pulling a plow. Grinding out throws and strikes, and at the
end of round 4, the judges announced another tie. Again, Nathan won a
mental victory and he again let the tie score remind him that he was still in
the bout, pain or no pain, fatigue or not, he can still win. At Gladiator's
Training Academy where Nathan trains in Redwood City, they have a
saying, "Your Weakness is my Strength, Your
Fear is my Courage, Your Loss is my Gain." It was obvious
Nathan was focusing on such a message on this night. Another strong
methodical work ethic in round 5 and as the round ended, the announcer announced
Nathan winning round 5. Team USA erupted with excitement, pumping Nathan
up at ringside. However, Nathan knew there was still 1 round to go. With
the way he was feeling, a knockout by Gor was not out of the question. A
knockout and Armenia goes up 4-2. Nathan didn't have the strength due to
his cold for a knockout himself. Also, his right hand had swelled even more in
pain which left him with no power punch. A loss in this round and Team USA would
not take a lead, ending up tied still. Nathan took the floor for round 6
shaking hands with his opponent to begin the round. As if he were to take the
future and outcome of Team USA into his own hands, he dug in again, inch by
inch, throw by throw, Nathan's mental edge worked on Gor,
frustrating him over and over again. When the final bell rung, we all had no
idea who would win the round and then came the announcement, "Winner,
Cary Nathan, USA" and Team USA went wild. A 3-2 lead with 2
Team USA next had, 18 year old David Solomon who weighed in at 66
Kilos or 145 lbs. His opponent, was 21 year old Avakian Vache of
Armenia Vache's didn't know Solomon
had never been in a full contact fight before and with a Full Contact San Shou
style bouts record of 33 wins and 6 loses, it looked bad for Solomon.
Not many were giving much of a chance to the young and inexperienced Solomon
once it was discovered he was not an experienced full contact fighter. Many said
to expect a quick knockout. But also, no one knew the type of training we all
shared with Solomon over the last week while at the gym in preparation
for his match. Sometimes, the mind can endure what the body questions. As round
1 begin, Solomon's Team USA pride stood tall, not cowering down to Vache
as expected by some. Solomon stood strong throughout round 1 despite
being thrown several times and as expected by the throws of Vache's, the
first round went to Armenia and a 1-0 score. It was clear Solomon was
inexperienced in defending from throws but his corner crew helped him out
tremendously. By the end of round 2, Solomon was still standing toe to
toe with Vache taking everything Vache had to give him but also,
Solomon was beginning to land some strong strikes as well. Still though, Vache
wisely kept taking advantage of Solomon's inexperience in defending the
throws and scored big on them. Round 2 went to Vache but in round 3,
Solomon begin to get comfortable. He realized Vache wasn't
hurting him at all with his punches and kicks and Solomon begin to fire
back several strong combinations. As round 3 ended, Armenia went up 3-0, however
the match to those on Team USA was not about winning anymore to the young Solomon.
It was about Team USA Pride and Mental Strength and Solomon had a lot of
it in the ring on this night. In round 4, Solomon scored big with hand
and feet combinations but Vache still had the edge on throwing which
gave him the round again. By round 5, Solomon's stamina looked like a
fresh race horse as he danced and slipped Vache's attacks. Solomon
scored on kicks and punches again and it was Vache who looked beaten and
tired. However, the throws scored big for Vache once again and proved to
win round 5 for him. Solomon came out fresh as ever in round 6, now
comfortable in the ring, afraid of nothing Vache had for him while Vache
was clearly tired and if the bout had 2 more rounds, there may have been a
different winner. Solomon was now able to stop several of Vache's
throwing attempts in round 6 and was even throwing Vache now. As the
fight came to an end, Vache was announced the winner by decision and the
Teams were all tied up again at 3-3. However, a personal victory was won when
the round 6 winner was announced and it was Solomon. He not only
survived Vache but he did what few non contact fighters get to do. Feel
the "RUSH" of Full Contact Fighting. Great job David!
As the night came to an end, it was time for the big boys to take the stage.Eugene
Jackson hit the scales earlier in the day at 87 & 3/4 Kilos or 193 lbs.
Jackson's original opponent, Khachatrian Vahram pulled out the
week of the fight for unknown reasons and was replaced by someone with quite a
bit more experience than Jackson expected. Jackson, 6 wins and
no loses with 6 KO's would instead face 26 year old Artavazd Harutunian
of Armenia who topped out at 88 Kilos or
193 1/2 lbs. Jackson knew he had his work cut out for him in this match
when it was discovered that Harutunian's fight record in San Shou Style
fighting was 24 wins, 1 loss, 3 draws with 18 KO's. The stage was set for a war
between the Big Bears!
As round 1 begin, Jackson waited patiently for Harutunian
to make a move but he just circled Jackson. Wanting to get busy, Jackson
lunged in a very quick and strong shuffle side kick to Harutunian just
missing him short. Jackson again rushed Harutunian and he
retreated off the platform. As they restarted, they begin to circle again, then
suddenly, Jackson charged like a grizzly on attack, knocking Harutunian
back with punches and eventually off the platform. Harutunian's body and
head bounced on the floor and he quickly went into convulsions, shaking
uncontrollably on the arena floor. Dozens rushed to his side working to free his
mouth piece and get an airway in his mouth so he could breath. Four ringside
doctors rushed in and took control trying to control Harutunian's
convulsions and save him. One begin heart pumping on his chest while the others
worked on the airway. As doctors worked frantically and the crowd stood silently
in shock, all members of Team USA knelt on their knees at ringside and begin to
pray for Harutunian not knowing what was happening and only fearing the
worst. Finally the scare was over and Harutunian's eyes gained control
and he spoke a bit as he tried to sit up. Doctor's kept him down and put him on
a flatboard and lifted him to a stretcher and rushed him to the hospital. It
turned out he was OK. After the fear for Harutunian had been calmed and
everyone was assured he was going to be OK, the judges awarded Jackson
the win and Team USA won the event 3-2. Yes, it was a win, but more important,
Team USA would like to send out our prayers to
Harutunian in hopes he is completely recovered from the fall. Victory
is always good, but as Harutunian's opponent Eugene Jackson put
it himself, "My concern is for Harutunian, not the win of a
fight. I just hope he's OK and that he knows our prayers are with him."
When the night came to an end, Team USA was well respected by everyone and
if not for the security wanting to get us all out of the arena, we might still
be there signing autographs and getting pictures taken. Cary Nathan and
Dominic Viloria got to experience the Armenian hospitals after the
event. Nathan had his hand put into a cast and Viloria had to
have his foot casted as it suffered a small break when he came off the ring
edge. At the after event party, glasses were toasted many times to everyone and
for the sport of Full Contact (San Shou Style) Karate in Armenia. As Team USA's
toast put it once again to end a fantastic trip to a beautiful country,
"As we prepare to leave your country, we make a
toast to those of you we call our new friends tonight. Whether in this room or
those many individuals not here that we met while in Armenia. You were all
strangers to us when we arrived, but an old saying has proven true once again,
that You were never strangers to us, Only friends we have never met yet. Cheers
to Armenia and we all thank you for your gracious hospitality to us all."
When asked if we would like to return in May of next year for another event
we all said of course we would. Then we asked if we would still have the same
people working with us and our Personal Armenian Bodyguard who always had the
answer Team USA wanted to hear answered one more time for the road.........."No
Problem" ......See you all in May for another fantastic event.
(*) Just a note...
There was only "1" negative to a great trip; Special Thumbs DOWN to
Aeroflot Airlines for CANCELLING our flight from Moscow to Los Angeles when we
arrived in Moscow from Armenia on our way back home. And NO we didn't want to
stay over "3" days, maybe another trip but on this one, we were all
ready to come home. However special thanks to the agent in Moscow who worked to
re-route us through New York and American Airlines so we could get home close to
our scheduled time. Also, a thumbs down to Aeroflot for allowing smoking on an
international flight. We all want to thank you for our headaches. A little hint
here..."Smoke travels through the air...and we were in an ENCLOSED Cabin..."
Althought the travel time back was 35 hours, at least we made it safely...Well,
maybe not one of Doug's bags though... Did you get that bag Doug that American
Airlines lost of yours? We hope so.... Next trip... BRITISH AIRWAYS ONLY and NO
SMOKING PLEASE... Just answer us..."No Problem..."
November 12th, 1998, AT 4:00 PM
A BIG SUCCESS!
Medford, Oregon played host to "The first kickboxing event in Oregon."
IKF promoter Mr. Jack Glueck
promoted his first show and it was quite successfull. In attendance according to
Mr. Glueck was around 400 to 500 fans. Fighters were flown in from all
over California and Oregon. This event was also the first to have the West Coast
IKF Championship titles. With three
championship bouts and 6 full contact, International Kickboxing, and Muay Thai
bouts the event gave Oregon kickboxing fans a great aspect of the sport. Only
one bout was cancelled because a North Valley Self Defense fighter from Redding,
CA, Pete Garcia backed out two days prior to the event. His opponent
Mike Marinoble however did showed up.
The first bout of the night was a Muay Thai bout between Joel Colarec
(148 lbs, Fairtex, San Francisco, CA) and James Taylor (148 lbs, ACMA,
Oregon). Taylor was a bit nervous and was quite wild with his punches
while Colarec was landing good solid punches, kicks, and knees. Taylor
was aggressive but left a lot of openings in which Colarec took
advantaged of. Colarec landed heavy kicks and heavy hands to win the
bout by a split decision.
Bout 2 was between Shawn Moore (165 lbs, North Valley Self Defense,
Redding, CA) and Dion Pamento (166 lbs, Sacramento, CA) The fight looked
more like a sparring match as both fighters were exchanging high kicks, spinning
kicks, and so forth. However Pamento did land a solid front kick to Moore's
face. Moore looked tired early in the bout, which showed in his attacks.
He was not attacking as much and landing a lot less. Pamento had good
hands and won by a split decision.
Bout 3 had two female fighters from California in an International
Kickboxing rules bout. Esin Akpolat (118 lbs, Santa Rosa, Ca) fought
Sarah Welborn (122 lbs, Fairtex, San Francisco, CA.) This bout looked
good as Akpolat was landing some spinning backhands. It seems that Akpolat
was only trying the spinning backhand while Wilborn was landing punches
and hard kicks. Akpolat opened her mid section up and Wilborn
took advantage with a solid hook to the midsection. Akpolat bent over
and could not recover as referee Dan Stell gave her the eight count.
Referee Dan Stell waved the bout off and Wilborn won by TKO at
1:48 of the first round.
Bout 4 had Marc Chandler (162 lbs, Santa Rosa, CA) and Dominck
Robles (160, lbs, Sacramento CA) in a Full Contact ruled bout. Robles
timed his punches very well landing them solid and precisely. Chandler
seemed overmatched and was running from Robles. In the third round Robles
hooked Chandler with a left that dropped Chandler and referee
Dan Stell stopped the bout at 1:14 of the third round.
Bout 5 was an International Rules bout with Adam Rogers (162 lbs,
from Seaside, CA) fighting Kogi Aramos (162 lbs, Oregon) This bout was
quite entertaining as Rogers seem to have a lot more experience than the
determine Aramos. Rogers was in control and stayed busy while
Aramos was very busy jumping around. Aramos got tired and Rogers
ended up winning the bout by unanimous decision.
In bout 6 Juan Escobar (150 lbs, Watsonville, CA) fought Jones Tom
(151 lbs San Francisco, CA) for the first ever IKF
West Coast Super Welterweight Championship. Tom looked tiresome as the
Escobar took control of the fight with great hands. Tom was
knocked down early in the second round and then Escobar put the pressure
on to land several unanswered shots. Referee Dan Stell saw that
Tom was taking too much punishment from Escobar and stopped the
bout at 1:21 of the second round of a scheduled five round bout. Escobar
has a long and bright career ahead of him at only eighteen years old.
The Semi-Main event was for the IKF
United States Light Welterweight Full Contact rules Championship. This was
between Billy "The Kid" Beach (135 lbs, Sacramento, CA) and
Ton Saephan (137 lbs, Roseville, CA) Great fight by both fighters as
they were exchanging shot after shot in the first round. Beach came out
after the first round and fought a very smart fight to win the IKF Full Contact Light Welterweight title by
The main event was between two rising amateur stars. The #1 IKF ranked Super Lightweight Shawn Yacoubian
(135 lbs, Mark Parr House of Champions in Van Nuys, CA) took on Armondo
Ramos (137 lbs, Fairtex, San Francisco, CA). The bout was even in
the first round till Ramos went to kick and it appeared that he slipped.
When referee Dan Stell called it a knocked down the whole place was in
shocked. A few seconds later Ramos attempted a flying knee but got
caught with a right hand and again, went to the canvas, but again the referee
called it a knocked down. Ramos calmed down and with his lightening fast
kicks started to keep Yacoubian to the outside. Yacoubian
appeared to get mad that he couldn't get in and wasn't very busy the remainder
of the fight. Ramos then went to work with the knees landing one after
another. Yacoubian went to defend the knee by trying to block with his
arms. Nevertheless Ramos got them in and was landing kicks and punches.
Yacoubian was not doing anything but folding his arm and defending
the knees. Ramos fought beautiful Muay Thai and dominated the last four
rounds. When the announcer announced that Yacoubian had won, everyone
was quite surprised. Although the *decision of the
last bout was in question by some, overall, it was a great event by first time
IKF Promoter Jack Glueck. We all
hope to see many more kickboxing events all over Oregon.
(*)According to IKF President Steve Fossum, this bout will
be reviewed again from the video tape. Mr. Fossum was at another
IKF event in Europe and has yet to see the
Joel Colarec defeated (148lbs.) James
Taylor by split decision.
Dion Pamento defeated (165lbs.) Shawn
Moore by split decision.
Sarah Welborn defeated (118lbs.) Esin
Akpolat by TKO 1:48 of Rd. 1.
Dominck Robles defeated (162lbs.) Marc
Chandler by TKO 1:14 Rd. 3.
Adam Rogers defeated (162lbs.) Kogi
Aramos by Unanimous Decision.
- IKF West
Coast Welterweight International Rules Title
defeated (151lbs.) Jones Tom by TKO 1:21 Rd. 2.
- IKF US
Full Contact Light Welterweight Title
(135lbs.) Billy Beach
Ton Saephan by Majority decision.
- IKF West
Coast Super Lightweight Muay Thai Title
Yacoubian defeated (137lbs.) Armondo Ramos by decision.
November 11th, 1998, AT 10:00 PM
So, who are these fighters? Surly you know most of them. Where does the IKF have plans for such a card...? First read about
how Super Heavyweight Kevin Rosier has been past up by many. Then see
whats coming in 1999. Click HERE..and
find out more!.
November 10th, 1998, AT 11:55 PM
IKF World Title!
Jeff "DUKE" Roufus is back in the fighting fast
lane this December. Roufus, already a 3 time World Champion will enter
the ring again on December 5th at the Eagles Club in Milwaukee Wisconsin to
fight Dimitri Stepanov of Minsk, Belarus for the vacant IKF World Super Heavyweight Muay Thai title. The 28
year old Roufus, 30-4-1 with 23 KO's stands 6'1" and will weigh in
at 220 lbs. Stepanov's record is currently being verified through
official sources and once we have verified it, we will report it here. He too
will weigh in at approximatly 220 as well. Roufus' most memorable bout
was a first round Knock Out against
Stan Longinidis of Melborne, Victoria, Australia. Since the event is
promoted in Roufus' hometown, IKF
Steve Fossum and several other IKF
associates will oversee all aspects of the promotion to assure fareness with all
officials and event activities. Keep watch for more news of this event.
NEWS OF 11-10-98. . .
Rick Roufus & Alexio
For the first time in 8 years, on March 27, 1999,
Don "The Dragon" Wilson will enter the fighting ring
for real against
Dick "The Destroyer" Kimber for the vacant IKF World Cruiserweight Title. The promoters of the
event, Revolution Productions are now
stating that Dennis Alexio may face
Rick Roufus on the card as well for either Alexio's IKF World Full Contact Rules title or the vacant
IKF World Heavyweight Full Contact Rules
Title. The event will be featured on pay-per-view as well. Concerns and
questions though about the match-up centered around Alexio who
apparently does not want to fight on the card as a semi-main event. His desires
are valid since he has been fighting several times a year with his most recent
bout being in Sacramento, CA, USA on May 1st of this year defending his IKF World Full Contact rules title. However, the
fact is, is that this event was designed for Wilson first. Maybe Alexio
won't headline, but he could have the biggest payday of his career if he says
yes to the deal. On the other side of the ring, Roufus' desire to fight
in K-1 USA in February may delay signing as well. Rick's brother Duke
Roufus has also voiced interest to fight on the same K-1 card. Duke
being the more skilled leg kicker of the 2 Roufus brothers is a 3 Time
World Champion. He hopes to add number 4 around his waist December 5th when he
fights for the vacantIKF World Muay Thai
title in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA against Dimitri Stepanov of Minsk,
Belarus. The Alexio vs Rick Roufus match-up is probably one of
the last great heavyweight full contact rules (Above the waist) bouts everyone
really "WANTS" to see. Oh sure, there are still many great Super
Heavyweight Full Contact Rules Fighters out there, but no 2 are better matched
than these 2 together in the ring. Roufus has wanted Alexio ever
since Roufus was a Cruiserweight at only 185 lbs. After bulking up for
K-1, Roufus knows that the time is right for these 2 great fighters to
meet. The promoters will do everything possible to make this a reality. The
money is there this time and all they need are the 2 signatures. Well keep
everyone informed as we know more.
NEWS OF 11-10-98. . .
THE 13TH ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND
IKF Promoter Mike Miles
hosted his 13th Annual Battle of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies Championship
Kickboxing Card and Martial Arts Tournament on the 7th of November, 1998 in
Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The event was an outstanding success with the evening
fight card being completely sold out to 1,400 people. Several television
channels as well as the local press attended to cover the exciting and
entertaining bouts. The event featured 5 international bouts, 2 of which were
under full Muay Thai Rules (which included knees AND Elbows) 2 of which
were Modified Muay Thai Rules (with no elbows but knees) and the
remaining bouts being International Rules (allowing kicks to the legs).
The audience was treated to some very exceptional and memorable bouts.
The main event was for the IKF
Intercontinental Light-welterweight Muay Thai Title. It featured Team Canada
member and local athlete Trevor T.N.T. Smandych battling against
Thailand's Wittaya Sripave. The Thai had 5 times the experience of the
Canadian and in no way did this intimidate or deter Smandych from
wanting to win the title. The athletes came out fairly quickly and without
spending a full round probing and feeling each other out, started to deliver
some brisk shots at each other. Wittaya possessed some good power and
was fleet of hand and foot, which complimented the fact that Smandych
possessed the same qualities. Wittaya would take some good punches and
smile at Smandych. This woke the partisan Canadian audience up and
worked them into a frenzy with a chant asking "the Canadian to wipe the
smile off of the Thai's face". In reality, Wittaya was in no
way being disrespectful but just attempting to play mind games with Smandych.
In round two both athletes were receiving instructions to try and use their
elbows and though both attempted (Smandych attempted a flying elbow),
neither were successful. Throughout the first two rounds, Smandych kept
delivering a left roundhouse kick toWittaya and in the third round he
changed his strategy. After backing Wittaya up into his own corner, Wittaya
lifted his chin and dropped his left hand to feign invincibility. This was a
mistake because Smandych delivered a lightning fast right roundhouse
kick to Wittaya head which landed with a resounding crack. Wittaya
fell to the canvas. He attempted to sit up but fell onto his face. Wittaya
was slow to get to his feet and by the count of 10, and not wanting to risk any
danger to Wittaya's well being, referee Tim Yorke stopped the
contest. Smandych won the IKF
Intercontinental Light-welterweight Muay Thai Title by KO over Thailand's Wittaya
The semi-main event featured Team Canada member Jason Fenton
battling against Thailand's Parinya Iaard for the IKF Intercontinental Welterweight Muay Thai Title.
The bout started off very slowly with both athletes probing each other's
defenses with punches and kicks. This was to remain the pace for the majority of
the bout. As each round progressed, more and more powerful shots were exchanged.
Fenton was keen on trying to use his elbows, and though he only managed
to deliver a few of them, it resulted in Iaard being cut in the hairline
and no one finding out about it until after the bout. Iaard looked
strong on the clinching and kneeing but Fenton proved his worth by
countering with his own knee barrage to the body as well. Throughout the bout,
Fenton appeared to be forcing the bout but both athletes looked like
they had delivered a comparable amount of blows at each other. The decision was
announced and Fenton took the bout by a majority decision. Several
seasoned fight aficionados felt the fight was close but the edge should have
went to Iaard. "I have promised to bring Parinya back
to Canada for a rematch, even though he is happy with the outcome of the bout",
said promoter Mike Miles.
Team Canada athlete Kerry Dell stepped into the ring against
transplanted Greek national Valentinos Papalambros who now trains in
England under World Champion Julian Howell. The bout was cautious from
the start. Both athletes seemed to pick a shot in here and there and would
hesitate to follow it up. Several times Dell would fire in a shot,
connect and then step back and Papalambros would take the momentum and
rush in delivering a few shots. The rounds were all very close and only in the
5th and final round was it clear who won a round. Papalambros delivered
a beautiful left roundhouse kick to the body of Dell who went down but
was up before the count was completed. The judges scored the bout, 48-46 for
Dell, 48-47 for Papalambros, and 48-48. The bout was declared a
draw. Dell looked very uninspired in this bout and not like the man who
only 2 months earlier had knocked out the current IKF
Professional Light-cruiserweight Champion
Phil Petit in one round.
Team Canada's Vanessa Bellegarde stepped into the ring with
England's Helen Wilson for an International Prestige International Rules
Muay Thai match. In round one, Bellegarde rushed out and like a women
possessed threw everything she had at Wilson. Wilson's coach at
one point was about to throw the towel in when the tide turned and Wilson
started coming back. In round two, Bellegarde was starting to look very
weary and though she was dominating the round (the British coach again was
ready at one point to throw the towel in), Wilson fought back with
exceptional courage and desire. In the final round Wilson was looking
tired and although she could only win the bout now by KO, she showed she is a
fighter tooth and nail. Wilson proved she is a fighter through and
through and she gained the respect and admiration of Bellegarde and the
Canadian audience. Bellegarde won the bout by unanimous decision.
Javier Gomez stepped into the ring with England's Darren Fisher
in a 3 round modified Muay Thai Rules bout. Both athletes were fast with the
feet and fast with the punches (when they both decided to punch), and
this made both very cautious on the inside. Both delivered impressive technique
Gomez was delivering more fast and snappy style kicks, neither of the
athletes were really dominating the other. This changed in the final round when
Gomez pulled one of his Karate style kicks out of the hat and delivered
a spinning back kick on Fisher dropping him to the canvas. The British
coach threw in the towel. Gomez won by KO. Strangely enough in this Muay
Thai rules bout, no knees were delivered in any of the exchanges.
In what was to be one of the best bouts of the evening, Calgary's Sokhim
Or stepped into the ring for his 6th time against a seasoned amateur Jason
Unger who has trained out of the USA's Fairtex Muay Thai Camp. Unger
stepped into the ring with almost three times the experience of Or. The
Calgarian came out like a man possessed, not wild, but very fast and methodical
not allowing Unger to test his opponent's strengths and weaknesses.
Strong punches followed by strong kicks confused and overwhelmed Unger
from the get go. By the end of the first round Unger had been dropped
twice. Or never had the chance to attempt a third knockdown as the bell
rang. In the second round Or again came out fast mixing his shots up
from the head to the body and the legs. Unger tried to deliver a left
leg cut kick and Or stepped in and delivered a crushing straight left to
Unger's head which resulted in the fight being stopped. Unger
lost by 2nd round TKO and for his efforts, Or won the 1998 Roy
Lilley Memorial Award. Jason Unger is a very fine athlete and
this was only his 2nd bout after a 2 year lay off (he won his last bout by
2nd round TKO). A rematch between these 2 athletes under Muay Thai rules
would probably result in what could possibly be "THE" amateur match of
the year in Canada.
In a Submission rules contest Vancouver's Dennis Kang stepped into
the ring with Winnipeg's Oleg Datsky. The bout started slowly but
progressed to the floor. Kang for the first seven minutes of the bout
seemed to be in control of the ring attempting to complete a choke on the
Russian while on his back. He could not complete the move and suddenly at the
seven minute mark Datsky took control and forced Kang onto his
back. Datsky forced Kang to tap out from a very painful arm bar.
Datsky was a far more experienced athlete (having been rated in the
top ten in the world of Judo at one point) and the audience thoroughly
enjoyed this bout.
The results of the remaining bouts were as
- Jeremy Rempel (Calgary - National Kickboxing & Muay Thai)
stopped Winnipeg's Dirk Creighton (Dragon Muay Thai) in the 2nd
- Trevor Desjarlais' (Red Deer - Cheney's Zen Karate/Kickboxing)
stepped into the ring with Calgary's (Victory Tae Kwon-Do) David Herceg.
Desjarlais' original opponent Winnipeg's Dave Zuniga (Sik Tai)
backed out 3 days before due to an injury to the hand. Herceg took this
bout on 2 days notice and to his credit proved he has good desire and possesses
a granite chin. Desjarlais won by unanimously decision.
- Calgary's Gord Anderson (National Kickboxing & Muay Thai)
defeated Prince Albert's Bradley Parent (Emerald Gym).(Full Contact
- Winnipeg's Domingo Zuniga (Sik Tai) defeated Calgary's Yuki
Tatsuno (National Kickboxing & Muay Thai) by unanimous decision.
- Ashley Odd (Sicamous, B.C.) defeated Prince Albert's
Steven Crawford (Emerald Gym) by TKO in round 1. Odd slugged his way to
a first round stoppage against the advice of his cornerman. "I wanted
to get him to box and kick his way to a victory, because though Odd has not been
in the ring in a very long time, he had more experience than Crawford. Odd did
not listen to one thing I said", said Mike Miles
- Keith Crawford (National Kickboxing & Muay Thai) stopped boxing
veteran Darcy Henderson (Sik Tai) in the 2nd round.
- Jason Taylor (National Kickboxing & Muay Thai) stopped Shane
Doerkson (Emerald Gym) by KO in round 3.
- Larry Sharpe (Sik Tai) won a decision over Dave Robson (Red
Deer - Seven Stars Praying Mantis)
November 1st , 1998, AT 3:15 PM
The IKF will sanction their first
event in Armenia this coming Saturday night, November 7th. The event will be a
Full Contact Karate/San Shou event held at Hamaleer Stadium in Yerevan Armenia.
IKF President Steve Fossum will
attend as the IKF Event Representative
along with the trainers and 5 team members. They will leave for Armenia Monday,
November 2nd and return late Monday, November 9th. The event will feature the
team from USA vs a team from Armenia. USA Full Contact Karate Federation
Associate Ken Arutyunyan of North Hollywood, CA, USA organized the USA
team of 5 fighters. Here is the line-up.
- Featherweight Division
Armenia vs Dominic Viloria, USA
- Welterweight Division
Avakian Vache, Armenia
Team Captain vs David Solomon, USA
- Middleweight Division
Ohanian Karen, Armenia
vs Doug Evans, USA
- Super Middleweight Division
Armenia vs Cary Nathan, USA
- Cruiserweight Division
Armenia vs Eugene Jackson, USA
NEWS OF 11-1-98. . .
IKF Promoters Ready
For Saturday, November 7th
Four IKF Promoters have events
scheduled for this Saturday, November 7th. As the end of 1998 closes in, these
IKF Promoters and others are completing a
very successful year with their Promotional Teams, Fighters and as a big part of
the IKF WORLD
TEAM. Here is the rundown of each of the events;
Ready For IKF Calgary,
IKF promoter Mike Miles
prepares to close out a fantastic 1998 as he promotes his 5th IKF event of 1998 in Calgary, Alberta Canada
Saturday. The event entitled, "The Battle"
will feature 2 IKF Title bouts which
include the following.
Fighting for the IKF Amateur
Intercontinental Light Welterweight Muay Thai Rules Title Bout will be IKF Amateur North American Full Contact Rules
Champion Trevor Smandych (10-4-1) of Calgary, Alberta, Canada vs Wittaya
Sripave (Over 50 bouts) of Koh Samui Thailand.
The second title bout will be for the IKF
Amateur Intercontinental Welterweight Muay Thai Rules Title Bout between IKF Amateur North American Muay Thai Champion Jason
Fenton (15-3 with 10 KOs) of Calgary, Alberta Canada vs Parinya Iapard
(Over 50 bouts) of Koh Samui Thailand. For more info on this event, contact Mr.
Mike Miles at (403) 244-8424 or e-mail by clicking
NEWS OF 11-1-98. . .
Ready For IKF Iowa,
IKF promoter Mick Doyle
prepares as well to close out a fantastic 1998 as he promotes his 3rd IKF event of 1998 at Harveys
Resort Casino in Council Bluffs Iowa, USA Saturday. The event
will feature 1 IKF Title bout when IKF number 1 ranked Light Middleweight contender
Steven Berkolayko of Brooklyn, New York takes on number 2 ranked Nathan
Clemens of Mertle Beach, South Carolina for the IKF
United States Amateur, Muay Thai Rules Light Middleweight Title. IKF Representative
Brooks Mason will be the official IKF
Representative for the event. For more info on this event, contact Mr. Mick
Doyle at (402) 498-9592 or e-mail by clicking
NEWS OF 11-1-98. . .
Ready For IKF
IKF promoter Shorne Moorcroft
prepares to promote his first IKF Event
with IKF Associate Roleen Coetser
in Johannesburg, South Africa, this Saturday, November 7th. The event is an
introduction of the IKF Organization to
Kickboxers, Trainers and Schools in South Africa and markes the beginning of
IKF South Africa.
IKF Associate Roleen Coetser
will host a meeting introducing those attending to the IKF Organization after which promoter Shorne
Moorcroft will hold an IKF Open
Amateur Invitation Tournament among those attending. This event will be followed
soon by the first IKF World title bout
hosted by South Africa. For more info on this event, contact
IKF Associate and the official
IKF Representative for this event, Roleen
Coetser +27 11 378-7042, FAX: +27 11 378-8042 or by e-mail by clicking
NEWS OF 11-1-98. . .
Ready For IKF Oregon,
IKF promoter Jack Glueck
prepares to promote his first IKF Event
and the first kickboxing in Oregon USA. The event entitled "Championship Kickboxing Invades the Armory"
will be held at the Medford Armory in Medford, Oregon, USA. Mr. Glueck
isn't planning a small event either. His first event will feature 3 IKF Title Bouts. Number 1 ranked Super Lightweight
Billy Beach (6-0 with 2 KOs) of Citrus Heights, California, USA will
meet number 2 ranked Tawn Saephan (3-1, no KOs) of Roseville,
California, USA for the IKF Amateur United
States Super Lightweight Full Contact Rules Title.
Number 1 ranked Super Lightweight Shawn Yacoubian (3-2 with 3 KOs)
of Van Nuys California, USA, will face non IKF
ranked fighter Armando Ramos for the IKF
Amateur West Coast USA Super Lightweight Muay Thai Rules Title.
Number 1 ranked Light Welterweight Jones Tom (7-6 with 4 KOs) of
Vacaville, California USA will be moving up in weight to meet number 2 ranked
Juan Escobar (7-1 with 4 KOs) of San Jose, California, USA for the IKF Amateur West Coast USA Super Welterweight Full
Contact Rules Title. IKF Co-Founder and
Head of Officials Dan Stell will be the official IKF event Representative. For more info on this
event, contact Mr. Jack Gluck at: (541) 773-9589.
NEWS OF 11-1-98. . .
Grand Prix Results
OK, yes these results are late but here they are.
- Stan Longinidis defeated Yoshi Nakasako by TKO at 30
seconds of round 4 in his first bout since knee surgery.
- Nobuaki Kakuda defeated Bart Vale by KO at 2:09 of round
- Jan Nortje' defeated Mitsuta Nagai by TKO at 2:51 of round
- Andy Hug defeated Masaaki Miyamoto by KO at 2:50 of round
- Michael Thompson defeated Musashi by Majority Decision.
- SUPER BOUT: Mike Bernardo defeated S. Kiatsongrit
by TKO at 2:00 of round 1.
October 27th, 1998, AT 1:00 PM
Comeback Bout vs Kimber
Alexio & Roufus "MIGHT" be
Part of it as Well.
Many of you have e-mailed the IKF
asking if the IKF is still confirmed to
sanction the comeback bout of Don "The Dragon" Wilson
against Dick "The Destroyer" Kimber. Apparently there
was a rumor going around that another sanctioning organization was going to
sanction Mr. Wilson's comeback bout in April instead. The
IKF would like to confirm that this is
only a rumor. The IKF will be the "ONLY"
sanctioning organization for the event scheduled for March 27th, 1999 at the
Tsongas Arena, in Lowell Massachusetts, USA . It will "NOT" be
co-sanctioned with any other organization either. The
IKF would also like to add that there is
talk of the long awaited Rick Roufus vs Dennis Alexio match-up
on this event as well. Both Roufus and Alexio hold IKF Pro World titles. If the two agree to terms, the
next decision will be what rules the bout will be fought under.International
Rules which Roufus seems to like most and holds his World Title in or
Full Contact Rules where Alexio holds his World Title. It seems both
will be weighing in the 210 to 220 pound range. Other "Possible"
fighters on the card include IKF Pro North
American Full Contact Rules Champion
Eric Regan and San Shou & Draka sesation Cung Le. For more
event information you can contact Mr. Rick Broider of Revolution
Productions at (781) 592-9063 or by e-mail by clicking
October 26th, 1998, AT 1:00 PM
Wins IKF World Title
Duke Roufus and IKF Team
Milwaukee held another outstanding event at the Eagles Club in Milwaukee
Wisconsin USA this past Saturday night. The event featured 2 IKF title bouts with 1 for an IKF World Title. Muay Thai sensation, Kongnapa
of Thailand, now training with Duke Roufus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
defeated Ryan Jones of Winnipage, Manitoba, Canada by KO in the first
round of their scheduled 5 round World Muay Thai bout to win the IKF Pro World Junior Middleweight Muay Thai Rules
Title. Kongnapa KOed
Jones with a strong hook punch that left Jones motionless on the
canvas. Phil Petit of Winnipage, Manitoba, Canada defeated Kevin
McMullen of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA to win the IKF
Pro North American Light Cruiserweight Muay Thai Rules Title. For more info, you
can contact Mr. Duke Roufus at Milwaukee Kickboxing at (414) 319-1151
NEWS OF 10-26-98. . .
1999 IKF /
Here are the Official Regions for the 1999 IKF
/ RINGSIDE National Amateur Tournament. Each
region will hold several events to determine who will represent each weight
division in each of the 2 fighting rule divisions of International Rules (Leg
Kick) and Full Contact Rules (Above the waist) Muay Thai will not be a division
for the 1999 tournament but maybe for 2000
To participate in any of the regional tournaments, each fighter will pay a
$35.00 registration fee. $20 will go to each promoter to help cover event
expenses and $15 to the IKF for official
fighter registration. The IKF is still
accepting promoter applications for several regions. The National amateur
Championship Tournament location has yet to be determined. The
IKF and RINGSIDE
are currently reviewing various venue ideas. Any imput to the National
Tournament will be appreciated. For information on registration, promoters etc,
please e-mail the IKF by clicking
HERE or phone
the World Headquarters at (916) 663-2467.
- IKF PACIFIC NORTH WEST DIVISION
Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Northern CA & Northern NV, Alaska.
- IKF PACIFIC SOUTH WEST DIVISION
Hawaii, Southern CA, Southern NV, Arizona, New Mexico.
- IKF CENTRAL NORTH DIVISION
Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan,
- IKF CENTRAL DIVISION
Utah, Kansas, Missouri.
- IKF CENTRAL SOUTH DIVISION
Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi.
- IKF SOUTH EASTERN DIVISION
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina.
- IKF EASTERN CENTRAL DIVISION
Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Ohio.
- IKF NORTH EASTERN DIVISION
Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont,
New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island.
October 20th, 1998, AT 12:10 PM
Ready For IKF Wisconsin,
IKF Promoter, Duke Roufus has
another exciting IKF event planned for
Milwaukee Wisconsin USA this Saturday, October 24th at the Famous Eagles Club.
The Milwaukee event will feature several IKF
Title Bouts including IKF PRO World Muay
Thai Junior Middleweight Title Bout with Kongnapa taking on Ryan
Jones. Other title bouts will include, IKF
PRO North American Muay Thai Lt. Cruiserweight Title Bout with Kevin
Phil Petit and IKF Amateur
Midwest USA Super Middleweight Muay Thai Title Bout with Ryan Klagmann
vs Brian Campbell. For more info, you can contact Mr. Duke Roufus
at Milwaukee Kickboxing at (414) 319-1151
October 19th, 1998, AT 3:00 PM
High Profile Fighter
Comes On Board
IKF In England
IKF England has great pleasure in welcoming CHERYL
ROBERTSON, former WIBF Bantomweight World Boxing Champion.
Cheryl lost her WIBF World Boxing title to America's Eva Jones-Young
in Atlanta City New Jersey in March 1998, but now under new management she
looks forward to reclaiming this title.
Cheryl is also a High Profile Kickboxer, holding a number of titles.
"LOOK OUT KIM MESSER - Cheryl has made it clear that
she wants a rematch, but this time for the IKF
World Title! Alby Bimpson who Trains and Manages IKF Pro World Muay Thai Champion Chris Wright
is now the new Manager and Trainer of Cheryl. Please contact
IKF for further details - More to follow.
October 18th, 1998, AT 6:00 PM
& San Shou Sensation
Wins By KO!
The IKF would like to congratulate top
IKF San Shou Martial Arts Fighter and DRAKA Sensation,
Cung Le of San Jose, CA, USA on his recent victory over Dan Garrett
of Pasadena, Maryland, USA. The bout was held in San Jose and promoted by
Scott Coker on Saturday night, October 10th.
Le was in control of the entire bout with exciting throws and takedowns,
showing great kickboxing skills as well as landing several devastating legs
kicks and punches on Garrett. Le knocked Garrett out at
:20 seconds of the third round. Cung Le is making the fighting style of
San Shou a worldwide favorite from his exciting DRAKA
performances where he has yet to lose.
To assure true San Shou credibility, IKF
Cofounder and head of IKF World Officials
Dan Stell of Fairfield, CA, USA was the official San Shou bout referee.
Stell is also a top DRAKA official
with Marcos Rosalas of Bakersfield, CA, USA. IKF
San Shou President Tat-Mau Wong of San Francisco, CA, USA (Also
a past San Shou Champion) assured the TV commentary would be accurate to the
San Shou rules as he handled the TV fight color commentary. The event will later
air on ESPN 2. We look forward to Le's next bout which will probably be
on the next DRAKA event. The date of that
show has yet to be announced. Martial art celebrities at the event included,
Ernie Reyes Jr. & Ernie Reyes Sr. Past World Kickboxing
Champions, Don "The Dragon" Wilson and Peter "Sugarfoot"
Cunningham were also present. To contact Cung Le, click
There is a possibility Cung Le may fight an IKF San Shou Title Bout on the undercard of the
IKF Sanctioned Don Wilson
comeback bout on March 27th, 1999. Wilson is confirmed to face Dick
Kimber of Lynn, Massachusetts, USA (48-2 with 46 KO's) for the IKF Pro Full Contact Rules Cruiserweight World
Title. The bout will air "LIVE" on PPV cable TV. For details
about the Kimber-Wilson bout, click
October 5th, 1998, AT 3:00 PM
Next K-1, Quarterfinals, December the
12th, 1998, at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.
- Ernesto Hoost vs Sam
- Andy Hug vs Ray Sefo
- Peter Aerts vs Masaaki
- Francisco Filho vs Mike
October 4th, 1998, AT 10:00 AM
A special IKF Thank You to
IKF web fan, Mr. Steve Kalakoda,
manager/trainer of Mike Bernardo. Mr. Kalakoda sent the IKF the recent K-1
results for all of you to see. Here they are;
- Peter Aerts (Holland) KO 1:55 of 2nd round Sinisa Andrijasevic
- Ray Sefo (New Zealand) won on points against Stefan Leko
- Sam Greco (Australia) won on points Matt Skelton (United
- Franscisco Filho ( Brazil) KO :15 into 2nd round Rick Roufus
(USA, leg injury)
- Andy Hug (Switzerland) KO 2:07 of 2nd round Mark Russell
- Mike Bernardo (South Africa) won on points Maurice Smith
- Ernesto Hoost (Holland) won at 3:00 4th round Tosca Petrides
(Aus) retired by corner
- Masaaki Satake (Japan) won on points Glaube Feitosa (Brazil)
If you get a chance, thank Mr. Kalakoda for the update by clicking
and we are sure if you want more details, he can help you.
October 3rd, 1998, AT 1:30 PM
IKF San Shou Page...
MORE NEWS OF
10-3-98. . .
& IKF -
According to sources, there has been some great progress for amateur Muay
Thai to be accepted into the Olympics. With Olympic judo, wrestling, boxing and
Tae Kwon-do already in, watch out everyone as Muay Thai has made great strides
to be involved. However, there is still a lot of work to do. Whether it will be
an exhibition sport in 2000 is now doubtful since there is still a lot of work
organizing the sport worldwide. The IOC is still looking at the sport and
feeling very positive about it all but the most important piece of this puzzle
is whether the political infighting among several Muay Thai organizations in
Thailand can be resolved.
It seems that the IOC wants the Thailand organizations to come together and
work as a team, but those knowing the organizations know that this will be a
difficult task to become a reality. For example, WHO will decide the actual
terms of the sport in regards to rules, representatives, officials etc. in the
actual Olympic games?
Although the IKF is willing to work
side by side with whoever the organization is that will head up the sport
worldwide, now the IKF may not be allowed
to organize it under the title IKF.
Apparently the IOC is looking for a non-profit organization to organize the
teams. However, the known organizations that are non-profit have no strong
following or actual amateur rankings, especially here in the USA where as the
Still, the IKF may assist in some way
to form a non-profit organization for the betterment of the sport that will not
be associated directly with the IKF. If
so, the IKF will offer their rankings,
fighter info, contacts etc. to such an organization for free. Members of the
committee will include those in the IKF
and other organizations already firmly established in the Muay Thai community
such as, Mike Miles, Canada, Alby Bimpson, England & Duke
Roufus, & Mick Doyle USA among others. This is a big job and a
major step for Muay Thai and even Kickboxing so don't expect results overnight.
We'll keep you updated as things happen. Muay Thai is a national sport in
Thailand, which made it possible to become eligible for an Olympic sport, unlike
leg kick or Full Contact Rules Kickboxing.
October 2nd, 1998, AT 2:00 PM
to read all about it...
October 1st, 1998, AT 10:30 PM
Wilson's Comeback Bout
It's a confirmed done deal. Don "The Dragon" Wilson
"WILL fight for REAL! Rick Broider Revolution Productions Inc. and other members
of their Promotional Company have chosen to join forces with the IKF in Promoting several MAJOR televised kickboxing
events for 1999. Their plan is to bring about global standardization of rules
via major marketing power, corporate longevity planning and by allocating the
proper marketing resources to ensure the complete success and longevity of
Kickboxing in the Mainstream Market.
Wilson has signed the dotted line and accepted a deposit to fight
Dick "The Destroyer" Kimber as the Main Event on the
show scheduled for March 27th, 1999 at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell
Massachusetts, USA. The event will be a Televised PPV event. This event will be
broadcasted not just Domestically but Internationally on Pay Per View, with
possible post fight broadcasts on HBO, USA, or TNT. Revolution Productions is
also assembling a very exciting undercard where there will be possible 2 more
World Titles on the line and at least two IKF
US titles. For more info, you can contact Mr. Rick Broider of Revolution
Productions at 781-592-9063 or e-mail by clicking HERE
NEWS OF 10-1-98. . .
- Coming Soon......
Usually, IKF clothes such as Sweats,
T-Shirts, Polo Shirts, Hats, Jackets etc. were special order through the
IKF Headquarters. Not for long. Soon
several choices of IKF apparel will be
available at several major clothing outlets. The IKF
line will be out soon so get ready to GO EXTREME
in the new IKF look!
More details on this will be coming soon but to answer all those questions
and requests of kickboxing fans that have been great fans of our website, YES,
The IKF "IS" putting out a
magazine that will focus EXCLUSIVELY on KICKBOXING News WORLDWIDE! It is
We will keep you posted on it's development and hey... the wait won't be very
Need some GREAT Kickboxing Equipment? Well here it comes! Joe Taylor
of RINGSIDE INC. has, as many of you
already know, teamed up with the IKF to
design some great kickboxing equipment endorsed by the IKF.
The equipment and other kickboxing items will be featured in their upcoming
Spring 1999 catalog. Several IKF Champions
have been photographed to be featured demonstrating the equipment.IKF Appareal and instructional videos will also be
available through RINGSIDE INC.
Hey Promoters, Trainers and Amateur kickboxers! Here comes the 1999 IKF/RINGSIDE National
Amateur Tournament. The IKF is now
finalizing the "8" National Divisions that will meet at the end of
summer, 1999 in the MidWest USA to compete for the HONEST, IKF US National Championship Title in their weight
Division! If you are a promoter that is interested in hosting a regional
tournament event, please contact the IKF
via e-mail by clicking HERE.
The IKF is currently determining the
promoters who will be involved. The championship weekend will be a 3 day event
and the Sunday IKF Championship Bouts will
be televised Live Nationally on Network TV. Trainers and fighters, get ready.
It's time to determine the TRUE National Amateur Kickboxing Champions!
September 30th, 1998, AT 12:50 PM
Wants The FACTS Known.
chosen to place this on our opinions page. For obvious reasons, you'll see
to go to the
IKF Opinion Page!
September 26th, 1998, AT 10:00 PM
Breaks Opponents Leg
& Cung LE Wins By
Head Kick KO!
FOR ALL YOUR DRAKA
September 18th, 1998, AT 1:30 AM
BELOIT, WISCONSIN RESULTS
IKF Promoter Craig Monyelle
completed a large IKF event in Beloit
Wisconsin on Sunday night September 6th. The event featured 11 undercard bouts
and 1 IKF Title bout. The title was for
the IKF Midwest Title bout which saw Light
Heavyweights Danny Russ (175, 10-1/4) defeat Roy Jones (175,
16-4-1/4) by majority decision, 39-37, 38-38 and 38-37. Here are the other bout
- Tommy Gusias (Buffalo Grove IL.) defeated Scott Macon
(Beloit WS) by KO.
- Russell Ford (Chicago, IL) defeated Matt Simon (Dixon IL)
by unanimous decision.
- Rick Whiteneck (Belvidere IL) defeated Joe Bulkis (Robbins
IL) by TKO.
- Tim Mazurkeiwicz (Freeport IL) defeated Bryce Frank
(Rockford IL) by unanimous decision.
- Tamira Stewert (Buffalo Grove IL) defeated Amanda Thomas
(Dixon IL) by unanimous decision.
- Chris Roney (Chicago IL) defeated John Ransom (Clinton WI)
by unanimous decision.
- Jason Johnson (Milwaukee WS) defeated Jack Lagrange
(Dubuque IA) by split decision.
- Chris Weitz (Dubuque IA) defeated Louis Tobar (Chicago IL)
- Dan Lamping (Indianapolis IN) defeated Mitch Adams
(Dubuque IA) by TKO.
- Derick Yuen (Milwaukee WS) defeated Don Mundt (Dubuque IA)
- Jon Schurtz (Peoria IL) defeated Nick Hyde (Indianapolis
IN) by TKO. IKF
Mr. Monyelle's next event will be in January 1999 in Peoria,
Illinois, USA. For more info, you can contact Mr. Monyelle at (608)
NEWS OF 9-18-98. . .
Promoter Bruce Marshall has closed the books on a very successful
event in Massachusetts this last weekend. According to IKF
event Representative Frank Thiboutot, he was particularly impressed with
the quality of the Muay Thai fighters. Fighters such as Pro welterweight Steve
Milles who won a decision over
Peter Keltecich and Amateur fighters such as the Borodine brothers
of Brooklyn, NY, (originally from the Ukraine). Steve Borodine stopping
Keith Walsh with a knee to the chin at :43 seconds into round 1 while
brother Greg won a unanimous decision over Steve Sorjano.
Welterweight John Hunt, was stopped by Andrew Brown at 2:00
of round 2 of the scheduled 5, 3 minute round bout. The best Full Contact bout
was between Pro Middleweights Gary Bonnenfant and Bobby Francis.
Both were polished fighters showing goods skills especially Bonnenfant
whose hands were better which ended up stopping Francis at 1:44 of round
3 of the scheduled 5 round bout.
There were several demos which included Boston Tae Kwon Do. Here are the
outcomes of the remaining bouts;
- Franklin Gomez won by unanimous decision over Ed Doherty.
- Tony Maestro stopped Richard Sanon by KO at 1:48 of round
- Zubia Laliwala defeated Harut Arutyunyan when Arutyunyan
injured his knee at the end of round 1. (Amateur)
- Brayher Martinez won by by unanimous decision over Tyre Wilson.
- Scott Weyant stopped Pat Flaherty at 1:15 of round 1.
- Ruben Colon won by unanimous decision over Jason Bonacorsi.
- Steve Mills defeated Peter Keltevich by decision. (Pro)
For more info you can contact Bruce Marshall at 978-465-5538
September 16th, 1998, AT 3:30 AM
Loio Is Part of Another Great Step Forward for the IKF!
It gives the IKF
WORLD TEAM great pleasure, to welcome IKF Promoter Fernando Loio to the IKF WORLD TEAM
as our new IKF Representative for
IKF Europe Representatives Alby
Bimpson and Jacqui Thompson were treated with wonderful hospitality,
and look forward to working with Mr. Loio and his IKF TEAM in the future
on more IKF Events. "We can only
see the IKF and Kickboxing getting
stronger in Portugal with people such as Mr. Loio and his wife, Amelia
that believe and are committed to fair play." Says IKF Representative Alby Bimpson.
The event, which was part of a town festival of the town Viseu, turned out
to be the main attraction. 3000+ spectators attended, and the Director of
Entertainment commented it was the biggest attendance for 50 years which was
also reported in the National Newspaper. The two attending Government officials
congratulated and commended the show. The show was televised as well.
"The hospitality was excellent." said Alby Bimpson.
"I would have no hesitation in sending fighters to Portugal through
Loio plans to do 6 IKF Kickboxing
events a year which will make him a major force in the European Kickboxing
Portugal Amateur Fighter Celso Costa of Viseu Portugal became the
first ever IKF Portugal Champion winning
the IKF European Featherweight Full
Contact Title with a unanimous decision win over Jamie Chedotal of
Liverpool, England. (49-46, 50-46, 50-48) Costa fought a good technical
fight using his height to his advantage. He was several inches taller than the
Chedotal was put down in the 3rd round by an excellent spinning thrust
kick by Costa which certainly delighted the crowd. Chedotal did
not give up trying up to the final bell. Both fighters showed a high degree of
fitness in completing the 5 rounds with no problems. The spectators showed
great enthusiasm and respect to both fighters. Chedotal came away with a
handful of presents, and a sore hand from shaking so many delighted fans hands
after the event. Great respect was shown by both fighters of which the crowd
recognized and applauded.
Costa is a good European Amateur champion for the IKF for his technique, standard of fitness and
respect for his opponent. Congratulations Mr. Costa and Congratulations
Mr. Loio and his IKF for
establishing a firm hold on IKF Kickboxing
in Portugal. You are a welcome member of the official IKF
Here are the Fight Results;
- Ricardo Caselobra defeated Helder Marques
- CHANGE, 9/22/98: Franscisco Ferreira
and Fernando Loureiro fought to a Majority Draw, 28-29, 29-29 &
29-29. A re-match is in the works for these two.
- Carlos Almeida defeated Hugo Augusto by Split Decision,
29-28, 30-28 & 28-30.
- Miguel Almeida defeated Julio Pinto by Unanimous Decision
30-27 all 3 judges.
- Augusto Gomes defeated Mario Vicente when Vicente quit
after the 3rd round in a scheduled 5 round bout. Gomes was leading on
all the cards, 29-28, 30-27 & 30-28.
- IKF EUROPEAN
AMATEUR FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE:
Celso Costa of Viseu Portugal defeated Jamie Chedotal
of Liverpool, England
- Andre Ferraz defeated Filipe Lopes by forfeit since Lopes
failed to show up.
- Cesar Goncales of Lisboa Portugal defeated Helder Tarceues
of Viseu Portugal in a Tae Kwon Do Freestyle fight. ( Unsanctioned by the IKF )
- Pro Kickboxer Jose Peres (40-33-7/5 of Lisboa Portugal) also did a
Full Contact Rules Exhibition demo/bout with David Ferreira(20-12-8/3 of
All Fighters will be entered into the
IKF EUROPEAN Amateur Rankings once the
IKF has received the full event report from the
IKF Europe office.
NEWS OF 9-16-98. . .
WISCONSIN, USA RESULTS
In The World Of
OK, so you want to see some GREAT MUAY THAI?
Want to see it all in a sold out stadium, in the USA? Well, we've said it before
and we will say it again, "The Winning Road
of USA Muay Thai Travels through Milwaukee Wisconsin..."
Yes... Wisconsin! IKF Promoter
Duke Roufus continues his dedication to make the world of Muay Thai a
legit style here in the US. With so many promoters only booking fighters they
know their fighters can beat, Roufus continues to bring in top talent
from around the globe to face his Muay Thai boys and the results have been some
of the greatest fights ever seen. So great that the IKF
has plans to kick off their TV programing on one of Roufus' IKF events. Milwaukee not only has the great talent
for such an inagrual event but a great venue in the famous "Eagles Club
Stadium" and some of the greatest fans in the sport. They don't just
root for the hometown boys in Milwaukee, they root for a great fight, no matter
where their from! This last weekends event was no different and hey, not all of
Roufus' fighters win either...Only "THE BEST" Fighter wins
in Milwaukee, and if there's a question, ask the Milwaukee fans.
They KNOW their Muay Thai!
The event featured 7 great Muay Thai bouts as IKF
Team USA took on IKF Team Thailand. In
addition, Roufus brought in a fighter from Canada to fight along with
other US fighters as well. Surly the crowd pleaser though and hometown favorite
was Khunpon from Thailand who is now a regular trainer and fighter out
of Roufus' Milwaukee Kickboxing & Fitness gym. Khunpon faced
Mark Borgoeis (20-4 with 17 KO's) of Canada as a defense of Khunpon's
IKF World Muay Thai Title. Khunpon
made "QUICK" work of Borgoeis as he has done to every opponent
while defending his IKF World Muay Thai
Title. After knocking down Borgoeis in round 1, Khunpon came out
in round 2 on a mission. Scoring with leg kick after leg kick followed by strong
hand combinations, Borgoeis finally took one too many leg kicks and
limped back with his hand in the air as he told referee Al Wichgers his
legs couldn't take any more. The bout was officially stopped at 1:56 of the
scheduled 3 minute round 2. "He kicks hard" said Borgoeis
after the bout which was no surprise to the IKF.
We've seen this guy kick before! Khunpon is next scheduled to
face Marcus Mangan of Sydney Australia for another title defense in
Milwaukee on December 4th.
Jim "The Hitman" Heberer of Milwaukee Wisconsin
USA won the IKF United States Amateur Muay
Thai Heavyweight Title when Omaha Nebraska USA's Steve Bass' corner
threw in the towel at the end of the 4th round. The bout was faced paced from
the start. Round 1 stayed close with Heberer getting the judges edge
10-9 on all 3 cards. As round 2 begin, Bass entered the ring with a
large gash on his left shin. The round was a dynamite round for Heberer
though as he landed blow after blow to Bass. Bass came back
strong though vowing not to give in so easily but once again, Heberer
took the edge on all 3 cards 10-9. As round 3 started, Bass begin to
have breathing problems from his asthma. The loss of breath took its tole as
Heberer won a strong round 3 as well. By round 4 Bass' air was
short and he was having problems breathing and took a strong knee to the face
midway through the round which proved it was time to stop. A very smart decision
was made by
Bass' corner. Heberer will next face Giusseppe Denatale
on October 24th in Milwaukee. Despite his asthma problems which Bass
hopes to control by relaxing more in the ring, he is a STRONG Heavyweight with
great fighting skill. A true ring warrior and we are confident from the talent
he has shown the IKF in his last 2 bouts,
"BASS WILL BE BACK!"
Another great Muay Thai bout during the night was between Hadai
(45-15-3) of Thailand against Paul Svehlek (12-0 with 9 KO's) of
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Back and forth these two warriors went at each other
often teasing and prodding each other with hand and facial jesters during their
5 round bout. These two were clearly crowd pleasers going toe to toe. Hadai
seemed to frustrate Svehlek a lot with his relaxed, "Bring it on"
attitude. At bouts end, the scorecards read Svehlek ahead by a split
decision, 47-48, 48-47 & 47-48 but the crowd and the IKF questioned the decision at ringside. After an
official review of the event by video tape, the decision was reversed as an
error on the scorecards was found and Hadai of Thailand was given the
decision win. Great fight guys! Now That was Muay Thai!!!
Milwaukee favorite and IKF Champion
Richard Kostuck (17-3, 9 KO's) also faced one of the dynamic Thai
fighters in a non title bout as he went toe to toe with Songkla Yibosv
(75-25-3) of Thailand. Kostuck dominated round 1 as he stocked Yibosv
around the ring and won on all 3 judges cards. However, round 2 opened up with
Yibosv fighting back strong and he eventually caught Kostuck
with an overhand right that split Kostuck's eye lid and doctor Dave
Nieman stopped the bout at 2:11 of round 2 giving Yibosv the win.
Kostuck is next scheduled to re-match Sakasem on Roufus'
October 24th card in Milwaukee.
Rounding out the card, IKF Submission
fighters Adrian Serrano of Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA and David Menne
of Minneapolis Minnesota, USA excited the crowd with a great submission
bout that went the entire 10 minute distance. At times end the judges had Serrano
ahead 4-1, 3-2 and 3-2. Great work gentlemen. Back to Muay Thai, Tieng
Phetviaxy (1-0) of Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA scored an amateur bout unanimous
decision over David Brice (3-0) of Omaha Nebraska, USA, 30-28, 30-27 and
30-27. Kharm Phetviaxy (1-0) of Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA stopped Jayson
Wesley (0-0) of Louiville Kentucky, USA after knocking Wesley down 3
times in the first round.
Wesley took the bout on one days notice. Referee Al Wichgers
stopped the bout after the third knockdown at 1:45 of the first round. Wesley's
corner "SHOULD" have thrown in the towel earlier on this one as Phetviaxy
dominated from the opening simply punishing Wesley with blow after blow.
Wesley seemed like he didn't even want to defend himself.
The IKF congratulates Mr. Roufus
and his IKF Milwaukee
TEAM on yet another successful event! It seems the IKF Milwaukee TEAM
just keeps getting better and better! Their next 2 events are
already planned for October 24th when Kevin
"The Fighting Irish" McMullen takes on Phil "Le
Grande" Petit for the IKF
North American Superlight Heavyweight Muay Thai Title and Kongnapa of
Thailand faces Ryan Jones for the IKF
World Junior Middleweight Muay Thai Title. December 4th is Roufus' "Return to Glory Event". The event
will feature Duke's return to the ring when he faces South Pacific
Champion, Hirawa Te Ringi of Auckland New Zealand. Roufus
himself is a 3 time World Champion. In addition as previously mentioned, Khunpon
of Milwaukee via Thailand will defend his IKF
World Title against Marcus Mangan of Sydney Australia. If you want to
see TRUE MUAY THAI in the USA, come visit Milwaukee... Have a beer and
some famous cheese bread while your there. You'll want to come back for
more........MUAY THAI!!! ...OK... some cheese
NEWS OF 9-16-98. . .
CALIFORNIA, USA RESULTS
Abe Belardo Hosts Another
Packed House In Bakersfield!
IKF Veteran Promoter Abe Belardo
has succeed again as he packed the house at the famous Strongbow Stadium in
Bakersfield California USA. Belardo is one of the first and most
successful IKF promoters and he continued
his success this last Saturday night. The much anticipated main event featuring
the IKF U. S Amateur International Rules
Featherweight Title Defense of Delano's Jesus Andrade against challenger
Billy Olsen of Santa Rosa never took place as Olsen pulled out
of the bout the day before the event.
However, Bakersfields own Manual Quezada (218 lbs) didn't disappoint
the hometown crowd as he stopped Modesto California's Carter Williams
(209 lbs) by TKO to win the IKF California
Amateur International Rules Super Heavyweight Title. However it's too bad that
Quezada's fans smeared a black mark on his performance by throwing beer
cups into the ring. If it happens again, we'd like to see those individuals who
can't control themselves during an event hauled away and locked up. These type
of fans spoil it for everyone.
Hawk Chhim (125 lbs) of Modesto, CA, won his IKF United States Featherweight title by forfeit
when his opponent refused to fight the day of the event while his brother Vantha
Chhim (128 lbs) defeated Reddings Billy Soksoda (121 lbs) by
majority decision to win the IKF
California Amateur Featherweight Muay Thai Title.
HOWEVER, Vantha Chhim's and
Soksoda's weight spread was far beyond the maximum 4 pound spread in
their weight class. Soksoda weighed in light for the Featherweight Title
(124.1-128) at 121 lbs which means technically, Soksoda would have lost
the title by forfeit before the bout even took place since Vantha
weighed within the limits of the division at 128 lbs. Vantha was a last
minute replacement as an opponent for Soksoda and Soksoda was
told he weighed in at 125 lbs. It was not until after the event that Soksoda
realized he was outweighed by 7 lbs. The bout though took place under the
guidence of the State Commission despite the weight spread though. Now, after
this discovery, the bout is under official review by the State Athletic
Commission and the IKF which well
determine why the bout went on with such a weight spread in the first place.
In other bouts,
- Rick Hernandez defeated Chan Pen by KO at 1:51 of round 3.
- Jose Landin defeated Danny Mocello by unanimous decision,
28-27, 28-27 & 29-26.
- Robert Preciado defeated Erin Berthold by disqualification
as Berthold fouled with knees to the head and elbows.
- Lindsi Thompson defeated Angie Fields by TKO round 2.
- Rick Aivarado defeated Derik Soto by unanimous decision
29-28, 30-27 & 29-28.
- Mike Morello defeated Henery Cho by unanimous decision
29-27, 29-27 & 29-27.
- Yia Mau defeated Gary Wheeler by split decision 30-27,
28-29 & 27-29.
Belardo's next event has yet to be planned but keep track of the
IKF Upcoming Events page and it
will appear soon.
Special thanks to
Kathy Chilimidos of the California State Athletic
Commission and Abe Belardo for assisting with
September 11th, 1998, AT 1:00 AM
Bruce Marshall & Frank Thiboutot have recently applied
to become IKF promoters but the outcome of
their upcoming event will decide their acceptance. Marshall's event is
scheduled for this Saturday night, September 12th in New England. However due to
the late notice on sanctioning confrimation, bout details were not available at
press time. Along with managing fighters, Mr. Thiboutot is the founder
of a great Cardio Kickboxing Video. Check it out by clicking
September 8th, 1998, AT 10:00 PM
IKF Promoter Abe Belardo of
Bakersfield, CA, USA will host another exciting IKF
Kickboxing event on September 12th at the famous Strongbow Stadium in
Bakersfield, CA. The event will feature several IKF
Amateur Title Bouts. Bakersfields Boyd Murphy will defend his IKF U. S Amateur IR Heavyweight Title against
Paul Bunyon. Jesus Andrade of Delano CA will defend his IKF U. S Amateur IR Featherweight Title against
Billy Olsen. Manual Quezada will meet Carter Williams
for the vacant IKF California Amateur IR
Heavyweight Title Bout and Phongmong will face
Hawk Chhim for the vacant IKF
California Amateur MT Bantamweight Title. For more info, you can contact Mr.
Abe Belardo at (805) 834-5871
NEWS OF 9-8-98. . .
For IKF Portugal
IKF Promoter Fernando Loio of
Portugal will host the first IKF Portugal
event on September 12th at Feira de S.Mateus-Viseu, Portugal. The event will
feature 1 IKF Title bout as Jamie
Chedotal of England meets Celso Costa of Portugal for the vacant
IKF Amateur Featherweight Full Contact
Rules European National Title. The event will feature 7 other exciting bouts as
well. Since IKF President Steve Fossum
will be in Milwaukee Wisconsin for Duke Roufus' IKF World Title Event,
IKF England Representatives Alby
Bimpson and Jacqui Thompson will be the IKF
Representatives at the event. For more info you can contact Mr. Loio by
fax at: 032-440316 or e-mail by clicking
NEWS OF 9-8-98. . .
For IKF Wisconsin,
IKF Promoter, Duke Roufus' has
another exciting event planned for Milwaukee Wisconsin this Saturday, September
12th. The Milwaukee event will feature THAILAND vs USA featuring IKF Muay Thai Heavyweight Title Bout featuring
Jim Heberer vs Steve Bass PLUS...Milwaukee sinsation Richard
Kostuck vs Songkla of Thailand, Paul "M-16" Svehlek
vs Hadyiai also of Thailand, Khunpol vs Mark Borgoeis of
Canada. PLUS: IKF Submission Title Bout
featuring Adrian Serrano vs David Menne. for more info, you can
contact Mr. Duke Roufus at (414) 319-1151
August 31st, 1998, AT 11:50 PM
For IKF Wisconsin,
IKF Promoter Craig Monyelle is
gearing up for his IKF Beloit Wisconsin
event. Monyelle has his event planned for Saturday night, September 6th
at the Telfer Park Pavilion on Cranston Road in Beloit Wisconsin.Monyelle's
Fight Night 98 II will feature the IKF
Amateur Light Heavyweight Midwest U.S. Full Contact Rules Title with Danny
Russ taking on Roy Jones. The event will feature 14 other bouts
including Muay Thai, Full Contact & Women Fights. Doors open at 5:30, Fights
start at 6:30. For more info, you can contact
Mr. Monyelle at Thunder & Lightening Stateline Kickboxing, (608)
August 27th, 1998, AT 6:00 PM
IKF Europe/England is growing Strong
and Fast and now is the time to get involved. Dozens of clubs, fighters,
trainers and promoters have already followed the wave across Europe and joined
the IKF organization. Wonder why? Well
everyone, clubs, trainers, fighters and promoters, now is the time to join
forces with the fastest growing, genuine kickboxing organization in the world
today, the IKF!
IKF England head man Alby Bimpson
has asked anyone interested in England and Europe as well to contact him by
phone or e-mail personally to see why he has become a strong IKF supporter. We look forward to hearing from those
of you who are truly interested in making the sport of
KICKBOXING more organized and legit
worldwide through the team effort of yourself and the IKF.
You can contact Mr. Alby Bimpson at Merseyside Kickboxing at +44 1942
723858 or e-mail Mr. Bimpson by clicking
NEWS OF 8-27-98. . .
MALICE AT THE PALACE:
Sunday, August 23rd,
1998: Calgary was host to one of its most exciting
fight events in recent memory. Calgary's hottest night club 'The Palace' and
promoter Mike Miles co-hosted their first ever fight card together
called, "Malice at the Palace".
Twelve hundred people packed into the sold out venue to witness what was to be
one of the most entertaining and anticipated events in recent memory. Reporters,
cameramen and photographers from all facets of the media (newspapers,
television and radio) as well as local celebrities including former Calgary
Flames hockey legend Lanny Mcdonald attended and immensely enjoyed the
American Flyweight Kickboxing Title: The first of the two semi main
events featured Canada's Vanessa Bellegarde battling American Mercedes
"Chiquita Lovely" Medina for the IKF
North American Flyweight Kickboxing Title. This was a fight that any promoter
would have had loved to have as a main event. It was a war and to quote one of
the local sports reporting media, "I have seen around 300 boxing fights
this year, and the heart, spirit and action in this bout left all these other
professional bouts pale by comparison!" As Bellegarde entered
the ring to her fight music, Medina was in the ring dancing and taunting
the Canadian. Before the bout started, both athletes were in the ring dancing
and looking at each other while the audience broke into a frenzy. In the first
round Medina threw caution to the wind and rushed in delivering good
boxing combinations surprising and forcing Bellegarde into a retreat.
Bellegarde quickly got her bearings and started working a very effective
front ball kick and cut kick. Though Medina took the first round, the
blueprint for the fight had been set in this round. In the second round
Medina resorted to what would be her fight plan (whether intentional or
not) of starting the round with a strong 15 second boxing flurry to try and
knock the Canadian out and then run around the ring until the end of the round
(looking tired) where she would deliver another hand flurry at the close of the
round. Bellegarde's front ball kick scored effectively and seemed to
take the steam out of Medina. Though Bellegarde was not scoring
as often as the American with her punches, her kicks were very effective. In the
third round a fast right gave Bellegarde a bleeding nose but even so,
the tide had turned in favor of Bellegarde with her landing more punches
and kicks while forcing the action in the bout. Bellegarde landed a
perfect side kick flush on the face of Medina during this round and the
audience screamed its approval. The final two rounds had Bellegarde
forcing the action and landing more blows than the American girl. In the fifth
round a beautiful front ball kick from Bellegarde bloodied Medina's
mouth. The fight ended unanimously in favor of the Canadian girl winning the
IKF North American Flyweight Kickboxing
Title. (As a note of interest,
Bellegarde has now signed a six Muay Thai fight deal for Bangkok to be
fulfilled over the next eight months in Rangsit stadium! The event features
twelve of the best women's featherweights from around the world including Korea,
Russia, England, Scotland, Germany, Holland, France, Canada, USA, Australia, New
Zealand, South Africa) competing to be the women's Muay Thai Queen of the ring.
American Light Cruiserweight Muay Thai Title: The other semi main
event of the evening featured Calgary's Kerry Dell stepping into the
ring against the talented, extremely tough and dangerous Phil Petit
(also of Canada) for the IKF North
American Light Cruiserweight Muay Thai Title. This bout has been in the works
for the last few years and many fight pundits were wondering if the bout would
ever get off of the ground. Dell was perceived in the media as the
underdog in this bout due to the age difference of both athletes. As the bout
started, it was obvious both athletes were very experienced with the strong and
quick probing shots each athlete gave each other. Around a minute into the first
round Petit was careless with an attack and Dell landed one of
patented right hands which shook Petit. Sensing a possible quick finish,
Dell pounced into action and though he could not finish his foe, it
ended with a standing eight count for Petit. As the bout continued, Petit
was still trying to shake the cobwebs when Dell landed another beautiful
right which had a delayed effect. Almost in slow motion, Petit stood
straight up after the punch and then crumbled to the canvas. By the count of
six, Petit had sluggishly made it to his feet and by the end of the
count, he was still extremely wobbly on his legs. The referee stopped the bout
(at one minute and thirty eight seconds into the round) and though Petit
wanted to protest the stoppage, it was clear that the correct decision had been
made by the referee. The need for safety of the athlete outweighed the risk of
further permanent damage to Petit had the bout went any further. Dell
won his first title belt in over two years. Congratulations to the
IKF North American Light Cruiserweight
Muay Thai Champion Kerry Dell.
The Main Event featured a title sanctioned by theWKA
since the desired IKF title in the
division was already held by Canadian Jason Fenton. The title up for
grabs was the WKA North American
Welterweight Muay Thai Title. One of Calgary's most popular fighting athletes
Trevor "T.N.T." Smandych (Stablemate of Fenton)
battling against American David "Burrito" Rodriguez.
Smandych, who has won a world title as a lightweight has stepped up in
weight (in this case two divisions) to compensate for the fact that he is young
and still growing in weight and stature. This fight was a full Muay Thai rules
bout which allowed the use of punches, kicks, knees, and elbows (though the
elbows were padded). When Smandych entered the venue and headed to the
ring, the music and the atmosphere drove the audience into a frenzy chanting "T.N.T.,
T.N.T. ...", so loud to the point even the announcer could not be
understood over the venue's PA system! American Rodriguez was larger in
stature and height than the Canadian athlete but Smandych has taken on
the reputation of being somewhat of a 'giant killer' as of late, having been
defeating athletes who all weighed more and were considerably taller. However,
the stature difference only seemed to invigorate the crowd in support of Smandych.
As the bell sounded, both athletes approached each other and started exchanging
cut kicks simultaneously. This lasted shortly, as the American was starting to
wince from the hard cut kicks of the Canadian. They started taking their toll on
the legs and fighting spirit of Rodriguez. The American then resorted to
throwing strong punch combinations which had the Canadian shelling up against
and as a result, few of the American's punches made their way through to their
intended target. Rodriguez mistakenly felt he had the upper hand in the
punching skills when Smandych decided to start answering with strong
left lead hand combinations. The Canadian started using his left hand from every
angle, jabs, to hooks to uppercuts, answering the onslaught and scoring
effectively. Towards the end of the round, Smandych stepped in and was
in mid flight with a spinning back elbow when the bell rang. Smandych
stopped his elbow short of the mark and calmly strode back to his corner. The
second round had Smandych put his attack into second gear and he
attacked the American with an onslaught of heavy cut kicks that hurt the
American. The American started dropping his hands to try and absorb the low
Smandych clued in on this and delivered a high roundhouse kick catching
the American on the chin and dropped him to the canvas. With exceptional speed,
Smandych followed with 2 roundhouse kicks as the American was going
down. The second kick hit the American as he was down, and though it struck
Rodriguez's forearms, the Canadian was not given a warning for hitting
his opponent while he was down. The American took a standing eight and as the
fight resumed, Smandych pounced on his foe and landed a left hook
dropping the American to the canvas for a second time. A second eight count was
given and the bout continued. Smandych moved in quickly again as the
action continued and landed a right hook dropping the American and finishing the
bout (with a three knockdown rule in effect). Smandych walked away with
the win and the WKA North American
Welterweight Muay Thai Title.
SUBMISSION BOUT: In a much anticipated
grappling bout, Calgary's Dave Sweet stepped into the ring with fellow
Canadian Joe Doerkson. Sweet has been winning every grappling
tournament he has entered in Canada and is a man of great talent and potential.
Doerkson is no slouch having won a major event in Toronto recently as
well as having traveled back and forth to compete on the tough circuit in
Brazil. Sweet, a very strong and intellectual athlete ended this match
thirty eight seconds into the scheduled eight minute time limit. Doerkson
appeared for a moment to have the upper hand, taking Sweet to the ground
under him. Sweet countered by grabbing Doerkson's leg and
quickly applied an ankle stretch. Doerkson had no way out of the ankle
lock and after a few very painful seconds had to submit to Sweet.
There were international prestige bouts (Canada against the USA) on the
- Super Middleweight
Jeremy Rempel (Canada) won a very close
split decision in a full Muay Thai rules bout against American John York.
The bout was extremely close and the decision could have went either way.
Greg Davis (USA) won an unanimous decision over
Dave Robson in a three round Kickboxing match (allowing leg kicks).
Sokhim Or (Canada) defeated Super Welterweight
Ronnie Overcast (USA) in a modified Muay Thai rules bout.
Lara Young (Canada) pounded out a unanimous
decision over American Desiree Rodriguez in a Kickboxing match (allowing
leg kicks). The American's coach almost threw the towel in during the second
Rodriguez was saved from the Canadian's onslaught by the bell.
- Trevor Desjarlais (Canada) won a decision over American Duane
Ludwig (USA) in a very close Kickboxing bout in the Super Welterweight
division. The Canadian forced the bout but the American fought a very smart and
technical bout. Many thought the American should have won the bout, but the
judges thought differently. Ludwig has a great future in Muay Thai!
Promoters look out for this kid as he is very
- Super Heavyweight
Keith Crawford was very disappointed as he
was scheduled to meet American Steven Fierro in a Kickboxing bout.
Fierro broke his hand the week earlier at work.
- The opening bout of the event had Calgary's Javier Gomez stepping
into the ring with the heavier Gilbert Mange. Gomez won this
bout by a unanimous decision.
For more info on IKF Canada, you can
contact IKF Canada RepresentativeMr.
Miles at (403) 244-8424 or e-mail him by clicking
August 21st, 1998, AT 11:00 PM
THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA - CONSUMER SERVICES AGENCY
CALIFORNIA STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION
1424 HOWE AVENUE, SUITE 33, SACRAMENTO, CA 95825
(916) 263-2195 FAX (916) 263-2197
SO. CA. OFFICE:
5757 WEST CENTURY BLVD., SUITE GF-16, LOS ANGELES, CA 90045
PHONE (310) 641-8668 FAX (310) 641-8516
Pete Wilson, Governor - August 21, 1998
The California State Athletic Commission is in the process of
locating some 3,500 professional boxers who fought in California between the
years of 1981 through 1996. These boxers contributed to the Professional
Boxers' Pension Plan and, as a result of revising the Pension Plan statutes in
1996, are entitled to a refund plus interest.
We ask for your assistance in spreading the word to all professional boxers
that they may be entitled to a refund of contributions made to the Professional
Boxers' Pension Plan between 1981 and 1996. This may include boxers from Mexico
and other foreign countries that fall within the above stated criteria.
For a boxer to inquire if he/she has a refund due, they must contact the
Sacramento Commission office by telephone at (916) 263-2195, by facsimile at
(916) 263-2197 or through regular mail before January 1, 1999. All written
inquiries must include the boxers' full name, date of birth, fight weight, ring
name, last fight date in California, social security number (if a U.S. citizen)
and current address and phone number. Written correspondence can be mailed to
the following address:
California State Athletic Commission Pension Plan Refunds
Howe Avenue, Suite 33 Sacramento, California 95825
By law, refunds not claimed by their rightful owners before January 1, 1999
will be placed back into the main Pension fund and distributed to vested boxers.
We thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter. RL:CLC
August 20th, 1998, AT 5:00 PM
IKF Promoter Alby Bimpson is
making BIG WAVES in European Kickboxing. Bimpson, a top promoter in the
area has broke ground with the forming of IKF
EUROPE. Bimpson promoted the first
ever IKF World Title Event and it seems
everything was in full focus from the look of the outcome. With a "STANDING
ROOM ONLY" crowd, Alby Bimpson, Jacqui Thompson and their
event promotional "TEAM" hosted a FANTASTIC event that is
only a taste of things to come in Europe for the IKF."We
couldn't be happier with our inaugural events with Alby and Jan" says
IKF President Steve Fossum."We
waited a long time to bring the
IKF to Europe and the wait was
surly worth it all. Alby, Jacqui and Jan are now a dynamic part
of the IKF TEAM!"
The event was held on Sunday night, August 16th, at the St. Helens Town
Hall, in St. Helenes, Merseyside, England. IKF
Steve Fossum was the IKF event
Representative and IKF Muay Thai
Representative Duke Roufus of Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA was one of the
event judges. Here are the full results in detail...
- Full Contact Rules: Philip McGilvary (62K of Scotland) defeated
Paul Reynolds (63K of Liverpool, England) by unanimous decision 30-27,
29-28 & 30-27. McGilvary improves to 7 wins, 3 loses with 1 draw.
- International Rules: For the IKF
Northwest Area England Light Middleweight Title. Paul Wright (69K of
Haydock England) defeated
Robbie Weedall (70K of Upholland England) by TKO with a strong kick to
Weedall's stomach at the 16 second mark of the 3rd round. Wright
improves to 5 wins with 2 loses and 5 KO's.
- Muay Thai Rules It was
"Champion vs Champion"
as Chris Wright of Merseyside England, who holds several titles, took
on Duncan Arlie James of Glasgow Scotland who also holds several titles,
for the vacant IKF Muay Thai Rules Pro
World Cruiserweight Title. Making the match-up even more exciting was the fact
that James had just recently won the ISKA World Cruiserweight Muay Thai
title. This fact proved that
James would be a good match-up for Wright who somehow has been
an unknown Worldwide in the sport despite his "MANY" accomplishments.
However, after his performance in this bout, Wright should have no
problem getting attention. Wright set a fast pace from the opening bell,
scoring head kicks as well as leg kicks and hand combinations to James
early. Wright took round 1 with ease on all 3 of the judges cards. In
round 2, Wright again started fast. Quickly knocking James down
with a head kick, than again with a strong and solid uppercut to James'
chin. Finally, Wright landed a dynamic head kick that sent James
to the canvas for the final time at 2:04 of round 2 (Muay Thai Rules, 3 minute
rounds) Although a great fighter, James never seemed to get on track.
Wright's fast pace seemed to throw James off and ended up being
the winning edge. With hands in the air, Chris Wright became the newest
IKF PRO WORLD CHAMPION, claiming the
vacant IKF Pro World Muay Thai
Cruiserweight Title. Wright made it clear after the bout that he is
ready and willing to take on any challengers, anywhere, anytime and we at the
IKF agree. This guy can FIGHT!
We here at the IKF
NEED to ask, "WHY isn't this fighter known Worldwide?????"
Wright has the Muay Thai skill along with devastating head
kicks like a top full contact fighter. He is also a champion out of the ring as
well, a true gentleman showing respect to everyone. If England is looking for a
spokesperson for kickboxing, Wright is their man! Wright
improves to 14 wins with 3 loses and 7 wins by KO. James drops to 15
wins, 7 loses, 1 draw with 5 wins by KO.
Wright, trained by
Alby Bimpson of Merseyside Kickboxing in England, also had some training
from 7 time World Kickboxing Champion Ronnie Green. Green
himself is truly a "CLASS ACT". He was at a post event
dinner hosted by Bimpson and team and shared his own thoughts about the
growth of the IKF in Europe. Green
held an impressive record while competing of 73 wins, 3 loses and 3 draws with
42 knockouts, 21 coming by kicks. A question of the IKF
is once again, like Chris Wright... How come fighters like Green
didn't receive more exposure during their careers. Green, now 39 lives
in Manchester England. In total, Green won 7 World titles from 3
different organizations. However, to many in North America for example, Green
went through his outstanding career virtually un-noticed. The IKF plans to change that as Green focuses on
being a top seminar trainer. The IKF has
plans to put Green on our recommended Seminar Trainers list. His skill
as a trainer is just as impressive as his ability as a fighter. Green
and Bimpson definatly gave
Wright, "The RIGHT Stuff" and a Knockout
fighting style that will take Chris Wright a long way. Again.... WOW!
Why hasn't Chris Wright become known through other
organizations??? And Mr. Ronnie Green.....Boy... have they missed the
boat on promoting these guys or what?!
- Scheduled to fight next was Tony Bassnett of Merseyside England
with an overall record of 16 wins, 4 loses and 8 wins by KO (AM: 12-3/6, PRO:
4-1/2) for an IKF Title but his opponent
backed out of the bout the night of the weigh-ins. Or better put, he didn't even
show up! Shane Mills didn't even have the professional courtesy to call
promoter Alby Bimpson and let him know he didn't want to fight. This
kind of thing can only do the sport harm. Next time Mills wants to
persue his kickboxing career, this incident will be remembered and come back to
hurt him. There is nothing worse to ANY event promoter than a fighter who backs
out at the last minute.
- International Rules: This bout was for the IKF
Northwest Area England Light Heavyweight Title. David Wilson, of St
Helens, England entered the ring at 80 kilos and standing 6'2" tall. But
when one glanced across the ring to Wilson's opponent, Warren Steele
from Wallasey England, it looked like Warren was wearing his last name.
Hard as "STEEL" and an upper body like a tank, Steele looked
like a giant. But, the weight must have all been in his upper body because Steele
only weighed in at 78 kilos although he looked 90+. However, with Steele
standing 5'11" tall, Wilson had a height advantage. If you were a
betting man though in the stands, Steele would have been your pick from
the initial visual. But Wilson had other plans. Wilson, who
looked like a baby face compared to Steele kept his cool from the
beginning, snapping jab after jab cleanly on Steele's nose. After
awhile, you could see the confidence grow in Wilson's face as he
realized he could land the jab any time he wanted. In fact, Wilson
appeared to smile from time to time as he scored repeadly and in simple words,
he "WORKED" Steele over and over again.. Wilson
won every round from all the judges and than added the final blow when he
finished Steele off at 1:05 of round 4. Although the Wright vs James
bout was exciting, this was a pounding of extremes! This would have won bout of
the night if there was a trophy to grab for it. Wilson not only won the
IKF Title, but he also earned a nickname
from IKF President Steve Fossum.
David "THE WORKS" Wilson from his ability to
continually "WORK" the jab and other combinations with fast and
powerful flurrys. They say the fans remember the last bout the most and if this
was any indication, promoter Alby Bimpson may need a bigger venue for
his next show...And ya know what.... He just may have already planned to do
that. But regardless, there is no question "IF" there will be more
IKF Kickboxing in Europe... The only
question left now is "WHEN"..... Keep watch. Bimpson and his
team are trying to organize a November event already... Hope to see you there.
For more info on IKF England, you can
contact Mr. Alby Bimpson at Merseyside Kickboxing at +44 1942 723858 or
e-mail Mr. Alby Bimpson by clicking
NEWS OF 8-19-98. . .
A GREAT SUCCESS!!!
When Bimpson knew he was going to promote and sanction with the
IKF, he quickly took charge of the
opportunities awaiting and brought on Promoter Jan Cree of Scotland who
promoted the first IKF Scotland event on
July 31st in which Bimpson served as the IKF
Cree promoted a dynamic event at the Burnbank Masonic Club in
Hamilton, Scotland. The all amateur event featured 2 IKF
Scotish Titles, 1 womans match, 1 IKF
Junior Division match, 2 exhibition/demonstration matches along with 3 other
Rules Scotish Amateur Light Heavyweight Title
(75K) defeated Paul Hendry (78K) by unanimous decision.
Rules Scotish Amateur Light Welterweight Title
McGilvary (65K) defeated John Robertson (65K) by decision.
- Full Contact Rules - Junior Division
McLean (45K) defeats Greg Docherty (41K) by unanimous decision.
- Full Contact Rules
Mills (54K) defeated Heather Robertson (58K) by TKO in the 3rd
- Full Contact Rules
Gill (64K) defeated Stephen McLaughlin by decision.
- International Rules
Docherty Sr. (104K) defeated Evan Sloane (100K) by Knockout.
- Full Contact Rules
Rogers (74K) defeated Richard Sockell (72K) by TKO round 1.
For more info on IKF England, you can
contact Mr. Alby Bimpson at Merseyside Kickboxing at +44 1942 723858 or
e-mail Mr. Alby Bimpson by clicking
e-mail You can also
contact Mr. Cree at: Tel/Fax: =44 1698 342539.
NEWS OF 8-20-98. . .
BEGINNING OF IKF
It is clearly obvious now that the IKF
has formed ANOTHER IMPORTANT part of the IKF TEAM through Alby Bimpson & associates.IKF
EUROPE is here to stay with a great future in
store! Mr. Bimpson made it happen and many in the European kickboxing
scene stand to benefit greatly from it. He also hosted a post event dinner where
several notables of the European kickboxing scene attended. From the reaction of
those at the dinner, they too are looking forward to the IKF presence in Europe. Clearly, the organization of
the sport, press exposure and leadership the IKF
can offer is greatly welcome. Coming soon will be a separate amateur rankings
for Europe as well. With the IKF
EUROPE team now strongly on its way, the IKF will continue to do what all the fighters,
trainers and promoters ask of them...
"Promote the sport we all
love... The GREAT sport of KICKBOXING!"
For even more info, you can contact the IKF
England Representative and event promoter,
Mr. Bimpson at Merseyside Kickboxing at +44 1942 723858 or e-mail him by
August 19th, 1998, AT 11:00 PM
Barnard & Lee
Georgia State Titles at
In front of a standing room only crowd at the Warren Road Community Center,
the 1998 Hot Summer Fights kickboxing event was held on Saturday, August 15,
1998. The event was co-sanctioned by the IKF,
International Kickboxing Federation and the PKC,
Professional Karate Commission. It was promoted by JM Promotions in association
with the Mike Carlson's, Augusta Martial Arts Academy. Here are the
PKC Georgia State USA Light Welterweight Title: J.R. Barnard
defeated Troy Widener by unanimous decision.
PKC Georgia State USA Welterweight Title: Scott Lee defeated
Nathan Brown by TKO in the 3rd round.
- Light Middleweight: Ben Pohlmann defeated Shannon Henson
by unanimous decision.
- Middleweight: Joachim Eitenmiller defeated Matt Preusser by
- Light Middleweight: Lee Branham defeated Rustam Bikulov by
- Cruiserweight:Mark Jenkins wins by walkover
- Light Heavyweight: Julian Turnipseed defeated Curtis Brown
by unanimous decision.
- Super Heavyweight: Tice Stephens defeated Sylvester James
by majority decision.
- Cruiserweight: Scott Usry defeated Thomas Perkins by
- Heavyweight: Don Rosado wins by walkover.
- Middleweight: Mark Brennan defeated Gary Williamson by TKO
in the 2nd round.
- Welterweight: Joseph Miles and Michael James fought to a
- In the Women's Middleweight division, Rebecca Preacher defeated
Carol Bentley by TKO in the 2nd round.
- Cruiserweight: Jeremy Diemer defeated Houston Grant by
For more info, contact
Mr. Mike Carlson or Mrs. Elizabeth Carlson at the Augusta Martial Arts Academy (706) 855-5269 or
e-mail them by clicking HERE.
August 13th, 1998, AT 6:00 PM
For IKF ENGLAND
IKF England kickboxing promoter Alby
Bimpson is ready for his big IKF World
Title Event on August 16th at the St Helens Town Hall, St Helenes Merseyside,
England. IKF President
Steve Fossum and IKF Muay Thai
Representative Duke Roufus Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA will depart for
England Friday, August 14th and return Tuesday, August 18th. Bimpson's
event will feature the IKF Pro World
Cruiserweight Muay Thai Rules Title with
England's Chris Wright against Scotlands Duncan Arlic James.
The event will also feature 4 other IKF
IKF British title, an IKF Intercontinental title and 2 IKF local titles. For more info, you can contact
Mr. Bimpson at Merseyside Kickboxing at +44 1942 723858 or e-mail him by
August 7th, 1998, AT 10:30 PM
Is Forced To Bow Out
With a PACKED HOUSE of approximately 4,200 kickboxing fans at the
Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada, USA, The first ever K-1 USA was everything the paying audience wanted.
Well...that is... until the final championship tournament bout. When the time
came to put the 2 undefeated fighters together, Curt Schuster and Rick
Roufus, Schuster honorably bowed out due to a knee injury and Roufus
won the first ever K-1 USA title by "Walkover",
without throwing 1 punch or 1 kick. Schuster had just went through a
round and a half war with Jean-Claude Leuyer before knocking out Leuyer
in the middle of the second round. Schuster hurt his leg in the bout and
when called to the ring to meet Roufus, Schuster didn't even
have his gloves on. This would have been a great
fight! It's too bad for both fighters that it had to end this
way. Bad of course for Schuster but we're sure a seasoned warrior like
Roufus isn't proud of taking this kind of a win as well. However, that's K-1 , and the fact is, IKF
World Heavyweight Champion Rick "The Jet" Roufus is
$70,000.00 richer and now the K-1
Champion as well. Hey, here's an idea... You've all heard of that guy "Duke
Roufus...?" You know, the guy who "KNOCKED Stan
Longinidis OUT COLD" in round 1 awhile back? Who knows what the future
holds... Roufus vs
Roufus...? Do brothers still fight like when they were kids...? Would
they? In the mean time, Rick is on his way to the K-1 Grand Prix in Osaka Japan, November 27th! Oh..
and because of his showing and the way he was forced to bow out, Curt
Schuster will be there too... Maybe they will meet afterall..
Good Luck Guys!
As far as the K-1 Super Bouts...
Well, in the first K-1 Super Bout,
we here at the IKF don't want to say "We
told you so"... but OK... "We told you so!"
Andy Hug 6', 220 lbs. and anked #3 in IKF
International Rules & #1 in IKF Muay
Thai Rules with 23 wins, 7 loses, 1 draw and 19 KO's faced Full Contact Rules
fighter, Mike Lebree. At 37 years old, Labree's stats were 6',
220 lbs, and ranked #2 in IKF Full
Contact Rules with 45 wins, 1 lose and 39 KO's, sound IMPRESSIVE? YA!... Full
Contact Rules. "ABOVE THE WAIST" This was LaBree's
FIRST EVER Leg kick bout. The result?
Well... Kinda like this... Hug kicks to Labree's leg..
"OUCH!", Labree falls
down... Hug does it again..."OUCH!"...
Bout over... in ROUND "1"... OK...maybe not that simple, but pretty
close. Where was DRAKA Champion JIM
MULLEN when we all wanted a good fight here????? Didn't we suggest him???
In the 2nd K-1 Super Bout,
favored K-1 fighter
Maurice Smith at 6'2, 218 lbs., who "WAS" ranked #1 in the
IKF International Rules & #5 in IKF Muay Thai Rules with 58 wins, 5 loses, 3 draws
and 44 KO's had just fought to a 10 round majority draw againstJean-Claude
Leuyer at the DRAKA event in May.
Although he was scheduled to fight
Peter Aerts, Aerts suffered a severe shin injury during his bout
with Francisco Filho on the July 18th K-1
Dreams in Nagoya, Japan. K-1 promoters filled the gap quickly though with,
Smith knew his task wasn't any easier facing Hoost, who all of
us know, is at the top of his game, and considered by many as one of the top
heavyweights in the game. The two met once before in the inaugural K-1 heavyweight tournament on April 30, 1993 in
Hoost won via a dramatic roundhouse kick to
Smith head in the semi-final round of the tournament.
Hoost advanced to the championship round, but was knocked out by Dojo
Chakuriki's Branco Cikatic. So what happened in this meeting? Well this
bout would be different. Sort of... This bout had no knockouts
but Hoost still came away the winner with a unanimous decision, 50-47,
49-46 & 50-45, knocking Smith out of the IKF
number 1 spot for Super Heavyweights.
Individual Results In The
Eight-Man Grand Prix Elimination Tournament
2 Wins-(3). 0 loses.
Fernandez round 2 & KOed Jerome Turcan round 1. Won
tournament by walkover when Schuster bowed out due to injury before the
bout started. Roufus will not be given a win for this bout and Schuster
will not be given a loss.
2 wins. 0 loses
(1) Defeated Kucharzewski KO round 2 & defeated Leuyer by KO
round 2. Lost the tournament when he bowed out due to injury before the
final championship bout started to Roufus. Roufus will not be
given a win for this bout and Schuster will not be given a loss.
Jean Claude Leuyer
1 Win, 1 loss.
Defeated Jean Riviere by leg kick KO and then lost by KO to Curtis
0 wins, 1 loss.
Lost to Rick Roufus by KO round 2. What a way to be introduced to the
PROS! Here's another result the IKF told
you would happen... This was Fernandez's FIRST pro bout and even though
he put up a good fight, the outcome was expected. Don't worry though... He "WILL"
make some noise. Just let him get more established as a pro and watch out!
0 wins 1
loss. Lost to Schuster KO round 2.
0 wins 1 loss. Lost opening bout to Jean
Claude Leuyer by leg kick KO.
1 win, 1 loss.
Espedito Da Silva by decision and lost by KO to Roufus, round 1.
Espedito Da Silva
0 wins 1 loss,
lost by unanimous decision to Jerome Turcan.
The IKF would like to say
GREAT JOB to all the fighters,
trainers and people behind the scenes that made this first ever K-1 USA happen! We would also like to say FANTASTIC
job to K-1 Creator Kazuyoshi Ishii
and K-1 USA Promoter Art Davie for
a dynamic event. Kickboxing needs more promoters like you to help the sport we
all love grow to it's greatest potential. We hope you were all rewarded greatly
for your efforts! You deserve it for your work and those of us who have ever
promoted, from small amateure events to the big ones, know that promoting at any
level is no easy task. Congratulations on your
Special Thanks to
IKF Co-Founder, and kickboxing Champion,
Dan Stell who assisted with facts and scores for
July 28th, 1998, AT 2:30 PM
Promoters Gearing Up for Big Events!
For IKF Scotland
IKF Scotland kickboxing promoter Jan
Cree is gearing up for his IKF event
this weekend, July 31st. The all amateur event will be at the Burnbank Masonic
Club in Hamilton, Scotland. For more info, you can contact Mr. Cree at:
Tel/Fax: =44 1698 342539 or the IKF
Associate Representative for his event, Mr. Alby Bimpson at Merseyside
Kickboxing at +44 1942 723858 or e-mail Mr. Alby Bimpson by clicking
NEWS OF 7-28-98. . .
For IKF Milwaukee
IKF Muay Thai kickboxing promoter Duke
Roufus is gearing up for his event this weekend, August 1st at the Eagles
Club Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The event will be an all amateur
event featuring 8 Muay Thai Bouts and 1 submission bout. The submission bout
will featuring Adrian Serrano of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA against Tim
Wills of Danville, Illinois, USA. Roufus is mainly gearing up for
his big September 12th event that will feature all full blown Pro IKF Muay Thai bouts. (Knees AND Elbows) It will be
Thailand vs USA. For more info, you can contact
Mr. Roufus at (404) 319-1151
NEWS OF 7-28-98. . .
For IKF Canada
IKF Canada kickboxing promoter
Mike Miles is gearing up for his big event in August. Miles has
his event, "Malice At The Palace"
scheduled for August 23rd, 1998 at Tha Palace, the cities hotest night club in
Calgary, Alberta Canada. Three IKF North
American titles will be featured on the event which include, the IKF North American Cruiserweight Muay Thai Title
Kerry Dell (13 Wins, 4 Losses, 2 Draws of Calgary, Alberta Canada)
Phil Petit (19 Wins, 3 Losses of Winnipeg, Canada)
IKF North American Light Welterweight Muay
Thai Title featuring IKF Full Contact
Rules North American Welterweight Champion
Trevor Smandych ( 10 Wins, 4 Losses, 1 Draw of Calgary, Alberta Canada)
David Rodriguez ( 4 Wins, 0 Losses of San Diego, CA, USA) and the IKF North American Womens Featherweight
International Rules Title with Vanessa Bellegarde ( 9 Wins, 3 Losses, 1
Draw of Calgary, Alberta Canada) facing
Mercedes Medina ( 11 Wins, 0 Losses of Los Angeles, CA, USA). at the
city's hottest night club. The event starts at 8:15 PM. Ticket prices are
$22.00. For more info, you can contact Mr. Miles at (403) 244-8424 or
e-mail him by clicking HERE
July 23rd, 1998, AT 3:30 PM
A Fan Who Wants
The IKF was recently sent an e-mail
from a kickboxing fan and we thought the content might interest some of you.
You'll find it on our Opinion Page by clicking HERE
July 22nd, 1998, AT 4:00 PM
K-1 OR ANY
Yes, you heard correctly, and we would like to see Mullens in K-1 instead of some in the line-up! IKF number 1 Ranked Heavyweight, Jim "JIMBO"
Mullen wants us to make a public request. He is ready and willing to
fight anyone, anywhere at anytime! Any takers? Check out what Mullens is
hungry for and his desire to fight in the Las Vegas USA K-1 by clicking HERE.
NEWS OF 7-22-98. . .
Check out our new IKF CORNER
TALK! Master Sensei, Kickboxing & Muay
Thai Trainer Brooks Mason offers his PERSONAL advice to all who ask.
Mr. Mason has trained many champions over the years. Read more about him
MASON'S IKF CORNER TALK
July 15th, 1998, AT 3:00 PM
Not so Good After all...
Doug Dickey has something to say about the latest kickboxing promoter in
Mexico, Johnny Zarate. As if ol' Gerald Salmon (The last
troubled kickboxing promoter in Mexico) wasn't enough, this guy makes Salmon
look like a saint. Since it wasn't nice, it was placed on the opinion page but
since we thought it was important, we put a press clip here. Check out Mr.
Dickey's article by clicking HERE
and you'll see why the IKF past on
sanctioning the event for the better of the sport and the fighters involved. We
just wished everyone else would have listened and followed our hunch...
NEWS OF 7-15-98. . .
The Champions GO?
If you've been with the IKF awhile,
you may remember some of the first title holders. Than again, maybe someone you
know is claiming to be a past IKF Champion
and your not sure about it. Or did you ever wonder how a certain fighter won
their title? Well, the IKF is working on a
new page link entitled, CHAMPIONS
OF THE IKF. (Click it to check it out) If your big on needing to
know the scoop and history of past title bouts and champions, this page is for
you. Please let us know your thoughts. We'd like to know if all the work were
putting into it will be worth it for our readers. Hope to hear from you soon.
July 12th, 1998, AT 4:00 PM
Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA
Harveys Casino, Council Bluffs, Iowa USA - July 10th,
1998 - Promoter: Mick Doyle
Injures Foot -
Podany Wins World
IKF Muay Thai Title.
IKF Promoter Mick
Doyle of Omaha, Nebraska, USA hosted an "OUTSTANDING"
event at the beautiful Harvey's Casino in Council Bluffs Iowa, USA this last
Friday night, July 10th. Nine bouts and 1 exhibition bout featured Muay Thai and
International Rules. The Main event featured 2 current IKF
United States Champions. IKF US Light
Cruiserweight Muay Thai Champion, Kwame Stephens (22-2 with 19 KO's) of
Carbondale Illinois, USA, made the trip to Iowa to face IKF US Cruiserweight Muay Thai Champion,Kurt
Podany (13-0 with 10 KO's) of Omaha, Nebraska, USA. The bout was suppose to
feature top action from both champions but it appeared as if Podany was
the only fighter going on the offensive the entire night. A failure to commit
offensively saw Stephens behind on all 3 judges cards after 3 rounds. In
the 4th round, the top of Stephens foot connected with Podany's
knee as he executed a check block. The connection blasted Stephens foot
and as swelling begin in the ring, ring physician Dr. Sheppard directed
referee Fred Fitzgerald to stop the bout at the 1:41 mark of the 4th
round. Stephens was virtually inactive the entire fight, consistently
waiting to counter Podany. However Podany's speed and technique
made Stephens desires completely ineffective. Due to the way the bout
ended though, there is talk of a possible re-match between the two. If Stephens
fights the way he fought when he won his IKF
US title, it's sure to be a much better bout with the winner, a coin toss in the
The semi main event was for the vacant IKFSuper Heavyweight title. Moti Horenstein
of Spring Valley New York, USA won the IKF
United States Super Heavyweight Muay Thai Title when he knocked out Steve
Bass of Omaha, Nebraska, USA at 36 seconds into the 2nd round. Horenstein
is well known for fighting all over the world in many different fighting styles
Of the other bouts on the event, here are the quick results;
Oleg Iamtsoun of Brooklyn New York, USA won by
DEVASTATING KO over Willie Stewert of Omaha Nebraska, USA at :17 seconds
into the opening round. The overhand right broke Stewert's jaw and he
was forced into surgery Saturday morning. Our best wishes go out to you Willie.
In a great bout by both fighters, Steven Berkoluyko of
Brooklyn, New York, USA defeated Tom Carpenter of Minneapolis,
Minnesota, USA by unanimous decision, 29-28, 29-28 & 29-28.
Bout 3 saw Tony Barton of Omaha Nebraska, USA stay
undefeated at 6-0 as he defeated Nil Borg of Brooklyn, New York, USA by
TKO at 1:49 of the first round.
In bout 4, Gavin VanVlack of New York, USA defeated
Jonathan Eyman of Omaha Nebraska by unanimous decision, 30-27, 29-28 &
Bout 5 had David Brice of Omaha Nebraska, USA defeat
Boris Bondarenko of Brooklyn, New York, USA by unanimous decision 29-28,
30-27 & 29-28.
In bout 6, Rob Wiley of Omaha Nebraska, USA took a
split decision win over Sean Hinds of New York, USA, 29-28, 28-29 &
Bout 7 featured pro veteran James Cook of Minnapolis,
Minnesota, USA in an exciting bout with Steve Miles of New York, USA.
The bout was exciting enough to be a title bout but it was only a 5 round
featured undercard. Cook won the battle in a unanimous decision, 49-46,
50-45 & 49-46.
Featured as a celebrity judge was the trainer who took World
Champion and now movie star Don
"The Dragon" Wilson's to fame and World title glory, Brooks
Mason. Mason currently living in Omaha Nebraska will be doing some
instructional videos with the IKF to be
featured and marketed through Ringside Inc. Mason is also planning on
instructing seminars as part of the already talented IKF
seminar team. Famous Muay Thai referee Kuhn Fred Fitzgerald was also
featured at the event as one of several fantastic referees under his direction.
Fitzgerald is also assisting the IKF
Muay Thai division in upgrading the rules & regulations of IKF Muay Thai with
IKF Muay Thai coordinator Duke Roufus,
promoter, trainer & fighter Mick Doyle and IKF President Steve Fossum.
The event was sponsored by
INC. as all IKF events
are. In attendance at ringside with IKF
President Steve Fossum were Ringside's marketing director Joe Taylor
and Ringside Inc. Creative Director Doug Ward. The Ringside guys brought
up tons of Ringside shirts and products to give to the fighters on the event as
well as many of the fans. After the event, Taylor, Ward, Fossum, Duke Roufus
and Brooks Mason spent until the "LATE" hours of the morning
discussing the future of the IKF- RINGSIDE INC. connection. From what we know,
the national amateur tournament, product endorsements, training videos, seminars
and event sponsorship are just a few of the things Ringside and the IKF will be offering to make the sport of kickboxing
even better. What a GREAT CONNECTION guys!
For more info on this Iowa event or future Iowa events, please
contact Mr. Mick Doyle at (402) 498-9592. Doyle and Fossum
are planning to work with other Harvey's Casino's in other parts of the United
States as well promoting Muay Thai events. Doyle and Fossum have
already discussed a tentative event in Tahoe, Nevada USA possibly later this
KO 17 Seconds Round 1
Oleg Iamtsoun of Brooklyn New York,
USA over Willie Stewert of Omaha Nebraska, USA. The overhand right broke
Stewert's jaw and he was forced into surgery the next morning.
Steven Berkoluyko of Brooklyn, New York,
USA overTom Carpenter of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. 29-28, 29-28 &
TKO 1:49 Round 1
Tony Barton of Omaha Nebraska, USA over
Nil Borg of Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Gavin VanVlack of New York, USA over
Jonathan Eyman of Omaha Nebraska. 30-27, 29-28 & 29-28.
David Brice of Omaha Nebraska, USA over
Boris Bondarenko of Brooklyn, New York, USA. 29-28, 30-27 & 29-28.
Rob Wiley of Omaha Nebraska, USA over Sean
Hinds of New York, USA. 29-28, 28-29 & 29-28.
IKF Unanimous Decision
Cook of Minnapolis, Minnesota, USA over Steve Miles of New York,
USA. 49-46, 50-45 & 49-46.
- For the Vacant
IKF Muay Thai Rules United States Super
Heavyweight Title Title.
KO :36 Seconds
Moti Horenstein of Spring Valley New York, USA over
Steve Bass of Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
- For the Vacant
IKF Pro Muay Thai Rules World Light Cruiserweight
Doctor Stops Bout Due To Injury -
Kurt Podany (15-0 with 10 KO's) of Omaha, Nebraska,
USA. over Kwame Stephens (22-3 with 19 KO's) of Carbondale Illinois, USA
at 1:41 of round 4. Stephens smashed the top of his foot on Podany's knee as
Podany blocked while stephens was attempting a kick. Stephens foot swelled and
the ring doctor stopped the bout. (Podany was ahead on all the judges cards
30-27 at the time)
- IKF Representative &
- IKF Alternating Judges &
Referees: Brooks Mason, Fred Fitzgerald, Scott Weakley, Colleen Beal,
Vladimir Borodine, Mike Storm, Terry Tarrelton, Kevin Brown
- Physicians: Dr. Shepard
- Timekeeper: Patty Gooslby
- Ring Announcer: Leni Zealand
NEWS OF 7-12-98. . .
In NO. AMERICAN
The IKF is fast becoming the trademark
organization for true Muay Thai in North America. So far in 1998, the
IKF has sanctioned more Muay Thai events
in North America than any other organization. The IKF
discovered that the foundation of True Muay Thai needed organization especially
in the USA. After listening to the requests of hundreds of trainers and
fighters. The IKF has not only been
listening, but making a lot of great changes in working to bring the TRUE MUAY
THAI style out of Thailand and to the rest of the World. To add to their
organization efforts, the IKF has now
changed its Muay Thai Weight classes to equal those used in Thailand.
IKF Muay Thai director Duke Roufus
and IKF President Steve Fossum are
also working with RINGSIDE Products
Company to enhance their Muay Thai training equipment. Also working with the
IKF Muay Thai Division is well known Muay
Thai Referee, Fred Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is known worldwide as
one of the best Muay Thai referees in the world. Famous trainer Brooks Mason
has also come on board to assist the IKF/RINGSIDE
connection in producing an instructional video to be marketed through
Mason himself has fought in several hundred ring bouts under Muay Thai
rules, boxing, bare knuckle and regular kickboxing. He started training Don
"The Dragon" Wilson at age 17, before Wilson was
known as The Dragon . Although Wilson didn't specialize in Muay
Thai, Mason's leadership as a top trainer is without question. He
trained Wilson to over 50 wins with over 40 KO's. Wilson is also
the only kickboxer to win ten world titles in three weight divisions (light
heavyweight, super light heavyweight and cruiserweight). He was the fighting
Champion of five different sactioning organizations (WKA, STAR, KICK, ISKA,
and the PKO). During his career, he defeated 11 World Champions and 15
National Champions on 4 continents. "MANY" more changes to the IKF Muay Thai Division are coming soon. Keep watch.
Don't get the IKF wrong
though. They are still the leader in Sanctioning
Full Contact Rules
(leg kick) bouts in North America and one of the top 3 in the world continuing
to keep the 3 main fighting divisions organized and running strong. The IKF is confident that their passion for the sport
and the ability to open up, listen and give the fighters, trainers and promoters
want they want in the sport will soon make them the leading organization
worldwide. With the IKF making such great
efforts to improve Muay Thai outside of Thailand many well known Muay Thai
people are getting involved with the IKF
Are you next?
MORE NEWS OF 7-12-98. . .
Muay Thai Champions
& Kongnapa Win!
In a quiet performance, IKF World Muay
Thai Champion Khunpol who is currently training at Milwaukee Kickboxing
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, did only what he needed to do to defeat
Fernando Calleros of Albquerque New Mexico, USA in Las Vegas Nevada,
Friday night July 3rd. Currently training with Duke Roufus, Khunpol
simply worked his basic techniques since there was no title at stake to clearly
outpoint Calleros in every round on the judges cards to win a unanimous
decision. Fellow stablemate Kongnapa also training at Milwaukee
Kickboxing with Duke Roufus made quick work of Brian Lee of
Springfield Missouri, USA, knocking him out in the first round.
July 1st, 1998, AT 10: PM
K-1 - USA
(Special via RINGREPORT)
Vowing "no more 'above-the-waist' fights", IKF
Pro World Heavyweight Champion Rick'The Jet' Roufus has landed
in Southern California to train for the August 7th K-1 USA heavyweight
tournament at The Mirage in Las Vegas. The Los Angeles area has long been the
'capital of the low kick' on the U.S. kickboxing scene, and there Roufus
has found top flight trainers and no shortage of sparring partners. He is
spending most of his time banging with noted trainer
David Krapes, who recently opened the Sherman Oaks World Martial Arts
Center in the San Fernando Valley, and is also sharpening skills with past IKF Pro Muay Thai World Champion, Saeksan
Janjira at the Muay Thai Janjira gym in nearby South Gate. Roufus,
who is looking very strong at 218 lbs., wants a shot at the big prize, which is
the K-1 Grand Prix Finals in Tokyo later this year. To get there, however, he
must fight through the eight-man USA Grand Prix just to earn a slot in the
semi-final round on September 27th in Osaka, Japan. More on Roufus and
his training over the weeks leading up to the event. Krapes' Sherman Oaks gym
can be reached at (818) 788-2321.
June 29th, 1998, AT 10:10 AM
Division For The IKF
It's official! The IKF has now
established a new fighting division for the younger kickboxers! The
IKF in association with
RINGSIDE INC. have established the new
IKF Junior Amateur Kickboxing Division for
young kickboxers, ages 8 to 15. The Junior Division was established to better
prepare amateur kickboxers for their future in kickboxing. Traditionally,
kickboxers in the United States were only fighters above the age of 16, however,
the IKF and
RINGSIDE INC. would like to make
kickboxing another option for the many martial arts students out there. For
those who either don't want to do just traditional boxing, or, are frustrated
with the typical "Karate Non/Light Contact Point Fighting"
tournaments. IKF Junior Kickboxing is for
young kickboxers who want to truly test and improve their ring skills. The IKF and RINGSIDE INC.
plan to organize a National Tournament like
RINGSIDE INC. has done with boxing
(National Silver Gloves Tournament) but for kickboxing. A National tournament
for ages 16 and up is also planned. To see the new IKF
Junior Amateur Kickboxing Page, Click
June 17th, 1998, AT 9:00 PM
Big Muay Thai Event!
THAILAND vs USA
Milwaukee Kickboxing & Fitness in association with the Phetnoi Thai
Boxing Gym of Thailand have confirmed the IKF
USA vs Thailand event planned for September 12th. IKF
Promoter Duke Roufus has confirmed that the event will be all Pro Muay
Thai bouts with all bouts including Knees AND ELBOWS! Mr. Phetnoi himself
and his wife will come from Thailand to be special guests at the event. Here is
Southern Thailand champion Hadjyai vs Paul "M-16"
Suehlek, 1998 Featherweight Mitsubishi Tournament Champion Songkla
vs IKF Intercontinental Champion
Richard Kostuck, Thailand stadium champion and IKF
World Champion Khunpol vs Jose Ramirez, Thailand Stadium
champion Kongnapa vs Mick Doyle,
Sakasam vs Anthony Mora.
A non Thailand vs USA bout will feature a re-match between "BAD"
Brad Fowler and Jack LaGrange for the IKF
Amateur Cruiserweight Title. The event will also feature Adrian Sorano
against David Menne in Submission Fighting. for more info on this event,
please contact Mr. Duke Roufus at (414) 319-1151.
June 15th, 1998, AT 3:00 PM
"The Flame" Burns Out!
Wins By Forfeit!
It seems that Herald "The Flame" Givens is nothing
more than a spark after no showing for his scheduled IKF
Pro U.S. title bout with Jason "Quiet Riot" Robinson. Givens
who was already an underdog was obviously scared of Robinson since he
couldn't even bring himself to call promoters Paul and Avid Gakhal
to let them know he wouldn't be showing up. Givens who has fought on
several Chicago kickboxing events was given an opportunity to fight for a Legit
title in his bout with Robinson. Since Givens no-showed, Robinson
wins the IKF Pro Full Contact Rules
Cruiserweight title automatically by forfeit. Previously, Chicago fighters have
only been offered local titles by local promoters. However, this time, it was a
true title from a worldwide organization, the IKF.
IKF Representative Duke Roufus
said although the crowd was small, the Gakhal brothers now have more of
an idea what they want to do with future promotions. "Every promoter
has to start somewhere" says IKF
President Steve Fossum. "Chicago kickboxing has been ruled by
what appears to be one person in the past but the IKF brings legitimate titles
to any event. Not just local titles." The IKF
is willing to take the competition head on, especially after this event. Chicago
kickboxing has a lot of room to grow and things will be changing in Chicago for
the better. Fighters who fight on an IKF
sanctioned event will be ranked in the IKF
rankings and get worldwide exposure.
A good example is Muay Thai kickboxer Kwame Stephens of Chicago,
Illinois, USA. Stephens had been dealing with other organizations and
promoters for years until becoming involved with the IKF.
Previously an unknown in the sport, Stephens now holds the IKF Pro Muay Thai Light Cruiserweight Title and is
scheduled to fight for the IKF World Light
Cruiserweight Muay Thai Title on July 10th. "The IKF has opened doors and opportunities like no
other organization ever did." says Stephens this last month at
an IKF event in Wisconsin.
The Chicago event also featured some woman's exhibition bouts as well as
some VERY exciting IKF Submission bouts.
The Gakhal brothers plan to promote an even larger event sometime in
August or September. "The Gakhal's are clearly here to stay as IKF Chicago promoters" says Fossum.
"Fighters can either fight on an IKF
sanctioned event or for an unknown organization and their promoters. The bottom
line though is that those who fight on an IKF
sanctioned event have a future bigger than Chicago and no other promoter in the
Chicago area is offering that."
June 15th, 1998, AT 1:20 AM
SUPERFIGHTS # 4: June 13th, 1998. IKF
Promoters Mike Miles and Lyle Cheney hosted their annual
Kickboxing event in the city of Red Deer, Canada dubbed Superfights # 4. The
event's card featured eight bouts, half of which involved international athletes
against Canadian athletes. All the bouts were of high quality which left over
four hundred spectators impressed and happy with the event. The main event
featured Canada's Trevor Desjarlais, defending his
IKF Intercontinental Welterweight
Kickboxing Title against England's Brian Taylor. Taylor, the
taller of the two, provided excellent defensive footwork which at times seemed
to frustrate the Canadian Desjarlais. Taylor's downfall though
was the fact that he countered very sporadically. Against a strong combination
fighter like Desjarlais, this was to prove to be Taylor's
downfall. Half way into the third round, a left roundhouse kick by Desjarlais
to the neck of Taylor wobbled the English fighter, and Desjarlais
who is an excellent finisher, smelled blood and was all over Taylor with
excellent punches. Taylor was in serious trouble and his corner threw in
the towel and Desjarlais successfully defended his
IKF Title with a third round TKO over the
British fighter. ( Mike Miles )
June 8th, 1998, AT 4:00 PM
Bakersfield, California, USA
Strongbow Stadium, Bakersfield, CA, USA - June 6th, 1998
- Promoter: Abe Belardo
MURPHY POUNDS OUT TITLE WIN
Bakersfield, CA, USA
IKF Promoter Abe Belardo held
another action packed event this last weekend at the famous Strongbow Stadium in
Bakersfield, California, USA. Although the event only featured 3 actual adult
bouts, the event was history making for the IKF
as they kicked off the first ever IKF
sanctioned Junior Division bout with 2 fighters under 16 years old. The bout
featured 10 year old Sam Soksoda of Soksoda Muay Thai in Redding, CA,
USA who defeated 8 year old Christopher Soriano of Bakersfield, CA, USA
by split decision. The win was a controversial one due to a standing 8 count
that was given to Soriano. Many thought it was a slip but the bout
referee ruled it a knockdown. The knockdown proved to be the difference as Soksoda
won the split decision, 29-26, 27-28 & 29-28. The IKF
will be scheduling more Junior Division bouts soon on the way to the IKF RINGSIDE
National Amateur Tournament. The Junior Division will be run just like USA
Amateur Boxing and from the sound of the crowd this last weekend, the Junior
Division is sure to be a MAJOR crowd pleaser. Watch for more info on this new
The Main Event of the night was the IKF
heavyweight title defense of Manual Quezada. Quezada was
defending his IKF Amateur Heavyweight
International Rules Title against Boyd Murphy. The bout went the 5 round
distance with both fighters showing a lot of heart and power. In the end though,
Murphy proved to be in better shape and more stronger as he clearly took
the title from the Champion, Quezada in a unanimous decision win, 48-47,
49-45 & 46-45.
The semi main featured a bout for the vacant IKF
Muay Thai Rules Light Welterweight Amateur title in which Le Hua defeated
last second fill in, Josh Rogers of Soksoda Muay Thai in Redding, CA,
USA by unanimous decision, 39-27, 40-36 & 40-36.
The one non title undercard featured 2 fighters that had little ring
experience but looked like they were seasoned veterans. Mike Morello of
Santa Barbara, CA, USA was ahead of Majid Raees of Silmar on all the
judges cards until Raees landed a PERFECT, Benny The Jet Style
spinning rear kick into Morello's ribs at :43 seconds of the final
round. The kick doubled Morello over with a loud yell and after a few
steps, he dropped down and out. It was a perfect kick that took what looked like
a sure victory from Morello. Raees had several flashy kicks
throughout the bout as well. This was a GREAT BOUT by BOTH fighters and due to
the way this one ended, we are sure these two will meet again soon.
John Washington and IKF U.S.
Champion, Jesus Andrede did a short partial round exhibition to fill
some time but it was clear that "The HAMMER" stole the
exhibition show. IKF Undefeated North
American Super Middleweight Champion Toney "The Hammer"
Hannon of Bakersfield, CA, USA and IKF
Co-Founder and past kickboxing Champion,
Dannie "BAM BAM" Stell of Fairfield, CA, USA both
thrilled the crowd with their great technical skill, speed and flash in an
action packed 3 round exhibition. It was obvious, "The Hammer"
is still a great hometown favorite!
The event was fully sponsored by the IKF/
connection once again as RINGSIDE
provided their New Pro Style Fight Gloves for the event.Thanks again RINGSIDE!
Junior Amateur Division, Split Decision:
Sam Soksoda, (Age 10, 62 lbs.) Redding, CA, USA over
Christopher Soriano, (Age 8, 57 lbs.) Bakersfield, CA, USA. 27-28,
- Spin Side Kick KO @ :43
of ROUND 3:
Majid Raees, Sylmar, CA, USA over Mike
Morello, Santa Barbara. CA, USA. International Rules
- SPECIAL EXHIBITION:
Washington, Bakersfield, CA, USA & Jesus Andrade, Delano, CA,
USA. International Rules
- For the Vacant
IKF Muay Thai Rules CA Amateur Lt. Welterweight
Le Hua, Silmar, CA, USA over Josh Rogers "Muaynoi",
Redding, CA, USA. 39-37, 40-36, 40-36. Muay Thai Rules
- SPECIAL EXHIBITION:
Toney Hannon, Bakersfield, CA, USA & Danny
Stell, Fairfield, CA, USA. Full Contact Rules
- Defense of the
IKF Intl. Rules United States Amateur Heavyweight
Challenger Boyd Murphy, Bakersfield, CA, USA defeats champion, Manuel
Quezada, CA, USA. 48-47, 49-45, 46-45.International Rules
- IKFRepresentative & Scorekeeper:
- CA Commission Judge: Scott Milam
- IKF Alternating Judges &
Referees: Dan Stell & Marcos Rosales
- California State Athletic Commission Representatives: Dean Lohuis &
- Physicians: Dr. Jerry Seydel
- Timekeeper: Ralph McKnight
- Ring Announcer: Spydie
- Special Guests: Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, Jim Mullen &
June 5th, 1998, AT 3:00 AM
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Eagles Club, May 30th, 1998 - Promoter: Duke Roufus
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
"The Road To
Muay Thai America Leads through MILWAUKEE!!"
Yes thats TRUE! The crowd over 1,200 at the Eagles Club in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, USA witnessed some of the greatest Muay Thai bouts of the year as
IKF Promoter Duke Roufus hosted
another dynamic Muay Thai Event on Saturday, May 30th. Here are the results:
- The first bout of the night was a submission bout which saw David Menne
of Minnesota, USA defeat Henery Matamoros of Wisconsin, USA in a 10
minute match by Unanimous Decision.
- In bout 2, Khunpol of Wisconsin, USA via Thailand, KOed Kong
Napa of Thailand at 1:21 of the 3rd round with a right elbow to the jaw to
retain his IKF World Welterweight Muay
- In bout 3, Brian Fowler of Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA defeated Dan
Lamping of Indianapolis Indiana, USA by Split decision, 28-26, 30-29 &
- In bout 4, Paul "M-16" Svehlek of Milwaukee Wisconsin,
USA continued his quest for an IKF title
shot upping his record to 12-0 with 9 KO's with a unanimous decision win over
Dan Rawlings of Euclid, Ohio, USA, 48-46, 49-46 & 50-45.
- In bout 5, Brad Fowler of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA defeated Jack
LaGrange of Dubuque, Iowa, USA by unanimous decision, 29-24, 29-24 &
29-24. LaGrange lost a total of 3 points per card due to illigal blows.
The Main event was probably the best IKF
Muay Thai bout since Canada's Chad Sawyer and USA's Maurice Travis
fought in Fresno, CA, USA last year to win the IKF
bout of the year. Bout 6 featured well known Muay Thai fighter Sakasem
of Fairtex past against Richard Kostuck of Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA for
the vacant IKF Pro Intercontinental Muay
Thai title. Kostuck won the bout by unanimous decision, 50-46, 50-46 &
48-47 and although the scores may not indicate it, this was a GREAT BOUT!!!
For more event info, contact IKF Promoter,
Duke Roufus at Milwaukee Kickboxing at (414) 319-1151.
- SHOOTFIGHTING - Unanimous
Decision, 1 - 10 minute round: David Menne of Minnesota, USA
defeated Henery Matamoros of Wisconsin, USA.
- Defense of the
PRO World Muay Thai Welterweight Title. KO 1:21 OF ROUND 3
- Khunpon of Wisconsin, USA via Thailand, over Kongnapa of
Thailand. Right elbow to the jaw.Muay Thai Rules
- Amateur - SPLIT DECISION:
Brian Fowler of Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA over Dan Lamping of
Indianapolis Indiana, USA by Split decision, 28-26, 30-29 & 28-29.Muay Thai Rules
- Pro - UNANIMOUS DECISION:
Paul "M-16" Svehlek of Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA over Dan
Rawlings of Euclid, Ohio, USA, 48-46, 49-46 & 50-45.
Muay Thai Rules
- Amateur - UNANIMOUS
DECISION: Brad Fowler of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA over Jack
LaGrange of Dubuque, Iowa, USA. 29-24, 29-24 & 29-24.
Muay Thai Rules
- For the Vacant
PRO Intercontinental Muay Thai Light Welterweight
Title. UNANIMOUS DECISION:Richard
Kostuck of Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA over Sakasem, Indianapolis,
Indiana, via Thailand. 50-46, 50-46 & 48-47
- IKF Representative & Scorekeeper:
- IKF Judges: B. J. Lavota, Ben
Salas, Rich Holmes
- IKF Kickboxing Referee: Al
- IKF Shootfighting Referee:
- Physicians: Dr. Niemann & Dr. Wilson
- Timekeeper: Kolette Macek
- Ring Announcer: Kieron Davis
- Attendance 1,200+
NEWS OF 7-12-98. . .
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Daisy Theater, May 29th, 1998 - Promoter: Jeff Mullen
IKF Promoter Mr. Mullen hosted
IKF Tennessee, kickshoot '98 at the Daisy
Theater in Memphis, TN. on Friday night, May 29th. Here are the quick results.
AMATEUR FULL CONTACT RULES
Darrell Rudd of Mid South
Donnell Peavy (trad. ma academy) by TKO @ 1:11 of Round 1.
AMATEUR FULL CONTACT RULES
Derrick Jones of Clarksdale
Tae kwon Do over
Montez Logan (Covington kb) by unanimous decision.
AMATEUR FULL CONTACT RULES
Danny Levy of Covington,
Tennessee defeated Justin Russell (MSK) by unanimous decision.
AMATEUR FULL CONTACT RULES
Miguel Pilgram of Mid South
Chris Thompson (Clarksdale Tae Kwon Do) by unanimous decision.
AMATEUR FULL CONTACT RULES
Donnie Cook of Mid South
Nghia Trong (Black Dragons) by TKO Between rounds 2 & 3.
AMATEUR FULL CONTACT RULES
Steve Hall of Clarksdale Tae
Kwon Do defeated
Robert Gooch (Black Dragons) by unanimous decision.
AMATEUR FULL CONTACT RULES
Donnell Logan of Cvington Tae
kwon Do defeated
Shane Chappley (Black Dragons) by unanimous decision.
David Roberts (Mphs Gracie Training
Assoc) defeated Devin Reynolds (Trad M.A. Academy) armbar submission at
4:59 of round 1.
For more info, contact IKF Promoter
Mr. Mullen at (901) 757-0985.
May 10th, 1998, AT 4:00 PM
Francisco, California USA
University of San Francisco, May 9th, 1998 - Promoter:
- CA State Athletic Commission: Mr. Wong & Mr. Ponzio
- IKF Representative & Scorekeeper:
- IKF Judges: Susan Thomas &
- IKF Referees - Alternating: Marcos
Rosalas & Dan Stell
- Physicians: Dr. Angoggi, Dr. Lansdale & Dr. Smith
- Timekeeper: Marleene Swallow
- Ring Announcer: Dave Thomas
- Attendance: 2,200+
- PROMOTER: Tat Mau Wong
For those of you looking for the QUICK story, here are the
short results from the IKF San Francisco,
CA, USA Event. This event featured 11 bouts and 22 GREAT Warriors. Some fought
for their first time and did very well, while others continued their climb to
the ultimate of all kickboxers which is to someday wear an IKF World Title Belt! As we like to say on ALL
IKF kickboxing events, there were no
losers on this night. Just 22 fighters with the strength and courage enough to
get in the ring and "Walk the Walk" rather than talk about it from the
bleacher seats. These are true warriors and all are champions on this night,
both men and women!
This event was the first of many that will include a
relationship with RINGSIDE
INC. of Lenexa, Kansas, USA and the
provided all the fight gloves for the fights and EVERYONE was VERY PLEASED with them. We here at the
IKF are looking forward to a long
relationship with the IKF-RINGSIDE Connection. The IKF
& RINGSIDE will work
together promoting the sport of Kickboxing on IKF
sanctioned events as well as having IKF
Trainers, Champions and other fighters help design new and improved
RINGSIDE Kickboxing equipment that will be
officially endorsed by the IKF . Look for
more and more news of this soon, but for now.... Here
are the San Francisco results;
AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL RULES
Phongmong Sit-Boonkerd of
Redding, California, USA defeated
Thaddeus Mercado of San Jose, California, USA by Majority decision,
28-28, 29-28 & 29-28.
AMATEUR FULL CONTACT RULES
Gastova Caldaron of Santa
Rosa, California, USA defeated Aaron Judd of Roseville, California, USA
by TKO at 1:42 of round 3.
AMATEUR WOMEN'S FULL CONTACT RULES
Thuy Le of Santa Rosa,
California, USA defeated
Suzanne Strickland of Granite Bay, CA, USA by Split Decision, 29-28,
28-29 & 29-28.
AMATEUR MUAY THAI RULES
Hawk Chhim of Modesto,
California, USA fought to a Majority Draw with
David Lau of San Francisco, California, USA.
Two judges scored the
bout 28-28 while one scored it 29-28 Lau.
Chhim lost 1 point
on all 3 judges cards in round 2 for a second groin kick to Lau.
AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL RULES
Darren Freeman of
Susanville, California, USA defeated
Adam Rodgers of Monterey, California, USA by Unanimous Decision, 29-27,
29-27 & 29-28.
AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL RULES
Brian Gamble of Susanville,
California, USA defeated Robb Plada of Oakland, California, USA by
Knockout at :26 seconds of round 2.
AMATEUR FULL CONTACT RULES
Dave Marinoble of Roseville,
California, USA defeated Chan Pen of Modesto, California, USA by TKO at
1:41 of round 1.
AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL RULES
Gerado Sanchez of Santa Rosa,
California, USA did not show up at the weigh-ins for his bout against
Andy Graham of San Francisco, California, USA so Graham won by
Details of this no show are being confirmed soon by Sanchez's
AMATEUR WOMEN'S FULL CONTACT RULES
CALIFORNIA ATOMWEIGHT TITLE
Baron, of Cool, California, USA, defeated Angie Fields of Modesto,
California, USA, by TKO at 1:37 of round 1.
AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL RULES
UNITED STATES WELTERWEIGHT TITLE
Escubar of Gilroy, California, USA, defeated Adam Garcia of San
Diego, California, USA, by Unanimous Decision, 48-47, 49-46 & 49-46.
AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL RULES
UNITED STATES SUPER WELTERWEIGHT TITLE
Mua of Fresno, California, USA, defeated Randy Tsutsui of Vallejo,
CA, USA, by TKO at 1:07 of round 2.
AMATEUR MUAY THAI RULES
UNITED STATES MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE
Title: Harry Vacarro of San Diego, California, USA, defeated Doug
Evans of Redwood City, California, USA, by TKO at 1:17 of round 4.
1998 Hand Injury Forces
Out of Greco Bout
May END career for good!
A re-injury to 3 time World Champion, Jeff "DUKE"
Roufus' right hand has forced him to cancel his bout with Sam Greco
in Australia. Word is that this time the injury may be career ending. We will
keep everyone up to date with the news on the
Duke! On the brighter side, rather than worry about the injury, Roufus
has used that positive outlook motivational training taught to him by his
martial arts father and decided to confirm a date for his next IKF Milwaukee event as May 30th. Featured fighters
will include Khunpol from Thailand who is now in America training with
the Duke at his Milwaukee Kickboxing & Fitness Club. Top ranked Muay
Thai Light Cruiserweight Kevin "The Fighting Irish" McMullen
of Milwaukee Wisconsin will return to the ring as well. For more info, contact
Mr. Duke Roufus at Milwaukee Kickboxing at (414) 319-1151.
May 6th, 1998, AT 7:00 AM
KICKBOXING - MANIA 6!
IKF Alberta Canada Press:
IKF Promoter Mike Miles of Canada
held another fantastic kickboxing event Saturday night, May 2nd in Calgary
Alberta Canada. Miles continued in his tradition of hosting an annual
Martial Arts tournament and Kickboxing card in which all profits went to a
children's charity. This year's event had all profits go towards the
Canadian Liver Foundation and its children's programs.
Attendance was nearly a sell out with over 800 people and very few empty seats.
The event had no Muay Thai bouts but nonetheless, it had excellent fights
under the International Rules and Full Contact Rules. A week leading into the
event, a school in Manitoba that had promised 4 fighters, pulled out leaving
promoter Miles scrambling to fill the remainder of the card with quality
bouts. 17 bouts and 1 exhibition took place on the event and all were first
The MAIN EVENT featured Canada's Trevor
Smandych of Calgary Alberta Canada in his first Full Contact Rules bout
against Rey Amaya
of Texas USA, for the IKF North
American Welterweight Full Contact Rules Title. Making this bout more of a
challenge for the Canadian, Smandych was stepping up 2 complete weight
divisions (Smandych regularly fights as a lightweight at 132 lbs.). At
the weigh in, Smandych was under the bottom end of the Welterweight
division by 4 pounds (138 lbs.) while Amaya was at the top end of the
division (146 lbs.), a full 8 pounds heavier than Smandych. Although
Smandych was out of the weight requirements, Amaya agreed to the
match if Smandych was willing to give up the weight, which he did. Since
the title was vacant, the IKF accepted
upon the fighters desire to continue with it. The bout was action packed from
start to finish. Rounds one and two had
Smandych take the lead with cleaner and crisper shots than the American.
Round three was a great round for Smandych but also a very controversial
one. Smandych landed a roundhouse kick to Amaya's head which put
him down like a ton of bricks. Demonstrating his toughness, Amaya was up
and at the count of eight and when the fight continued, Smandych was all
over Amaya dropping him with a stinging left hook (Amaya
didn't remember the blow and/or the resulting knockdown). This was where
the controversy begins. The referee gave Amaya a very slow standing
eight and then spent time making sure he was coherent. After confirming Amaya
was all right, The referee walked
Amaya over to the doctor to see if he would allow the fight to continue.
After the doctor allowed the bout to continue, Amaya was slowly walked
over to his corner to have his mouthguard washed. Well over two minutes had
taken place allowing Amaya to regain himself. This took the opportunity
away from Smandych to attempt a third knockdown in the fight and thus
win by TKO. In rounds four and five, Amaya came out and pressured Smandych
to the ropes forcing the fight on the inside. The final two rounds were Amaya.
At the end of the fight, a split decision was awarded to Smandych and he
became the recipient of the IKF North
American Welterweight Full Contact Title. The IKF
headquarters is awaiting video of this bout to review what happened during the
knockdowns and why such a long break was given to Amaya.
Canada's Nick Ring stepped into the ring with the shorter but
stronger muscled Jace Jeanes from Texas USA in a Full Contact Rules
match. Jeanes came out swiftly cornering Ring and trying to land
a heavy punch. Ring shelled and responded quickly with a three punch
combination which sent Jeanes flying backwards and onto the canvas in
grief.Jeanes had fractured his foot while fighting and the bout could
not continue so Ring won the fight by first round TKO. A rematch is
slated for the future.
- Canada's Jason Fenton won by decision over American Rudy
Vasquez in a Full Contact Rules match.
- In a Super Heavyweight International Rules bout, Canadian Keith
Crawford won by 1st round TKO over Colorado, USA's
- As a show of unity of martial arts organizations, Promoter Mike Miles
also had the WKA involved as a sanctioning
organization with the IKF on this event.
B.C.'s Adam Hay defeated fellow B.C. athlete Dave Rannala for
the WKA Western Canadian Cruiserweight
Full Contact Title.
- Alberta's Trevor Desjarlais won by TKO in round 1 over B.C.'s Mark
- Manitoba's Sik Tai gym sent 4 athletes to compete on the card. As mentioned
earlier another gym from Manitoba had pulled out the week earlier and the
substitutes from Sik Tai, did very well considering they all took the bouts on a
week's notice. "These guys really help save the show and I owe them,"
said promoter Mike Miles.
- Calgary's Kerry Dell won by 3rd round TKO over Sik Tai's Larry
- Gord Anderson (Calgary) won by 3rd round TKO over Domingo
Zuniga (Sik Tai).
- Sokhim Or won by split decision over Dave Zuniga.
- Calgary's Ricki Hagel won by decision over Sik Tai's Melody
- Calgary's Cayne Madoche stopped Saskatchewan, Mike McNab in
the second round.
- Calgary's Lara Young defeated Saskatchewan's Larissa Link.
- Calgary's Erwin Schonfeldt won by TKO in round 3 over B.C.'s Ryan
- Calgary's Jeremy Rempel took the nod over Saskatchewan's Shane
- Calgary's Bobby Swyryda battled with journeyman athlete Bradley
Parent from Saskatchewan. In the first round and again in the second, Parent
was accidently kicked in the groin and could not continue. The bout was called a
- Calgary's Javier Gomez won by decision over Luke Spicer
from Red Deer.
- Red Deer's Dave Robson stopped Calgarian Garth McCrady in
- Calgary's Vanessa Bellegarde was slated to battle with East Coast
Christina Rondeau. However the Rondeau broke her hand in a bout,
leading into this match. Bellegarde stepped in the ring with Janne
Lamontagne for an exhibition bout.
May 5th, 1998, AT 1:00 PM
The IKF and RINGSIDE
INC. of Lenexa, Kansas, USA have begin working on a deal that will
bring the sport of Kickboxing to yet another great level. RINGSIDE marketing chief, Joe Taylor and
IKF President Steve Fossum have
discussed some big plans for the sport starting this weekend at
Master Tat Mau Wong's Mega Amateur Kickboxing Event at the University of
San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA. RINGSIDE
will be supplying RINGSIDE PROFESSIONAL FIGHT GLOVES
for the event which has always been the largest amateur event on the West Coast.
A crowd of 3,000 plus is expected to witness 5 IKF
Title bouts and 8 undercard matches. The IKF-RINGSIDE connection will include organization of an
National Championship Kickboxing Tournament. RINGSIDE
currently holds such a tournament for boxing that features the best amateur
boxers in the United States.
Other plans for the IKF-RINGSIDE connection include some re-designing of
various RINGSIDE equipment for kickboxing
in which the IKF plans to offer the
assistance of several IKF Champions and
Trainers to help in the new designs. This way,
RINGSIDE will be able to design equipment
that Kickboxers want which can very greatly from boxers. In addition, more ideas
associated with theIKF-RINGSIDE
connection include Kickboxing equipment, workout clothes and the most important
thing of all, special discounts to IKF
associated trainers, fighters and associates of RINGSIDE
This proves to be yet another way the IKF
is striving to help the sport of Kickboxing as well as help out the most
important people of the sport, the Fighters, Trainers and Promoters that
together will help the sport of kickboxing grow to greater levels. Expect to see
the RINGSIDE name at A LOT of IKF events if this all goes as planned. From fight
gloves, corner dressings, fighter apparel, ring canvas' and even rings,
RINGSIDE has a lot to offer to the sport
of KICKBOXING. As a leader in Boxing, the IKF-RINGSIDE connection will help make RINGSIDE the leader in Kickboxing as well. Keep
watch for what all unfolds on this great merger for the better of the sport of
May 2nd, 1998, AT 10:30 AM
Sacramento, California USA
Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, May 1st, 1998 -
Promoters: Nasser Niavaroni & Steve Sax
Sacramento, CA, USA
Alexio & Spaid
- CA State Athletic Commission:
Rob Lynch, Kathy Chilimidias, Mike Guzman, Rich Navoa,
- IKF Representative & Scorekeeper:
- IKF Judges: Susan Thomas,
- IKF Referees - Alternating:Marcos
Rosalas & Dan Stell
- Physicians: Dr. Randy Martin
- Timekeeper: Stan Gordon
- Ring Announcer: TC Martin & Jim Hall
- Special Guests: Tony "The Tiger" Lopez- 3 Time
World Boxing Champion
- Attendance: 3,500
Uppercut Promotions of Sacramento CA, USA put on an exciting
IKF Event in Sacramento, CA, USA last
night and the event was a Knockout success from start to finish. With over 3,500
people in attendance, the crowd witnessed 9 EXPLOSIVE bouts that were
co-sanctioned with the IKF and the ISKA.
Promoter Nasser Niavaroni was so pleased with the outcome that he is
already planning the next Sacramento Kickboxing event for sometime in August.
In a show of unity for the sport of kickboxing rather than a rivalry between
sanctioning organizations, IKF
President Steve Fossum and ISKA West Coast representative Scott
Coker and ISKA President Mike Sawyer decided to do a FIRST
for the sport of kickboxing. Have ONE individual represent "2"
different major sanctioning organizations on a World Title event.
IKF President Steve Fossum was
appointed the position which has never been done for the sport of kickboxing
ever before. Fossum represented both the IKF
and the ISKA organizations at the event which saw IKF
& ISKA Champions
Brett Spaid and Dennis Alexio retain their titles while Eric
Regan won a new Pro title. The event was filmed for future release on
ESPN 2's Strike Force Kickboxing
program. However, the Alexio vs Roger bout is still under
negotiation as far as rights to the video between ISKA, Alexio and
Roger. Which brings us to the Main Event bout.
BOUT 9 - IKF
PRO World Title
and Full Contact Rules Heavyweight Champion
Dennis Alexio (Right) faced Achille Roger of Dijon
France in the evenings main event which didn't begin until close to
midnight. It was a defense of Alexio's
Heavyweight Titles. Alexio weighed in at 218 lbs. while Roger
hit the scales at 220 lbs. The ring entrance of Alexio was, as always,
an impressive show in itself, and as always before, Alexio came out to
the music of the band Europe with the famous song, "The Final Countdown".
Belt after belt passed by the standing ovation crowd at the Sacramento Memorial
Auditorium as Sacramento welcomed PRO Kickboxing back to the city after nearly 7
long years without it.
Although there have been Amateur events in the area, this was the first Pro
Kickboxing event in Sacramento since Alexio knocked out Larry Curton
at the Arco Arena back in 1991. Grass skirt, Golden Hawaiian tan and the ever so
noticeable focused look of his ringname, "The
Terminator", Alexio tonight was the hometown boy of
nearby Vacaville, CA but more remembered by Sacramento. He has held the World
Title since the 80's and has yet to ever meet anyone to give him much of a
challenge in the Full Contact Rules category. The ONLY time Alexio has
faced even a question of a challenge has been when he accepted bouts in the
division he DOESN'T fight in, International Rules. (Kicks allowed to the
legs) When others say stupid things such as "But He Won't fight
with the big guys and do Leg Kicks"
We here at the
IKF have this to say, "Hey, we
don't see any of them wanting to fight him above the waist full contact rules
either!!! And rightly so! The fact is, is that all the so called BIG GUYS
are truly good at what they do. But you don't hear Alexio asking them to
fight in a division that they don't do. So why do people want to see Alexio
vs someone like Maurice Smith? Well, although Maurice has earned
a great name for himself, Maurice does leg kicks. Maurice doesn't do
above the waist rules. Dennis does! "GET IT?!" Michael Jordan
Does Basketball, John Elway does Football. How do you put these two on
the same playing court? You don't! Getting the picture? Although it's all
kickboxing, International Rules and Full Contact Rules are two Very different
styles of fighting.
Now you ALL need to admit openly, Alexio is clearly
"THE BEST" Full Contact Rules
Heavyweight Fighter out there right now and unless someone else proves this
different, he will remain,
"The Undisputed, Full Contact Rules
Heavyweight Champion of the World!" And to add one final
note about the contraversey...To answer those leg kick critics... Michael
Jordan tried baseball, but he went back to what he is BEST at, BASKETBALL.
Alexio tried International Rules, but he went back to what he is BEST
at, Above the waist Full Contact Rules! Not necessarily because he wasn't good
at International Rules, he just didn't like them. So he does what he does BEST!
Full Contact Rules.
Alexio has been extremely busy over the last several years.
Defending his World titles as many as 4 times a year since last fighting in
Sacramento. Now living in Hawaii, Alexio made the trip over to the newly
renovated Memorial Auditorium because of his ties with Promoter Nasser
Niavaroni and his memories of the Memorial from fights long ago. He makes
great money fighting in Hawaii, he's a hero over there, but he is also loved by
his loyal followers in Sacramento.
Alexio entered the ring tonight 39 years old. Many thought he would
look like he was old, slow, sluggish and losing speed. Like any championship
fight, there were critics there of course. There were those that wanted to say
he's lost it all. He's past his prime. But those critics who do nothing but
criticize those who are in the arena doing great things, those critics who know
neither victory nor defeat, those poor and timid soals walked away disappointed
on this night. Their mouths were kicked shut as Alexio out kicked, out
punched and out maneuvered Roger, who is 8 years younger than him over
and over through the entire bout. Alexio was the aggressor. He took the
fight to Roger who never seemed to press Alexio much at all.
Sure, there were a few shots Roger threw that brought the crowd to their
feet. But shots on Alexio such as these have the same effect as years
ago, they only make him fight harder. Alexio has trouble getting
motivated until his opponent shows him something. Otherwise he's board. But
press him and the tempo of the bout suddenly changes. So was the case with Roger
who tried, but quickly paid for it each time. Roger put up a truly
gallant effort and fought strong and hard, but he was simply outmatched by Alexio.
Roger was no walk over opponent either. A true champion fighter with an
impressive record of 52 wins, 4 loses, 1 draw and 30 knockouts, Roger's
lost every round on every judges scorecard. The only sign of injury to Alexio
came from a head butt in the 2nd round which caused a cut just outside his right
eye. But Alexio didn't need to worry with one of the best cutmen in the
business in his corner, Will Edgington. Edgington has stitched
up the best, including 3 time World Boxing Champion Tony "The Tiger"
Lopez, who was a special guest at ringside with IKF
President Steve Fossum to watch the nights action. Edgington
closed up Alexio's cut so well within the 1 minute round break that you
could hardly see it when the next round started. Knowing he didn't want to have
the bout stopped due to something like a cut, Alexio picked up the pace
even more. Alexio hit Roger with blow after blow with his right
hand that puffed up Roger's left eye until it looked like Roger
had a golf ball cut in two and stuffed under his skin. Roger's eye was
clearly closing more and more from each blow. "One of Alexio's
strong points is that for a Heavyweight, he sets an extremely fast pace."
stated one of Alexio's trainers, Nasser Niavaroni. This proved
to wear down Roger more and more and especially near the end of rounds 3
& 4. From the beginning, Alexio proved to still have some of the
quickest and powerful feet in the business. He threw snappy round kicks, hook
kicks and spin kicks at Roger through 4 rounds. Then Alexio put
on an exhibition of combinations, spin kicks and solid right hands through the
first half of round 5 and after a strong right started to open up Roger's
half golf ball size welt over his left eye, simultaneously Marcos Rosalas
and Roger's corner stopped the bout. It was over at 1:10 of the 5th
round and Alexio had once again, as he has done 66 times before,
acknowledged the crowd as the winner. The knockout gives Alexio 62 on
his pro career. With a record of 67 wins and only 1 loss, Dennis once
again on this night reminded Sacramento and the rest of the world why he is and
will always be remembered as "The Undisputed
Heavyweight Full Contact Rules Kickboxing Champion of the World!"
8 - IKF PRO North American Title
The Semi Main event belonged to hometown favorite, Eric "The Hitman"
Regan! Regan (Right) entered the ring Friday night to a
standing ovation of over 3,000 local fight fans. His opponent was Hector
Torres of South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA. Torres, although a seasoned
veteran with a fight record of 23-3 with 20 knockouts, he hadn't fought for 4
Torres' brother Juan Torres, holds the
IKF World Full Contact Rules Light
Welterweight title so Hector wanted to hold an IKF
title as well. Persuaded back into the ring against Regan for the
IKF North American Title shot. At the end
of round 2, the judges had the bout 19-19, 20-18 and 19-19 with Torres
ahead on one scorecard. But by the 3rd round, Regan begin to put his
height and reach into use, staying away from Torres' inside fight plan
keeping Torres away with his jab and thrust kick. Often adding in a
powerful right hand and round kick. By the end of round 7, Regan had
bloodied Torres' nose and was taking full control of the fight. Although
sticking in the fight like a true warrior, Torres knew when it was
enough and informed referee Dan Stell himself during the round break
that he was done.
The crowd went wild as Eric "The Hitman" Regan was
crowned the IKF North American Full
Contact Rules Middleweight Champion. Although Hector hadn't fought in 4
years, he clearly came to fight on this night. Both fighters brought mutual
respect into the ring, often aknowledging each others good shots and taping
gloves on the breaks. But what else would you expect from a Torres.
Those who know the Torres brothers know that respect, honor and
sportsmanship are all part of the game in their fights, as is with Eric
Regan. Fighters who are remembered AFTER they retire are those who had
respect for not only their opponents but their fans as these fighters do!
These types of fighters are True "PEOPLES"
Champions. In a way, neither of these two warriors lost on this night. Both were
true champions as all fighters who choose to enter the ring. Shame on those who
boo "ANY" fighter who enters the ring of battle. All who enter
are champions. They do the battle, rather than "WATCH" from afar.
Amateur or Pro, they win by trying something great and tonight, Hector
Torres made a statement! Although he lost, Hector "The Silent
Warrior" Torres IS BACK! And we WILL see a lot more of him
in the future. GREAT FIGHT guys!!!
BOUT 5 - IKF
Amateur U.S. Title
The first title bout of the night was
IKF United States Full Contact Rules
Amateur Light Welterweight Champion Brett "Lion King"
Spaid of Sacramento, CA, USA vs Tawn Saephan of Roseville, CA, USA.
It was a defense of Spaid's U.S. Title. In an exciting bout, Spaid
defeated Saephan on a TKO decision at 1:12 of the 5th round. Those at
ringside thought that if Saephan didn't showboat as much in the opening
rounds, he may have had a good shot at defeating Spaid. Spaid
has always been a fighter that takes a few rounds to warm up, but when he does,
the "LION KING ROARS!" By the beginning of the 3rd
round, both fighters had come alive. Spaid started landing shot after
shot to Saephan's head and finally, referee
Dan Stell stepped in to give Saephan a standing 8 count.
Although, the expected boooooooos from the crowd were heard, those at ringside
saw that referee Dan Stell made the right decision to step in when he
did. We all clearly saw that Saephan needed the count. Spaid was
landing blow after blow to Saephan's head and even though Saephan
wouldn't go down, his eyes were rolling and he was clearly taking too many head
blows. If Stell did it the crowds way, he could have waited until Saephan
simply fell to the canvas. It's too bad the crowd sometimes doesn't realize how
important a standing 8 count is in ring sports. (Kickboxing & Boxing) The
referees job is to protect the fighters "AT ALL TIMES" and Stell's
standing 8 was the best decision to be made at the moment. Especially for
those of us who remember the recent first ever ring death of kickboxing in the
U.S. this last January. However, as hard as Saephan's head seemed to
be and his will to not go down, it probably would have been a fall that would
have killed him. Saephan was fortunate that Stell stepped in
when he did, not caring what Spaid's hometown crowd wanted to see, which
nearly ALL fans of ring sports want to see of their favorite fighter, a KNOCKOUT
with the opponent motionless on the floor.
Stell did his job. He protected an AMATEUR fighter, that wasn't paid (Amateur
of course don't get paid) and allowed Saephan to fight another day.
But before the 3rd round was over, Saephan answered back with a wild
shot out of nowhere catching Spaid on the cheek knocking him to the
canvas and causing a BIG cut. Upon getting up, Spaid was quickly given a
standing 8 count himself as the round came to an end. Fortunately for Spaid
that he had, which we will say AGAIN and AGAIN...
"One of the BEST
CUTMEN to EVER Work
the Fight Business, Kickboxing AND Boxing,
Edgington closed up the cut as best he could on the round break
with excellent skill. A cutman is something "MANY" fighters don't
think of as being too important, but on this night, Edgington made a
GREAT difference for Spaid like he did Alexio. Edgington and Spaids
Trainer & Cornerman Nasser Niavaroni allowed Spaid to
re-gain his composure and focus on business. Spaid went out in the 4th
round landing combination after combination and hardly missed a shot until
referee Dan Stell stopped it at 1:12 of the round. Well tested in the
ring by Spaid, we're sure we will see Saephan again. Maybe even
a rematch??? Especially since he is trained by 3 Time IKF
Before the Spaid vs Saephan bout begin, both fighters camps
and the loyal fans of kickboxing in the area knew it had more behind it than a
title defense. BRAGING RIGHTS! Spaid is trained by Nasser Niavaroni
of Roseville, CA, USA who also trains IKF
Champion Eric Regan. Saephan is trained by 3 time
IKF U.S. Champion
Dave Marinoble, also of Roseville, CA, USA. Stay with us here now and
follow along ... Some of you may not know the connection here, but for the loyal
IKF fans that have been with the
IKF for years now, you know that the
IKF has been highly supportive of both
Regan & Marinoble's kickboxing careers. In 1996, both Regan
Marinoble won the prestigious honors of being named
IKF Co-Fighters of the Year. Regan
was the undefeated IKF United States Full
Contact Rules Super Welterweight Champion fighting at 153 lbs. As an amateur he
was 12-0 with 8 knockouts. Marinoble was also undefeated at 10-0-1 with
4 knockouts. Marinoble held and continues to hold 3
IKF United States Full Contact Rules
Amateur Titles at Light Middle, Middle and Super Middleweight. With both
fighters finding it hard to get matches with their records, both had decided
last year to turn pro. Regan also decided to move up to the Middleweight
division and fight at 163 lbs. At that moment, the locals started talking
phrases such as "GRUDGE MATCH" and "HEATED RIVALRY"!
However, hear us out here...The ever so humble,
Regan and Marinoble NEVER
talked of this. BOTH had mutual respect for each other and NEVER said a negative
word of the other. But also, neither said that they "Wouldn't" fight
the other. But than again, NEITHER of these guys have EVER said "NO"
to "ANY" fight offer!
First the GREAT news!!!!!...
West Coast Promoter Scott Coker of West
Coast Promotions. Coker matched the 2 to fight on one of
his mega events in San Jose CA scheduled for May 31st of last year. The event
was also scheduled to be a part of
ESPN 2's Strike Force
Show, so the 2 were assured worldwide Cable TV exposure. This was clearly a
match both wanted, and who wouldn't. This was also a promoters dream match up as
well. Everyone planned to be pleased with this bout. Two Undefeated Champions.
Co-fighters of the year and both making their Pro Debut on Worldwide Cable TV!
"Lets Get it ON!"
Now the bad news... While training for the fight with past Pro World
champion, Johnny "Superfoot" Davis and 2 time
IKF Champion Mike Dougherty, Marinoble
suffered a rib injury only weeks before the scheduled bout and was forced to
withdraw from the bout. However, Regan went on to make his pro debut.
But it wasn't against a fighter making his Pro debut. It was against "SEASONED"
Pro Russell Franklin. Franklin's Pro record was 23-4. But as the
bout went on, it was suddenly clear that at 5'9" in height, Franklin's
experience was not enough against the 6'4" Regan. Regan's
jab and right hand introduced themselves to Franklin's face throughout
the bout and his thrust kick dropped into Franklin's face and chest for
several visits as well as Regan simply schooled the veteran fighter to a
5 round unanimous decision. Back home, Marinoble stayed amateur and is
still an amateur ranked fighter. Finding Marinoble a fight has been
tough. He is scheduled to defend one of his titles in September of this year.
But could the right offer bring him to the Pros?
Since Regan and Marinoble never met in the ring, the two
local schools have been put into a couple of awkward situations by some
promoters. Last fall, Niavaroni's Jack Glueck was matched up
against Dave Marinoble's brother Mike Marinoble as an undercard
match on an IKF event in Redding, CA, USA.
Although neither fighter, nor either of the two trainers ever talked of it, the
feel of the match was obvious from the crowds point of view that bragging rights
were clearly at stake here between the two schools. Although
Marinoble clearly controlled the bout against the older Glueck,
he couldn't knock him out. Marinoble had to settle for a win by decision
30-26, 30-25 and 30-25. With this bout going Marinobles way, the Spaid
vs Saephan bout of course had even more "GRUDGEMATCH" feel
behind it all. Especially since both fighters were fighting in their home town.
Before Spaid won, he was ahead on all the score cards as well, 39-37,
39-36 and 40-35. From the Glueck vs Marinoble bout, it made the
Spaid victory special for Niavaroni's school. But than again,
people are still asking.......Regan? Marinoble? Will it happen
or not??? Only time will tell...No matter who the promoter is, these two are
worth the show. Or better yet as we have all heard before..MONEY TALKS!!! And we all know what walks...
FULL BOUT RESULTS
BOUT 1-Amateur: Muay
Thai Rules: The first bout of the night was an Amateur Muay Thai
bout consisting of 3, 3 minute rounds. The first round was extremely exciting
with both fighters keeping busy exchanging combination after combination. But
the bout itself never got past the 2nd round.
Shawn Yacoubian, 137 lbs. 2-2 with 1 KO's from Van Nuys, CA, USA proved
too much for Tung Fairtex, 140 lbs, 0-1 from San Francisco, CA, USA.
Referee Marcos Rosalas stopped the bout at 2:05 of the 2nd round
awarding the win to Yacoubian. Fairtex took 2 standing 8 counts
in round 2 before his corner threw in the towel.
BOUT 2-Amateur: Full
Contact Rules Bout 2 matched up Billy Beach, 138 lbs,
5-0, 1 KO from Citrus Heights, CA, USA against Victor Rodriguez,
138 lbs, 0-0, who was making his Amateur kickboxing debut.
Rodriguez did have some boxing experience with a 3-1 record with 2 KO's.
Beach also had boxing experience with a 2-0 record. This bout had a very
exciting first round but it was all Beach as Rodriguez received
2 standing 8's in the opening round. Beach's OBVIOUS ring experience as
a kickboxer proved too much for Rodriguez when the bout was stopped by
referee Marcos Rosalas at 1:33 of the 2nd round.
BOUT 3-Amateur: International
Rules In bout 3, Gary Wheeler, 155, 1-0, 1 KO, Van Nuys,
CA, USA, stopped Fairtex trained Amin Asul, 150, 1-0, 1 KO, San
Francisco, CA, at 1:43 of the second round. Wheeler dominated the entire
bout forcing Asul to take a standing 8 count in round 1 before putting
him away in round 2.
BOUT 4-Amateur: Full
Contact Rules Bout 4 featured 2 women fighters as Jessica
Nobles, 128, 2-0, Citrus Heights, CA went the distance against Kathie
Gude, 132, 0-0 of Van Nuys, CA, USA. The beginning of round 1 was fast and
exciting but Gude became winded at the close of the round. Both fighters
fought a very exciting 3rd round. Nobles won on a unanimous decision
30-27 on all 3 judges cards. Although it was a unanimous decision loss for Gude,
she was strong in the bout and we are SURE to see more for her in the future.
Great bout ladies!!!
BOUT 5-Amateur U.S. Title:Story ABOVE
BOUT 6-Pro: Full
Contact Rules IKF World
Kickboxing Champion Juan Torres of South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA, made his
return to the ring after 4 years out of Kickboxing. He has been doing Boxing and
doing quite well, currently with a 9-3 record with 2 KO's. Torres, 143
lbs, 36-3-1 with 25 KO's as a Pro Kickboxer faced IKF
U.S. Amateur Champion Mauricio Gonzalas, 142, 12-0 with 8 KO's of Los
Angeles, CA, USA making his Pro debut. Gonzalez was also fighting in his
first ever full contact rules bout which was a surprise to many. Although the
first 2 rounds were rather quiet, Torres did attempt to put on an
extensive clinic in body punching winning the first 2 rounds. At the beginning
of the 3rd round though, Gonzalez threw a high kick to Torres'
head that missed and Gonzalez appeared to pull something in his leg.
After a brief time-out, he tried to continue but couldn't stand on the leg and
referee Dan Stell was forced to stop the bout at :45 seconds of round 1.
BOUT 7-Pro: Muay
Thai Rules: Bout 7 featured 2 Muay Thai Pro fighters. Cecil
Hagins, 173 lbs, 3-2 with 2 KO's as a pro from Albq. New Mexico, USA vs Danny
Bennett, 171 lbs 3-2 with 3 KO's as a pro from Renton, WA, USA. This fight
wasn't very exciting until the final 2 rounds which saw Bennett take
advantage. However, Bennett had a 1 point deduction by Referee Dan
Stell in round 3 due to a low blow. Hagins went on to win a split
decision 48-46, 48-46 and 46-48.
AMATEUR MUAY THAI RULES
Shawn Yacoubian, Van Nuys, CA,
USA, Peter Cunningham, defeated Tung Fairtex, San Francisco, CA, USA,
Fairtex, by KO at 2:05 of round 1.
AMATEUR FULL CONTACT RULES
Billy Beach, Citrus Heights,
CA, USA, Nasser Niavaroni, defeated Victor Rodriguez, South Lake, Tahoe,
CA, USA, Hector Torres, by KO at 1:33 of round 3.
AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL RULES
Gary Wheeler, Van Nuys, CA,
USA, Peter Cunningham, defeated Amin Asul, San Francisco, CA, USA,
Fairtex, by KO at 1:43 of round 2.
AMATEUR FULL CONTACT RULES
Jessica Nobles, Citrus
Heights, California, USA, Nasser Niavaroni, defeated Kathie Gude, Van
Nuys, CA, USA, Peter Cunningham, by Unanimous Decision, 30-27, 30-27 &
AMATEUR FULL CONTACT RULES
UNITED STATES TITLE *DEFENSE
*Brett Spaid, Sacramento, CA, Nasser Niavaroni,
defeated Tawn Saephan, Roseville, CA, USA, Dave Marinoble, by TKO at
1:12 of round 5.
- IKF PRO
FULL CONTACT RULES
Juan Torres, South Lake Tahoe, CA,
USA, Self, defeated Mauricio Gonzalas, Van Nuys, CA, USA, Peter
Cunningham, by TKO at :45 of round 3.
- IKF PRO
MUAY THAI RULES
Cecil Hagins, Albq. New Mexico, USA, Bill
Packard, defeated Danny Bennett, Renton, WA, USA, Bert Forerer, by Split
Decision, 48-46, 46-48 & 48-46.
- IKF PRO
FULL CONTACT RULES
NORTH AMERICAN MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE (VACANT)
Regan, Citrus Heights, CA, USA, Nasser Niavaroni, defeated Hector
Torres, South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA, Juan Torres, when Hector Torres' corner
retired him on the break after the 7th round.
- IKF PRO
FULL CONTACT RULES
WORLD SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE *DEFENSE
*Dennis Alexio, Hawaii, USA, defeated Achille
Roger, Dijon, France, Dacasta Didier & Pusol Sean Robest, by TKO at 1:10
of round 5.
April 27th, 1998, AT 3:30 PM
In US Shidokan
IKF #1 ranked Light Middleweight Pro
Muay Thai fighter Mick Doyle of Omaha Nebraska, USA, competed in Chicago
this last weekend under the US Shidokan Organization. Doyle placed
second in the lightweight division. Whats interesting is that it was two Thai
Boxers in the final. Doyle competed against Wayne Gregory (
Gregory is the only American to compete in Lumpinee Stadium,
Bangkok, and was one of the founders of Fairtex in the U.S) It was a
beautiful fight with a lot of classy Muay Thai technique, unfortunately Doyle
had to retire after dislocating his patella after landing a low kick in the
Doyle, Organizing USA Muay Thai Team
IKF Promoter Mick Doyle of
Omaha Nebraska, USA is currently forming a USA Muay Thai team to compete in the
Kings Cup World Muay Thai Championships in Thailand in August later this year.
The Kings Cup is conducted under the direction of the World Muay Thai Council
(WMTC) and is a five day event of the finest Muay Thai fighters from over 40
countries. Each country receives one invitation to field a team of 12 fighters,
2 coaches, 1 manager, and 1-2 referees and officials. Mr. Doyle is
currently putting together the USA team for this event and would like the
undercard of his July 10 IKF Kickboxing
event in Council Bluffs, Iowa to be the trials for the team. The dates of the
Kings Cup are August 16-23 1998 at the Crocidile Farm just outside of Bangkok.
The U.S Amateur team currently receives no sponsorship so it will be up to the
individual fighters to pay their airfare to Bangkok. Once they are there
everything else will be taken care of. Interested coaches can mail Mr.
Doyle a video tape of their fighters that they consider good enough to
compete at an international level. Mr Doyle can be reached at the
Emerald Mongoose Muay Thai Camp. 10801 Blondo Street. Ste c1. Omaha Nebraska,
April 25th, 1998, AT 3:30 PM
Wins in BOXING
IKF Light Welterweight World Champion
Juan Torres scored a unanimous 6 round decision over Gabriel Ocampo
last night at the Scottish Right Center in San Diego, Ca. USA. Torres
is 10-3 and Ocampo is now 19-13. According to IKF
Associate Doug Dickey, Ocampo is very strong and capable and
against Torres he was overwelmed. Torres scored numerous shots
to Ocampo's head and body. Doug Dickey IKF Associate
April 24th, 1998, AT 8:AM
Auditorium of Tijuana - April 23rd, 1998 - Promoter: Johnny
From the very first bout, which saw a knockout 15 seconds into the first
round to the last bout which was also a first round knockout, the IKF Mexico event was a KNOCKOUT EVENT! IKF Promoter Johnny Zarate was pleased with
the turnout and has already made plans for the next IKF
Mexico sometime in June. IKF Mexico
Associate Doug Dickey reported a great success on the event which was
held at the Auditorium of Tijuana in Tijuana Mexico.
IKF World Champion Ivan Silva
pleased his hometown crowd in the main event of the night once again with a
devistating first round knockout of his non title bout. However, the fight of
the night was between Bakersfield CA, USA's John Washington and Baja,
Mexico's Jose Guardado. The two went toe to toe for 5 rounds, both
suffering cuts and in the end, Guardado edged Washington on a
VERY CLOSE decision. The bout could of went either way and could have also been
a draw, and like the talk after the last time these two met back in December of
97, the words "REMATCH" were heard around the arena after the
bout. A full event report will be posted sometime next week.
- IKF Representative: Douglas
- Judges: Mexico Commission
- Referee: Mexico Commission
- Physicians: Mexico Commission
- Timekeeper: Mexico Commission
AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL RULES
David Serrano defeated Paul
Reynoldson by KO at 15 seconds of round 1
AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL RULES
Rogelio Fu defeated Luis
Miguel Ruiz by TKO, round 3.
AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL RULES
Ignacio Pena defeated Victor
Galvan by decision over 3 rounds.
AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL RULES
Jose Guardado defeated John
Washington by 5 round split decision
Best bout of the night!!! -
AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL RULES
Pedro Fernandez defeated Ray
Otomoto by a first round TKO.
AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL RULES
Ivan Silva defeated David
Blocker by KO in Round 1.
April 16th, 1998, AT 3:45 PM
A special Note to EVERYONE
Trainers, Fighters, Promoters, Officials and FANS!
The IKF continues to grow with leaps and bounds EVERY
DAY! Keep in mind that we will continue to grow with ALL our efforts towards
the great sport of Kickboxing. We would also like to welcome those of you in our
new division of
IKF Submission Fighting. Lets keep up the
great teamwork everyone! Remember, there is no "I" in TEAM and together, "WE" are a
TEAM and we are "Makin Things Happen! Great job everyone!
The IKF World Headquarters Office thanks
you all for your work with THE TEAM!
NEWS OF 4-16-98. . .
PRO IKF Muay Thai Title!
Kurt Podany of Omaha, Nebraska, USA won the vacant
IKF Pro United States Muay Thai title with
a first round knockout over Abreham Namery of Brooklyn, New York, USA.
The official stoppage came at 1:31 of round 1 by the referee after
Namery had already been knocked down twice from blows.
Orlando, Florida, USA
Lyman High School, Longwood - April 11th, 1998 -
Promoter: Christopher Cordeiro
- IKF Representative & Scorekeeper:
Sean Wohl & Assistants, Ron Rivero & Ann.
- IKF Judges: Mark Kern, Dieu Seul
Berto, Larry Jones
- IKF Kickboxing Referee: James
- IKF Shootfighting Referee:
- Physicians: Dr. Thomas Teleky & Asst.
Joel Gonzalas, Orlando, Florida, USA,
,160, defeated James Hartley,145 lbs., by Submission by a rear choke.
AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL RULES
Ed Johnson, 150 lbs. Daytona
Beach, Florida, USA and Russell Radford, 145 lbs. USA, fought to a
Roger Kessler, 174, defeated William
Perez, 157 lbs. by Submission by a arm bar.
AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL RULES
Thomas Foster, 190, defeate
Chris Rye, 185 lbs. by TKO in round 3.
Steve Weeds, 185 lbs., Sebring,
Florida, USA and Scott Williams, 173 lbs. , Pinsicola, Florida, USA,
fought to a draw.
AMATEUR MUAY THAI RULES
Sam Davis 170, defeated Mark
Toler, 165 lbs. by Decision.
Michael Rambo, 190 lbs. , Orlando,
Florida, USA defeated
Joel Maher,165 lbs. by Submission key lock.
Rick Mathis, Alturas, Florida, USA, 213
lbs. defeated Roy Miller, 208 lbs., by Decission.
AMATEUR MUAY THAI RULES
Steve Miller, Orlando, Florida,
USA, 218 lbs, defeated Francis Copp,, 210 lbs, by TKO.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Eagles Club - April 4th, 1998 - Promoter: Duke Roufus
April 6th, 1998, AT 3:00 AM
- WHO: Duke Roufus
- WHERE: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
- IKF Representative & Scorekeeper:
- IKF Judges: B. J. Lavota, Ben
Salas, Theresa Jacob
- IKF Kickboxing Referee: Al
- IKF Shootfighting Referee:
- Physicians: Dr. Niemann & Dr. Wilson
- Timekeeper: Sal DeManto
- Ring Announcer: Kieron Davis
- Special Guests: Khunpon: IKF World Muay
- Attendance 1,800+
- PROMOTER: Mr. Duke Roufus at (414) 319-1151.
Promoter Jeff "DUKE" Roufus and his DYNAMIC
Promotional TEAM promoted a FANTASTIC kickboxing event this last
Saturday night April 4th at the Eagles Club in Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA. The
event hosted nearly 2,000 spectators that saw 8 fantastic bouts. Of the 8, 2
bouts were Submission Fighting bouts and 2 more were for
PRO, United States Muay Thai Titles. Richard Kostuck of
Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA won the IKF Pro
United States Light Welterweight Muay Thai Rules Title with knockout of Jack
Whittaker of St. Louis Missouri at 1:05 of the second round. Kwame
Stephens of Carbondale Illinois won the
IKF Pro United States Light Cruiserweight
Muay Thai Rules Title with a 5 round majority decision over Kevin McMullen
of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 48-46, 46-46 & 48-47. For COMPLETE bout
Click HERE and scroll
down to IKF MILWAUKEE.
Roufus' next event will feature one of the most outstanding fighters
in the World on May 30th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. IKF
World Light Welterweight Muay Thai Rules Champion, Khunpol of Thailand,
(Surapon Dechkampu, 62-2 with 25 KO's) now training at Roufus'
Milwaukee Kickboxing Gym, will fight a
non-title Muay Thai Rules bout against Peter Clajecvic from Yugoslavia
now training in New York. Clajecvic is 21-6 with 14 KO's.
On September 12th, Jeff's brother and IKF
World Champion, Rick "The Jet" Roufus will fight in
Milwaukee for a different IKF World Title
than the one he currently holds against an opponent yet to be announced as well.
Pedro Linale,156, Omaha, Nebraska, USA (1-0/0)
defeated Mike Dean,Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, (0-1, 157 ) by
unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27.
Matamoros,Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (10-2/3, 170) defeated
John Renken, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (9-6-2/9, 189)
Submission by a Leg Lock around neck at 8 minutes & 30 seconds of bout
Tony Barton Omaha, Nebraska, USA, (5-0/1,
171) defeated Derek Yuen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (0-2, 171)
by split decision, 28-29, 29-28, 30-27.
Brad Fowler, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (2-0/0,
194) defeated Rick Noyes Brooklyn, Minnesota, USA (2-5/0, 195)
by majority decision, 29-29, 29-28, 29-28.
- IKF PRO
Muay Thai Rules
United States Light Welterweight Title (Vacant Title)
Kostuck Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (15-3/5, 142) defeated Jack
Whittaker, O'follen, Illinois, USA (23-5/12,142) by KO at 1:02 of
- IKF PRO
Paul Svehlek, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (11-0/9,
137) defeated Tony Mason O'follen, Illinois, USA (1-2/0, 132)
by KO with a knee to Mason's head at 1:05 of round 1.
Serrano, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (16-3-1/12, 179) defeated
David Menne Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (12-4/9, 178 ) By
After 1, 10 minute round and 1, 2 minute overtime, Referee
Kurt Podany awarded Serrano the win for overal domination in the
- IKF PRO
Muay Thai Rules
United States Light Cruiserweight Title (Vacant Title)
Stephens, Carbondale, Illinois, USA (21-2/19, 182) defeated Kevin
McMullen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (10-1/9, 184) By Majority
decision, 48-46, 46-46, 48-47.
& PKC Bringing East & West USA Together
1998 In January of 1994, the IKF
and the PKC triple sanctioned an event with the WKA on an event in Lake Tahoe,
Nevada, USA. The event was a success and friendships were formed. Although PKC
President Glenn Keeney and IKF
President Steve Fossum have been busy since than, they remembered each
other very well. Recently, the two were brought together again through a mutual
friend, Promoter and Martial Artist, Mike Carlson of Martinez Georgia.
Mr. Carlson and Mr. Fossum found each other while searching
kickboxing sites on the Internet and have been building a friendship for some
time. Since that first meeting back in 1994, the IKF
has grown tremendously World Wide. To help build the amateur ranks of kickboxing
Nationwide, the IKF and the PKC have
reunited again to connect the East and West of the United States. It will all
begin this Saturday, May 2nd at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Georgia.
The event is the 1998 PKC U.S. Amateur Kickboxing Championships. From the
event, the IKF will sanction all the
winners as IKF East Coast Champions. In
the year to follow, the IKF and the PKC
will organize events putting these fighters who will mainly be of the PKC East
team against the IKF West team, which
consists mainly of IKF US Champions from
the Western United States. This action was done in hopes to unify all the
various United States Kickboxing titles available today from so many
organizations. This way, legit U.S. Champions can be crowned that are from all
over the entire United States. This move by the IKF
and the recent co-sanction with the ISKA will only do more to bring Kickboxing
Champions together and to unify the titles under the top organizationsAll the
bouts will be Full Contact Rules bouts. (Above the waist) Results Of the
IKF & PKC East Coast - USA
Championships All bouts on this PKC & IKF
co-sanctioned Event were under the Full Contact Rules. (Above the waist) Here
are the event results.
- IKF East
Coast & PKC US Bantomweight Title
Dave McBride, Ohio
defeated Matt Holmes, Alabama by Unanimous Decision.
- IKF East
Coast & PKC US Featherweight Title
Georgia defeated Jerry Grove, Indiana by Knockout 57 seconds into round
- IKF East
Coast & PKC US Lightweight Title
J. R. Barnard,
Georgia, defeated Rich Drake, Indiana by Majority Decision.
- IKF East
Coast & PKC US Light Welterweight Title
Georgia defeated Jason Snook, Ohio by Majority decision.
- IKF East
Coast & PKC US Welterweight Title
Indiana defeated Carlos Dequesada, Alabama by Split Decision.
- IKF East
Coast & PKC US Light Middleweight Title
Lane Andrews, Indiana by Unanimous Decision.
- IKF East
Coast & PKC US Middleweight Title
Georgia defeated Luis Rodriguez, Georgia by unanimous Decision.
- IKF East
Coast & PKC US Lt Heavyweight Title
South Carolina defeated Wes Albritton, Alabama by Split Decision.
- IKF East
Coast & PKC US Cruiserweight Title
Zack Day, Georgia,
defeated Mark Feaks, Ohio by Split Decision.
- IKF East
Coast & PKC US Heavyweight Title
Rusty Perry, Georgia
defeated Joe Favre, Indiana by Unanimous Decision.
- IKF East
Coast & PKC US Super Heavyweight Title
Ben Hillman, Georgia by Knockout at :35 seconds into round 1.
- IKF East
Coast & PKC US WOMAN'S Lightweight Title
Ohio, defeated Leia Patton, Indiana by default (Walkover).
- IKF East Coast &
PKC US WOMAN'S Middleweight Title
South Carolina, defeated Aimee Hiler-Drake, Indiana by Unanimous
For more event information you can contact Mike or Elizabeth
Carlson at (716) 855-5269.
Bakersfield, California, USA
Strongbow Stadium - March 14th, 1998 - Promoter: Abe
IKF Promoter Abe Belardo's
IKF Bakersfield, CA, USA event hosted a
packed house Saturday night, March 14th at the famous Strongbow Stadium. Of the
7 scheduled bouts, all 7 ended in knockouts or TKO's. A new IKF International
Rules Amateur Heavyweight Champion was crowned when Manual Quezada
knocked Jason Williamson to the mat 3 times in the first round with
strong hand combinations. Going by the 3 knockdown rule backed by the California
State Athletic Commission, Williamson was out at the 3rd knockdown and
Quezada won the vacant IKF
Amateur Heavyweight Title.
- Bout 1 - KO ROUND 3:Adam
Rogers, San Jose, CA, USA over Rich Helm, Fresno, CA, USA.
- Bout 2 - KO ROUND 2:Rick
Hernandez, Sylmar, CA, USA over Ivan Chavira, Las Vegas, NV, USA.
- Bout 3 - KO ROUND 1:Gary
Wheeler, Van Nuys, CA, USA over Donivan Cranford, North Fork, CA,
USA. International Rules
- Bout 4 - KO ROUND 1:Shawn
Yacoubian, Van Nuys, CA, USA over Josh rogers "Muaynoi",
Redding, CA, USA. International Rules
- Bout 5 - KO ROUND 2:Dewey
Cooper, Las Vegas, NV, USA over Rich Bowen, Redding, CA, USA.
Full Contact Rules
- Bout 6 - KO ROUND 3:Juan
Escobar, San Jose, CA, USA over Damon Levy, Northridge, CA, USA.
Full Contact Rules
- Bout 7 - For the Vacant IKF Intl.
Rules United States Amateur Heavyweight Title.KO
ROUND 1: Manuel Quezada,Bakersfield, CA, USA over Jason
Williamson, Bakersfield, CA, USA. International
- IKF Judges: John Forquera &
- IKF Alternating Judges &
Referees: Cecil Peoples & Marcos Rosales
- California State Athletic Commission Representatives: Rob Lynch &
- Physicians: Dr. Jerry Seydel & Dr. Paul Wallace
- Timekeeper: Ralph McKnight
- Ring Announcer: Mike Hart
- Special Guests: Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, Peter "Sugarfoot"
Cunningham, Lilly & Blinky Rodriguez & Bridgett Riley.
February 23rd, 1998, 2:00 PM
After a long lay-off which included running a martial arts school and
getting married, we hear it's "HAMMERTIME"
once again! One of the most exciting fighters the IKF
has ever seen, Toney "The Hammer" Hannon has decided
to step into the ring again. According to IKF
President Steve Fossum, Hannon will also retain his once vacated
IKF North American
International Rules Title. Hannon's
trainer Eric Nolan of Bakersfield CA, USA was the trainer of well known
female kickboxing champion Kathy Long and many other kickboxing
champions. Hannon will start off his comeback as an amateur and then
break his way into the Pro ranks. Hannon is tentatively scheduled to
make his comeback debut on Abe Belardo's March 14th IKFchampionship kickboxing event at the famous
Strongbow Stadium in Bakersfield, CA, USA. Watch for details coming soon.
February 14th, 1998, 4:00 PM
KICKBOXING IN SAN DIEGO
IKF Associate Doug Dickey and
several IKF Champions have just opened
their state of the art martial arts center in San Diego, CA, USA. The club name
is ARENA MARTIAL ARTS and is
located at 3350 Sports arena Blvd. #H-2 in San Diego, CA 92110. The clubs phone
number is (619)222-2225. A beeper number is also available at (619)529-0134 .
You can reach Mr. Doug Dickey by e-mail at email@example.com
Click Here to link up.
The 10,000 square foot gym is equipped with regulation sized boxing ring,
banana and punching bags, weights, jacuzzi, sauna, showers and lockers.
Featuring instruction in Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Shootfighting, Boxing and Kenpo
Karate. Competition classes featuring such kickboxing and boxing champions as
former WBA World Champion Jesus Salud,
IKF World Welterweight Champion
Ivan Silva, IKF Light Heavyweight
Champion Heath "Cowboy" Harris, former
IKF Champion Dominic Sivalon,
IKF California Champion Isaac Molina
and IKF pro fighters
Miguel Reyes and Douglas Dickey.
The head Muay Thai and Kickboxing Trainer is Douglas Dickey.
Assisting Doug is Trainer Cowboy Harris.
The head Boxing Coach is Victor Zamora. The head Kenpo Karate
Instructor is Sifu Richard Scott.The gym hours are Monday through
Friday, 4:00PM to 8:30 PM.
February 13th, 1998, 3:00 PM
EXPERT MIKE MILES
Sets the Record STRAIGHT About
Canadian Muay Thai Expert Mike Miles of Calgary, Alberta Canada
takes some time to set the record straight about kickboxings past history. We
here at the IKF respected the news article
so much, we think it's worth a peek by everyone. It's a long article but well
worth it.Click Here to visit Mike's site and read it
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