February 11th, 2002, AT 5:10 PM,
IKF Promoter Duke Roufus Takes It To
February, 9th, 2002 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Sorry about that headline IKF News Readers, however, that's the only word left
in pretty much everybody's mind after Saturday nights
IKF Event and K-1 North American Qualifier
in Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA hosted byIKF
Promoter's Duke Roufus and Scott Joffe. The event took place in
the prestigious RAVE BALLROOM at the Eagles Club in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, USA and featured 7 IKF Amateur
Muay Thai Rules bouts and another IKF Pro
Muay Thai Rules Junior Middleweight bout along with the K-1 North America
Qualifying tournament that featuring 7 USA Fighters and 1 Canadian Fighter.
Before we get into why the word "WOW"
was used to describe our feelings after the event, lets review the nights action
By the end, you'll agree with the word...
BOUT 1: Number 1
IKF Ranked, and 2 time winner
IKF USA National Amateur Tournament ( 2000 &
2001 ) Neal
Fox (Right - 148, 11-4-2) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA defeated
IKF Ranked WelterweightChristian
Allen(146, 3-2/1) of Denver, Colorado, USA by unanimous decision,
30-26, 30-26 and 29-28. Allen was given a questionable standing 8 count
in round 3 from what appeared to be a slip, but the scores did not effect the
Jason Wetzel (170, 1-1/0) of Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, USA recorded his first win with a unanimous decision victory over
Steve Richards (163, 0-3/0) of Marquette, Michigan, USA, 29-28,
30-27 & 29-28
In the first "Country Pride"
bout of the night, Canada Vs
IKF Ranked MuayThai
Middleweight Harvey Grasse (Left, 165, 6-3-1/3) of Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, USA and
IKF Ranked Mark Durant
(Right, 164, 10-4-1/3) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada fought to a split
Judge Ryan Blackorby scored it 29-29 even, judge Tom
Fischer scored it 29-28 Durant and judge Richard Winter
scored it 29-28 Grasse.
IKF Ranked and
IKF US National Champion Ben
Dauck (Right, 177, 10-0-1/4) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA continued
his undefeated streak with a surprising victory over 45 year old and
IKF Ranked Cruiserweight Charles
Pemble (183, 3-3/1) of Marquette, Michigan, USA by unanimous
decision, 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28. We say surprising because it appeared Pemble
was more aggressive. Instead, Pemble only won rounds 1 on judge Richard
Winters card, round 3 on Ryan Blackorby's card and none on judge
Tom Fischer's card. Regardless, at 45 years old Charles proved once
again, he can "Hang With The Boys!"
In bout 5 of the
Amateur undercard, Light
Middleweight Bob Howden (Right, 160, 5-1/3) of
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA defeated Kao Moua (157, 0-2) of
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA by TKO at 1:02 of round 2. Moua kept turning
away from Howden which forced referee Jeff Nass to make the
In bout 6 of the night,
2 time IKF USA National Champion (2000 &
Casey Garza (Right, 135, 7-1/2) of Burlington, Wisconsin, USA,
defeated Rocky Zuniga (138, 2-1-1/0) of Winnipeg, Manitoba,
Canada by unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27 and 30-27. This bout seemed like an
easy and uneventful win for Garza who never seemed to explode with any
big combinations, doing just enough to secure the win.
Light Middleweight Muay Thai
North American Title Bout
The Main Event of the nights amateur
undercard featured the quest for the vacant IKF
Light Middleweight MTR
North American Title. Number 3
IKF Ranked Joe Zychoka
(Right) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and #2
IKF Ranked Jason Strout
(Left) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA battled toe to toe in all 5 rounds.
At the end of round 2, Zcyhowka caught Strout
in the face with a kick which didn't seem to make a lot of contact from our
angle but Strout went down. Although he got back up pretty quickly,
referee Al Wichers gave him the 8 count which would prove to be Zcyhowka's
saving grace. In round 4, Zcyhowka took a beating from Strout
but stayed strong. This bout was a GREAT WAR between 2 Excellent Fighters with
both exchanging great combinations!
In the end, the judges found it hard to choose a winner
scoring the bout a majority draw. Judge Tom Fischer scored it 47-47
even, judge Ryan Blackorby scored it 48-46 Strout and judge Richard
Winter scored it 47-47 even. Oh well, they'll have to meet again down the
road for that title belt which awaits them both.
K-1 NORTH AMERICAN
After the IKF Amateur
undercard bouts, the K-1 North American Qualifier Tournament kicked off as
scheduled, at 8 PM. The event started with the first bout of the night. Although
it was not a direct part of the 8 man tournament, the K-1
Reserve Bout would provide a winner and an additional fighter in the
case of anyone who couldn't continue in the main Tournament or their opponent.
As the bell sounded, Sean "The Shark" Crays of Mid-South
Kickboxing, in Memphis Tennessee, USA ran across the ring and attacked Horace
"The Real Deal" Craft of Cudahy, Wisconsin, USA with what
looked like a jumping front kick or a jumping knee to Craft's face.
Craft simply moved out of the way but it was the
showing of things to come. In the bout, Crays continued to be the
aggressor in all 3 rounds. He wasn't pretty, but he was the one who pushed the
fight. In round 2, Crays hurt
Craft with a leg kick but for some reason, he choose not to continue
throwing them. At the end of round 2, Craft, who was more of a boxer
than a kickboxer, hardly throwing any kicks, landed 1 good right hand at the end
of the round, but that was about it. In round 3, both attempted to throw
spinning backhands however each hit the other with a spinning elbow. Cray's
took his in the head and the one he threw at Craft split open the top of
his head. Although bleeding pretty badly, the ringside physical allowed him to
After the bout, Sean Crays of Memphis, Tennessee, USA
was awarded the win. However, K-1 scorekeeper
Jane wrote the wrong winner down on the scoresheet and unknowingly, the
ring announcer announced the wrong winner as written. To us, it appeared he had
announced the right winner since Crays, as we said, was a lot more
active than Craft over all 3 rounds.
The final scores were 29-28, 29.5-28.5 and 29-28.5. Oh well, so
goes the fight game and hopefully this would be the only mix-up on the night.
Rest assured, it was. In the end, we were very surprised to see Craft
awarded the victory. Maybe it was because the judges thought he was too wild, we
don't know. However, we didn't see Craft do enough to win it either.
Craft now became the Reserve Fighter if needed.
In the Tournament's opening bout, 2000
IKF USA National Amateur Champion and
former IKF Amateur North American ChampionKurt
Hasley (Left, 240, 6'4") of Chattanooga, Tennessee came to the
ring with a new look. He had his hair pulled into about 20 small ponytails. The
hair dew must have worked because he proved too much for the smaller Michael
Regnier (Right, 210, 6'3") of San Francisco, California USA.
Hasley quickly overpowered Regnier and
exploded with several jab and right hand combinations that sent Regnier
to the canvas at 2:17 of the first round. The attack was too much for him as he
was counted out while sitting on the canvas by referee Al Wichers.
Hasley advances by 1st Round TKO Win.
In bout 2 of the Tournament, Andre "The Silencer"
Walker (210, 5'11") of Denver, Colorado, USA wasn't explosive or
exciting but he did enough to get the job done in defeating Kelly "The
Lion" Leo of Atlanta Georgia USA. At the end of round 1, Walker
managed to Rock Leo with a couple of good punches but that was it. In
round 2, Leo landed a good head kick but Walker answered back
with some strong Lefts. (Being southpaw) In round 3, Walker
wasn't aggressive at all and Leo seemed to be waiting for his attack.
Walker seemed to just relax and figured he had done enough to win and
was saving himself for the next round. Well, he had, and he did winning by
unanimous decision, 30-27 on all 3 judges cards.
advances by Unanimous Decision Win.
In Bracket B, match 1, 2001 IKF USA National Amateur MuayThai Super Heavyweight
Champion Carter "The Black Cobra" Williams
of Modesto California USA looked like a young
Ali with a Tyson desire to win. Anyone would have agreed that at
first glance he was the easy favorite the moment he entered the ring. At 250 lbs
he was the heaviest in the tournament and when he entered the ring he was
clearly the most relaxed. Dancin to the beat of the music, it all appeared to be
a fun game to him.
At 5'11, and that kind of weight, he was solid as a rock and
looked like the trunk of a giant redwood tree. In his opening round he faced
USKBA Full Contact Rules World Champion Dan "The Lizard"
Lucas (Left, 215, 5' 10")) of Rochester, New York, USA. In no
disrespect to Lucas, Williams looked like a tank out there being
attacked by a pistol. Lucas had some sharp hand combinations but the
weight difference of the two fighters was noticeable different in the result of
their strikes. For Lucas to give up that much weight was the sign of a
true gladiator and we give him great credit for it. Even as a Heavyweight, 35
lbs is a lot of weight difference and no matter who it would have been against
Williams in that opening bout, it would have looked the same. William's
just looked invincible. As some had thought might happen, it was the leg kicks
that got to Lucas. However, it was not exactly how some expected.
Being a full contact style fighter (Above the waist - no
leg kicks or knees) the fighters are not allowed to catch a fighters leg.
Lucas was doing fine with the first few leg kicks Williams threw
at him, but it was after Williams caught his kick and cut his other leg
out from under him that hurt him the most. It hit him right at the knee. Being
thrown by a fighter the size of Williams and where it landed, it was a
kick that would have taken ANY Super Heavyweight down. When Lucas tried
to stand, the knee just wouldn't take his weight and he was counted out at 1:36
of round 1 be referee Al Wichers.
Williams advances by
1st Round TKO Win.
In the final match of the opening round, former IKF Canadian National Amateur Champion Giuseppe "The
Godfather" DeNatale (Left, 218) of Winnipeg, Manitoba,
Canada was on a mission. For this being a North American Qualifier event, DeNatale
was the lone wolf of them all. He was the only fighter not from the USA in the
tournament. In the bout he faced 28 year old Mark "The Shark"
Miller. (Right) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Last time we saw
Miller he was weighing about 209 lbs. He weighed in Friday night at 220
and looked to seek some redemption after losing to Lane Collyer at the
same venue late last year. However, DeNatale had thoughts of redemption
as well. After a brilliant Amateur career he's had a couple of rough bouts in
his pro career. Many questioned his ability in the much larger Super Heavyweight
divisions of K-1 claiming he was too small for the bigger guys. Like Miller,
we last saw DeNatale fight at 209 lbs. in Milwaukee last year as well.
However, unlike Miller, DeNatale defeated Kurt Hensley (Not
Hasley, who's in this event) of Atlanta, Georgia, USA by TKO with a
On Saturday night, it would be DeNatale's kicks that
got to Miller as well. Weighing 218 now, DeNatale dropped Miller
about a minute into the opening round with a head kick and later exploding with
a left - right combination that put Miller down for good at 2:07 of the
first. DeNatale looked focused and determined and had good strength. He
would now go to round 2 of the Tournament well rested, but the road to Las Vegas
was going to get a lot harder before it got easier, if at all... In the middle
of that road to the title stood a 250 lb Giant who had appeared sharp, quick,
powerful and outright unstoppable named Williams. At only 220 lbs, he had some
DeNatale advances by 1st Round TKO Win.
In the opening bout of
round 2 we saw experience Vs muscle. Round 1 of this bout seemed as if both were
pacing themselves, waiting for the other to start the ball rollin. However
neither did and it ended quietly. In round 2 though, Kurt Hasley came
out as if there was no tomorrow landing some great explosive hand combinations
on Walker. When the bell rang, Walker must have been ringin as well because
Hasley connected on several clean shots to his head. However, in the middle of
the break, Walker's corner informed referee Al Wichers that he
was done. Sitting on the stool in the corner, Walker was couldn't answer
the bell for the 3rd round. Hasley had proved experience wins out over muscle.
But there was more to him than just experience, there was a
passion and a determination as we had not seen before. To respect this, you need
to know what this great man has gone through in his life. The moment that stands
out most for Hasley is the date of June 5th of 1999. A day he will never
forget. He, his pregnant wife and two sons were traveling to West Texas to be
with family when they were struck head on by a young man traveling down the
wrong side of the road who was under the influence of the drug crank. His wife
was killed instantly and his two year old son died twelve agonizing hours later.
As Hasley put it to us some time ago, "All of us are faced with
trials and hardships that are often times the result of the evil left to
develope unrestricted in others. If there is one thing that is certain in my
life, that is that there is the grace of God. It is my privilege to share what
happened to me and to let others know that in spite of all the terrible things
that are present today, we are created with the ability to choose. As
competitors, instructors, managers or teachers we can reflect the source of the
joy in life in what we do." When we read that, we realized, he didn't
need to win ever again in the ring. He had already become a Champion in life.
But he wasn't done yet... Hasley had silenced the Silencer and he was
off to the Final.
Hasley Advances To The Final
Round TKO Win.
QUARTER FINALS - CONTINUED
entered the ring against Williams, we wondered what he saw across the
way. A 250 lb tree in the middle of his road that lead to a date with Hasley
in the final. He would need to move that tree or cut it down to make that date
and Williams had no plans to allow such a date to happen. Hasley
was his as far as Williams was concerned and DeNatale was just
another pebble in the road. It was David Vs Goliath and we've
all seen this before. However, would DeNatale's David be able to
defeat the giant in this story? It didn't appear likely.
Round 1: Williams seemed to be playin with a toy. The size
difference was clear to everyone, 30 lbs of muscle more. Williams cut
DeNatale over his left eye with a strong punch that forced a pause in
the bout. The ringside physician choose to allow him to continue. It was at this
moment that everyone stopped looking at DeNatale as a contender, but
more so as a survivor. Would he survive Williams or would he go down?
DeNatale stayed poised and focused and somehow he survived round 1.
Round 2: Williams came out the same, sharp, quick and strong. He
looked stronger than ever and as fresh as could be. Then, all of a sudden while
Denalate had been avoiding the big man, he struck back with a strong
left leg kick to Williams right leg...The tree crumbled in the corner. WOW! What
happened?! The crowd was both in shock but on their feet! Could Goliath beat the
Giant? As referee Al Wichers started the count,
Williams stood at 6, and was back in the fight. He came after DeNatale
and it appeared as if DeNatale was back to surviving again. Williams
attacked with speed and quickness, punches landing flush on DeNatale but
he wouldn't show pain, wouldn't go down.
Suddenly DeNatale hit Williams and knocked him back into the
ropes. Williams slid down the ropes and appeared to fall again. Referee
Wichers started another count but he was interrupted by K-1 official (Cory
Schafer) that told him that this was Williams 2nd knockdown. What
did that mean???
According to the K-1 rules, if a fighter suffers 2
knockdowns in 1 round, the bout is over and he loses... Really???
So be it, the Giant had fallen! David would survive and his date with Hasley
WOW! What a finish! Where? And How did DeNatale get the
strength, the determination, the desire to survive the Giant?! One thing is
sure, the final would feature 2 great fighters with not only experience, but the
hearts of Lions! The final was more to these two that just another bout. As we
say in the
IKF..."Bring It ON!"
DeNatale Advances To The Final
knockdown Rule Win
Muay Thai Junior Middleweight
The 1 non K-1 Pro bout of the night was in
the IKF Pro Junior Middleweight Division.
This bout featured number 11 IKF Ranked Jr. Middleweight "Dangerous"
Dave Zuniga (Left) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada against
Ranked Middleweight Jerame Harminson (Right) of Lena,
There was no question who won this bout as Harminson
jumped all over
Zuninga forcing an standing 8 count in round 1. If he had 30 more
seconds he could have ended it in round 1. No matter though, as all he needed
was 26 seconds in round 2 to drop Zuninga again and this time for good.
Out on his feet, Zuninga tried to climb out of the ring himself.
With the win,
Harminson establishes himself even more so as a true contender for the
top challengers spot to face World Champion Kongnapa for his IKF MuayThai Rules Middleweight World Title.
Harminson are 2 other top contenders, number 1 ranked IKF European Champion Ole Laursen, who just
recently moved to California, USA and number 2 ranked Duane Ludwig of
Aurora, Colorado, USA.
BACK TO K-1
North America Qualifier
Everyone in the promoting game knows that the fans will
remember the last bout of your event the best. If it was a bad fight, fans may
hesitate to come back next time. However, if it's a good fight, they are more
likely to return. Better yet, if it's a GREAT Fight, you better start printing
Such was the case for Promoter Scott Joffe and his
final bout of the night. This will go down as one of the greatest bouts ever.
Giuseppe DeNatale was once again up against another
Giant. DeNatale stood about 5'11 and weighed 220 lbs. This time he faced
Kurt Hasley at 6'3" tall and 240 lbs. Hasley was the second
largest fighter in the Tournament. He had a much longer rest than DeNatale
and worse yet, DeNatale had a bad cut over his eye to worry about. The
fill-in bout didn't help DeNatale any either when Harminson
stopped Zuninga as quick as he did. This left DeNatale with even
less time then hoped for. The bottom line... Hasley was ready and DeNatale
was shufflin to get ready. Forced to go, his cornerman (Robert Coquete)
had to do what he could as quick as he could on the cut he suffered from Williams
in the last bout. Forced into position, he was ready to go. Lets cut to the
This was the Ultimate of Gladiator
Rounds! These two acted as if this was there first fight of the night! Toe to
Toe, leather to leather these two went at it like true Gladiators! Where did
they get their energy? Where did they find it? It was clear that the heart and
mind will always be stronger than than muscle. Just ask Hasley and DeNatale!
WOW! What an opening round! These two weren't holding back at all.
Hasley appeared to
press the fight more now.
DeNatale appeared to feel the strain. He took several straight shots
while against the ropes that opened his cut above his eye that Williams had
given him and blood was running down his face. As a fighting Gladiator though he
hung tough. Then, out of nowhere, ANOTHER Surge appeared from deep inside DeNatale!
He fired back against Hasley with several strong shots of his own! WOW!
A Right, a Left and Hasley was Stunned! Then it happened, Hasley,
the other Great Giant of the Tournament fell.
Angered he pouded the canvas and got back up. Referee
Al Wichers let it continue. The fans were on their feet and going wild!
The two met toe to toe again, exchanging all they had left, but in the end, it
was DeNatale's combinations that proved to be too much for Hasley
as he couldn't keep his feet. David had beaten Goliath not once, but twice in
Referee Al Wichers stopped it at 2:15 of the second
round! WOW! What a finish! Hasley and DeNatale made it a
TRUE Championship ending! They both re-defined the word Gladiator and gave their
all! What Heart! What Desire! This was more than just a fight to both of
them, this was a ticket to "THE SHOW!"
After the fight DeNatale had only 1 thing to say, "You
don't know how bad I wanted to go to Vegas." the new Champ said. It
could have been anyone's night tonight, but this night belonged to DeNatale.
It was his night and his trophy to win. He now has time to relax a bit and await
his next moment of glory. The North American K-1 Championship Event will
be waiting for him and 7 others in May. Is it possible he can top this
performance? Hey, after the Gladiator we saw Saturday night, the heart, the
desire, it's true in the fight game... Anything is possible! Good Luck Giuseppe!
We'll be watching ya!
Great job by everyone involved on this
GREAT EVENT! What great fans! Milwaukee has proved once again that it is
the heart of the Gladiators! The fights, the fans and everyone involved! Mr.
Joffe, you have a Great Promotion to be proud of here! For more info on
this event, please contact Mr. Scott Joffe at (414) 319-1151 or (414)
305-3474 or by e-mail by clicking:
Undercard Gloves Were Provided By
PRE EVENT LAYOUT BELOW
North America Qualifier Event
PRO & AMATEUR BOUTS
THE RAVE BALLROOM
Eagles Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Amateur North American MTR Light Middleweight Title
Age: 34, Height: 6' 4", Weight: 240 Record: 7-2, 6
KO's Gym: Blalock Kickboxing Hometown: Chattanooga, TN, Titles: 2000
IKF North American Amateur Champion, Discipline:
yrs, Height: 6' 3", Weight: 215 lb, Record: 5-3 Amateur CA State Champion,
0-1 Thailand fights, Hometown: San Francisco, CA, Trainer: Phicheat Arunleung
AKA Ganyao (Fairtex)
Fight name: The Silencer, Age: 27, Height: 5' 11",
Weight: 230, Record: 16-1, 11 KO's Gym: 3D Martial Arts, Hometown: Denver, CO,
Titles: 5-Time Toughman Champion, Discipline: Kickboxing
Fight name: The Lion, Age: 30, Height: 6' 0", Weight:
210, Record: 18-4-1, Gym: The Warehouse, Hometown: Atlanta, GA Titles: 1999
South Eastern Heavyweight Champion, Discipline: Kickboxing
The Lizard, Age: 30, Height: 6ft, Weight: 215, Record: 22-2-1, Gym:
Mountain Storm Kickboxing, Hometown: Rochester, NY Titles: USKBA World Full
Contact Champion, Discipline: Kyokushinkai Karate
Fight Name: The Black Cobra, Age: 21, Height: 5'11",
Weight: 256, 21, Record: 12-5-1/9, Gym: Academy Of Kickboxing, Gene Fields,
Hometown: Modesto, CA. 2001
IKF USA National Amateur MuayThai Super
name: The Godfather, Age: 26, Height: 6', Weight: 202, Record: 11-5, 9 KO's Gym:
Sik-Tai Muaythai Centre, Hometown: Winipeg, Manitoba, Canada Titles: 1999
IKF Canadian Amateur Heavyweight Champion,
Fight name: The Shark, Age: 28, Height: 6' 3", Weight: 209,
Record: 13-4, 8 KO's Gym: Iron City Gym, Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA, Discipline:
K-1 Reserve Bout - 3 x 3
Sean "The Shark" Crays
Age: 26, Height: 6'6", Weight: 240, Record: 9-0, Boxing, 1-0,
NHB Gym: Mid-South Kickboxing, Discipline: Boxing & NHB
Horace "The Real Deal" Craft
Age: 40, Height: 6'1", Weight: 212, Record: 21-8, 12 ko's,
Cudahy, Wisconsin, USA, Box Off Gym, Discipline: Kickboxing
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
- #3 IKF
(12-3), Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
AMATEUR UNDERCARD BOUTS
(Left) - #1
IKF Ranked -
IKF US National Champion
(9-0-1) Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Vs
IKF Ranked Cruiserweight -
(3-2) Marquette, Michigan, USA
IKF Ranked, 10-4-2/4, 5'9",
147, 28) Duke Roufus Gym, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
& 2001 IKF US National Champion
vs Christian Allen
#3 IKF Ranked,
2-1 Denver, Colorado, USA
IKF Ranked -
1999 IKF US National Champion
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
IKF Ranked - (10-4) Winnipeg,
Ranked - 2000
& 2001 IKF US National Champion
(6-1) Burlington, Wisconsin, USA,
Vs Rocky Zuniga
(2-0-1) Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
( Left, (0-2) Marquette, Michigan, USA
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
4-1, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
0-1, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA,
Rick Roufus: IKF World Heavyweight Champion IR
Duke Roufus: Former
IKF World Super Heavyweight Champion MT
Methee Jeetipitak: IKF World Welterweight Champion SS
IKF World Middleweight Champion MT
Jongsanan Fairtex: IKF North American Welterweight Champion MT
At The Eagles Club,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
IKF Event Representative: Steve Fossum - IKF
Event Referee: Al Wichgers
Info: Mr. Scott Joffe (414) 319-1151 or (414) 305-3474 or by
e-mail by clicking:
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