The Best Fighters
IKF For 2001!
Announcement of the 2002 IKF
Hall of Fame
Pro & Amateur Fighter Of The Year!
IKF All Around PRO
Fighter Of The Year...
There were many to consider for this award but
for what Bartinelli accomplished in such a short time as a Pro Fighter,
he seemed to be the one to pick as the 2001 IKF
Pro Fighter of the Year.
The only thing that put a question on this vote was that he's only had 3
Pro kickboxing Bouts. So the question came up once again, "How good
could he be with only "3" Pro kickboxing bouts and only 11 Kickboxing
The same question was asked in the Spring of 2001 when he
challenged #1 IKF Ranked Mike Nagy (Bout
shown at left) who had a kickboxing record of 31 wins with 1 loss
and 27 wins by KO/TKO for the vacant
IKF Light Middleweight World Title. The
first thought by some was, "Is this guy crazy?" Well, if any
of you have seen Bartanalli fight, you would have never questioned the
challenge. Several months before he faced Nagy,
IKF Pro IR Heavyweight World Champion Rick
"The Jet" Roufus had a chance to attend one of Bartinelli's
bouts in Arizona, USA. When it was over he expressed how impressed he was after
seeing Bartinelli expel another opponent with his tremendous punching
skill and power. It was clear Roufus, a Hall Of Fame Fighter himself,
and to those who "Believed" in Bartinelli all along
knew this kid has talent! So with only "1" Pro fight as a kickboxer
but a record of 13 wins, 4 loses, 1 draw with 9 of his 13 wins by KO/TKO as a
pro boxer, the match with Nagy was set.
"How was he selected for a World Title Shot?"
and "Can his boxing experience (12-4-1/8) really matter against a good
kickboxer?" were just a few of the questions asked when the bout was
being reviewed by the IKF Title Board for
acceptance. The deciding factor was not just what he had won all his previous
kickboxing bouts, but who he had to beat to get the wins. Ask
2000 IKF USA Light
Middleweight IR National Champion
Adam Rogers, (Right) of Seaside, California, USA (8-3/3) what
Bartanalli's skill is like.
March 4th, 1999,
Bartinelli didn't just stop Rogers, he knocked him out cold. At
the end of round 4, Bartinelli's combined a straight Right and Left hook
that dropped Rogers motionless to the canvas at 1:55 of the 4th round.
The punch was so Devastating that Referee Dan Stell was waving the bout
off nearly before Rogers hit the floor. The win gave Bartinelli
the IKF Amateur, IR United States
26th, 1999 in Arizona Bartinelli made his pro debut and
knock out the ISKA North American Champion Cecil Hagins in the 2nd
round. Hagins went down three times in the that round. The first
knockdown came with a right hook after a right roundhouse kick. The 2nd time was
after a combo of punches, two left hooks then a straight right hand. The 3rd and
final time was after a right hand, left hook then right hand.
March 28th, 2000 he recorded his second Pro win 23 seconds into
the 5th round after he let go a barrage of punches and kick combo's ending with
two left hooks that split open his opponent, Thomas Downing's (25-15-2/10,
of Ontario, Canada) left eye.
After his win against Downing, the phone stopped
ringing and no one wanted to be in the ring with Bartinelli. So, his
trainer, Clement Vierra made the challenge for what was then the Vacant
IKF FCR Light Middleweight World Title.
The IKF Title board wasn't easy on him
either. Doing as required, we told him he had to fight the #1 IKF contender, Mike Nagy. They agreed and
the fight was scheduled... and re-scheduled... and re-scheduled... Injuries,
venue changes and finally it was on...However, yet another delay forced Bartinelli
to take another Pro boxing match in March of 2001... The result? No different,
Finally, on Tuesday Night, April 17th, 2001 at the Celebrity Theater in
Phoenix, Arizona, USA, Bartanalli and Nagy faced off (Right).
But it was a quick trip for the highly favored Nagy as Bartanalli
landed the shot heard around the globe in the 3rd round, a Powerhouse left hook.
The punch landed with about 5 seconds left in the 3rd round but Nagy
couldn't stand to beat the count of seasoned refereeJon Schorle II that
continued into the round break. (Bell can't save a fighter in any round in
It wasn't a wild
punch though. It was a very tight and crisp left hook which those from
behind didn't even see. Bartinelli's
shoulders didn't move much at all and the only proof he landed anything was Nagy
falling to the canvas.
When the count was over, Bartinelli was crowned the new
IKF Pro FCR Light Middleweight World Champion.
It explained why Bartinelli's ringname is "Powerhouse".
October 9th, 2001 he faced an even stronger challenge when he did
something he's never done in ANY of his previous kickboxing bouts... Wait
for a judges decision before his hand was raised... This time he faced
Bradenton, Florida, USA's Larry Jarrett who was another highly
experienced opponent for Bartanalli with a record of 37 wins and 6
loses, ranked in the top 10 and a former Amateur World Champion.
It was a great fight, but it was not close in points. The
judges who were appointed by the Arizona State Athletic Commission scored it a
unanimous decision win for Bartinelli 100-88, 100-88 and 99-89.
So as everyone can see here, Bartanalli is a great
choice for the 2001 IKF Pro Fighter of the
We look forward to seeing you a lot more in the years to come.
But There's More...
Else Can Call Themselves
All Around AMATEUR Fighter Of The Year...
We first heard about Tompkins
back in April of
2000. It was an
IKF Sanctioned event in Iowa, USA. It was
bout 10 and it was for the vacant, IKF
Amateur Super Heavyweight Full Contact Rules Iowa State Title. In the bout,
Tompkins defeated Jason Fulcher by KO at :35 seconds into round
1. We soon discovered, this was not the last we would hear of him...
At the May
26th, 2001 in Beloit Wisconsin, USA at the IKF USA National Amateur Tournament North Central
Regional, there was mixed emotions for
Tompkins. Since there wasn't enough fighters to fill both the
Heavyweight and Super Heavyweight divisions, all 3 fighters were given an
automatic walkover to the National Finals (Top 2 in each division may go to
the National Finals) However promoter Craig Monyelle wanted to have
more bouts on the event so he put all 3 fighters into one division to fight
together. In his first bout, Tompkins (7-0/3, 217) faced 235 lb
IKF MidWest US Champion Rick Bloyer.
In the bout, Tompkins won with a Head Kick KO at :30 seconds into the
first round. Later that day in the final he faced Dan Erickson (11-0/4,
215 lbs.). In the bout, Erickson won by Split Decision. However, the
bout was protested for a video review buy several neutral officials at the
event. In the end, it was overturned and the win was given to Tompkins.
The win really didn't matter since both were on their way to the National
Finals, but in different weight classes (This would be a GREAT rematch)
Something should be said here as well that Tompkins and his trainer (Russ
O'Connell) never complained. It was protested by several neutral
officials who were not judging the bout but were shocked at the decision.
Tompkins first faced off against David Hampton of Calmet City,
Illinois, USA (245, 10-3-2/0) and defeated him by TKO at 28 seconds into
the 2nd round to advance to the Final. In the final, he defeated the
2000 IKF National
John Lenamon of Abilene, Texas, USA by unanimous decision, 29-28, 29-27 &
29-27 to win the 2001 IKF USA National Amateur
FCR Super Heavyweight Title.
On a personal level out of the kickboxing ring, Trent
has proved he has more going on in his life than just Kickboxing. He spends many
hours a week in training to achieve this status but he also spends many hours a
week volunteering to train the young people at the gym he trains at in Iowa. His
goal is to not only teach them to be good in the sport but to make them a good
person and keep them on the right track and out of trouble. His strong focus on
teaching discipline and respect reflect in him as a Champion in and out of the
ring as well. He even spent his own time and money last year to go to Florida to
coach the young fighters in the Jr. Olympics for TaeKwonDo. He also won the USA
TaeKwonDo Nationals and was the youngest person to ever win the heavyweight
division. In 1999 at the age of 18, he won the Athlete of the year. He is the
only person to ever win nationals in both TaeKwonDo and kickboxing and he is
only 20 years old. Trent is as mentor and role model for many who has
won many honors and titles but never boasts or brags about such. Besides all the
training and volunteer work Trent does, he is also a full-time college student.
He recently got a 4.0 last semester and he carries a 3.5 cumulative average
which puts him on the deans list.
So as you can see, both in and out of the ring, we have a
good reason for selecting Mr. Trent Tompkins as the 2001
IKF Amateur Fighter of the Year.
We look forward to seeing you a lot more as well in the years to come.
Congratulations to all of the fighters who were considered
for these awards which included every fighter, Amateur and Pro who fought for
the IKF in 2001.
Your ALL Champions!
Of The Best In The
IKF For 2001!
Announcement of ALL The 2001
Hall of Fame Inductees!
Well, here they are, the 2001
IKF Hall of Fame Inductees! It was
a GREAT YEAR for all of us and with our 10 year anniversary year coming up, we
look forward to an even bigger year for the IKF
World Team! One thing you may notice is that it was EXTREMELY Hard for us to
select just 1 winner in nearly all the categories. So now, without further
delay, here are the
IKF Hall of Fame Inductees!
Pro Fighters Of The Year
- Pro MuayThai Rules
- Giuseppe DeNatale of
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. On July 20th, 2001, in a Prestige Bout DeNatale
defeated Jermaine Bennett. On September 27th, 2001 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
he defeated Kent Hensley of Atlanta, Georgia, USA by TKO in the second round.
Johnson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. On February 3rd, 2001,
Johnson fought in a non Title Prestige Bout and defeated Jeff Ford of Kansas
City, Missouri, USA by TKO. On September 27th, 2001 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
in another non Title Prestige Bout he defeated Raul Romero Gonzalez of Mexico
City Mexico at 1:33 of round 1 with a head kick.
- Matt Skelton,
of Bedford, England. although he only fought once for the
IKF in 2001, we need to remember that as a
K-1 Super Heavyweight it's hard to get him booked for a fight. On November 18th,
2001 in North Hampton England Skelton retained his IKF
MTR Super Heavyweight World Title by defeating Peter Varga of Budapest, Hungary
by TKO at 53 seconds of round 3.
- HONORABLE MENTION
- Pedro Fernandez of Tijuana,
Mexico. On March 31st, 2001 in Tijuana, Mexico Fernandez defeated Raul Romero
Gonzalez for the vacant IKF Pro IR Super
Heavyweight Mexico National Title.
- Pro International RulesTBA
- Pro Full Contact Rules
- Vladimir Avtamonov, of
Omsk, Siberia Russia. On February 3rd, 2001 in Omsk, Siberia Russia, Avtamonovof
defeated Perry Ben of England for the vacant IKF
FCR Super Welterweight World Title. On April 28th, 2001 in Coventry England he
successfully defended his IKF FCR Super
Welterweight World Title by defeating Eningoff Neilson of Newcastle, England.
- Dave Marinoble of
Roseville, CA, USA. On July 28th, 2001 in Kuala Limpur Malaysia,
IKF US Middleweight and
IKF North American Super Middleweight
Champion Marinoble defeated then World Champion Champion Tommy Kimber of Salem,
Massachusetts, USA by TKO in the 8th round for Kimber's IKF
Pro World Middleweight Title.
- Anthony Bartinelli of
Phoenix, Arizona, USA. On April 17th, 2001 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, former
IKF U.S. Amateur Champion Bartinelli
defeated then undefeated #1 ranked Mike Nagy of Lake In The Hills, Illinois, USA
by KO to win the IKF FCR Light
Middleweight World Title. He fought again on October 9th, 2001 in Phoenix,
Arizona, USA in a non title bout and defeated Bradenton, Florida, USA's Larry
Jarrett by unanimous decision..
- Honorable Mention: Leo "The Artist"
Verontchjk of Russia. IKF Pro
FCR European Champion.
- Pro San Shou Rules: Cung Le,
San Jose, CA, USA. On December 15th, 2001 in San Jose California, USA, Cung Le
become the first IKF San Shou World
Champion when he won the Light Heavyweight Title by unanimous decision over
Shoni Carter of Chicago, Illinois, USA.
IKF EUROPEAN Pro Fighter Of The Year
- Kevin Smiles, Newcastle,
IKF Amateur Fighters Of The Year
- Amateur Men's International Rules
- Narayan Stitt of Seaside,
California, USA. Having already won the 2000 IKF
USA National Amateur IR Middleweight Title, Stitt was back to defend it in 2001
where in his first round he defeated Jason Lovelace by TKO after the first round
when Lovelace couldn't answer the bell for round 2. Stitt advanced to the Final
where he defeated Todd Whitmoyer by majority decision, 30-27, 30-27 and 28-28.
- Jorge Hernandez, Aurora,
Colorado, USA. At the 2001
IKF USA National Amateur Tournament
Hernandez defeated David Foley of Ogden, Utah in round 1. In the final he
defeated 2000 National Champion Adam Rogers of Seaside, California by unanimous
decision, 29-27, 30-26 & 29-26 to win the
IKF USA National Light Middleweight Title.
- Danny Kelly of San Jose,
California, USA. Kelly was picked this year more for what we've seen him do over
the years and not so much for his 2001
IKF USA Nationals win over John Greaves
who he defeated by TKO at 45 seconds into the 3rd round to claim the Light
- Amateur Men's Full Contact Rules
- Craig Richardson (No
picture available) of Newcastle, England. On April 29th, 2001 in Newcastle,
England, Richardson became the first IKF
Amateur FCR World Champion when he defeated Bruno Susano of Portugal by
- Paul Middlehurst (No
picture available) of Haydock, England. On July 15th, 2001 in Kirkby,
Liverpool, England, Middlehurst defeated Taigo Mendes of Portugal to become the
2nd IKF Amateur World Champion. He won the
IKF Junior Amateur World Lightweight
- Robert Elledge of
Roseville, California, USA. At the 2001
IKF USA National Amateur Tournament,
Elledge in round 1 defeated Al Ronnei of Mondovi, Wisconsin. Later the same day
in round 2 he fought and defeated by TKO, then undefeated (And 2000 Champion)
Matt Bentley of Omaha, Nebraska. In the final he took a unanimous decision win
over Curt Mickle of Atlanta, Georgia, USA to win the title.
- Kyle McElroy (No
picture available) of Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA. At the 2001
IKF USA National Amateur Tournament,
McElroy was out to defend his 2000 National Tournament title. In his opening
round, McElroy, defeated Jeffery Williams of Berlin, Georgia by TKO at break of
rounds 1 & 2 to advance to Round 2. In round 2 he defeated Tom Poey of
Virginia Beach, Virginia by split decision 30-27, 30-27 & 28-29 to advance
to the Final. In the finals he defeated Matt Mayer of Spooner, Wisconsin by
split decision, 29-28, 28-27 & 27-26 to win the title for the 2nd year in a
- Danny Griffin (No
picture available) of Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA. At the 2001
IKF USA National Amateur Tournament,
Griffin defeated Chris Terry of Phoenix, Arizona by unanimous decision, 30-16,
30-26 & 30-26 to advance to round 2.In round 2, Griffin defeated Shannon
Hudson of Lyman, South Carolina, 30-27, 29-28 & 30-27 to advance to the
Final. In the final Griffin defeated Zachary Day of Augusta, Georgia by
unanimous decision, 29-28, 30-27 & 29-27 to win the National Title.
- Trent Tompkins of Waterloo,
Iowa, USA. At the 2001
IKF USA National Amateur Tournament,
Tompkins in round 1 defeated David Hampton of Calmet City, Illinois by TKO at 28
seconds into the 2nd round to advance to the Final where he met and defeated the
2000 National Champion John Lenamon of Abilene, Texas by unanimous decision,
29-28, 29-27 & 29-27 to win the National Title.
- Anthony McGaughey of
Norman, Oklahoma, USA. Like last year, how could we forget the perfection of
McGaughey who continued his undefeated streak at this years Nationals when he
defeated Jeff Bederd of St Louis, Missouri who had a 24-2 record, by unanimous
decision, 30-27, 30-27 & 29-28. In the win, he defended his
IKF US National Light Middleweight title
and kept his perfect record in tact at 18-0 with 14 wins by TKO/KO.
- Amateur Men's FCR Honorable Mention: Tim
Ball of Pennsville, New Jersey, USA. When Ball finished fighting
Mark Snow of Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA at this years IKF
USA National Amateur Tournament, few waited for the MC to announce Tim's
situation. Nearly everyone at Ringside at ring 2 stood to their feet and gave
Tim a standing ovation for his efforts. When the applause quieted down, the MC
explained how Tim had went through months of waiting for us at the IKF to make a decision whether or not to allow him
to fight. We had several e-mails in support of him competing and finally, we
made the decision to allow him to compete. The MC said to everyone there,
"We decided, if Tim Ball wanted to walk the walk, we weren't going to
And the place erupted with yet another standing ovation. If you were there
you would have felt a lot of emotion in the room. Tim represented every fighter
at that moment. What was so special about Tim Ball? He was a fighter with a
paralyzed right arm that simply hung to his side. He proved that if a 1 arm man
could make the effort to "Walk The WALK" than NO ONE else could ever
have a valid excuse. Tim may have lost his bout, but he won the hearts of
EVERYONE there, and more important, he "Walked The Walk" in front of
all his peers. Nothing is more valuable than that.
- Amateur Men's MuayThai Rules
- Carter Williams,
of Modesto, California, USA. After a poor showing on the K-1 USA undercard,
Williams came to the IKF USA National
Amateur Championships. In round 1 he defeated John Grantham of Athens, Georgia,
USA by split decision 29-28, 29-28 & 28-29 to advance to the final. In the
final, he faced 2000 Champion Kurt Hasley and defeated him by unanimous
decision, 29-27, 29-27 & 28-27. In November of this year Williams went to
Canada and defeated Andre Beaulieu of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada at the 1:42 mark
of the second round. In the win Williams picked up an Amateur North American
Super Heavyweight Title.
- Amateur Men's San Shou Rules
- Lee King, (No picture
available) Houston, Texas, USA. On July 21st, 2001 in San Jose California,
USA, King defeated Allen Eggburt of Bellefontaine, Ohio, USA by TKO at 1:54 of
round 3, 2001 to win the IKF Amateur US
San Shou Light Heavyweight Title.
- Kimo Rigmadon, (No
picture available) Houston, Texas, USA. On July 21st, 2001 in San Jose
California, USA, Rigmadon defeated Previous Champion Chris Overbey of
Bellefontaine, Ohio, by unanimous decision to win the IKF
Amateur US San Shou Middleweight Title.
- Amateur Women's Full Contact Rules
- Rebecca Preacher of
Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA. It was billed as "The Ultimate Amateur
Women's Showdown!" Why "The Ultimate?" The bout was a defense of
IKF Amateur FCR U.S. Welterweight Title.
Thysen of DePree Wisconsin, USA won the title at the 1999 USA National Amateur
Tournament however Preacher won the same title at the 2000 IKF USA National Amateur Tournament by split
decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) in one of the closest bouts of the tournament
over Thyssen. After the bout, there was controversy as to who really was the
best Woman's FCR Welterweight in the Nation. So, on On June 23rd, 2001 in
Carlton Minnesota USA the two met and Preacher defeated Thyssen by TKO round 4.
As many of you know, to win an IKF U.S.
title today, it can only be won at the National Tournament. This bout on a
regular event was the last time a USA National Title was fought for outside the
National Amateur Tournament. At the 2001 IKF
USA Nationals though Thyssen showed up and defeated Terrie Hicks of Augusta,
Georgia by unanimous decision, 30-27, 29-28 & 29-28 to reclaim the title
- Tara Opielouski, Norman,
Oklahoma, USA. At the 2001
IKF USA National Amateur Tournament, in
round 1, Opielouski, (0-0) defeated Kathy Hagler of Roswell, Georgia by TKO at
1:08 of round 2 to advance to round 2. In round 2, Opielouski defeated Katie
Ehrhardt (8-1) of Buffalo Grove, Illinois. At the final, Opielouski won the
Woman's USA National FCR Super Lightweight Title by forfeit when opponent
Jennifer Woodrome of Imperial, Missouri choose not to fight due to a neck/back
pain she got from her previous bout.
- Amateur Women's MuayThai Rules
- Rebecca Natt (No
picture available) of New York, New York, USA. At the 2001
IKF USA National Amateur Tournament, in
round 1 Natt defeated Rachel Thomas of Milwaukee, Wisconsin by unanimous
decision, 29-28, 29-27 & 29-28 to advance to the Final. In the final she
defeated Jennifer Butler of Amboy, Illinois by unanimous decision, 30-26, 30-27
& 30-26 to win the. IKF USA National
- Amateur Women's International Rules -
- Amateur Women's San Shou Rules
- Jenna Castilo of San Jose,
CA, USA. On July 21st, 2001, San Jose, California, USA, Castilo defeated Katie
Meehan of Denver Colorado, USA by TKO at 1:56 of round 2 to win the vacant
IKF Amateur Woman's Bantamweight Title. In
her first defense on December 15th, 2001 in San Jose, California, USA she
defeated Christine Yandolli by Unanimous Decision 4 rounds to 0 on all 3 judges
cards. Castilo's only problem is finding good "Experienced San Shou"
competition in the woman's ranks.
IKF EUROPEAN Amateur Fighter Of The Year
- Bruno Susano, Abrantes,
IKF Trainers Of The Year
is decided by many factors. Most importantly, it is not decided by just 1 single
fighter that may have won a big title. This award is chosen by "Continued"
efforts in the sport within IKF sanctioned
events for the past year. But it is not just this 1 thing that makes one attain
this award, but many things such as;
- How many fighters of yours participate on IKF
- How many win.
- How many IKF Titles are won by them.
- What is your TEAMS attitude outside the ring.
- Your action as a cornerman or women.
- Their skill level.
- Their technique as a fighter.
- Their endurance.
- Their expressed improvement over time.
- That they participate on not just a couple, but several
IKF Sanctioned events a year.
So with this being known, here, in no particular order are the
2001 IKF Trainers of the Year:
- Jesse Finney, St Louis,
Missouri, USA. Team Finney Championship Kickboxing. Full Contact Rules, Amateurs
only. Trainer of 3, 2001 IKF USA National
Amateur Champions and a host of other winning Amateur Full Contact Rule Style
- Clement & Rhonda Vierra,
Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Hard Knocks Gym. Trainers of IKF
Pro FCR Light Middleweight World Champion Anthony Bartinelli and trainers of 4,
2001 IKF USA National Amateur Champions.
Full Contact and International Rule Styles.
- Rob & Jimmy Zbilski,
Chicago, Illinois, USA. Team Z. Trainer of 3, 2001 IKF
USA National Amateur Champions including 2001 Amateur FCR Fighters of the year,
Kyle McElroy and Danny Griffin. Pro and Amateur Full Contact Rules only.
- Duke Roufus, Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, USA. Team Roufus ? Duke Roufus Gym. Trainer of 5, 2001
IKF USA National Amateur Champions and
many other Pro and Amateur Champions. Pro and Amateur MuayThai and International
- Ray Thompson, Simpsonville,
South Carolina, USA. Trainer of Rebecca Preacher and of the 4 fighters he took
to the 2001 IKF USA National Amateur
Tournament, 3 won their titles. Full Contact Rules only.
Promoter Of The Year
This Inductee is selected not just by number
of events. They are selected by the style and manner of their promotions. This
includes their event organization and presentation which includes, event start
time, event activity schedule timing, event special effects, venue cleanliness,
ringside set up,
event programs and officials. Something to note here. Did the
IKF Event Representative need to do a lot
of work to help the event once there or just their
Next they are judged on their hospitality they provided their guests, fighters,
trainers and officials from travel in, accommodations as well as food and or
daily per-diem expenses. Next they are selected by their willingness to follow
Rules and Regulations
IKF from having qualified officials, good
matchmaking of undercard bouts as well as Title bout requirements, Pro Purse distribution,
IKF sanction logo appearance on all event
ads, (Posters, programs, radio, TV, banners etc. etc.) following the
sanctioning fee time guidelines.
One of the most important selection is their event reports. Did they send the
IKF Headquarters a pre-event as well as a
post event press release so we can pre-post the event before it happens and
after it happens on the NEWS
Page for others to see. In addition, the results sheet should always
include all the fighters info such as name, hometown, record, weight, height,
age and contact number. These are available right here on the
IKF Website for both
And finally, these promoters must do a minimum of 3 events a year (Or only 2
as long as they are directly associated with the organization of at least 2
others) 1 to qualify for this award.
After we look at all these things that to us, make a
good event promoter, the one with the highest point total per average of event
was selected as the 2001 IKF Promoter of the
Year. And the winner is...
& Elizabeth Carlson, (Right)
Augusta, Georgia, USA
- HONORABLE MENTION
- Lane Collyer, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
- Russ O'Connell, Waterloo, Iowa, USA
- Duke Roufus & Scott Joffe, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
- Andre Thomas, Wings Promotions and TNT Kickboxing, Kuala Limpur,
- Jesse Finney, St Louis, Missouri, USA
- 2001 IKF
Europe Promoters Of The Year
- Professional: Morris Young
- Amateur: Steve Donnelly &
IKF EUROPEAN Special Acknowledgements
- Michael Kossivakis, Greece: For
Promoting IKF in Greece against all the
- Marcel David, France: For his help
- Istvan Rozman & Team, Hungary:
For their contributions to shows in Europe.
- Nuno Ferreira, Portugal: Personality
of the Year.
- Oleg Vadatursky & Team, Russia:
For his friendship and sincerity
- ALL The IKF
- Jacqui Thompson: Our IKF European Directors "GO TO"
person who handles the IKF European
Headquarters and organizes the efforts of all the IKF
Europe Team above and is a diplomat who controls the brain.
IKF PRESTIGE AWARD
IKF PRESTIGE AWARD is Awarded to the
Individuals who have done the most for the
IKF during the year. Who have contributed
the most to the IKF such as bringing in
new IKF Event Promoters, Registering new
IKF Fighters, helping with new ideas for
the IKF as well as helping make them a
reality. Their work "Behind" the scenes to make the IKF grow stronger for everyone on the IKF World Team. This does not include PAID Positions
of the IKF, Paid help or individuals
efforts who knew their work would be financially rewarded. This award is
about WHO has gone the extra mile for the TEAM at their own expense
without expecting or awaiting any return on their investment, for THE TEAM! Some
of them you may know their names while others, you may wonder who they are. Let
it be known that their work and efforts for "THE TEAM", meaning ALL of
you, are Greatly Noticed and Appreciated here at the IKF World Headquarters. Not
that your efforts are not appreciated as well, truly, they are. It's just that
these are the ones who have stood out in 2002 in going the extra mile. This is
the ultimate TEAM AWARD! Now, In no particular order...This years 2001 IKF Prestige awards go to...
Mike Carlson, Augusta, Georgia, USA. For
his countless hours spent assisting in both IKF
Event organization as well as many of the legal issues related to the
IKF and kickboxing in the USA. Also for
his never ending desire to bring out perfection in other IKF
Event Promoters to help them succeed as he has done with his own events.
Doug Dickey, IKF
Mexico. Always the IKF face very few see,
IKF event that has made it's way into
Mexico has had Doug Dickey helping somewhere along the way. From organizing
title bouts to offering transportation, Mr. Dickey has been "Making It
Happen" with very little fanfare. He was the trainer of several IKF Champions that included Amateur
IKF Champions Heath Harris, Isaac Molina,
Vince Soberano and Dominic Sivalon and Pro IKF
Champions Miguel Reyes, Ivan Silva and Pedro Fernandez.
San Jose, California, USA. For his non stop work to try and bring the
IKF to the next needed level for all of us
on the IKF World Team. The attaining of
major worldwide sponsorship and the reality of the long awaited
IKF TV Deal. It will happen, it's just a
matter of time. And not to mention the fact that Mr. Davis just finished the
official IKF Training Manual
which is due out in January of 2002.
Neptune New Jersey, USA. Always there when we need him to be the chief head of
IKF MuayThai. His donated time and efforts
from helping with the IKF USA National
Amateur Tournament (All 3 years) to being the 3rd man in the ring at
IKF MuayThai World Title bouts, he is
Truly PRICELESS! If your a promoter doing MuayThai bouts, you need to have Mr.
Fitzgerald as your head of officials and chief MuayThai Referee.
Toni Foster, Auburn, California, USA. For
her work and time for IKF Graphics, event
IKF artwork for all IKF
Literature. She has spent countless hours creating designs, logos, brochures and
programs for IKF Events around the world.
If your a promoter and you want a HIGH QUALITY Program, you need to have Toni
and her staff at Foster
Graphics help you.
(No Picture Available) IKF Japan.
For his continuous "Neutral" commentary in the sport of kickboxing
IKF issues and events to his dynamic
reports on the K-1 events. Many of you have seen changes that Mr. MacDonald has
been a part of, but you never knew it. Keep up the Great work Alex.
Sean Wohl, (No Picture Available)
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA. Mr. Wohl has been with the
IKF longer than any of this years
inductees. From being an IKF Event
Promoter, official, to an IKF Event
Representative Mr. Wohl has saved many promoters from disaster because of their
disorganization and he's received very little if not nothing in return. He is
truly a cornerpost in the IKF World Team.
Congratulations To Our
IKF Hall of Fame Inductees!
Hall Of Fame Page - Click HERE.