THURSDAY, MAY 31st, 2007, AT 3:20 PM, PT
For more info please contact Mr. John Buhl Jr. of Round 3 Promotions at (318) 655-3327.
FRIDAY, MAY 25th, 2007, AT 5:00 PM, PT
THIS WEEKENDS IKF & ISCF ACTION!
Round 3 Promotions Presents
"Massacre At The Municipal"
Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
THURSDAY, MAY 24th, 2007, AT 7:55 PM, PT
"Young Gunz Kickfest 2007"
May 12th, 2007 - Camp Verde, Arizona, USA
Clement Vierra, IKF Representative: The fights went well at Camp Verde on may 12th as the Yavapai-Apache Recreation & Golden Cobra Kickboxing Presented "Young Gunz Kickfest 2007." Here are the nights results below.
Mr. Richard Williams put on a Great event again. I can't wait to see the next one. For more info please contact Leimomi (928) 567-1024 or (928) 300-3764 OR Mr. Richard Williams at (928) 300-0281.
MORE IKF RESULTS!
"FLORIDA REGIONAL SEEDING TOURNAMENT"
May 12th, 2007 - Orlando, Florida, USA
After 22 years as a professional athlete David Thunder Cummings stepped into a new arena a couple of weeks ago in Orlando Florida. The arena of Promoter. Cummings and his Team Thunder promotional team hosted the IKF Florida Regional, Florida's doorway to the 2007 IKF World Classic Tournament.
During the process, Cummings learned a lot about the promotional game. "Hosting a regional can often be harder than a regular event." said IKF President Steve Fossum. "In a Regional tournament, you have no idea how many fighters will register so it makes matchmaking all the fighters more difficult than a regularly scheduled event and in turn, you have little idea what to actually prepare for come fight day."
One thing Cummings had on his side is the vast experience of seeing plenty of other promotions he has fought on. Cummings had a long and fortunate career having traveled and competed in 43 countries while winning World and International Titles with WKA, ISKA, IKBO, USMTA, IMTA, WKC, WKBA and KICK. His final fight record was 145-44-2. One thing is for sure, those in attendance at this Regional were in the care of someone who has been around the sport as well as the World. Here are the tournament results below.
Another special moment was when Team Thunder Promotions gave a lifetime achievement award to former World Champion *Mike Bell for his continued dedication to the sport of kickboxing. Team Thunder Promotions would also like to give a special Thanks to IKF Representative Sean Wohl, Referee Alan Watson and to the many participating clubs, USA Kickboxing, Pure Pain, Team Guilla, World Martial Arts, Orlando Kyokoshinkai. Kokopellis, Longwood Martial Arts, Team LindenMuth and American TKA Muay Thai. Another Thank You goes to the staff of Florida Fitness Concepts and Mr. Todd Dressling for his hard work to set up for the event.
For more info please contact Mr. David Cummings at (407) 409-0430 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or click HERE
MORE FIGHT NEWS FROM ARIZONA!
But He Really Never Left!
On November 3rd, 2006, current IKF Professional FCR Light Middleweight Champion Anthony "Powerhouse" Bartinelli stepped back into the professional boxing ring at Palo Duro Golf Club in Nogales, Arizona after a year layoff and fought and defeated Efren Diaz at the 2:55 mark of the second round by TKO. Prior to this bout, Bartinelli had not boxed since losing a majority decision to Joe Varela in November of 2005 by some pretty funky scoring, 57-57, 58-56 and 60-54. That was Bartinelli's 4th professional boxing loss in a row which seemed like a dieing career in the fight ring.
Personal issues and the lack of self discipline in training had made him a weakened fighter as compared to the "Knock Out" Artist we had seen him as an Amateur and Professional kickboxer that had carried over into his professional boxing career where he had won 16 of his first 23 bouts. Two of those other 7 were draws and the other 5 were losses. 1 by a KO while the other 4 by decisions.
On March 31st, he fought again at the Fort McDowell Casino in Fountain Hills, Arizona, USA. In the bout he faced and defeated Abdias Castillo of Austin, Texas, USA at the 2:23 mark of the 5th round for his 3rd straight KO victory since coming back to the fight game. Prior to this bout he had faced Jerry Perez at the Dodge Arena in Phoenix, Arizona and stopped him in only 44 seconds of the first round.
Everyone who has seen him in the last 6 months say that Anthony is looking better then he has ever looked. The photos within this article can prove his physical condition and those talking can confirm his ring activity. The next step is to see Anthony back in the kickboxing ring which could be sooner than some think.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23rd, 2007, AT 10:30 PM, PT
A Look Back at Will
April 21st - Durham North Carolina, USA
A few critics in the world of kickboxing questioned, "Why is Jon "Lights Out" Lewis getting a shot at the Title"... And a few more even said, "How good could this guy really be with only "9" wins?" Well, all of those questions and many more were when Jon "Lights Out" Lewis (Right in his IKF North American title Belt - sorry, we don't have a photo of him with his IKF World title Belt yet) walked away with the IKF Amateur Super Lightweight FCR World Title on April 21st at the CAROLINA TRIPLE THREAT SUPERFIGHT NIGHT in the city of Durham, North Carolina, USA.
Promoter Will Smith's Vanguard Promotions gave the fans their moneys worth with an excellent fight card of 16 bouts. The night was highlight by the exciting IKF Amateur Super Lightweight World Title fight between Jon Lewis and Justin Pickett. When the dust cleared after a 5 round WAR, Jon Lewis was crowned the new IKF Amateur Super Light Champion in the Full Contact Division with a split decision win over Justin Pickett This bout was a classic in every since of the word.
The fans were treated to 3 USA Boxing exhibitions and 11 Full Contact and International rules kickboxing bouts on the under card. It would be impossible to give credit to all of the folks who helped make this event a shinning success . Head referee was Mr. Dan Stell and the second official in command was Mr. Lee Brennen. These two referees impressed everyone with their professionalism and effectiveness as third men in the ring. Smith would like to thank Mr. Johnny Davis who was the IKF Representative and ring announcer. A special thanks also goes out to Mr. Peyton Russell and Mr. Jeff Burke who handled the time keeping and scoring for the fights. Listed below are the results of the bouts.
The IKF would like to give special thanks to event promoter Will Smith and his Vanguard Promotions Team for their sacrifices and efforts to make this event happen for the sport! Great job Will! for more info, please contact Mr. Smith at (919) 632-7242 or go to WWW.VANGUARDPRO.NET
MORE IKF FIGHT NEWS...
Kickboxing At The
IKF World Classic Tournament...
Starting to Warm Up!
Semi-Contact, Continuous Sparring, Men, Women and Children
Compete for Great Awards!
We would like to invite you and your school or gym to participate in one of the most exciting Martial Arts/Kickboxing Tournaments for men, women and children to hit the United States... Many of you already know about the IKF World Classic Full Contact Tournament, but don't forget the IKF Point Kickboxing© division and it's own tournament on the same weekend.
This coming August 10th, 11th and 12th will be the weekend that many will find their way to Orlando, Florida in hopes of capturing an IKF World Classic Tournament Title in several assorted styles of fighting. However this year, the new semi contact division of IKF Point Kickboxing© is starting to grab the attention of several competitors from across the country. For example, beginner American kickboxer Michael Wheeler of Washington, DC. This Super Heavyweight contender is poised to take on several other fighters who will travel to Orlando to show their skill now as a beginner kickboxer that will possibly prepare him for becoming a world champion in the near future. Moreover, is Robert Sabo of Norwalk, CT. This 6'4" PKB contender is ready to Bring It On and awaits all challengers as we are sure he will have plenty of in the coming weeks!
The Point Kickboxing division will be one of the first semi contact kick boxing tournaments held on this scale. This event is sure to catch the attention of continuous fighting and TKD stylist as the action in these bouts will be intense!
The event is an excellent opportunity for the beginner as well as the advance fighter to get some excellent semi contact sparring against diverse opponents and chance winning a great championship in the process.
Here's some advice... Don't Wait! Show the world that semi contact kickboxing is here to stay and all of the men, women and children that are able to compete in this exciting event will prove why!
IKF Point Kickboxing© is semi- contact- continuous sparring kickboxing. Its the real thing - minus the knockout! The IKF will be hosting this tournament during the IKF World Classic Tournament. the PKB tournament will be held on Saturday, August 11th, 2007 in Orlando, Florida. The IKF World Classic Tournament has been recognized since it's inception in 1999 as the true "Golden Gloves" of Kickboxing in "full contact" action in assorted Kickboxing styles.
Sign up for the Point Kickboxing division at this years IKF World Classic Tournament this August 10, 11th,
and 12th, 2007 Today...Register On Line by Clicking Here! For more information on the
event e-mail point kickboxing director Johnny Davis at
We look forward to seeing you there!
MORE WORLD CLASSIC
IKF WORLD CLASSIC
Affordable For The Family, Friends & Fight Fans!
Rather than take advantage of all the family members and friends who attend this years IKF World Classic Tournament Title in Orlando Florida, this coming August the IKF has announced that Spectator Tickets will be at a Great Rate for ALL Spectators.
There will be 3 fees for the exciting weekend of action. A ticket for Saturday's prelim action will only cost $15.00. For Sunday, the spectator ticket will be $20.00. However, you can purchase an entire weekend pass for only $30.00. All children under 10, active military in uniform and veterans are FREE!
This is just one of the many things the IKF is doing this year to make the experience more affordable for everyone. Keep an eye out for more discounts and financial help for this years event to be posted here on the news page in the coming weeks.
For full ticket info, click HERE!
THURSDAY, MAY 17th, 2007, AT 8:45 PM, PT
THIS WEEKENDS IKF ACTION!
No Xclusions, Inc. Presents
"FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS!"
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
THIS WEEKENDS IKF ACTION!
Griffin's Martial Arts Presents
"IKF Point Kickboxing & BJJ Tournament"
Indian Trial, North Carolina, USA
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16th, 2007, AT 8:30 PM, PT
Dr. Allen Fields
Appointed Chief Medical Advisor to IKF & ISCF
Well known and admired Dr. Allan Fields of Florida accepted his appointment as the Chief Medical Advisor for IKF Kickboxing and ISCF MMA. Dr. Fields has been an intrical part of developing Ringside Physicians around the globe in all fight sports. He was the Chief Ringside American Association of Professional Ringside PhysiciansPhysician at both IKF Tournaments in Orlando Florida in 2004 and 2005 and will also serve the same duty at this years 2007 IKF World Classic Amateur Championship Tournament once again in Orlando.
Along with being the chief Ringside Physician for the State of Florida Athletic Commission Dr. Fields is also on the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors and the Medical Review Board of the The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the health and safety of the professional and amateur boxer.
Established in 1997, the American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians was created to develop medical protocols and guidelines to insure the safety and protection of professional boxers. The organization is comprised of the brightest and most experienced ringside physicians throughout the world who are devoted and dedicated to the medical aspects of boxing. Since their inception, the AAPRP now includes physicians from around the globe, working towards a common goal of insuring health, safety and protection in the sport of boxing.
Dr. Fields will be working with the IKF and ISCF in several different arenas. His first responsibility and concern is to enhance the safety issues of both Amateur and Pro Kickboxers and Mixed Martial Art Fighters. Additional concerns will center around the growth and safety of Mixed Martial Arts throughout North America on the Amateur Level.
The need for a legit, safe and credible Amateur MMA Sanctioning body has become a necessity in nearly every state in America and Dr. Fields and several others feel the ISCF is the only organization capable of overseeing such a task, as is IKF Kickboxing for both Professional and Amateur Kickboxing. Already the leading Sanctioning Bodies for both sports, the IKF and ISCF are continuing to grow rapidly. The growth of the ISCF though has been staggering over the past 2 years. Much of this success can be accredited to fighter registrations and the constant overseeing of amateur fight cards to assure amateurs are not fighting professionals as they are allowed to do in all the other MMA sanctioning bodies.
Since more and more USA States are discovering unethical practices among the many alphabet soup sanctioning bodies for kickboxing and MMA, Dr. Fields will assist the IKF and ISCF in becoming more established as "THE" accepted and endorsed Amateur Fight Sport Sanctioning Bodies for Kickboxing and MMA in the USA as is USA Boxing in America is for Amateur Boxing. The overall plan to present legit, amateur sanctioning bodies for both Kickboxing and MMA under the banners of the IKF and ISCF to the various state commissions.
ADDING TO THE EXCITEMENT...
To Enhance The Fight Sports!
Involved with the plans above is a new company that IKF and ISCF will be operating under soon that has been named, "Sport Fighting International" or SFI. SFI is a Global Sport Fighting Company that will encompasses several Sport Fighting entities such as the IKF and ISCF along with a conglomerate of other entities related to Sport Fighting. Call it a Fight Fan's Dream List of what SFI has planned in it's future. Simply put, today is an Exciting Time to be involved in Sport Fighting! Here is a short look at that Fight Fan's Dream List which will include but not be limited to;
The buzz for all this leaked out a little in March on the message board. It was at that time that Jack 9 Entertainment Inc. announced an exclusive agreement to broadcast Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Kickboxing Fights of the ISCF and IKF on its Website www.Jack9.com from their Ft. Lauderdale, Florida office.
On march 22nd, Jack9 Entertainment announced that they had become the sole providers of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Kickboxing broadcasts from both the ISCF and IKF. The agreement furthered Jack 9 Entertainment's push to make www.Jack9.com the premier IPTV network for males ages 18-34.
"By partnering with the ISCF and the IKF we are now able to offer visitors to www.Jack9.com free access to the world's top Mixed Martial Arts and kickboxing action," says Jack 9 Entertainment's President, James Marcellino. "The move brings us one step closer to being the premier online entertainment network for males 18-34"
"I'm ready to help make the fight sports even more exciting and to more so, breath new life into Kickboxing!" says Jack 9 Entertainment CEO Rich Granville. The IKF and ISCF are a perfect fit for what we created Jack 9 for and the addition of everything else with SFI only makes us stronger as a major player in the Promotion of Fight Sports! We're excited about what the future holds, and so should everyone else in the fight sports today!"
The move to partner with the ISCF and IKF came just days after Jack 9 Entertainment and www.Jack9.com announced an exclusive agreement to broadcast No Limit Productions' sport bike and motorcycle stunt crew, Team No Limit which is helmed by famed sport bike stunt rider, Jason Britton.
Some of the the Jack9 Productions will include, but not be limited to their new fight sport, X Fight Club© (Click to see a video clip) that will feature a new fighting style created by Jack9 and the IKF and sanctioned by the IKF called Extreme Gladiators© or XG© for short. (Click here to review the XG Rules).
"We are proud to partner with Jack 9 and their advertisers to bring free Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing action to the web," says the World President & CEO of both the ISCF and IKF and the newly formed SFI company, Steve Fossum. ( "The addition of Jack9 programming to the SFI gameplan is Huge! As many know, Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in the world and our move to offer the action free on the web will help to fuel that growth. In addition, kickboxing has needed a main stream media outlet to sort of kick it back to the fight sport audience and Jack9's WEB video ability will be able to provide us with a worldwide fight channel for both kickboxing and MMA that will be a major boosts to our new sponsors in both fight sports!"
Joining in with Jack9 was LBZ-TV founder, Mike Russell. Jack9 became the exclusive online providers of the LBZ-TV library of extreme sports footage. The LBZ deal follows a string of exclusive partnership announcements including the ISCF, and IKF deal along with extreme sport bike stunt rider, Jason Britton, and the 24-hour, solo extreme mountain bike race, Montezuma's Revenge. "We chose Jack9 because they are proving themselves to be the premier IPTV capable of bringing together ground-breaking technology, new advertising platforms and a solid demographic of 18-34 males," says Russell.
"The LBZ-TV channel on Jack9 will be providing content that can't be seen elsewhere, the content that men 18-34 crave- gnarly crashes, a serialized program where we search for the next Trophy Girl, reality series featuring extreme sports celebrities, extreme sports documentaries and music videos. We have the largest library of exclusive, never before seen extreme content in the world of broadcast media. In addition, we'll be continually producing new content for the LBZ-TV channel," says Russell.
Additional plans include a Kickboxing and Grappling magazine to enhance what ISCF, IKF and Jack9.com will already be doing. "The goal is to bring Ultimate Extreme Exposure to the Fight Sports through our various media venues, which will include PPV and TV." said Fossum. In all, it sounds like the goal of SFI is to basically light a fire under the rear of all Sport Fighting around the world and from what we have seen already, this is surly the reality of the IKF's old slogan, "The Game Has Changed", but as always, their goal to everyone is and always has been, "Bring It ON!"..... we can hardly wait to see what's next....
TUESDAY, MAY 15th, 2007, AT 6:50 PM, PT
Updates & Details!
IKF World Classic
Amateur Championship Tournament
We have recently updated ALL the information pages &
links for the
IKF World Classic Amateur Championship Tournament.
Now is the time to check out all the information for this years Tournament.
To see it all, click HERE!
MORE DRAMA NEWS...
What RUMORS You Hear!
The "Babbling BS Triplets" Are At It Again...
What's that line.....? "Can't we all just get
Well, it's clear to many in the kickboxing world that if the Babbling BS Triplets have it their way, they would do all they can to keep the negative "Drama" going in the World of Kickboxing and continue to hurt the sport year after year. No surprise, they are at it again... They may want you to believe they are doing what is best for kickboxing, but the truth is, their "Self Serving and Destructive Cause" is doing more to hurt the sport of Kickboxing than help it. However, from their past history, this is nothing new for them.
These guys "Continue" to try to hurt the IKF World Classic Tournament (As well as the IKF overall) year after year, over and over again. It's like they have nothing better to do than to try and drum up false accusations and false claims to try and bring the World against the IKF. So, it's no surprise to us here that "Like last year" about this time, "Once Again," the same individuals are at the center of it all... No need to give them press by mentioning their names because their names are simply not worthy to be mentioned in this sport. Those who have been following all this know who they are.
The Babbling BS Triplets are spreading more false rumors around to try and hurt the IKF World Classic Amateur Championship Tournament this August 10th, 11th and 12th in Orlando Florida, USA.
As much as we have been ignoring the many of their false rumors
they've been spreading, the latest one we knew we had to put a screeching halt
to. This article had to be posted here and now because we are a little tired of
taking phone calls from trainers and fighters who are asking us if what the Babbling
BS Triplets have been telling them is true. It's no surprise to ANYONE
that of course, these rumors are, once AGAIN, FALSE.
So, to help everyone out that keeps hearing their stories, Here are the Facts;
Sorry to share you in the drama, but as you all know, bad news spreads faster than good news so we had to put this to rest. We look forward to seeing you all in Orlando, so Drop the Gauntlet or whatever you're holding and get ready to Bring It ON! this coming August in Orlando Florida!
FRIDAY, MAY 11th, 2007, AT 12:20 PM, PT
THIS WEEKENDS IKF & ISCF ACTION!
Shamrock Promotions &
The Blue Corner Present
"Midwest Fight Fest"
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
THIS WEEKENDS IKF ACTION!
Team Thunder Promotions Present
"FLORIDA REGIONAL SEEDING TOURNAMENT"
Orlando, Florida, USA
MORE IKF ACTION!
Yavapai-Apache Recreation & Golden Cobra Kickboxing
"Young Gunz Kickfest 2007"
Camp Verde, Arizona, USA
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9th, 2007, AT 8:50 PM, PT
BLA, BLA, BLA.....
When Is Bigger Not Always Better?
Some time ago, Johnny Davis wrote an article entitled K-1 - If It Glitters Is it Gold? The article talked about how great a "Production" a recent K-1 event he had attended was, but also what it lacked in substance, in quality and as a true Fight event. Summing it up, the flashy hollywood lights and fireworks were along with the Pre-Fight Hype of the commercials and ads were more of a distraction to the reality of what was really in front of those watching. in essence, the hype was exciting, the lights and fireworks looked Great.... However, what happened in the ring, was missing something.....
The difference between the K-1 Event in question and who many around the USA are now calling the "Babbling BS Triplets" is that at least K-1 Delivered! The Babbling BS Triplets was a name coined by a Kickboxing fan after he read an article written here on the IKF pages about another Amateur tournament that has been slinging mud at the IKF for years now. The Triplets consisted of two individuals who have a lot of hot air and two organizations now formed as one... The Babbling BS Triplets.
moving on...The Babbling BS Triplets are angry at the world. At you, at others and especially the IKF. Angry because they are still seeking their first, if ever, successful event that they can take credit for after someone elses hard work and effort. If they fail "Again" this year as they have been doing year after year for about 5 years now with their unorganized and unrewarding USA tournaments, they will once again blame someone else. However, if, yes "IF" they succeed, they will be sure to take all the credit away from those who worked hard to win them their prize. It's a "Lose-Lose" situation for those hosting their event this year, and a position the hosts don't deserve to be in.
Most of you have had the pleasure of reading some of the e-mails sent to you by one of the Babbling BS Triplets which "ONCE AGAIN" continues to make pre-event "CLAIMS' that their Tournament will be, as they have been claiming and failing to accomplish for years now, (And we will quote) "THE LARGEST KICKBOXING EVENT EVER HELD IN NORTH AMERICA!" Please now..... Hasn't that line been taken, and copied enough with false outcomes by the Babbleing BS Triplets?
Enough of the continued claims about the false claims of the association to being an Olympic Kickboxing Organization, or that they are the ONLY recognized kickboxing organization in the World or that their organizations are non profit, as if this is suppose to prove them better. If this were true, WHY are they so far behind in promoting the sport? The wording "Non profit" is yet another part of their smoke and mirrors title that one of the Babbling BS Triplets has been getting play with for years now.
Instead, ask one of the Babbling BS Triplets about how the President of their European organization, (an organization that they "Claim" is ran by the PEOPLE) LOST his public election for President, but kept the title...? OK, here is what happened... After the election, this so called "Man of the people, for the people" who was voted OUT of Office By the People, cried that the election, for whatever reason, wasn't fair. So he organized a special election, flew in a very few selected invited country leaders on the organizations dime, wined them, dined them and gave them elaborate gifts and then said, "Lets have another election." And guess who won.... They guy who LOST the election by being voted OUT by his so called, "People"... Oh, the story is true... In fact, one of the Babbling BS Triplets finds it humorous to tell the story himself to lots of people, and is quite proud of the corruption surrounding it...
Recently these guys sent out an e-mail with the phrase, "Drop the Gauntlet", which they explain as a challenge to all you amateur kickboxers in the USA to accept a challenge to fight. The IKF encourages any and all amateur kickboxers to attend this event! No really, they DO! This way you will be able to have an honest comparison between this years 2007 IKF WORLD CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT this August 10th, 11th and 12th at the Worlds Largest Marriott in Orlando Florida and what the Babbleing BS Triplets are already claiming to be the Biggest and Best Tournament in North America... "EVER"
This years 2007 IKF WORLD CLASSIC Amateur Kickboxing Championship Tournament will be held here in the USA. ANYONE can attend. Fighters from North America will not need to travel to Europe to win a "Medal". However, fighters from around the World will need to travel to the USA to be a part of this Great event and to win "THE BELT!
ALL of the IKF Champions, as every year has been, will win the most prestigious title Belts offered of ALL the tournaments around the World. Other awards will include Glass Plaques, Champion Jackets, Autograph Gloves, Trophies, Full Colored Embossed Certificates oh, and even Medals... Not to mention the many "GIFT" awards from the sponsors such as hats, bennies, mouthguards, handwraps, and much, much more.
In all, around $30,000 has been budgeted for just the awards and gifts for fighters and trainers at this years 2007 IKF WORLD CLASSIC Amateur Kickboxing Championship Tournament which will break the previous record of a little over $26,000.00.
In addition, if all goes as planned, this year the IKF and the lead sponsor will sponsor a full sit down buffet awards banquet for all registered fighters and trainers on Friday night after weigh-ins just like the IKF's sister organization, the ISCF, did for their ISCF MMA World Classic last month.
On the other hand, breaking records is still an exciting thought. Heck, the IKF tries to break their own records every year. As for those who are looking to break any of their tournament records, the IKF surly welcomes the challenge... Or in their words... "They would like to kindly Drop the Gauntlet to them..."
Imagine if they or ANY other tournament were to break some of the tournament records The IKF has set over the last 8 years. Imagine how big the sport of Kickboxing would grow! This would be great competition for everyone to improve what they already offer. EVERY year the IKF steps it up to make the IKF Tournament better than the year before. The IKF truly hopes that other tournament hosts can do the same.
One thing the Babbleing BS Triplets have in their favor is a great group promoting their event this year. If it's going to happen, this may be their year. The IKF welcomes the challenge and ask ALL Tournament hosts to "Bring It ON!" so that the sport of Kickboxing can grow as a whole.
As for those numbers to meet and break, lets remember that ALL the IKF numbers are "VERIFIED" publicly each and every year with the trainers phone number so that you, the viewing public, can verify their registration. Last year the Babbling BS Triplets thought it was a good "marketing" idea to just paste some names into their registration pages to give the "Impression" they were going to break the records for most registered and most attended fighters... In the end, they fell way short and their "Claims" (As in EVERY year before) proved once again to be a salesmanship display of false marketing that was simply "Smoke and Mirrors along with Babbleing BS of what they WANTED compared to what truly WAS."
2007 may prove to be different for all the Amateur Kickboxing Tournaments. With the explosion of MMA, any of the past records are going to be hard to beat, but the IKF will surly give it a go. However, the reality of all this is something far greater as we direct you back to the title of this article.
"When Is Bigger Not Always Better?"
The answer now should be easy... "When the QUALITY of the event is far from EXCELLENT!" As Amateur Fghters, Trainers and Officials, you ALL DESERVE the BEST! You DESERVE EXCELLENCE!
No matter how many attend this years 2007 IKF WORLD CLASSIC Amateur Kickboxing Championship Tournament one thing the IKF will promise all who do attend is that this year, as every year, there will never be any "False Babbling Claims" but instead, a "Commitment To Excellence so that those who do attend will walk away feeling like a TRUE Champion Fighter... Win or lose!"
As for those Tournament Records? All of them can be found by clicking HERE. And for those who don't want to take the effort to click the HERE... Well here are the main records to break from the "Longest Running, Largest and most Rewarding Amateur Kickboxing Tournament in North America..."
The IKF WORLD CLASSIC
Amateur Kickboxing Championship Tournament
The IKF hopes to see you all in Orlando, and for the
The IKF ACCEPTS the challenge, so go ahead...
Drop the Gauntlet!
& Bring It ON!
MORE FIGHT NEWS OF 5-9-07
POSTED AT AT 6:15 PM, PT
"Rumble In The Valley" -The Meeting In The Middle
April 27th, 2007 - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA
Event Representative Mitz Bandiera
The Rumble in the Valley was a great night for the kickboxing fans. The sold out crowd enjoyed the best of the best competing in a night filled with action. Promoters Mike Lind's Eau Claire Kickboxing and Tom Sullivan's KN Productions were the hosts of the show which was held at the Plaza Hotel in Eau Claire Wisconsin, USA. The night featured 9 amateur kickboxing matches and 3 Pro fights, with two IKF Title fights on the line. It was truly a fight fan's evening of exciting entertainment.
For more info please contact Mr. Mike Lind at (715) 835-0381 or by e-mail at email@example.com
MORE FIGHT NEWS OF 5-9-07
POSTED AT 3:40 PM, PT
Video's Kickboxing King is Real Champ!
Don Wilson Fights His Way To The Top Of The Action Heap.
Special To IKF
The license plate on his Mercedes reads 1 DRAGUN. A ceramic dragon sits atop a TV set in his home. White Dragon, a style of kickboxing, gave Don ''The Dragon'' Wilson his nickname and made him an 11 time Kickboxing World Champion. But his athletic career didn't bring him the Benz. Breathing white-hot fire at the video store did.
With over 30 martial-arts movies under his belt-including his upcoming movie, The Last Sentinel, Wilson is a small-screen superstar. ''I'm at the top of the bottom,'' he says, smiling. The Japanese-American Florida native stands a lean six feet, 190 pounds-not the overpumped body you might expect of a lethal weapon. Combine that physique with boyish handsomeness, at 52 he looks 30, and it adds up to a strange kind of action hero. ''(In my movies) I'm the good guy. I don't drink, smoke, swear, do drugs, and I don't have explicit sex scenes,'' he says. ''Parents know, when they rent my movies, that there are good guys and bad guys, and the bad guys lose.''
This, he believes, is the reason the average height of fans at his autograph signings is four feet. ''These films tend to be followed by a specific, loyal audience that we can access directly through video,'' says Mike Elliott, who, as production head of schlockmeister Roger Corman's Concorde Pictures, has overseen Wilson's Bloodfist movies. ''(Concorde puts) out 30 pictures a year, but Don's films alone could keep the company running in profits.''
In 1987, Corman discovered Wilson in a karate magazine and gave him a call. ''I read for Roger,'' Wilson remembers. ''He sat back, stared at me, and said, 'You're gonna be a big movie star.' '' Two days later, Wilson signed a deal and began working for scale (about $1,200 a week). In 1994, Wilson earned well over $1 million and you can multiply that quite a few times for what he makes today.
As well as acting in his films, Don has co-produced over 20 of his films. He has mutual approval over almost every creative aspect of film making.
Things weren't always so, well, kicky. Wilson arrived in L.A. in 1985, pulled into a Holiday Inn, and spent a month reading books about acting. Hollywood, however, was unimpressed. ''There's not much call for six-foot Asian actors with Southern accents,'' says Wilson. One La Choy Chinese-food commercial and one stint as Thug No. 1 on General Hospital later, Wilson met his video destiny. The actor has mixed feelings when he's referred to as the next Jean-Claude Van Damme. He'd love to follow in the Belgian's big-screen footsteps. But in the ring, forget it. ''He was a member of the Belgian national team. That's like being part of the Bahamian football league,'' explains Wilson. ''If we boxed, it would be like Stallone fighting Tyson.'' Wilson of course would be the Tyson....
Re-Enter the Dragon
Over his career Wilson fought and defeated many Great fighters such as James Warring, Demetrius Edwards, Maurice Smith, Dennis Downey, Dennis Alexio, Branimir Cikatic, Mike Winkeljohn, Herb Thompson, Greg Smith, Muhammed Ashraf Tai, Panya Sornnoi, Pongdienoi Prasobchai, Rob Salazar, and a very controversial Draw against Jean-Yves Theriault which many thought Wilson clearly won.
Don's fight record was 71 wins, 5 losses with 47 knockouts along with winning 14 titles. Here is a breakdown of his accomplishments as a fighter.
The Greatest Kickboxer
The Van Damme Challenge
Don't forget to watch Don's most recent movie, The Last Sentinel, on the Sci Fi Network on May 12 at 9:PM (ET), 8:PM Central Time. For additional info click Here. To see the trailer of the movie click Here. For more info on Don, go to www.DonTheDragonWilson.com
TUESDAY, MAY 8th, 2007, AT 7:50 PM, PT
Former Boxing World Champion
Diego "Chico" Corrales
Dies In Accident
On May 7th, 2007 Former World Junior-Lightweight and Lightweight boxing Champion Diego Corrales was killed in a three vehicle accident near his Las Vegas, Nevada home. Corrales was driving a recently purchased 2007 Suzuki 1000 motorcycle, traveling northbound on Fort Apache Road in the southwest part of the city, when it inexplicably struck the back of a 1997 Honda Accord, Las Vegas police spokesman Sgt. Tracy McDonald said. McDonald said the motorcycle careened into the southbound lane and, at some point, he was tossed off the bike. A 2004 Mercedes Benz traveling in the southbound lane was unable to brake in time. McDonald said the driver, who was not identified, "was unable to avoid striking the motorcycle and possibly the operator of the motorcycle also." The accident occurred at approximately 7:30 PM. PDT. McDonald said there was no outward evidence of drugs or alcohol involved. He could not say how fast the motorcycle was traveling.
Ray Woods, Corrales' stepfather and former trainer who lives in Sacramento, said he received a call from Corrales' wife, Michelle, who told him the 29-year-old fighter was riding on a motorcycle in the Las Vegas area and apparently struck two vehicles.
"My God, I can't believe it. It was such a shock," Woods said in a phone interview with Corrales' mother, Olga, nearby. "I didn't want to believe it at first, but Michelle was crying as she began talking to us, so we knew something terrible had happened."
"Diego Corrales lived an 'X Games lifestyle,' " his promoter, Gary Shaw said. "He was a true warrior. He did everything hard and fast. He loved anything to the extreme. He was the kind of guy in the ring you never had to worry about quitting. I don't know how many times he would say, 'They'll have to kill me first."
Corrales was born to a Colombian father and a Mexican mother. His early life was filled with violence as he was raised in Sacramento, California, where he was involved with street gangs since the age of 13. He witnessed his best friend's death via drive-by shooting.
The 29 year old Corrales, grew up in Sacramento California but had moved to and was living in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was the father of five children. One of his children, a 15 month old son he had with his current wife Michelle, who is also pregnant with another child of theirs.
As an amateur Corrales compiled an amateur boxing record of 105-12. In 1994, he took second place at the United States Amateur Championships, losing to Frankie Carmona on points in the featherweight final. He was a bronze medalist at featherweight in the 1995 Pan American Games. At lightweight, he lost in the 1995 World Championships in Berlin, Germany to Marco Rudolph.
Corrales won his first Professional boxing title on May 9th, 1997 when he won the IBA Continental Super Featherweight Title at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV against Javier Pichardo by a second round KO.
His second Professional boxing title came on October 18th, 1997 when he defeated Juan Angel Macias by a 6th round TKO at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada for the IBA Continental Lightweight Title.
On October 23rd, 1999 he defeated Roberto Garcia to win the IBF, International Boxing Federation Junior-Lightweight title World title by a 7th round TKO. After defeating Angel Manfredy on September 2, 2000, Corrales' managers vacated his title. Corrales had a record of 33-0 at this point.
On January 20, 2001, Corrales challenged Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the WBC Super Featherweight Title. In the bout, Mayweather knocked Corrales down five times (three times in the seventh round and twice in the tenth round). After the fifth knockdown, Corrales' corner stopped the fight, despite Corrales' protests. This fight was the first one in which Corrales was knocked down and was his first loss.
His greatest achievement came in a 2005 World Boxing Council lightweight title fight in which he survived two knockdowns in the 10th round to dethrone José Luis Castillo on a 10th-round knockout. In a rematch, Corrales was knocked out in the fourth round but retained the title because Castillo failed to make the mandatory weight limit of 135 pounds. Corrales later forfeited the title due to his weight
Corrales was 33 and 0 when he met up with another undefeated boxer, for the WBC Super Featherweight Title. Corrales corner threw in the towel in the 10th round after Diego was knocked down for the fifth time.
In a June 2, 2006, story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Corrales spoke of his love of extreme sports. He told a story of jumping from a plane at 14,000 feet, snowboarding on rocky terrain and scuba diving with a school of sharks. He said he liked the rush he got from those types of sports. "I'm only young once, and unless someone hasn't told me something yet, I only get to live once," Corrales told the Review-Journal. "If I couldn't do this stuff now, stuff I always wanted to do, I would never get a chance to do it."
Corrales ended his boxing career this past April with a fight record of 40-5, with 33 knockouts.
"He gave every ounce of himself every time he was in there," his manager, James Prince, said. "He was a fearless guy, and I'll always remember how hard he fought no matter what the circumstances."
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POSTED AT 4:25 PM, PT
What's Next For Boxing?
By Mark Kriegel / FOXSports.com
With characteristic modesty, Floyd Mayweather proclaimed his performance against Oscar De La Hoya to be "a masterpiece of boxing." It may have been that. As I wasn't in attendance, I'll defer to the ringside media who seem to agree that the fight lived up to its hype.
But a demonstration of technical prowess does not necessarily make for good television certainly not at $54.95. As it happened, I scored the fight like judge Tom Kaczmarek seven rounds to five for De La Hoya. But that's not why I feel cheated. Rather, my regret is only that Mayweather's masterpiece failed to entertain. It was a bore.
"If Oscar hadn't pressed the action, there wouldn't have even been a fight," says Bas Rutten, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder who, like me, counts himself a big boxing fan. In many ways, the boxing business deemed Rutten and his ilk to be the real opponent here. This was supposed to be the fight to finally beat back the mixed martial arts menace. In fact, it made a persuasive case (much to my dismay) for boxing's obsolescence.
I'm 44; Bas is 42. If old guys like us thought the fight was lacking, then what of that most prized demographic, the 18 to 34-year-old male? What of a generation raised on a steady diet of Wrestlemania, Xbox, SportsCenter, Kung Fu flicks, graphic novels and porn?
If nothing else, these laddies demand visual gratification. These are the guys who made 300 a huge hit. They could not have been much impressed with Mayweather's tactical triumph. They don't like endings subject to interpretation. They want their dramas resolved. They want a little blood and guts. At $54.95, that shouldn't be too much to ask.
More than a decade has passed since Senator John McCain famously derided the UFC as "human cockfighting." Now the boxing business seeks to portray mixed martial arts fighters as crude, unskilled sadists. It's a curious position for an industry that had been so eager to pimp out Mike Tyson. Sure, there's a difference between the boxer who slips and sticks and the MMA guy straddling an opponent while pummeling him into submission. The level of violence has been amped up.
Still, neither McCain nor the boxing lobby has prevented mixed martial arts from taking its place in the firmament of popular culture. Out in Los Angeles where Sunset Boulevard is studded with billboards announcing the latest UFC pay per view UFC champion Chuck Lidell is a big enough celebrity to play himself on Entourage. By comparison, Wladimir Klitschko the best known of the four current heavyweight champions was recently mistaken for one of Rocky Balboa's opponents during an appearance at the New York Golden Gloves.
"Boxing is scared of us," says Rutten, now coaching the Los Angeles Anacondas of the International Fight League. The IFL (I'm obliged to mention it's bankrolled by the same people who paid for this column) is among the many MMA ventures you can see on TV every night. It's a team competition matching fighters representing 12 cities, from Tokyo to New York.
"Remember the movie Rollerball?" says Bas, referring to the 1975 epic starring James Caan and John Houseman. "It's kind of like that." Maybe that's where this is all headed, real life Rollerball. Rutten should know. His Hollywood gym, Legends, is an epicenter of the mixed martial arts scene. The place is packed. There are doctors and lawyers and the requisite celebs. But most of the guys (and some girls) are just there to be fighters. It's a new twist on an old story.
"They want to be discovered," says Rutten. They are not without skill or virtue. After all, they're willing to bleed, which is more than can be said for Floyd Mayweather.
is Mark Kriegel?
He was an award-winning sports columnist at the New York Post and New York Daily News. He is the author of Namath: A Biography and Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich, a pair of New York Times bestsellers. And now ... he is a national columnist for FOXSports.com. Kriegel will be bringing his perspective, humor and attitude to FOXSports.com in his weekly "On The Mark" column.
FRIDAY, MAY 4th, 2007, AT 2:40 PM, PT
Former IKF Pro World Champion Don "The Dragon" Wilson is still in the spotlights! Wilson has completed the filming of yet another movie, The Last Sentinel, and it will premier on the Sci Fi Network on May 12 at 9:PM (ET), 8:PM Central Time. For additional info click Here. To see the trailer of the movie click Here.
We spoke to Don today and he explained to us that "Although there is some Martial Arts in the film, this is not my usual Martial Arts style film. This is a Science Fiction film with tons of Explosive Action. My next project is called the Samaritan and it will have a lot of Martial Arts in it." explained Don.
Here is a breakdown of the Movie: