SUNDAY, June 30th, 2002, AT 11:10 AM, PT
GREAT NEWS FOR
Fighters and Trainers
At This Years
2002 IKF USA
It's always Great to hear GREAT NEWS and we have some for all you Trainers and Fighters going to this years 2002 IKF USA NATIONAL FINALS! To begin with, Fighters, you will not be required to pay ANY TICKET FEES for ANY of the 3 sessions of fights (Saturday, Sunday and Sunday Night). You will be given a FREE Ticket for the Sunday Night Event and as always, will be allowed to attend the Sunday Finals event even if your not in the finals.
This news is a great relief to the IKF as well who had previously been told that they would need to pay a Comp Ticket Fee if they let anyone in for free for the Sunday night event. The comp fee was $10. (Which is what the IKF was asking all fighters not in the Sunday night final event to pay) Obviously the IKF couldn't pay for everyone so they had to charge those attending. However, that has just been changed. "We didn't want any fighters to pay for anything more once there except for their own personal expenses." Said IKF President Steve Fossum. "These fighters pay enough as it is to simply GET to the Finals, let alone be expected to shell out more dollars just to see another event."
But there's more Great news! As far as Trainers go, the IKF is please to announce Great News for them as well. This was going to be the first time the IKF was going to charge for a Trainers Laminated Photo ID Badge. The Laminated Photo ID Badge was going to be $20. There was several reasons for this;
However now we are happy to announce, we don't have to pay the comp ticket fee for trainers on Sunday Night either so the Laminated Photo ID Badges that were going to be $20, are now Only $5. This will still assist in the need for better door security and the cost of making the Laminated Photo ID Badges as well. However, there are still certain rules for the attaining of these passes;
See you at the National Finals!
SATURDAY, June 29th, 2002, AT 7:45 PM, PT
This weekend we have started the long process of loading up all the registered fighters for this years 2002 IKF USA National Amateur Championships. This will take some time to get all the names listed on the finalists pages so please be patient. To see who's already up, check out these pages;
We have a lot to go, so if your names not up yet, it's soon to come... See you at the National Finals!
MORE NEWS OF 6-29-02
Meet Up IN ENGLAND!!!
This Sunday night, June 30th, IKF England Promoter Goff Bates will host IKF Junior amateur Kickboxing in England. Back on April 29th of 2001, Bates promoted the first ever IKF Junior Amateur world Title in Newcastle, England. In the bout, Craig Richardson of England defeated Bruno Susano from Portugal by unanimous decision, 68-63, 69-64 and 69-64 in a GREAT 7 Round "Toe To Toe" THRILLER!
Details of this Sunday's event can be attained by contacting Mr. Goff Bates at 012072 80 427 or through IKF Europe by phone at 44 174 473 9043 or by e-mail at Europe@IKFKickboxing.com
WEDNESDAY, June 26th, 2002, AT 2:00 PM, PT
USA NATIONAL EVENT TICKETS
For Finals Ticket INFO, please see this page HERE!
Tickets Will be Available the week of July 8th, Not the week of the first through
TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com
POSTED AT 11:20 AM, PT
MORE NEWS OF 6-26-02
Despite The Odds, Smith
"Walks The Walk"
With 24 Registered Fighters!
He had never promoted before and was new to the area but that didn't stop David Smith of the Eagle Academy from fulfilling his passion for the Sport of Kickboxing. Last weekend, Smith and his Team hosted the FIRST EVER IKF North Mountain Regional in Casper Wyoming. His regional included fighters from Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Western North Dakota and Western South Dakota. At least that was all that was suppose to be in his regional. If Smith would have known sooner that IKF Promoter Sven Bean was going to pull out of Hosting the Central Mountain Regional, he would have easily doubled his registration. However, none of us found out until only a few weeks prior to his event date and there was no time to mass market the states of Utah & Colorado. However, he still registered fighters from there.
Smith did everything he could to promote kickboxing in the town of Casper Wyoming and although his crowd was small, according to IKF Event Representative and Referee Danny Stell, (Left) he's off to a great start. "Mr. Smith was a first time promoter and he took on the 2002 IKF North Mountain Regional putting his neck out doing all he could to promote the show." said Stell. With only 24 fighters for 3 rules divisions in the men, women and junior divisions, it was hard to match up actual "Tournament" bouts. In all, there were only 3 actual "Tournament" bouts but Stell and Smith were able to match up 3 other bouts as well.
One thing that Smith added to his regional was a Trophy for each and every fighter, even those who didn't have a fight. EVERYONE received a trophy. Unlike the last 3 years, Ringside Inc. choose not to donate medals as part of their sponsorship this year as 9/11 forced them to make some cutbacks. This meant all the Regional Participants went away with no awards or certificates. However, all National Finals participants will be getting several things at Friday Nights Registration, including participation certificates. The Champions, like last year will still receive Champions Jackets, Autograph Gloves and of course, the IKF National Champions Title Belt (As shown on 2001 National Champion Peyton Russell of Minnesota at right)
This years belts will have an added expense since this is the 10 year anniversary of the IKF. This years belts are made of White Leather instead of Black. White is a more expensive leather but it stands out more in a picture. (As proved by 1999 IKF National Champion Duane Ludwig's belt collection at left who won his "White" IKF Title on another event, not the 1999 Nationals.)
"David had tropies for the best Junior Girls and Boys Fighters along with Best Adult Fighters." said Stell. "Now that he has a better idea of what to expect in promoting, he's looking forward to working with the IKF on a combined Pro and Amateur event for November of this year." Here's the event results below.
MORE NEWS OF 6-26-02
Is a Champion
Last night June 25 at the Rodeo Nights in Phoenix Arizona, USA, IKF Light Middleweight FCR World Champion Anthony Bartanalli (Left after win with trainers Rhonda and Clement Vierra and close-up at Right) won a 12 round decision for the Arizona State Super Middleweight Boxing Title.
By round 9 Bartanalli had Charles Davis hanging on as Bartanalli continued to hit him from one side of the ring to the other. When the bell rang at the end of the fight, Davis fall to the canvas. Bartanalli looked very good in the bout.
Like many other IKF known kickboxers ( Rick Roufus, Juan Torres, Greg Kirkpatrick, Eric Regan and a host of Female Kickboxers ) Bartanalli uses boxing to inhance his ring skills for kickboxing and in the end, has made him a great kick - BOXER.
MORE NEWS OF 6-26-02
Lower Jaw Impacts
As #1 Cause for
TO READ MORE...
TUESDAY, June 25th, 2002, AT 7:20 PM, PT
From IKF Europe
A full story on this event will be posted soon from IKF European director, Alby Bimpson... Details of this event can be attained by contacting IKF Europe by phone at 44 174 473 9043 or by e-mail at Europe@IKFKickboxing.com
MORE NEWS OF 6-25-02
July 1st Deadline
With only 5 days left until the registration deadline of July 1st for this years 2002 IKF USA National Amateur Championships, many fighters have been waiting until the last minute and now are scrambling to get their registration papers and fees in. Some didn't realize that they still must fill out their required Nationals Registration form and send it in after their regional. "We've had several fighters calling and e-mailing in asking if they were already registered for the finals by going to their regional? The answer is no." says IKF President Steve Fossum. Regardless of their outcome at a regional event, fighters still need to register for the National Finals. Fighters names will not be posted on the Finalists pages until this coming weekend so if your wondering who's going, it's far too early to look. "Like every year, it will take several days to get all the fighters listed on the pages." says Rick Donaldson of the IKF Web News Department. "It's a lot of typing and a lot of organizing." So if your waiting to see who your matched up with before you register, you may find yourself paying one of the Registration Late Fees. Hopefully this won't happen to you.
In case your confused as to what form to fill out and what fee to pay, here's a simply explanation for everyone...
Photo Cornerman/Trainers ID Badges
And Trainers Event Registration Fee
We've had some questions about "WHY" we are charging for Coaches and Trainers passes. We can give you several reasons why this was added for this year.
For Finals Ticket info, please see this page HERE!
Tickets for the National Finals will be available sometime during the week of July 1st through
TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com
MORE NEWS OF 6-25-02
"62" Fighters In A Single Rule Style
- Full Contact -
Register To "WALK THE WALK" At Last weekends
IKF North Central FCR Regional Tournament
Lake Zurich, (Chicago) Illinois, USA
FULL RESULTS AND NEWS COMING LATER THIS WEEK
FRIDAY, June 21st, 2002, AT 1:00 PM, PT
THIS WEEKENDS IKF ACTION!
The Final 2 IKF USA National Amateur Tournament Regional Events... And Liverpool England!
IKF North Central FCR Regional Tournament
Lake Zurich, (Chicago) Illinois, USA
JUNE 22nd, 2002
IKF North Central Regional Promoter Rob Zbilski (Right) is all set with his Team Z associates to host this weekends IKF North Central Regional Tournament. The event will be held at Jimmy Z's Ringside Fitness in Lake Zurich, (Chicago) Illinois, USA and will include fighters from Northern Illinois (Alton North), Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana in Full Contact Rules Only, "American style kickboxing, above the waist kicks, Men, Women and *Juniors (*ages 8 17)
As of today Zbilski has over 50 amateur kickboxers registered for the event. Some of them include first time fighters like Josh Mather (Left, 160lbs, 23) and Matt Barber (Right, 135lbs, 21) who both come from Superior Kickboxing with coach Jerome Owens in Cedar Rapids Iowa. This is just an example of two fighters who have never been in the ring in a competitive bout that are willing to "Walk The Walk" against anyone at the regional level and hopefully the National Level. Makes you wonder about all those fighters with big long records who won't be there... Makes you also wonder who they fought to get their US Titles... The guy across the street maybe? At least Mather and Barber will find out how they rank in the North Central USA and if they continue their walk to the National Finals, who knows, we may see one as a National Champion... A "REAL" National Champion...
The official weigh-ins as well as the competition itself will be held at Jimmy Z's Ringside Fitness 410 East Main Street, Lake Zurich, Illinois, (847) 550-8333. Those who have registered for this event are competing for the top regional seed in their weightclass for the IKF USA National Amateur Tournament on August 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the RiverCenter in Quad Cities Iowa. If there are more than 8 competitors in a weight class they will hold the first preliminary bouts tonight, June 21st at Jimmy's Ringside Fitness. All preliminary bouts will begin Saturday, June 22nd at 11:00 AM sharp at Jimmy Z's Ringside Fitness. Fighters have been asked to arrive by 10:00 AM for the day's line-up and rules meeting. All finals competitions will begin Saturday evening, June 22nd at 7:00 PM.
This will be Zbilski's 3rd year for hosting the North Central Regional tournament. For more info on this event please contact Mr. Rob Zbilski at (847) 458-8333 or by e-mail by clicking: firstname.lastname@example.org
MORE NEWS OF 6-21-02
IKF North Mountain Regional Tournament
Casper, Wyoming, USA
JUNE 22nd, 2002
IKF North Mountain Regional Promoter David Smith of the Eagle Academy in Casper, Wyoming is all set to host this weekends IKF North Mountain Regional. The event will be held at the Casper Fairgrounds in Casper, Wyoming, USA and will include fighters in all three rule styles (FCR - IR - MTR) from Montana, Idaho, Western South Dakota, Western North Dakota and Northern Wyoming. Those who have registered for this event are competing for the top regional seed in their weightclass for the IKF USA National Amateur Tournament on August 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the RiverCenter in Quad Cities Iowa. All preliminary and Finals bouts will be on Saturday, June 22nd. Here are the registered fighters as of a few days ago;
For more info on this event please contact Mr. David Smith at (307) 473-7140 or by e-mail by clicking David@EagleAcademy.com or at his website at www.eagleacademy.com
MORE NEWS OF 6-21-02
This Sunday night, June 23rd, IKF England Promoters John Rice & Mark Wilson will host their IKF Kickboxing event in Liverpool England featuring both Pro and Amateur bouts. Details of this event can be attained by contacting IKF Europe by phone at 44 174 473 9043 or by e-mail at Europe@IKFKickboxing.com
MORE NEWS OF 6-21-02
The K-1 USA Group has produced a Dynamic Action Packed video of the most dramatic and hardest-hitting knock-outs ever delivered on the K-1 Tournament circuit with punches, kicks, and knee strikes. Brace yourself for the action you are about to witness! For more info, contact K-1 at email@example.com
WEDNESDAY, June 19th 2002, AT 4:20 PM, PT
USA NATIONAL FINALS
-"ATTENTION AMATEUR FIGHTERS!"-
Don't Miss The National Finals Registration
Deadline Of July 1st!
This is a reminder that the National Finals Registration Deadline is July 1st for this years Finals Event. As most should know by now, this years IKF USA National Amateur Championships will be August 2nd, 3rd and 4th in Davenport Iowa, USA! If you have already competed at one of the IKF USA National Amateur Tournament Regional Events, you are "NOT" automatically registered for the National Finals. To Register for the National Finals, go to this form HERE!
DON'T MISS THE DEADLINE(S): Any fighter who's Registration form is RECEIVED (Not Postmarked) here at the IKF Headquarters AFTER JULY 1st, 2002 will be charged additional Late Fees. All Late Fees must be paid along with your registration. If not, you will be charged this fee when you weigh-in on Friday, August 2nd. These Late Fees are as follows;
& Trainers Pass.
Since there are so many people who try to sneak into these events, this will be the first year that we will need to charge for cornerman/trainers passes. The other reason for this is to police each fighters corner. Only registered cornermen are allowed into each fighters corner. The cost of each cornerman/trainers registration and pass is $20.00. Cornermen and Trainers will register on Friday during the hours of 12 noon and 7 PM at the RiverCenter Arena. (Right) These Official IKF Cornerman/Trainer Passes will have the cornerman/trainer's name, signed name and picture on a very nice 2002 IKF USA National Amateur Tournament Card and are laminated with a necklace.
We urge everyone to book their hotel rooms as soon as possible also. The Host Hotel, Radisson Quad Cities Plaza from what we understand today is sold out, however, it wouldn't hurt to call to verify this. This hotel is connected to the RiverCenter by a skywalk. For reservations call: (563) 322-2200. 111 East 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa, 52801. Rooms here were locked in at $69 per night + Taxes (7% sales tax & 5% lodging tax). Room Total: $77.28. Make sure you ask for the IKF Kickboxing Rate when booking your rooms. The regular room rate is $89.00 plus all the taxes. Our code word is KICK. For more info go to, www.radisson.com/davenportia.
Tickets for the National Finals will be available July 1st through TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com
MORE NEWS OF 6-19-02
This is a special announcement to inform those interested that in late June or early July Mike Mattox' Championship Karate & Kickboxing in Sterling & Dixon Illinois will be hosting a WORLD CLASS CONDITIONING CLINIC with Kevin Braunskill. Kevin is a former NFL football player and Olympic sprinter. He finished 5th in the '92 games and 3rd at the 96 World Championships. Kevin brings a world of knowledge to Mike Mattox' Championship Karate & Kickboxing gym and they want to share it with you.
This is not a Kickboxing, Grappling, MMA, Karate, etc. seminar. This is on how to get into world class condition for the ring. Kevin will teach the techniques and principle necessary to take you to the next level, without "peaking" too soon or hurting yourself. As you know, martial arts as a whole is far behind the time in scientific conditioning and true cross training. Mike Mattox' Championship Karate & Kickboxing wants to help in changing that. The clinic will be at Westwood Sports, 1900 Westwood Dr Sterling (where the IKF North Central MuayThai & International Rules Regional was hosted by Mr. Mattox) and will cost apporx. $25. Once they have an exact date and fee we will re-post this message again. Or, for more info, please contact Mr. Mike Mattox at (815) 288-4998 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
TUESDAY, June 18th 2002, AT 1:10 PM, PT
Strout Stops Durant
In Round 2 To Claim The Vacant
IKF Amateur North American Title On
Ad Cetera Sports, IKF Wisconsin, USA: Ad Cetera Sports hosted yet another exciting event at the Eagles Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA this last weekend. This event, entitled, The "Blitz Power Mints Heavyweight Gladiators Professional Kickboxing Series" featured both Pro and Amateur bouts. The main focus for us here at the IKF was the quest for the vacant IKF Amateur MTR North American Light Middleweight Title.
This bout featured Duke Roufus Gym's Jason "Knock 'em Out" Strout (Left) and Mark Durant (Right) of Winnipeg, Canada's famed Sik-Tai Muaythai Centre.
In the end, Strout defeated Durant of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada by TKO at 42 seconds of the second round to claim the vacant title.
Here's how the rest of the action went on the night...
PRO BOUTS - HEAVY / SUPER HEAVYWEIGHTS
For more information or tickets, please call Scott Joffe
at (414) 319-1151 or visit
MORE NEWS OF 6-18-02
IKF South East Regional On Internet Radio
Of the 23 Championship Bouts that were fought at the IKF South East Regional Event, 10 were selected for the evening show which also included some ISCF Mixed Martial Arts Action. The evening event was live on Aggression TV Internet Radio Program.
The broadcast plays in the free RealAudio player. It does not work in Windows Media Player. Also, the broadcast will just stream to your computer and immediately start playing without the need to download the whole broadcast first. Most people should have this program already installed on their computer. If not, you can visit the following direct link to get it by clicking HERE!
Although IKF President Steve Fossum was originally scheduled to do event commentary with Johnny Walls on the night, there were more important duties that took him away from this position for the night. So instead, a quick decision was made to put IKF Promoter and Champion Trainer Ray Thompson (Left) in to do commentary for the first half of the program while ISCF Promoter Matthew Waller (Right) took over the second half of the program.
Both Thompson and Waller filled in great considering being put on the spot with no preparation for the job. Neither Thompson or Waller had ever done commentating before so it was a learning experience for both. Thompson, being first at the mic, only had about 2 minutes to get ready to go on air. Usually, the IKF has Johnny Davis (Right) and Fossum doing most event commentary. However along with being the event Representative with IKF South East Representative Elizabeth Carlson, Fossum was also needed to be the event MC for the night. Davis was unable to make the trip to Valdosta since he is in the process of moving and we weren't sure how necessary it was to have him at the event. Now that we know how exciting Internet Broadcasting can be, we plan to send Davis to the next one. However, once Thompson got relaxed and settled into the role, he seemed to have a good time at it as well. With all the other jobs Fossum handles at events maybe a Thompson/Davis combination will be heard in the future...
Keep in mind that this was the first time we ever tried such a broadcast for an IKF event. With the way things turned out, we expect to be doing more of this type of live broadcasting in the future.
Special thanks to Aggression TV's President Johnny Walls and IKF South East Regional Promoter James Corbett (Left) for making all this happen!
MORE NEWS OF 6-18-02
In New York Announces
NYKK Gym (New York Kickboxing & Kung Fu) in Midtown will have an open house on Saturday, June 29, 2002. They will be offering free classes and a number of demonstrations. There will also be special membership packages offered on that day "ONLY".
NYKK Midtown Gym offers New York's finest instruction in Fitness Kickboxing, San Shou (Chinese Kickboxing), Muay Thai (Thai Boxing), Western Boxing, "Street Smart" Self Defense and Submission Grappling. Their modern, state of the art facilities has all the equipment one needs to get in the best shape of your life and develop all your fighting skills.
They have Flexible Schedules so finding a class suited to your life-style is never a problem. For more information contact us at NYKK Gym, Midtown, 336 W 37th Street, 5th floor, NY NY, 10018. Phone number: (212) 239- 8619 or visit
for Monday, June 17th,
But was not completed until late at night,
TUESDAY, June 18th 2002, AT 2:20 AM, PT
92 Amateur Kickboxers Register To
"Walk The Walk!"
As IKF South East Regional Tournament Sets NEW Regional RECORDS!
IKF South East Regional Promoter James Corbett (Left) has set his place in IKF History for now with a new record for most Registered Amateur Fighters at an IKF Regional Tournament event and Most Regional Bouts as well. Corbett's South East Regional Tournament Registered 92 Fighters in all 3 main rule styles and the featured 39 Regional Tournament Bouts. The event took place last Saturday, June 15th at the Lowndes County Civic Center/Fairgrounds in Valdosta Georgia.
Although the regional included Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Eastern Tennessee, not 1 fighter showed up to fight from the entire state of Florida leaving many at the event thinking "No Florida Amateurs were willing to Walk The Walk..."
Regardless, there were plenty of Amateur Kickboxers present willing to prove their skills to their peers as they fought for top seeding at the IKF USA National Amateur Championships in August. Adding to Corbett's record was a record number of listeners on the www.AggressionTV website. Of the 23 Championship Bouts, 10 were selected for the evening show which also included some ISCF Mixed Martial Arts Action. According to Corbett, Aggression TV's proprietor Johnny Walls told him the broadcast meter showed the listener range to be between 1,800 and up to 2,200+ throughout the event which was broadcast live via Aggression TV's Internet Radio Program.
Here's the event results...
Some of the Walkover fighters elected to match up with bouts of compatible competitors after the daytime event and here are those results... - The referee for these bouts was Mr. Russell Lane. -
The referee for the Full Contact Rules Bouts was Mr. Dan Stell. The Referee for the International Rules and MuayThai Bouts was Mr. Gary Brown. Bout Judges included Sean Wohl, Lane Collyer, Ron Giterie and several others. We thank them all for their assistance. For more info on this event please contact Mr. James Corbett (229) 245-8622 or by e-mail at email@example.com
MORE NEWS OF 6-17-02
Comes To The Heart Of Mexico
And IKF Mexico Title Switches Hands...
With over 20 million people, Mexico City Mexico should be a hot ticket for kickboxing. With all the great Pro Boxers coming out of the country one would expect the same for the sport of kickboxing. However, this hasn't been true... At least not yet.
The sports growth there has been scared as well as held back by an organization and it's leader who only had himself in mind when it came to success for the sport. With a well known reputation of corrupt actions this organizations leader was the only one gaining any ground in Mexico's Kickboxing scene, and the ground he attained has been in his own pocket book.
Mexico kickboxers like IKF Pro MuayThai Rules Mexico Super Heavyweight Champion Pedro Fernandez (Left) and IKF Pro International Rules Super Welterweight Mexico Champion Miguel Reyes (Right) of Tijuana Mexico, IKF Pro MuayThai Rules Middleweight Mexico Champion Adolfo Lozano (Below Right) of Puerta Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico and top Pro MuayThai Rules Super Heavyweight fighter Raul Ramero of Mexico City (Below Left) all use to fight for this organization. All had to pay their dues and a little more just to get booked for bouts in Mexico.
Over the last few years with the assistance of IKF Mexico Representative Douglas Dickey, all 3 of them have been fortunate enough to be offered opportunities to fight outside of Mexico on IKF Sanctioned events. However, when they did so, all were shamed in Mexico's only magazine for the sport which is also published by the same overpowering organization that "use to" rule in Mexico.
Unlike how the IKF operates, this Mexico organization wanted to keep all the Mexico fighters, promoters and trainers in Mexico. He didn't want any of them to leave Mexico to fight and when they did, he celebrated when they lost by writing such claims in e-mails and in his magazine as "See what happens when you don't fight for me." However like in many places around the World,
"The Game Has
Mexico has been cast aside for a long time now as far as worldwide exposure for the sport of kickboxing. Although well known for its many top boxers, very few know of the many talented kickboxers that are in the country. It's a country where no other top kickboxing sanctioning body will venture to, to sanction events any more because of problems they faced there in the past. The IKF isn't short of any of these same problems but instead of turning their back on the Country, the IKF has continued to improve conditions for the fighters, trainers and promoters with each event.
With the growth of the IKF in Mexico, the sports future looks very bright for all involved. All the corruption of the lone Mexico organization is soon to be a thing of the past as many in the country are eager to follow the IKF's established rules, regulations and requirements for everyone. The Teamwork concept in the IKF is what has brought kickboxing to yet another level all around the world today and in Mexico, it will be no different. So far the trainers and fighters the IKF has worked with are all proud to be a true part of the IKF World Wide Team instead of just a pawn in someone elses game.
It may take some time, but at least there's light at the end of the tunnel now instead of false hopes and promises others have given them over the years. Over the last year the IKF has sanctioned bouts in Puerta Vallarta, Jalisco, Tijuana, Tecate and now Mexico City Mexico. Last Thursday was the the first of many IKF Sanctioned events in Mexico's largest city, Mexico City. It was a great kick-off to a bright future for the sport there.
IKF Promoter Raúl Romero (Left) has several reasons to be excited after his IKF Sanctioned Mexico City event last Thursday Night, June 13th. Not only did he have a successful event with great bouts but he can also be pleased his fighter accomplished the goal he set out to do, which was dethrone the current IKF Pro International Rules Mexico Lightweight Champion Jose Guardado (Below Left, 12-1/9) of of Ensenada Baja California Mexico. However, the outcome came at a price for the new Champion, Carlos Gutierrez (Below Right) of Ciudad De Mexico Retador, Mexico.
In the opening round, the two went toe to toe making the decision for who won a hard one to make. All 3 judges though (Reyes of Tijuana, Mexico, Cuellar of Aguascalientes St., Mexico and Fernandez, also of Tijuana Mexico) had Gutierrez up 10-9 on all their cards. Our independent cards are like the commentators cards in a televised fight, not the "Official" Judges scores. Our independent score cards at ringside scored the round 10-10.
Round 2 was a bit closer to the other judges than us at ringside. Judge Cuellar and Reyes scored it even at 10-10 while Judge Fernandez gave it to the Champion 10-9 like we did.
In round 3, Guardado took a strong punch that staggered him a he didn't go down. referee Ubillado Vega (Right) stepped in to give him an 8 count though. When the judges cards came in both judge Cuellar and Fernandez scored it 10-8 for Gutierrez while Reyes scored it like we did 10-9 Gutierrez since we didn't think the standing 8 was a big factor in the round.
In round 4, Gutierrz seemed to pick up the pace being excited about giving the Champ a standing 8 count in the previous round. In round 4 Gutierrz started scoring more while the Champ Guardado threw less. In the end, all of us but judge Cuellar gave the round to Gutierrz. Judge Cuellar scored the round even at 10-10.
Round 5 seemed to favor the Champion Guardado to us. Although neither fighter was landing big points, Guardado was the one who pushed the fight. At the end of round 5 though, all 3 judges gave the round to the Challenger Gutierrez while we gave it to the Champion, Guardado. But keep in mind, our independent cards do not count in the scoring.
Going into the 6th round, of the judges, 2 of the 3 had Gutierrez winning all 5 rounds. Judge Cuellar had Gutierrez leading 50-47, judge Reyes had Gutierrez leading 50-45 while judge Fernandez had it a little closer at 49-45. Our independent scoring at ringside had both fighters even at 48-48 after the 5 rounds with 2 remaining for the International Rules Mexico National Title.
As round 5 started, both fighters seemed a bit wild and it was here that caused the stoppage of the bout. At the 1:19 mark of the 6th round, the two fighters butted heads causing a large cut above Gutierrez' eye. Upon recommendation of the ringside physician, the bout was stopped and was required to go to the judges cards. Since the 6th round was more than half way over, the judges were instructed to score the 6th round. Two of the 3 judges (Reyes and Cuellar) gave the round to Gutierrez while judge Fernandez gave it to the Champion Guardado. we didn't score the final round on our independent card. In the end the title switched hands over to the Challenger and now New IKF Pro International Rules Mexico Lightweight Champion Carlos Gutierrez who improved his Pro fight record to 10 wins with 2 loses.
Due to the way the bout ended, Gutierrez will be required to rematch Guardado before defending the title or before getting a shot at a higher title. This was Guardado's first defense of the title and also his first loss in the ring after going 12-0 with 9 KO/TKO's. He won the title back in March of 2001 against David Serrano of Tijuana, Mexico (13-4-5 with 7 ko's/tko's). It was 7 rounds of non stop action and in the end, the more active Guardado took the unanimous decision victory over Serrano, 68-65, 69-64 and 70-63 to become the first ever IKF Pro Mexico National Champion.
Here's how the other bouts of the night came out;
For more info on this event, please contact Mr. Raul Romero by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
COMING LATER IN THE WEEK
Results From Milwaukee Wisconsin and Full Results from last weekends IKF Amateur British Championships in Kettering, England... Until we get them... We can't Post Them...
TUESDAY, June 11th 2002, AT 3:30 PM, PT
THIS WEEKS IKF EVENTS...
From Mexico to USA to England, IKF fight fans will have plenty of IKF action to read about today and come next Monday when we post all the results. Our IKF tour this week starts off in Mexico City, Mexico where the Main Event will be a defense of an IKF Pro Mexico National Title on Thursday night, June 13th. Next we head east for the weekend where starting early Saturday morning, June 15th we will begin the prelims of the IKF USA South East Regional Tournament in Valdosta Georgia, USA. Later that night will be the South East Finals while we also head over to the northern Midwest up in Milwaukee Wisconsin where Ad Cetera Sports will feature the quest for the vacant IKF Amateur North American MuayThai Title. We close out the weekend with a quick trip across the Atlantic to Kettering, England where on Sunday, June 16th top amateur British fighters will compete in the IKF Amateur British Championships. Here's the rundown on all the action...
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JUNE 13th, 2002
This will be IKF Promoter Raúl Romero's (Right) first IKF event. Romero is also an IKF fighter as well so he knows the sport well. His Main event will feature the IKF Pro International Rules Mexico Lightweight Title Defense against Mexico Champion Jose Guardado (Left, 12-0/9) of of Ensenada Baja California Mexico against challenger Carlos Gutierrez of Ciudad De Mexico Retador, Mexico.
Guardado won his title back in March of 2001 against David Serrano of Tijuana, Mexico (13-4-5 with 7 ko's/tko's). It was 7 rounds of non stop action and in the end, the more active Guardado took the unanimous decision victory over Serrano, 68-65, 69-64 and 70-63 to become the first ever IKF Pro Mexico National Champion. Guardado last fought on March 9th, of this year in Tijuana Mexico when he defeated Jose Luis Rodrigues of Tecate Mexico with a spinning hook kick to Rodrigues' head at 1:16 of round 5 that put an end to the bout.
Other IKF Pro bouts on the night will include Francisco Calvo vs Jorge Bejar and Francisco Ramos vs Carlos E. Mendoza. The amateur undercard will include the bouts of Armando Almanza vs Cesar Montalvo, Roberto Gil vs Emanuel De la luz, Enrique Medina vs Benjamin Dominguez, Erick Mejia vs Marco Pizarro, and Emiliano Ramirez vs Oscar Mendoza
Top Pro Mexico fighter Edwin Aguilar was scheduled to fight Heath Harris of California but Harris pulled off the card last week for unknown reasons and as of press time, no replacement had been made. For more info on this event, please contact Mr. Raul Romero by e-mail at email@example.com
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IKF South East Regional Tournament
Valdosta, Georgia, USA
JUNE 15th, 2002
IKF South East Regional Promoter James Corbett (Left) is all set for his first IKF Regional Tournament this Saturday June 15th at the Lowndes County Civic Center/Fairgrounds in Valdosta Georgia.
As of today Corbett has over 85 amateur kickboxers registered for the event. Event weigh-ins will take place Friday night and the prelim bouts will begin Saturday morning. Those who advance to the finals will compete in the night-time portion of the event for the top regional seeding for the IKF USA National Amateur Tournament on August 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the RiverCenter in Quad Cities Iowa.
The South East Regional includes fighters from all 3 main IKF Rule styles from the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Eastern Tennessee. The Finals portion of the event will be broadcast via Internet radio starting at 7:00 PM Eastern Time.
Fight fans will be able to "tune-in" to the evening finals via the World Wide Web. To tune into this broadcast simply go to www.AggressionTV website. (We suggest prospected listeners go to this site before the event to assure they have the necessary items to download the broadcast.)
For more info on this event please contact Mr. James Corbett (229) 245-8622 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Amateur North American Title
Featured On Ad Cetra Sports
Heavyweight Gladiators Event!
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, JUNE 15th, 2002
Ten Action Packed Bouts Feature the Big Bombing Heavyweights in America's Kickboxing Hotbed!
Ad Cetera Sports: Ad Cetera Sports presents the Blitz Power Mints Heavyweight Gladiators Professional Kickboxing Series on Saturday, June 15, 2002 in the Rave Ballroom, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, (414) 342-7283. A total of ten bouts are planned for the nights action which will include the quest for the IKF Amateur MTR North American Light Middleweight Championship between Duke Roufus Gym's Jason "Knock 'em Out" Strout (Left) and Mark Durant (Right) of Winnipeg, Canada's famed Sik-Tai Muaythai Centre.
Back in February of this year Strout made his first bid at this vacant title against number 3 IKF Ranked MTR Light Middleweight Joe Zychoka of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (After this bout, Zychoka moved down to Super Welterweight where he is now ranked #1) on the K-1 Qualifier Event. In the end the bout was scored a majority draw, 47-47 even, 48-46 Strout and 47-47 even. On the same night, Durant met up with #2 IKF Ranked MuayThai Middleweight Harvey Grasse of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. As in Strout's bout, these two also fought to a draw but it was a split decision draw, 29-29 even, 29-28 Durant and 29-28 Grasse.
Since Zychoka moved down in weight another opponent was needed for Strout. Enter Mark Durant. Durant is currently ranked #3 in the Amateur MTR Middleweight division. Strout and Durant last met in October of 2000 in Green Bay, WI (Non IKF Event) where Strout won a split decision war. Since then the two have been on a collision course that sets up a much anticipated, heated, grudge rematch.
Durant feels he won the last meeting between the two and is eager to show Strout what he is made of. Strout, who is just as eager to prove to Durant once-and-for-all who the better fighter is, commented, "As my coach, Duke Roufus, would say 'I'm comin' out two guns a blazin', kickin' butt, takin' names and stealing girlfriends. It's gonna' be ka boom, ka bapp time.' I'm takin' Mark Durant to the Knock 'em Out Strout Hotel!"
As far as the rest of the card, action will be fast and furious. The Main Event bout will feature 1999 IKF USA National Amateur Cruiserweight Champion"Bad" Brad Fowler (Left kicking) of Milwaukee's Duke Roufus Gym against Kelly Leo "The Lion" (Right) of Atlanta GA. Fowler brings an extensive Amateur background in Muaythai as he attempts to duplicate that success in the Pro ranks. Leo last fought in February on the Milwaukee K-1 Qualifier losing in the first round to Andre Walker by unanimous decision, 30-27 on all 3 judges cards. Leo, on the other hand, is well versed in Karate and full contact rules (Above the waist) Kickboxing, and is a former Georgia State Boxing Champion. The contrast in styles should make for a great match.
In other action, Milwaukee Kickboxer Horace "The Real Deal" Craft, fighting out of the Box Off Gym in Cudahy, WI takes on Iron City Gym's Mark "The Shark" Miller (Right) of Pittsburgh, PA in the other featured bout of the evening. Craft, a popular fixture on the local fight seen, won a hard fought, unanimous decision over Shawn Crays of Memphis, TN, February 9, 2002 on the K-1 Milwaukee Qualifier. Craft is looking forward to his featured bout against the experienced Miller. "I welcome this match against Miller in my hometown, in front of my fans. I know I am the superior fighter. This bout will, once again, show the fans that Horace Craft is the real deal!"
Others appearing on the undercard include...
Milwaukeeans "Devastating" Dave Carini (in his Pro debut) Rob Smith, 2001 IKF USA National Amateur MTR Light Heavyweight Champion Ben Dauck (Left) Jason Wetzel and 2000 IKF USA National Amateur IR Super Lightweight Champion and 2001 IKF USA National Amateur MTR Light Welterweight Champion Casey Garza (Right) of Burlington, WI.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. The first Kickboxing bout starts at 7:00 p.m. The Pro Card starts at 8:00 p.m. A total of ten bouts are planned. A limited amount of $50.00 VIP Gold Circle Ringside, $30.00 Ringside Reserved and $20.00 Balcony Reserved tickets are available. Tickets may be reserved by phone or purchased in advance at the Duke Roufus Gym, 111 W. Virginia St., Milwaukee, (414) 319-1151 or purchased at the door. VISA, Master Card and checks are accepted. The Rave Ballroom Box Office, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 342-7283, also has a limited amount of $30.00 Ringside Reserved tickets available.
The Official Post Fight Party will be held at Pitch's Miss Katie's Diner, 1900 W. Clybourn, (414) 344-0044. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of Miss Katie's Free Parking & Shuttle to and from the event and their popular late night menu. This is a great chance for fans to meet the stars of Heavyweight Gladiators. The Official Weigh-In & Fan Appreciation Party on Friday, June 14th will be at Bar Milwaukee, (1044 Old World Third St., Milwaukee, www.dukeroufusgym.com (414) 765-0652,) beginning at 8:00 p.m. They will also host the official Heavyweight Gladiators Post Fight Dance Party. The event is sponsored by Blitz Power Mints, Shepherd Express, Bar Milwaukee, Teamsters Local 200 & 344, Pitch's Miss Katie's Diner, Fairtex Gear.com, Amelia's on Layton, Sunbusters, Rosie's on Water, Dr. Phil Repetti/Jordan Chiropractic, Bell Ambulance, The Eastsider, Atty. Martin Stein and Hampton Dental Clinic.
For more information or tickets, please call Scott Joffe at (414) 319-1151 or visit www.dukeroufusgym.com. All bouts are subject to change without notice.
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Amateur British Championships
Kettering, England, JUNE 16th, 2002
IKF Promoter Morris Young (Left) will be the host of this Sunday's IKF Amateur British Championship Tournament to be held in Kettering, England.
Details of this event can be attained by contacting IKF Europe by phone at 44 174 473 9043 or by e-mail at Europe@IKFKickboxing.com
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Peoria Article Added at 10:45 PM PT
Muay Thai Kickboxing
In Peoria, Illinois, USA!
RE/MAX Kickboxing Invitational
For the second straight year IKF MuayThai Kickboxing took center stage at the Classic Sports Festival. This year promoter Ryan Blackorby teamed up with RE/MAX Unlimited to bring some of the best pound for pound kickboxers in the United States to this great sports festival. With a solid amateur under card and exceptional main event, the RiverPlex Arena literally exploded with excitement at this years IKF RE/MAX Kickboxing Invitational
The show began with six amateur fights that could have been the main event:
The referee and judges should be commended on a job well done. For more info on this event, please contact IKF Promoter Ryan Blackorby at (309) 672-3090 or by e-mail by clicking HERE or go to his ad site by clicking HERE!
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Former IKF National Amateur Champion Matt Bentley Walks The Walk In and Out Of The Ring!
Matthew Bentley of Omaha, Nebraska, USA is an IKF Adult Men's competitor at the age of eighteen and a 2000 IKF USA National Junior MuayThai Rules Bantamweight Champion. Matt has had a lot of things to deal with through his life. His father was killed by a drunk driver when he was just seven years old and he was raised by a single mother and four older sisters. He got into Kickboxing when he was nine, and has been training, fighting, and teaching ever since. His trainer Mick Doyle was a real inspiration to Matt. He's been a positive influence for him, and one heck of a role model. So for that we applaud Mick.
Matt, like we said has been training for nine years, and to the day has only had seven fights, which we can proudly say he has won six of those seven. He has competed on the past three IKF USA National Amateur Championship Tournament. In 1999 he fought an exhibition with Anthony Kindel which he dominated with throws and sweeps. In 2000 he fought David Flurry who Matthew defeated by unanimous decision. In 2001 he was defeated by a fighter who made it into the IKF Amateur Hall of Fame, Robert Elledge.
at last years event Matt had a humbling experience for himself. He didn't train like he should have and he lost because of it. Things have changed in his training this year. He just graduated High School and is now headed off to Wayne State College to study to become an Elementary School Teacher. He's been training hard not only for the sport of Kickboxing, but for Rugby as well. He has plans to be a member of the WSC Rugby team next spring and on top of that, Matt is planning, with the help of Mick Doyle and others on opening a gym next year in Wayne, Nebraska, so as one can see, his plate is pretty full.
We thought this news was important to post today because it came to us here at the IKF in a very touching e-mail. The person who sent it wanted to tell us how great the sport of Kickboxing/MuayThai has been to Matthew and how good the tournament has been for him. Also, what a great roll model coaches like Mick Doyle are, not only to Matt but to kids all over the place, and how dedicated Matt has been in his training.. For this, we here at the IKF give a special Champions Salute to Matt, his coach Mick Doyle and even more so to someone who cares greatly about him, his brother, Caleb A. Bentley. Thank you Caleb. It's family like you that keep Champions like Matt going STRONG!
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For IKFKickboxing.com Of
The IKF web site continues to get more and more traffic exposure as marked by yesterdays new Daily Hit Record of 82,940 Hits. "As far as what day this happened on, it was no surprise it was set on a Monday which is the most popular day for the site and the same day all the previous daily hit records were made." says IKF President Steve Fossum. "It's too bad that some promoters miss the high traffic Monday by not getting their event results in immediately after their events. Monday is the best day for reading all the news."
As noted many times before, web viewers increase greatly on Mondays since so many want to read about what happened in kickboxing over the weekend. This makes Mondays the highest rated traffic days for the site and the best news days for any news articles. The old Daily Hit Record was set earlier this year on Monday, May 6th with a record of 78,842 Hits. This months traffic increase has been assisted by the recent IKF USA National Amateur Tournament Ad that appeared in Black Belt Magazine this month along with the front web page on www.RINGSIDE.com as well as in the Ringside Spring & Summer catalog advertising the USA Nationals Event.
According to web traffic company Alexa.com, the IKF continues to be the most visited kickboxing sanctioning body site on the web and continues to dominate it's closes competitor in web traffic by over three times the traffic exposure. (IKF ranked at 148,867 this week - closest sanctioning site is WMTC at 456,437) The IKF started doing traffic hit counts on the IKF site in May of 2001. The total hit count for the first 10 days in June is 575,017 Hits. The average daily Hit count for June 2002 is currently at 57,501 Hits. So far in June of 2002, here are the most popular (Most visited) top 10 pages on the site, not including the most visited Front Main Page;
MONDAY, June 10th, 2002, AT 11:00 AM, PT
IKF Mayhem in Midtown
Atlanta, GA June 8, 2002: IKF and ISCF Promoter Lane Collyer (Right) has once again completed another successful as well as exciting IKF and ISCF Event in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The nights Main Event proved to be as exciting as one would ask for as Ronnie Copeland of High Point, North Carolina, USA (PKB: 20-3-1/17, AMKB: 10-3-1/2, PBX: 7-1/6, 6'4", 220) faced off against Mike Sheppard (10-0-1 with all but 1 win coming by KO/TKO) of Glenville, West Virginia.
This bout was sure to be an exciting one with the two Pro Full Contact Rules Super Heavyweight fighters going for the vacant IKF East Coast Super Heavyweight Title. However no one thought it would end the way it did... These two athletes proved that big men can come to fight, and maintain a high level of skill and intensity throughout a seven round fight. Here's the round by round action...
When the judges cards came to the score table, the results we're fitting to such a great sea-saw battle. The final decision on the cards was a Majority Draw which means the title remained vacant... So the question is... "Will we see these two great Super Heavyweights Toe to Toe again?"
Here's the remainder of the nights bouts...
For more info on this great event, please contact Mr. Lane Collyer by e-mail at: Lanecoll@aol.com
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GIVES UP WALKOVER TO NATIONALS!
In an unprecedented move, Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson (Shown kicking below left in training - The official Wonderboy logo at right) is returning to the Azalea City to kickbox. Thompson has chosen to participate in the IKF's South East Regional to be held in Valdosta, Georgia, on June 15th at the Lowndes Civic Center/Fairgrounds. He is forsaking the direct "Walkover" right that he earned at last year's IKF USA National Amateur Tournament as the Full Contact Rules Light Heavyweight United States Amateur Champion so that he can compete in the South East Regional tournament.
Wonderboy is 19 years of age, hailing from Simpsonville, South Carolina, and sports a perfect 20-0 record in full contact rules kickboxing. He has kicked his way to 4 different National titles, a North American title, and two Amateur World titles (non IKF Titles). He first visited Valdosta when he competed in the 1999 Hot Summer Fights. He returned in 2000 to defeat J. R. Barnard of Hinesville, Georgia, for the Professional Karate Commission's National Championship. Last June, he defeated Valdosta native Demetrius Jones who quit the fight in the second round due to a shoulder injury.
A video of Stephen knocking out an opponent by kick is located HERE. (It may take a few minutes for this video to load.)
He has had an active year since his trip to Valdosta. He defeated his opponent, mentioned above, at the 2001 IKF National Tournament in Kansas City, Kansas, with a round kick resulting in a broken arm 14 seconds into the first round of his national championship match. At Winter Wars 2002 in Augusta, Georgia, he defeated Rueben Lopez in the second round. Lopez also quit due to a shoulder injury. It was hoped that Lopez and Jones would enter the IKF South East Regional in Valdosta in an attempt to vindicate their loses. Both were invited but failed to reply to those invitations.
Thompson is from a legacy of a martial arts family. His father and trainer, Ray Thompson, was a prominent kickboxer in the 1980's and a favorite of the people of France where he was known as the "Master of Disaster." The senior Thompson owns and operates Upstate Karate in Simpsonville, South Carolina and has an active membership of over 600 students. For more information on the IKF South East Regional click HERE! For more on Valdosta Martial Arts Center, see www.valdostamac.com
FRIDAY, June 7th, 2002, AT 2:30 PM, PT
THIS WEEKENDS IKF ACTION
NEWS OF THE DAY...
"Mayhem In Midtown"
Earthlink Live - Atlanta Georgia USA!
Look Out World: Georgia Shoots for the "STARS" this Saturday Night.
Collyer's Card Adds To The RESURGENCE Of Full Contact Style Kickboxing!
IKF Promoter and Champion Kickboxer Lane Collyer (Left) is all set to host more exciting IKF Pro and Amateur Kickboxing action along with exciting ISCF mixed martial arts action this Saturday night, June 8th At Earthlink Live, 1374 West Peachtree Street in Atlanta Georgia USA. Collyer will don one of his many hats, as he promotes one of the biggest Martial Arts shows the South has ever seen. Collyer will pattern his show after the Las Vegas Blockbusters that have gained such notoriety Worldwide. The show will feature two amateur ISCF bouts, then will go "prime time" with four pro ISCF matches, and four pro IKF kickboxing bouts.
Seeing the need for Large Professional Events in the Southeast, Collyer recently passed the IKF South East Regional to his friend, fellow Georgia promoter, James Corbett (Right) of Valdosta, Georgia. "I wanted to see James become a successful promoter and this is a win-win situation for both of us. I have been very busy promoting my own shows, at the same time pumping-up James' Regional. I knew that this would help bring him a 'great show', and free me up to put on my own large pro shows," said Collyer.
Collyer started promoting with another sanctioning body, but quickly reversed that trend and sanctioned with the IKF on only his second show. "My first few shows were great shows! But I fell flat on my face. However, the last three have been major successes."
The nights Main Event will feature the quest for the vacant IKF Pro Full Contact Rules East Coast Super Heavyweight Title Bout between IKF #4 ranked Ronnie Copeland (Right) of High Point, North Carolina, USA ( PKB: 20-3/17, AMKB: 10-3-1/2, PBX: 7-1/6, 6'4", 220) and Mike Sheppard (10-0 with all but 1 win coming by KO/TKO) of the Dawg House Gym in West Virginia, trained by Leon Ramsey (Trainer of FCR Super Heavyweight fighter contender George Randolf)
Although he's been away from the ring for awhile Copeland is no stranger to winning. Having first started fighting in 1991 he won his first and only amateur title in 1993. An amateur North Carolina heavyweight title. He turned pro at age 20 and in 1994 he won another organizations World Heavyweight Title. This was followed by a fight in 1995 where he faced Sergio Baterelli in Sau Paolo, Brazil for another Super Heavyweight World Title where he was stopped late in the 7th round due to a cut on the bridge of his nose. Before the stoppage he was leading on points. In 1997 he won the a Pro U.S. Heavyweight Title and in 1998 he fought on the U.S. kickboxing team to France. His last kickboxing bout was in November of 98 against Roosevelt Moss. In the bout Copeland knocked him out in the 2nd round with a left hook. He later signed with Henry Grooms in Tampa Florida where we here at the IKF first met him when he was fighting his second boxing.
"Sheppard has been training very hard with George Randolph (two-time K-1 veteran), and he hits like a Mack truck," says his trainer, Ramsey. On the other hand, Copeland is known for his aggressive kicking ability. Collyer adds, "This fight is a classic hands versus feet matchup, and both of these big guys can knockout anyone with a mere jab."
Other bouts will include a high profile, IKF Pro Pro Full Contact Rules Cruiserweight matchup between one of the most exciting Full Contact Rules fighters we've seen and IKF world title contender Mike Nevitt of Sycamore, Illinois, USA, (Right, PKB: 20-0/10, AMKB: 27-2/16). Nevitt known as a 'workhorse' in the sport, will soon fight for the IKF Pro Pro Full Contact Rules Cruiserweight World title. He will face off against local fighter Gary Reed of Savannah, Georgia, USA, ( PKB: 0-1/0, AMKB: 22-2/18, PBX: 2-0/1, AMBX: 2-1/1). Reed is best remembered for his devastating knockout of Main Event fighter, Ronnie Copeland, as amateurs, but upon turning pro, ran into IKF Pro Full Contact Rules U.S. Heavyweight Champion Kevin Hudson (Left) Hudson won the slugfest via knockout. While Nevitt's shot at his IKF World Title is set in stone for later this year on November 30th in Loves Park Illinois USA against England's James Watling, Reed hopes to shake things up a bit with a strong showing of his own.
Through years of martial arts and boxing training, Reed too has an exciting style as well. He has developed a style of kickboxing that is truly a compliment to the sport. Noted for both his knockout punches and his strong, quick and powerful kicks. As an amateur, Reed's matches were always action-packed and filled with excitement. After a very successful amateur career, he decided to turn pro. Over the next several years, however, the opportunity for full contact fighters to enter the ring was very difficult to find. Fortunately with the IKF's knowledge of entertainment value and love of the sport, Full Contact Rules kickboxing is on the brink of rediscovery.
Reed's deep rooted desire is to be a key player in bringing the full contact style of kickboxing back into the public's eye as being exceptionally entertaining and as a true spectator sport. Among the titles that Reed has won in other organizations are, Georgia State Heavyweight, North Carolina State Heavyweight, Florida State Heavyweight, Southeast U.S. Cruiserweight and a U.S. Cruiserweight. Some of the fighters that he has faced in his career are current IKF Pro U.S. Heavyweight Champion Kevin Hudson along with top Super Heavyweight contender Ronnie Copeland, Josh Collins, Mark Spaziana, Dean Cochran, and Al King.
The final IKF Pro Pro Full Contact Rules bout will be in the IKF Pro Full Contact Rules Heavyweight division between Darren Walters of Lubbock, Texas versus Mark Selbee of L.A. Boxing in Atlanta Georgia.
But lets don't forget the other styles as well. Head instructor of Louisville Muay Thai of Kentucky, Eric "The Hammer" Haycraft (3-3/0) will face-off against 2001 IKF National Amateur Muay Thai Middleweight Champion, Jeff Perry (a student of IKF World Champion Khunpon) to determine one of the best Muay Thai Middleweight fighters in the Southeast.
As mentioned, the event will also feature some exciting ISCF MMA Action. These bouts will include Pro ISCF welterweight Scott Johnson of Reality Sports versus Shawn "The Executioner" Porter of Spartanburg Martial Arts. Pro ISCF heavyweights George Allen of Eagle Combat versus Stu Hesslemeyer of Reality Sports. Pro ISCF heavyweights Kevin Brooks of Eagle Combat versus Kent "The Norseman" Hensley (Left) of Palmer Kickboxing. There was also suppose to be a bout between ISCF Pro Middleweights Mitsuaki Uchida and Shannon Barry however it was not confirmed in the promoters press release today.
For more info, please contact Mr. Lane Collyer by e-mail at: Lanecoll@aol.com. Event tickets are available at all Ticketmaster Outlets.
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IKF Promoters Mike Fowles & Steve Donnelly are all set for their Coventry, England event this coming Sunday, June 9th. The event will be held at Mercia Park Leisure Centre and will feature an IKF Pro Full Contact Rules British Middleweight title defense.
Current Pro Champion Richard Leeson of England will face off against challenger Dean Sugden in the nights Main Event. The event will also feature other Pro and Amateur bouts. Doors open 7:PM. For more info, please contact IKF Europe by phone at 44 174 473 9043 or by e-mail at Europe@IKFKickboxing.com
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East Regional Finals
To be Broadcast on June 15th!
IKF Kickboxing will be broadcast via Internet radio for the first time next Saturday evening, June 15th, at 7:00 PM. Fight fans will be able to "tune-in" to the evening finals of the IKF South East Regional via the World Wide Web. This broadcast will be courtesy of AggressionTV.com website.
In 1999, Walls launched AggressionTV.com and began streaming entire Martial Arts Events over the Internet such as HOOKnSHOOT, World Extreme Fighting, and SuperBrawl. A year later he launched AggressionRadio.com and began attending events live and streaming the live audio play by play over the Internet for fans to listen in. The most recent AggressionRadio.com broadcast for WEF XII saw nearly 2000 people listen to the live audio broadcast.
James Corbett IKF South East Regional Promoter, James Corbett (Right) says, "I am excited about Johnny's coverage of our event. I hope that IKF Fans will make this broadcast break all records for Johnny. In the past, his fans have been tuning into only mixed martial arts action. We will have some mixed martial arts/no holds barred fights at this event, but kickboxing of selected IKF South East Region Finals will compose the majority of the action at the evening event."
Steve Fossum, IKF World President, (Left) says in regards to AggressionTV.com and the IKF South East Regional, "As we've always said, this is just the start of many great things for the sport of kickboxing through the IKF World Team. Our future goal is to do this with all IKF events and the next step being live internet video to compliment our upcoming Cable TV Programming. Johnny and James have brought a new "Kick" to IKF Kickboxing and it's a Knockout!"
The families of the IKF South East Regional competitors from Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, and parts of Alabama, as well as IKF Kickboxing Fans WORLDWIDE, who are not able to attend the event in Valdosta on June 15th will be able to tune in on AggressionTV.com.
Mixed Martial Arts fans who regularly follow AggressionRadio.com will be introduced to IKF Kickboxing and still enjoy listening in on some mixed martial arts action. The evening show should begin broadcast about 7:PM, EST. Updates regarding the broadcast will be posted here on the IKF news page. For more information on the IKF South East Regional click HERE or visit the Valdosta Martial Arts Center website at www.valdostamac.com. Interested individuals can also go to Waller's Georgia Fight Forum by clicking HERE.
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SEVERAL MORE SPONSORS STEP UP To Aid
The IKF South East Regional
Several more businesses in the Lowndes County/Valdosta, Georgia, area have volunteered their aid to help the IKF South East Regional. Two have become diamond level sponsors, and one a gold level sponsor. Airport Medical is owned by entrepreneur Steve Graham. Located adjacent to the Valdosta Regional Airport, this business specializes in family and occupational medicine. Airport Medical is a diamond level sponsor. As a former martial artists, Mr. Graham was especially excited to have an event of the magnitude of an IKF Regional event to be held in Valdosta. Airport Medical is located 2740 Madison Highway and can be reached at 229.242.9003.
Harmon's Awards & Screenprinting have served the Lowndes County/Valdosta area for decades and is another diamond level sponsor. A family business founded by local icon, Walter Harmon, this business has supported fight promotions by Valdosta Martial Arts Center since their inception of several years ago. Harmon's Awards & Screenprinting is located at 417 East Hill Avenue in Valdosta and can be reached by phone at 229.247.2623.
E & E Electronics is one of the only electronic repair businesses in the South Central Georgia area. This business is owned by entrepreneur Robert Englemann, who is actually a brown belt in Kickboxing. Englemann is a sparring partner of several of the fighters in the IKF South East Regional. He is well known among kickboxers and MMA fighters alike for throwing heavy leather on the floor. E & E Electronics is located at 2155 Bemiss Road and can be reached by telephone at 229.241.9030.
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Results From Finney's
Lucky's Nightclub On The Landing Event!
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
IKF Promoter Jesse Finney and his Finney's Promotion Team completed one of their smaller scheduled events on this years calendar at Lucky's Nightclub On The Landing in St Louis Missouri, USA. Here are the quick results.
For more event info, please contact Mr. Jesse Finney at (314) 351-5226 or by e-mail at email@example.com or see their website at...www.FinneysKickboxing.com
THURSDAY, June 6th, 2002, AT 11:30 AM, PT
ALL SET For This Weekends
RE/MAX Kickboxing Invitational
Sports Festival can serve as Springboard
Portions of this article are from the Peoria Journal Star 6/2/02
Last year IKF Promoter Ryan Blackorby made an
important step as a kickboxing promoter. Approached just three month in advance
about becoming part of the Classic Sports Festival, Blackorby jumped at
Despite limited time to prepare and a small amount of advertising, Blackorby's riverfront bouts sold 527 tickets. "I plan on building on last year," said Blackorby who owns and operates the Peoria Athletic Club. "I don't do this for the money - you're not going to get rich in kickboxing and martial arts-but because I love the sport and I want to promote it locally. Being a part of the festival, we got great support from the park district and the media. We got so much publicity which is important for the sports that aren't among the big four."
Anticipating more interest this year, Blackorby has moved the event - now called the RE/MAX Kickboxing Invitational - indoors to the Riverplex where 500 chair seats and 400 bleachers await fans. Jeremy Harminson, (Left) who trains out of Peoria Athletic Club, will face Kwame Stephens (Right) out of Salt Lake City for the International Kcikboxing Federation's Pro United States MuayThai Rules Middleweight (160-165 pounds) championship. It will be the first professional title fight held in Peoria. Harminson commutes 2 and a 1/2 hours each way from Lerna, near Charleston, to train in Peoria twice a week.
Manual graduate and Bradley student Eric Stein, the Illinois amateur welterweight (147-153) champion, also will compete on the card of 10 kickboxing fights, one mixed martial arts bout and one boxing exhibition. The mixed martial arts match which allows techniques from kickboxing, wrestling and jiu jitsu, will be local fighter Bryan Melin's pro debut. He will face Ron Wilson of Davenport, Iowa trained by five-time Ultimate Fighting Championship winner Pat Miletich of Bettendorf, IA.
Next Saturday's fights are among 25 events now part of the third annual Classic Sports Festival. Last year the Classic Sports Festival drew 10,000 participants and nearly 40,000 spectators. What a great opportunity to promote the sport of kickboxing!
For more info on this event, please contact IKF Promoter Ryan Blackorby at (309) 672-3090 or by e-mail by clicking HERE or go to his ad site by clicking HERE!
MORE NEWS OF 6-6-02
TO ATTEND IKF SOUTH EAST REGIONAL
Georgia State Representative, Ellis Black, a key political supporter of the martial sports is scheduled to appear at the IKF Southeastern Regional Kickboxing Tournament in Valdosta, Georgia on June 15, 2002. And for those of you who are not familiar with Representative Black, here is a brief bit of recent history...
When a bill was proposed last year to outlaw mixed martial arts competition in the state of Georgia, Peach State fighters and fans had to depend upon what would emanate from the Georgia State Legislature in order to know whether MMA would even remain a legal enterprise. Fortunately for MMA enthusiasts in Georgia, people like Georgia State Representative Ellis Black (District 178) of Clyattville, Georgia, serves honorably in the Georgia General Assembly, and is an established supporter and friend of the martial sports.
Once the original version of the proposed change in Georgia law that would outlaw MMA was introduced, Representative Black and others sprung into action for the benefit of their constituents and the State as a whole. In the end, a compromise was reached, which kept MMA competition legally alive, if ISCF sanctioned. This meant that thanks to politicians like Representative Ellis Black MMA contests would continue in Georgia.
Throughout his career, RepresentativeBlack has been a huge supporter of the combat sports. Even before his State level political career began, he supported the Lowndes County wrestling programs not only as a parent and a member of the Viking Takedown Club, but also as the Chairman of the Lowndes County Board of Education.
RepresentativeBlack will be in the lead for local leaders attending the IKF South East Regional held in Valdosta on June 15th. As of today, June 6th, over 80 kickboxers have registered to compete for placement to the 2002 IKF USA National Amateur Championships. The preliminaries will begin at 9 AM with selected finals and a few mixed martial arts matches for the evening show beginning at 7 PM. The event will be held at the Lowndes County Civic Center/Fairgrounds on East Hill Avenue.
For more info, please contact South East Regional Promoter James Corbett at (229) 245-8622 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org For more info, go to the main IKF South East Regional Page.
TUESDAY, June 4th, 2002, AT 3:50 PM, PT
Ready To ROCK TONIGHT At
Lucky's Nightclub On The Landing
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
IKF Promoter Jesse Finney (Pictured at right with Lucky's owner Tony Tripiano) and his Finney's Promotion Team is all set to host a special night of exciting amateur kickboxing tonight at Lucky's Nightclub On The Landing in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Tonights event is a small show for the club and will feature approximately 5-6 amateur bouts. Two of the featured fighters on tonights event are Tony Patton and Mike Green.
For more event info, please contact Mr. Jesse Finney at (314) 351-5226 or by e-mail at email@example.com or see their website at...www.FinneysKickboxing.com
MORE NEWS OF 6-4-02
New National Regional Record
IKF South East Regional
Scheduled For June 15th!
And It Could Go Even Higher...
Only 4 days ago, IKF South East Regional Promoter James Corbett was worried he wouldn't have enough fighters for a good regional event. However, now only 4 days later, it appears he has more than enough. The registrations that arrived in the Azalea City yesterday have been picked up from the local Post Office and UPS center. A day after the June 3rd initial deadline for fighters to register for the South East Regional, a total of 76 fighters are registered to compete in the event.
We do expect this number to increase somewhat by the time of the event, as there are several gyms/schools that have indicated interest, but have not yet registered. These late entries could increase the number of registered fighters to over 80.
Anyone wanting to be registered from this point forward will be assessed an
additional $25 in order to compete in the South East Regional tournament.
Remember, anyone wishing to compete in the Nationals MUST go through the
ANOTHER IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please verify all information on this list. Several fighters have neglected to give weights on their registration forms. This information must be sent to Mr. Corbett prior to June 10th in order for these fighters to compete.
The fighters confirmed as of today, Tuesday, June 4th, 2002 have been added to the South East Regional Fighters list found HERE! Feel free to check it out and see where you, or your favorite fighter, will stack up. Expect updates on late registered fighters ASAP. For more info, please contact South East Regional Promoter James Corbett at (229) 245-8622 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org For more info, go to the main IKF South East Regional Page.
MORE NEWS OF 6-4-02
"Walk The Walk"
At South Central Regional!
Although 38 fighters registered for the IKF South Central Regional to "Walk The Walk", there were only 4 matched bouts at last weekends IKF South Central Regional event hosted by IKF South Central Regional Promoter Jeff Mullen. The event was held at the New Daisy Theater on Historic Beale Street in downtown Memphis Tennessee and featured both Junior and Adult fighters in all 3 rules divisions. Only 4 "Qualifying Bouts" were matched because all the other fighters were in different weightclasses and or rule styles. Of the others, 8 of them were matched up for non qualifier bouts. Here's the weekends results;
Of course now the question is how many will make the extra step to fill out the Nationals Championships Registration Form found HERE, and truly "WALK THE WALK" at this years 2002 IKF USA National Amateur Championships on August 2nd, 3rd and 4th in Davenport Iowa?
"Bring It ON!"
For more info on this event, please contact Mr. Jeff Mullen at (901) 757-0985 or by e-mail at email@example.com
MONDAY, June 3rd, 2002, AT 6:45 PM, PT
Just thought we'd give you something to smile and laugh about today...
Weekends News Coming
SATURDAY, June 1st, 2002, AT 11:50 AM, PT
So Far 30 Fighters
Are Registered For The
IKF South East Regional
Scheduled For June 15th!
Three days short of the June 3rd initial deadline for fighters to register for the IKF South East Regional, a total of 30 fighters are registered to compete in the event. We do expect this number to increase substantially by the time of the event, as there are several gyms/schools that we have not heard from yet. Just a few of these schools alone could almost double the current registration. Indeed, emails just opened from two gyms will bring this number up to 44 fighters as soon as the indicated paid registrations arrive.
The fighters confirmed as of today have been added to the fighter list. Feel free to check it out and see where you, or your favorite fighter, will stack up. Expect updates on registered fighters ASAP.
The IKF South East Regional includes the states of Florida Georgia South Carolina North Carolina Alabama Eastern Tennessee and will be held at the Lowndes County Civic Center Fairgrounds in Valdosta, Georgia. All rule styles are accepted at the event. Fighters not yet registered should do so ASAP. A reminder that registrations received after the June 3rd deadline will charged a $25.00 late fee payable to the IKF. For more info, please contact South East Regional Promoter James Corbett at (229) 245-8622 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org For more info, go to the main IKF South East Regional Page.
MORE NEWS OF 6-1-02
Muay Thai Institute Of Kunponli
To IKF Approved & Endorsed Gyms List
The IKF organization would like to welcome it's newest IKF Approved and Endorsed Club to our IKF Gyms List. Known as the Muay Thai Institute Of Kunponli, the new club is owned by Craig "Psycho" Lamanna (Left - Owner and head trainer of the Muay Thai Institute)
Lamanna has spent the last 17 years studying the martial arts. Coming from a background of wing chun kuen and majulah kali in New York, he was first introduced to Muay Thai in 1984. From 1985 to 1994, he trained extensively in Thai boxing, traveling to Singapore and Thailand to work with top trainers. During this time, he also achieved a first-degree black belt in the Okinawan arts. In 1994, he trained at Fairtex in Arizona with elite trainers like Sakasem Kathawong, Gunyao, and Boonkerd. He was certified as a Thai boxing instructor by Sakasem. When the Arizona camp closed, he returned to Thailand several times to train at many different camps. He also trained with Krutouaj in Patteya, and visited Thailand with Saeksun Janjira. In 1998, he opened his own school. Starting with a space of 400 square feet and four heavy bags, a year later, the gym grew to 5300 square feet, a full regulation boxing ring, full Olympic weight center, and aerobics area. Three years later, it has expanded to roughly 19,000 square feet. Membership at the gym has grown as well, to nearly 600 members.
At age 42, Master Trainer, Sakasem "Sem" Kanthawong, (Left) still has the lithe and sinewy body of a fighter. Only now, the former Muay Thai champion spends his days training and teaching at the Muay Thai Institute Of Kunponli. His is intense, quick, and possesses a sharp wit. Yet he has a kind and gentle demeanor that one would not expect from a fighter who competed in 200 fights without ever being knocked out. But unlike many Thai fighters, he is largely self-taught, and did not even begin training until he was ten years old. At age 16, while fighting in Chaingmai, he had his first manager. When he was 18, Phillip Wong, owner of Fairtex, who had fighter camps in Bangkok and Arizona, discovered him. Wong asked Sakasem to train at his camp in Bangkok. Sem's dream came true when at Fairtex he began training with "Api daj" Sith-Hiran, the fighter he had seen on television eight years earlier. Sakasem lived at Fairtex in Bangkok from age 18 until he was 36. He trained, fought, and served as Phillip Wong's driver. His record at Lumpini Stadium was 55-15, with 35 TKOs. In 1994, after 18 years at Fairtex Bangkok, Wong asked Sakasem to relocate to Chandler, Arizona to teach at the Fairtex camp. He found the Arizona camp to have a very different type of student compared to the camp in Bangkok. In Chandler, the majority of students were Americans who came for exercise and to get into shape, not to become professional fighters.
After a year and a half, the Arizona camp closed and Sakasem returned to Thailand for a short period of time. In 1998, he came back to the United States to work at a Muay Thai gym in Indianapolis, where his impact on the students was measurable. His impact on his students will now be felt at the Muay Thai Institute Of Kunponli where he works as the Master Trainer.
Owner Craig Lamanna is a former Fairtex student of Sakasem's. The goal of Lamanna and Sakasem is to have the gym become internationally known. They have established a fly-in camp, so students from all over the world can come to live and train as if they were in Thailand. Fighters and students would stay a week, a month, or longer. For those interested in training camps the Gym will be hosting a No Holds Barred 3 Day Seminar from September 13th to September 15th, The camp will combine both MuayThai and Grappling skills. Featured instructors will be Sakasem, Walter Michalowski, Alex Steibling, Sumransak Kridram and Bas Rutten. For more info on this camp please call (801) 474-3136.
The Muay Thai Institute Of Kunponli contains all that you will need to Muay Thai Institute Of Kunponli enjoy a full workout routine. The Thai training area has a full size ring, pole bags, hanging heavy bags, double ended bags and upper-cut bags. The weight room includes a complete weight training facilities well as cardio equipment. The 2100 square foot aerobics room features specially designed padded floor that is easy on your joints. The club has a full service Pro-shop with an exclusive AirMonkey line of Thai, Aerobic and Athletic wear. They have every thing you need for Muay Thai Training from Boxing gloves to Heavy bags. They also carry a full line Valeo weight lifting equipment. Espresso coffee bar, juice bar and a full range of supplements are also available.
What may surprise many of you though is where the is located, which is why we left it's location for last. The club is located at 650 E Wilmington Ave, (2180 S) in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Recently a well known name to the IKF moved to Utah himself to train at the new facility in preparation of his upcoming IKF Title bout. On June 8th at the RiverPlex in Peoria Illinois, former IKF MTR Light Cruiserweight U.S. Champion Kwame Stephens (Left, originally from Chicago, Illinois, USA) will meet up with Jerame Harminson (Left) of Lerna, Illinois, USA at the RE/MAX Kickboxing Invitational for the vacant IKF Pro MuayThai Rules United States Middleweight Title.
Stephens (PRO: 24-4/21 - 2 no contests Rulings. AM: 10-1/6) won his IKF U.S. Title on April 4th, 1998 by Majority decision over Kevin McMullen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 48-46, 46-46 & 48-47. Stephens went on to a shot at the IKF Light Cruiserweight World title on July 10th, 1998 against Kurt Podany. However he lost by TKO at 1:41 of the 4th round when he injured his foot and couldn't continue. He later voluntarily vacated his U.S. title on 12-22-99 to move down in weight.
Stephens & Harminson currently share the number 1 ranking and the winner of this bout will determine who will be the only #1 ranked fighter in the Pro MuayThai Rules Middleweight Division. Harminson (18-1-1/14, AM BX: 13-3) last impressed us here at the IKF with a sound beating of Dave Zuniga of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on the February IKF/K-1 North America Qualifier event. Harminson knocked Zuniga out at the 26 second mark of the second round. For more info on this event please see the IKF Upcoming Events page or contact IKF Promoter Ryan Blackorby at (309) 672-3090 or by e-mail by clicking HERE
For more info on the Muay Thai Institute Of Kunponli, please contact them by phone at (801) 474-3136 or visit their website at