SUNDAY, April 3rd, 2005, AT 4:30 PM, PT
Ready For IKF Amateur World Title Shot This Saturday!
Plus An Exciting Undercard Of Local Fighters
Special To The IKF From Rocklin, California, USA: The talking is almost over and the time is drawing nearer for the walking! That's when IKF West Coast and 2004 IKF/TKO North American Champion Mike "Mad Dog" Morello of Santa Barbara, California, USA will "leave it all in the ring" as he says of his fight against four time IKF National Tournament Champion Anthony McGaughey of Norman, Oklahoma, USA for the vacant IKF Amateur Light Middleweight Championship of the World! You can expect some real fireworks as both men are hungry to take home the gold and the honor to be called a Amateur World Champion!
It will be a great night of kickboxing for all to see, with talented up and coming fighters eager to kickoff the evening in assorted styles of Kickboxing fights! A.K. Promotions has been putting the final touches on the April 9th event to be held at the Roseville Sports Complex, located at 1545 Pleasant Grove Blvd. in Roseville, California. Articles and ads will be running in two local papers, radio spots start April 4th and air throughout the week on the popular KSFM 102.5 radio station and posters and flyers are plastered in gyms and businesses in the area. "Tickets are selling faster for this event then any event to date promoted by the company. It seems that people have become more acquainted with IKF Triple F Kickboxing and are falling in love with the ambiance and action at the events", says an AK representative.
The day will start with the official weigh-ins that will be held at the Roseville Sports Complex at 10:AM. Immediately following the weigh-ins will be the official rules meeting. At 5:PM the doors will open to an expected sellout crowd of excited fans! Around 6:PM the evening will start with a song of patriotism from one of Sacramento's finest, 15 year old Alexis Witherspoon who also has performed the National Anthem for the Sacramento Kings (NBA Professional Basketball team) and is simply awesome!
Next, the action kicks off with some exciting fights from local
kickboxers looking to make a name.
(Fights not list in order and are subjected to change)
As one can see the undercard will be packed and loaded with action to lead up to the main event. Just before the Main Event, Alexis will again entertain the crowd with another patriotic song as we get ready to Kickarumpus and witness the battle for the IKF Amateur Full Contact Rules Light Middleweight Championship of the World Morello Vs McGaughey!
Oh, and did we mention the beautiful and talented Ring Girls! We will again feature past and present Miss Auburn (California) Queens (Right) to present the rounds and awards throughout the evening. But that's not all there will also be some exciting IKF Point "semi contact" Kickboxing bouts to fill in between the full contact action! These fights always bring lots of excitement as the "future of kickboxing" show their wares! Confirmed bouts at release of this article will be 12 year old Courtney Personett of Rocklin vs the aggressive 12 year old Yesenia Torres of Dixon, CA. Also slated to compete will be Sean Robello of Antioch, CA, Sean Cronin of Rocklin, and others.
Refreshments will be served as there will be a concession with food and beverage. In addition to that, Robeks "delicious and healthy" Fruit Smoothies will be sold to cool off from the hot action! A Special Donation table will be setup for The Children's Miracle Network (CMN). Balloons will be sold at the event. 100% of the proceeds will go the nearest Children's Hospital. These hospitals are many times the last chance for terminally ill children, so your donation of $1 or more will be greatly appreciated! Finally, at the end what is expected to be a great night of Kickboxing, everyone is invited to join the fighters at The Legends and Heroes Bar and Restaurant just a couple blocks down the street from the fight venue. It's located at 5880 Wood Creek Oaks Blvd. in Roseville on the Wood Creek Golf Course. Legends and Heroes has a full bar, 8 TV screens and a full menu of goodies for those "after-fight" munchies!
Don't miss this great event! Get your tickets
now as the ringside seats are almost sold out! Purchase them at
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Advance tickets are $20, $25 and $35. Add $5 per ticket at the door. Group Sponsorship tables are still available, contact the AK office for more info. The host hotel will be Marriott's Fairfield Inn, 1910 Taylor Road in Roseville and will be offering a special rate for the event. For reservations call (916) 228-2800 mention IKF Triple F Kickboxing.
All gear will be provided by Hits Training Gear out of Citrus Heights (916) 284-0087. Music provided by the always pumped up DJ Mike Coleman. Photography provided by Glen Berg of Rocklin.
MONDAY, April 11th, 2005, AT 10:10 PM, PT
Adds More IKF Gold To His Collection!
Leaves No Question That He IS The World Champion!
IKF Roseville, California, USA: There's an old phrase many of us have heard over the years... "Walk soft and quiet but carry a big stick." If one wanted an example of that phrase on Saturday, they would have seen it as clear as day. While Morello's Team and supporters were excited and confident, Anthony McGaughey and his trainer Scott Mincey pretty much kept to themselves and stayed calm and quiet all day long... That is, until the bell rang to begin their IKF Amateur World Title bout.
Some had predicted this bout to stop early while others just wanted to let it play out and hope for a good fight. Those simply "Hoping" got far more than they were hoping for and those predicting for a fast ending, simply picked the wrong fighter to end it... Several had thought Mike Morello of Santa Barbara, California, USA would put a stop to Anthony McGaughey's undefeated Light Middleweight streak and send him back to Norman Oklahoma in pain. (McGaughey's only loss came when he fought above his weightclass) However, it was not to be on this night at IKF Promoter Johnny Davis' event in Roseville, California, USA. In fact, after Saturday night many in the house wondered if McGaughey even knows what pain is.
Morello threw everything he had including several solid spinning backhands and some right hands that landed square on McGaughey's head. But McGaughey never even flinched. McGaughey took everything Morello offered and still averaged over 16 kicks per round compared to Morello's average kick per round of 7. Still, McGaughey was quick and smooth throughout the entire fight, never letting Morello's aggressive game plan take him out of his.
"I just told him to stick to the game plan." said McGaughey's trainer, 6 time Professional World Champion Scott "Conan" Mincey. That was exactly what he did too, he stuck to the basics. Simple side steps and counters that he played off of every Morello attack. He didn't just throw 1-2 in response to Morello, he often fired off 4, 5 and 6 shot combinations.
McGaughey won the kick count every round, 18-8, 15-7, 13-7, 18-6 and in the final round he shot off 20 kicks to Morello's 6. Still, Morello did enough in rounds 2 and 3 to win 2 of the 3 judges cards. To the surprise of many, after 3 rounds Morello was up by a split decision margin 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28. However it was McGaughey's experience and high physical conditioning that made him get stronger and stronger in rounds 4 and 5 to pull away for the big win.
Morello "Walked the Walk" against a fighter with 3 times his experience, but in the end, it was exactly that experience that won it for the Multi Time IKF Champion McGaughey.
Neither fighter seemed to ever be hurt in the battle (Easy for us to say from outside the ring...) but both left everything they had in the ring at the end of 5. when the scores were announced McGaughey had won the unanimous decision 48-47, 49-46 and 48-47 in a bout that appeared to many watching to not be as close as the scores. Still, Morello, as the true sportsman he always has been, insisted to Referee Dan Stell that he place the IKF Amateur FCR Light Middleweight World Title Belt on McGaughey himself, which he did. Our hats go off to both these gentlemen who were more than deserving of being in the ring that night. Deserving more so because they had something else going for them besides fighting skill in the ring, they were both Champions outside the ring as well.
Here is how the remainder of the card went.
For more info on this event you can go to www.akpromotions.org or contact IKF Promoter Mr. Johnny Davis at (916) 780-7483 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org