NEWS OF 1-25-06
Sends a Strong Message To Smith...
"Losing is Not an Option!"
Battle for the IKF Amateur MTR West Coast Super
Welterweight Championship on the line...
Friday, Feb. 3rd, 2006, Radisson
Hotel, Sacramento, CA, Doors Open at 7:PM
January 24th, 2006, San
Francisco, CA, USA: We recently had an e-interview with Christian Gonzales.
We ask him a few questions on how he felt about his upcoming bout with 2004
IKF North American Champ Nathan Smith
of Modesto, CA next Friday night February 3rd? His answer was clear and precise
"Losing is Not an Option!" Moreover, after speaking with one
of his managers Ken Baldwin, it was clear that the entire Fairtex
Team is taking this fight serious. They are pushing the event very hard in
their huge organization and word has it - they will show up in big numbers to
support their fighter! They know that big support from screaming friends and
family will be a big motivator for Christian and are taking no chances
of fallen short on this one! There are a lot of questions to be answered and no
matter what is said here, the truth will be told when these two combatants step
into the ring!
Its evident in reading the answers to the questions below that
Christian is very confident about winning his big fight at the Radisson
Hotel come Friday, February 3rd! Clearly in his comments below, he does not feel
that he really lost the first bout with Smith and is coming to prove his point
with a subtle prediction of a knocking Smith out! His 'take no prisoners
attitude' is apparent in his training says Baldwin "He is
training very hard and we have him wrapped in a bubble to make sure he is there
and ready to give 100% to bring the IKF West Coast title back to San Francisco!"
Rumor has it that this fight has gotten so much hype, that is
may be moved to the semi main event of the evening behind pro boxing sensation
Christian Cruz of Sacramento, CA but that remains to be seen. Either
way, fight fans should be prepared to see a war! The comments below are the
exact words of Gonzales with little or no editing.
- AKP: How do you feel about the fight?
- CG: I am very excited to rematch a
- AKP: How bad do you want to win?
- CG: I am feeling very anxious to win!
- AKP: What does winning or losing this
fight mean to you?
- CG: I want it so bad that it is not
an option to lose!
- AKP: How often do you train?
- CG: Everyday...!
- AKP: Christian, Why do you think you
lost the first bout? How will this one be different?
- CG:: The judges didn't score it
correctly. I won't leave it to the judges for this fight!
- AKP: Do you think this will be a
tough match? Are you doing anything extra?
- CG: This will be a good match and you
will have to come to the fight to see what I am doing extra.
- AKP: What does winning this title
mean for your career ?
- CG: Exposure for more fights for me
and to be on the path to go pro.
- AKP: What does losing this title
opportunity mean to you?
- CG: I am not losing this title, not
- AKP: Would you like be a world
- CG: Yes, I think I speak for all
fighters that one day we all want to reach that point.
- AKP: Do you have any additionally
- To all promoters, have respect and be considerate to your amateur fighters
because we don't get paid and we put money in your pocket. I would like to thank
Johnny Davis for taking care of his fighters and let him be an example
to all other promoters.
Don't miss this exciting event! Tickets are selling fast! See Top Champion
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Although President of AKP, Johnny Davis' name is mentioned in this
article in no way is he affiliated with the Fairtex team and has no
other relationship or deals with them. He is solely a promoter and the match
maker for this Uppercut Promotions event and is impartial to either
fighter. We at AKP expect to have a response from the Smith
February 1st, 2006, AT 7:10 PM,
Ultimate Boxing &
Triple F Kickboxing
set to "Kickoff" With Pro Boxing
This Friday Night,
February 3rd, Sacramento, Radisson Hotel!
Sacramento, CA- January 31st,
Boxing Promotions company
Uppercut Promotions in association with A.K. Promotions who
specializes in Kickboxing entertainment will be presenting the Ultimate
Boxing and Kickboxing Championship this Friday, February 3rd. The event
will showcase some of the best up and coming Professional Boxers and Amateur
Kickboxers in the state!
This exciting show will be held at the beautiful Radisson Hotel
500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento, CA and is only one of three events planned for
Uppercut Promotions out of Roseville, CA. The Kickboxing portion will
be headlined with the IKF Amateur Muay
Thai West Coast Super Welterweight Title. The Muay Thai rule style in this bout
will be what is known as "Modified Muay Thai. This is because although
there will be knees and leg kicks allowed with exciting boxing techniques,
elbows will not be allowed.
The bout will feature 2004 IKF North American Champion Nathan
Smith (left) of Modesto, CA who will take on tough Christian
Gonzales (right) of San Francisco, CA. This is a rematch! In their
first meeting, Smith pulled off a close controversial decision but both
men are promising a different outcome this time around!
- See other Kickboxers from California slated to fight on the card.
is the nights Kickboxing bouts as of this Press Release:
- IKF Amateur MTR West Coast Super
Welterweight Championship Bout
of Modesto, CA (5'10", 154, 13-2, Trainer Gene and Cat Fields)
Vs Christian Gonzales of San
Francisco, CA (5'10", 154, 3-2-1, Trainer- Fairtex)
- Jesse Hernandez of Fresno, CA (5'7",
179, 1-1-1, Trainer P. Metayo)
Julian Bowers of Concord, CA (5'10",
179, 1-1, Trainer George Tutsui)
- Jeremiah Metcaf of Modesto, CA (6'0",
175, 4-0, Trainer Gene and Cat Fields)
Vs Aaron Gerwer (R) of
Roseville, CA (6'1", 175, 5-1, Trainer Nasser Niavaroni)
- Omar Clark of Sacramento, CA (6'1",
185, Debut, Trainer Robinsons Tae Kwon Do)
Woody McCovey of Redding, CA (6'1,
185, 1-0, Trainer Jericho Lane)
For more information go to
Don't miss some of the best fight
action in Northern California! Two Shows in ONE! For tickets call (916)
726-5425. Tickets are $55.00 Ringside and $30.00 General. They will be available
at the door or
Click HERE. also you can contact Johnny
Davis, President of AK Promotions, Triple "F" Kickboxing
Entertainment (916) 205-4762 or at (916) 780-7483 or by e-mail at
For IKF State Title!
Sacramento, California, USA
- February 3rd, 2006, Sacramento, California, USA
February 6th, 2006, AT 9:40 PM,
Keeps His Promise...
Wins By TKO Over
F Kickboxing - February 3rd, Sacramento, Radisson Hotel!
AK Promotions: What does it take
to know what the future holds? Is it just a feeling one gets or instinct? Maybe
its only a lucky guess...? Whatever the reasons that some predictions come
true perhaps Christian Gonzales of San Francisco has a clue. In an
earlier interview with Gonzales, he stated that he did not agree with
the first decision between he and Nathan Smith of Modesto, CA in their
initial meeting but this time around "I will not leave it to the judges"
and boy was he right!
Everyone in the sold out Radisson Ballroom knew there was
something big about to happen as Smith and Gonzales entered the
ring. The noise made by both teams was deafening! As the bell sounded for the
start of round one...there was no feel out game here. They had good back and
forth action, landing great kicks and punches to the body and head! Smith
was very affective with his front kick to the chest of Gonzales but Gonzales
seemed to shrug it off and continued to be the aggressor while finishing his
hand combination with hard round kicks to the head of Smith! Smith's
solid defense blocked most of them early on! The crowd reacted loudly to each
impressive pop of Gonzales' instep and shin as they nearly missed the
target and landed hard on the gloves of Smith!
Round two and three would be much of the same. Smith
landed a hard round kick to the thigh of Gonzales, followed by a strong
cross that clearly stunned Gonzales momentarily! Then there was a
pause... something looked familiar to this onlooker! It was that same look seen
in the Crandle Vs Gonzales match months earlier! In that fight,
Gonzales was hurt in the first round and took a standing eight only to
come back in the second round to TKO Crandle! Again, Gonzales
seemed to be going into another zone! If he were a cat, his eyes would have
changed colors as he tilted his chin into his chest and gazed in towards the
target like a heat seeking missile! It was like he became "The One"
as Keanu Reeves did in the movie The Matrix! Almost everything
Smith threw from that point was blocked and, or slipped and then
countered with an impressive round kick to the head and body! Seek and destroy
became Gonzales' mission as he walked down and sometimes threw down Smith
as to say I'm invincible...HEAR ME ROAR! Gonzales then wrapped
his hands around the neck of Smith and started a series of knees to the
body! The crowd was going wild with excitement as the battle pursued at center
stage! One of Gonzales' knees connected hard to the body of Smith
and one may have accidentally caught him in the face but for sure the punch or
kick that followed put Smith down for an eight count! At the end of the
eight count, Smith intentionally spit out his mouth piece to buy more
time and was penalized one point by Referee Dan Stell. He was clearly
dazed by the assault of kicks and punches from Gonzales!
Smith was definitely not willing to quit and was
throwing his own brand of outstanding combinations throughout the fight and
looked impressive! Some of his techniques were landing clean but Gonzales
would not go for it and continued his onslaught! The fourth and final round was
here and the audience applauded loudly with approval of this great fight they
were witnessing and were happy that they were going to have a chance to see yet
another round of great action! It has been said often, 'never slug with a
slugger'! As mentioned in a previous article regarding this fight, Gonzales
has some of the most talented boxing skills in the amateur ranks of Muay Thai
and will always be of great danger to anyone who tries to test him as Nathan
did in the fourth round!
In the midst of a fury of battle, both men began to land some
bombs with kicks and punches and an occasional knee! Then it came... about an
eight punch exchange (or should we say "bomb" exchanges) where
both men landed some shots but in the end it would be Gonzales' power
and accurate jabs, crosses and a huge left hook sent Smith flying into
the ropes defenseless and would end the night for Smith! Referee Dan
Stell had to jump quickly to put a stop to the punishment before the very
dazed Smith was hurt even more! Gonzales look as though he was
ready for four more rounds as he was coming in to add the final touches before
The crowd came to their feet to show their satisfaction for
what they'd witnessed...a great fight between two great fighters!
After the fight, Gonzales toured the ballroom with new
belt and four foot trophy in hand only to be mobbed by the fans wanting to
simply shake the new champ's hand or get a photo op! Its clear they want to see
more of Gonzales...sooner rather than later. Sounds like a superstar in
the makings! If smiles were worth a million dollars, we would all be rich
because the huge smile Gonzales wore on this night was simply - priceless!
Nathan Smith must now decide whether he wants to move
forward with his plans to turn pro or hang out in the amateurs to see what else
is left for him. He is a very talented fighter and will defeat most Welter and
Super Welterweights on the planet. However, on this night, he fell a little
short but I'm sure we will be seeing more of him in future events!
Ironically, AKP caught up with Gonzales' trainer
Jongsanan Fairtex to compliment him on his boxing skills and how well
his fighter did. Jongsonan reply was more like...".he looked
ok but he slapped a little with some of his punches." ...What? So, if
this is an indication that he is going to continue to work on making him even
better- world beware! We are not sure whether Gonzales plans to continue
to make predictions on the outcome of his fights but we do know that he plans
are to continue his quest to obtain an
IKF amateur world title by the end of the
year and soon after turn pro! If he continues to impress everyone and win fights
as big as he won this one, it will be no doubt those in attendance last night
saw the seedlings of at least a future amateur world champion!
The AKP Staff would like to give Special Thanks
for all of the Gyms that participated. It is only for because of their support
that these events are successful! Also special thanks to
Mr. Rick Cronin for keeping the fighters gloved and getting them to the
ring in a timely fashion. Also thanks to Toni at
for her excellent photography and contributions to this article. Special Thanks
too to Nasser Niavaroni Promoter of Uppercut Promotions for
to assist them with their events. Thanks again!
- KICKBOXING RESULTS - This event also
featured Pro Boxing
- Woody McCovey of Redding, CA defeats Omar Clark of
Sacramento, CA by TKO at 1:25 of the third round.
- Jeremiah Metcaf of Modesto, CA defeats Aaron Gerwer of
Roseville, CA by Unanimous Decision, 30-27, 29-28 & 30-27.
- IKF Amateur Muay Thai West Coast
Super Welterweight Championship Bout
Christian Gonzales of San
Francisco, CA defeats Nathan Smith of Modesto, CA by TKO at 1:35 of the
4th round to claim vacant IKF Amateur MTR
West Coast Super Welterweight Title.
For more information contact Uppercut Promotions at (916) 782-4757.
For Match Maker for Kickboxing contact AKP at (916) 205-4762 or go to