WEDNESDAY, March 28th, 2001, AT 11:30 PM PT
The Battle For The
The Mexico Flag will wave strong and proud this coming Saturday night March 31st as Promociones Borimex' Mr. Jerly Diaz presents The Battle For The BEST IN MEXICO at the Jai Alai Sports Center in Tijuana, Mexico. On the line will be the first time ever any fighter has fought for an IKF Mexico National Title. Four fighters will seek to be the first ever IKF Pro Mexico National Champions but only two will walk away with the belt.
This Saturday night there will be 4 stars of Mexico taking the stage to be the Pride on the Nation. It will be a dual Main Event as Pedro "Pitbull" Fernandez (Left, ) will face Raul Romero Gonzalez (Right) for the vacant IKF Pro IR Super Heavyweight Mexico National Title. Fernandez, (6'5", 230, 15-2-11kos) of Tijuana, Mexico has won several smaller organization titles already that include the IKBL Super Heavyweight North American Title in 1995. The ITBO Super Heavyweight Continental Title in 1997 and the IKKC Super Heavyweight USA Title in 2000. The recognition of an IKF Pro Title would add a little clout to his list of hardware for when he enters the ring in K-1 USA on May 5th in Las Vegas Nevada.
On the other side of the ring will be little known Raul Romero Gonzalez of Mexico City Mexico. All we know of Gonzalez (6'1, 220, 6-0/3kos) is that he won the ANKB National Kickboxing title a few years back. His undefeated record offers question since few have heard of him. However he'll be out to prove to everyone that he should have received the K-1 invitation instead of the better known Fernandez. A win by Gonzalez here would definitely put him on the kickboxing map since Super Heavyweights are hard to come by nowadays. He's in the best position the sport has ever offered him with a shot at a well known National Title. Such an opportunity doesn't get any better than that. The second Main Event will Feature David Serrano of Tijuana, Mexico (9-4/3, 5'10") against Jose Guardado of Ensanada, Baja Ca, Mexico (6-0/4, 5'6") for the IKF IR Lightweight Pro Mexico National Title.
The IKF crowned a World Champion from Mexico several years back as Ivan Silva of Tijauana, Baja Ca, Mexico defeated Dave Horvath of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada with a first round KO on December 15th, 1997 in Tijuana Mexico. Silva was Mexico's first kickboxing World Champion. Having never been challenged to defend his title, (14-1 with 8 KO's) Silva's trainer (Reyes) retired his title on June 22nd, 1999 after Silva suffered a potentially career ending hand injury while training to defend his title against Danny Steele in Hawaii.
For more info on this event, please contact Mr. Jerly Diaz of Promociones Borimex at 011 5266 488816, or Mr. Doug Dickey by e-mail by clicking HERE!
TUESDAY, March 27th, 2001, AT 2:30 PM PT
IKF EUROPE & ASIA
Has NEW Portugal Representative
IKF Europe: Following a successful trip to Portugal, IKF Europe-Asia Director Alby Bimpson and IKF Europe Coordinator Mike Fowles of England would like to welcome on board Mr. Nuno Ferreira and his father, Mr. Fernando Ferreira as the Official IKF Representatives for Portugal.
"We would like to thank them for their excellent hospitality and their honesty during our visit." Said Mr. Bimpson. "We look forward to working with them, and can only see Great things for IKF in Portugal - due to their abundance of enthusiasm and dedication to the sport of kickboxing."
Any Portuguese martial artists interested in Kickboxing, Thai boxing, Semi Contact and or Forms, please contact Mr. Nuno Ferreira by e mail at email@example.com
FRIDAY, March 23rd, 2001, AT 1:25 PM PT
Towler, Minnesota, USA
Fortune Bay Casino located at 1430 Bois Forte Road in Towler Minnesota will be host to IKF Amateur Kickboxing this Saturday night, March 24th. Although there are no Title Bouts scheduled for this event, it will feature plenty of exciting amateur action. The event will be promoted by Mr. Frank J. Maki. For more event info, please contact Mr. Maki at (218) 749-6272 or by e-mail by clicking HERE or for more info, click HERE.
THURSDAY, March 22nd, 2001, AT 8:10 PM PT
Non-IKF Amateur Title Holders to Nationals
The IKF/Ringside USA National Amateur Kickboxing Championships are again in the planning stages. They will be held on September 7th, 8th & 9th and if you are an amateur kickboxer you are invited to sign up. Perhaps we should change the name of the tournament to the IKF/ Ringside OPEN Amateur National Championships because we won't slam the door in your face if you have a title sanctioned by another governing body. Unlike the K-1 pro tournaments, there are more than 8 spots available and you don't need a personal invitation. Simply put, this tournament is inclusive not exclusive. This is your chance to fight, your challenge to show us all how talented you are and your opportunity to get national experience. If you win, we'll match you with someone who has also won. If you win twice, we'll match you with someone who has also won twice. When we can't challenge you any further, we'll put a belt around your waist and call you champion for a year.
However prestigious the belt you now wear, there is no amateur belt in the United States that compares to the IKF/Ringside USA National Amateur Championship Belt. Even our own IKF amateur title holders are strongly encouraged to enter and tournament winners are put first in line to challenge for these titles. Moreover, anyone with any kickboxing knowledge will know that, by winning the IKF/Ringside USA National Amateur Kickboxing Championships, you faced fighters from around the country and selected by someone other than your personal promoter. They will know, without a doubt, that you didn't meet your sparring partner for the belt.
The only amateur champions we could find on the Internet were from the ISKA and USKBA so we have listed these amateur champions from the United States below(as listed on their web sites). It is to these fighters that the IKF would like to extend a special invitation. This is not a dare or a game of chicken. We're not taunting you to put up or shut up. This is us telling you that the door is as open to you as much as it is to anyone who has fought on IKF sanctioned events. At first glance, it might appear that you have nothing to lose by not entering the tournament. You can continue to call yourselves the state, national or international champions. Those of you, however, who are considering a pro career will need the best amateur experience you can get. That experience is the IKF/Ringside USA National Amateur Kickboxing Championship Tournament. It's the proving ground for future pros in the U.S. and the competition is getting better every year. One day we'll watch a superstar in the making. We'll see him/her progress through the junior ranks, dominate the adult class and then reek havoc on the pros. In exchange for the priceless amateur experience, s/he'll give the tournament even greater recognition much like Olympic medallists who go on to become pro boxing champions. On the other hand, some may never decide to turn pro. Instead they may opt to build an amateur legacy and try to win year after year. Whatever you decide we want you to get the rewards you deserve for your hard work: credibility and respect. Spread the word.
FIGHTERS COLOR CODING:
If we have listed someone inaccurately on the above list, please inform us by e-mail at USANationals@IKFKickboxing.com
TUESDAY, March 20th, 2001, AT 1:30 PM PT
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Will Team Up Again For
USA National Amateur Tournament
As of about 1:00 PM (PT) today it became official that the IKF will team up once again with RINGSIDE to Co-Promote this years 2001 USA National Amateur Tournament. The IKF and RINGSIDE came up with the idea for the National Amateur Tournament 2 years ago as a request of several IKF USA promoters and trainers. However, what started as just an idea became a reality once IKF President Steve Fossum and RINGSIDE's Joe Taylor (Left) committed to doing the event which would include organizing regional qualifying events around the Nation that would lead up to a National Finals Event. However it was not accomplished by just these two individuals. Although the association of RINGSIDE helped greatly and the coordination of the IKF organization kept everyone together, it was the regional director/promoters, trainers and fighters who completed the TEAM and made it all a reality.
The first year many thought it was just a 1 time deal and estimated about 50 fighters would show up to Nationals. However in year 1 the number was doubled and it grew by about 40% in only it's second year featuring both Junior and Adult Boys/Men and Girls/Women fighters in 4 different rule styles. Last year nearly 50 IKF/RINGSIDE Leather and Brass National Title Belts were awarded at a cost of approximately $185.00 each. A prize any fighter would be proud to take home.
Last year Taylor left RINGSIDE not because he didn't like the company but for a job advancement opportunity. He will be a special featured guest at the 2001 National Finals though so make sure you say hello. Three of the events first regional directors are still directors today for the 2001 event who include Rob Zbilski, Jeff Mullens, and Duke Roufus. Unable to do a 2001 regional this year due to busy schedules are Mike Carlson, (Georgia), Sean Wohl (Florida) and Sven Bean. (Colorado) Lane Collyer will pick up in the South/East (Atlanta, Georgia) where Carlson and Wohl once organized things while a replacement for Bean's Central Mountain Division has yet to be found.
This year adding to the Regional Director/Promoters list are Clement Vierra of Phoenix Arizona who will host his second regional in a row along with first time Regional Director/Promoters Gene Fields and Adam Rogers who will host the first ever California Regional Qualifying Event. Craig Monyelle of Beloit Wisconsin will handle his first Regional event in the North Central Full Contact Division and Dan Dun of Corvalis Oregon will attempt again (Last year his event was cancelled due to lack of sign-ups... none) to get some participation in the Pacific North West Division. For info on the regional event in your area, please see the links below.
RINGSIDE's involvement for the 2001 event is much larger than in the previous 2 years. In the first 2 years, IKF Promoter Mick Doyle of Omaha Nebraska did a great job as the person who organized the National Finals venue at Harveys Casino in Council Bluffs Iowa. However this year, RINGSIDE will be the National Finals Host as they bring the finals to Kansas City, Kansas (Olathe).
The new venue will be the Holiday Inn which is the same location RINGSIDE holds their annual SILVER GLOVES Boxing Championship Tournament at so the staff is already prepared for the event. The event date will also change to September 7th, 8th and 9th. Holiday Inn will also offer a reduction in room rates for everyone from the previous years finals from approximately $80+ per room to only $64.95 per room. There will be 120 rooms reserved at the Holiday Inn and an additional set of rooms reserved at the hotel next door (Sleep Inn) for the same reduced rate.
As a Thank You for their efforts in Promoting Regional Events, Regional Directors for 2001 who have Promoted at least 2 Previous Regional Events will receive a free room for the weekend of the finals. First and second time Regional Directors who Promote a Regional Event will receive a reduced room rate of only $39.00 per room per night. The Hotel is located at 101 W. 151st Street in Olathe, KS. (913) 829-4000, Toll-Free: 800-833-6632, Fax: (913) 829-8165. Shuttle services will also be provided free of charge by RINGSIDE and the Olathe Convention and Visitors Bureau to and from the airport and the hotels.
Plans are also being made to feature seminars on both Friday and Saturday nights and an Awards Banquet will be happening for sure on Sunday night so you don't want to leave early. We will be looking for 2 different event sponsors as well, one to sponsor the awards banquet and one to sponsor this years National Championship Title Belts (2000 Belts at Right). If you know someone who might be or you might be interested in sponsorship, please let us know by e-mail at USANationals@IKFKickboxing.com or call IKF Headquarters at (916) 663-2467.
Also available this year will be vender booths in the separate Tournament Pro Shop Room which will be located in the Bristol Ballroom. Already RINGSIDE of course will set up shop in there and another official sponsor of this years event, WIPSS Jaw-Joint Protector will also be there. WIPSS has committed to supplying all the National Finals participants a free WIPSS Jaw-Joint Protector which will be mailed out to all registered National Finalists a month before the finals in a gift and info package that will be mailed out for the first time this year by the IKF. If you or someone you know wants to have a booth space at the 2001 event please contact the IKF for fees and schedules.
As those who have noticed from year 1 to year 2, the IKF has been committed to make the event better every year. RINGSIDE has also followed in this commitment as they add to the winners prizes something new. Along with the IKF/RINGSIDE Champion Autograph Gloves, winners will also receive IKF/RINGSIDE National Championship Jackets as well. Runner ups will receive medals and finalists T-Shirts. RINGSIDE will also increase the exposure of the event this year which will include increased flier mail outs, internet ads, Ads in their RINGSIDE UPDATE mailer and of course, the full page ad in the Spring & Summer RINGSIDE catalog which will be at most of your doorsteps in April. This year they will also do a follow-up report in the Ringside Update October Issue with all the National Final fight results as well.
We have a lot more news to fill everyone in on so keep watch of the news page here and we hope to see all you Amateurs "Walk the Walk" at this years 2001 IKF/RINGSIDE National Amateur Kickboxing Championships.
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By Alex MacDonald,
One of the interesting things about the sport of kickboxing is not only the four rule classes but also where the fighters have come from. Some start as kickboxing amateurs then move on to the pro ranks like amateur boxers move to pro boxing but others come from various martial arts to create a fascinating diversity.
The K-1 in Japan claims that its name comes from the combat arts that have the letter K in them: karate, kung fu, taekwondo, kickboxing, etc. Muay Thai fans tend to dislike the name because most K-1 fighters have some training in Muay Thai, a martial art without a K. Some critics have even said the name K-1 comes from its founders name, Kazuyoshi Ishii (K-I). Regardless of whether the top K-1 fighters are primarily from one background or not, the fact remains that the K-1 has embraced all striking sports as a source of talent.
Ernesto Hoost (Muay Thai, full contact, savate, etc.) has made it to the finals four times ('93, '97, '99 and '00) winning three times ('97, '99 and '00).
Peter Aerts (Muay Thai) became the Grand Prix champion three times ('94, '95 & '98).
Andy Hug (Karate) was the only fighter to make it to the finals 3 years in a row ('96, '97 & '98) and the only karateka to win the GP ('96).
Mike Bernado (boxing) has made it to the finals once ('96) but is best remembered for the savage beatings he gave and Hug in '95, Aerts in '96 and Jerome LeBanner last week (March 17th '01).
Let's now look at some of the different striking arts and see how they might perform in the kickboxing ring. This Article is continued on the Opinions Page at: The Kickboxing Talent Pool.
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Villalobos & Harris Fall
ASST. REPORTER Sven Bean IKF Colorado: Duane BANG! With a ringname like "BANG" people expect a lot from you and the crowd got what they expected from former 2 time IKF National Amateur Champion Duane "BANG" Ludwig (At right with black and Gold trunks stalking Villalobos) of Colorado. Ludwig scored a unanimous decision win in his 5 round bout over former MuayThai World Title contender, Pedro Villalobos of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. All 3 judges had the score, 50-45 for Ludwig.
Ludwig took a fight that was fairly even in the first 3 rounds and opened things up in round 4 controlling every aspect of the final 2 rounds. Villalobos' technique was clean but he never had Ludwig in trouble.
The other bout the IKF was watching closely was the David Serrano Vs Dan Rawlings (L) bout. Serrano was being watched close by the IKF because he is booked to fight for the IKF Junior Lightweight Pro Mexico National Title in only 2 weeks in Tijuana, Mexico. If he was knocked out, cut or the fight stopped before the scheduled 5 rounds he would have been forced to pull out of the title bout in Mexico leaving top ranked contender Jose Guardado without an opponent only 2 weeks from fight time. However, this wasn't the problem for Serrano. Rawlings was the problem as he beat Serrano in a 5 round decision.
Another unlucky fighter we've seen a lot of in the past was former IKF Amateur U.S. Champion Heath Harris. Harris has struggled since turning pro and his struggle continued Saturday night as an unknown name to kickboxing, Pete "SECRET WEAPON" Spratt KOed Harris about :35 seconds into round 1.
Our bet is Harris won't forget him though and from what we hear, Spratt is no unknown in the world of Mixed Martial Arts. Apparently he's one of the most well known rising young stars in MMA. He's trained by Saul Soliz and Yves Edwards. We also heard that Frank Shamrock wants him to join his team and will be promoting him in MMA while Sven Bean of Colorado will remain his manager in kickboxing.
This event is not sanctioned by the IKF. Only a news story.
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Mar 17, 2001, Yokohama Arena
Special Thank You To For Assisting With This Report
Cyril Abidi (R, France, 190 cm -6'3", 97.8 kg -215 lbs, 16-3/13) Vs Great Kusatsu (Japan, 181cm -5'11"- 96.4 kg -212 lbs, 2-2/2) The Judges decision: The first score is 50-48 for Abidi. This sounds about right, as Abidi never lost a round. Perhaps a bit generous on Kusatsu's end. The next judge's score is announced as 50-49 for Kusatsu!!! Unbelievable ! K1 is notorious for homer judges favoring the Japanese fighter, but this is just ridiculous. This guy had Kusatsu not losing a single round, when you could argue that he lost 4, and he was clearly dominated in 2 of the 5. Abidi looks ticked off, and rightfully so. Luckily for him, justice is served when the final judge scores it 50-47 for him. Abidi takes the 2-1 split decision.
Glaube Feitosa (L, Brazil, 193cm -6'4"-, 100.5 kg -212 lbs, 1-5/1) VS Tsuyoshi Nakasako (R, Japan, 190cm -6'3"-, 97.6kg -215 lbs-, 9-7/5) Feitosa knocked out Nakasako with a head kick in round 2.
Stephan Leko ( Below Left, Germany, 188cm -6'2"-, 98.5kg -217 lbs-, 40-5-1/23) Vs Jurgen Krut (Swedan, 189cm -6'2"-, 98.0 kg -216 lbs-, 51-7-2/25) Krut scored three knockdowns against Leko in the second round. First Knockdown: Krut ties up Leko once more and when Leko pulls away to avoid a knee, Krut catches him with a right hand that drops him. Leko immediately pops up and tries to wave it off as a slip but it was a legitimate knockdown. Second Knockdown: Leko looks fine, but must still be feeling the effects as Krut rushes him and physically bowls him over with a flurry of blows. This counts as the second knockdown, though no one single punch was all that damaging. Third Knockdown: Leko throws a punch while moving backwards just as Krut unleashes a big right hand. Krut's punch finds the mark and Leko goes flying backward and lands flat on his back. It looks spectacular and it earns Krut the victory. Leko sits up and is okay and seems more mad at himself than hurt.
Ray Sefo (R, New Zealand, 180cm -5'11"-, 99.2kg -218 lbs-, 26-7-1/20) Vs Michael McDonald (Canada). Sefo rocks McDonald with a right hand and than a punch rush forces McDonald to the canvas. McDonald gets up only to be swarmed again. Sefo throws three big overhand rights, all of which just barely miss the fleeing McDonald. Sefo bulls McDonald into the ropes and unleashes some more punches and McDonald goes down again. Replay doesn't reveal any of the shots actually landing, however. McDonald seems completely aware but waits out the 10 count on the mat before getting up. This looked really strange. There probably was a punch that the camera missed, but it looked like McDonald just gave up and decided to call it a night before getting really caught with one of Sefo's bombs.
Nicholas Pettas (Denmark, 180cm -5'11"-, 100.5 kg -221 lbs-, 1-3/1) Vs Peter Varga(N/A). Petas senses the need to turn things up and in the 3rd round as he rushes Varga with a flurry of punches. Varga weathers the onrush and fights off Pettas. Varga seems to be ready to take command yet again when a Pettas low kick catches him right above the left ankle. Varga buckles a bit and then Pettas kicks him again in the exact same spot and he goes down. Varga is hurt and doesn't answer the bell. Pettas pulls out the timely K.O. despite being on the losing end of 2 1/2 rounds of action.
Peter Aerts (Holland, 192 cm -6'4"-, 106.2 kg -234 lbs-, 65-15-1/51) Vs Mirko CroCop (R, Croatia, 188 cm -6'2"-, 96.7 kg -213 lbs-, 52-10/40) A disappointing fight because both have exciting offensive arsenals when matched against the right opponent. These styles clashed here, however, and didn't produce much in the way of fan enjoyment. The Judges' decision: 49-49, 50-48 for Mirko, and 50-48 for Mirko. The Cro Cop takes the majority decision. He earned the victory by doing what he had to early and then coasting for the rest of the fight. Aerts won the last round with Mirko hanging on and taking warnings.
Jerome Le Banner (France, 190 cm -6'3"-, 120.0 kg -264 lbs-, 32-6-1/25) Vs Mike Bernardo (R, South Africa, 193cm -6'4"-, 107.9 kg -237 lbs-, 45-10-1/37) With less than 10 seconds left it looks like a clear LeBanner round, when all of a sudden a huge uppercut by Bernardo changes everything. LeBanner's head snaps back and Bernardo is all over him. About a dozen punches go unanswered which all find the mark on LeBanner's head. The referee steps in between them at the bell just as a crushing right hand by Bernardo drops LeBanner. The referee also goes down from the force of the blow and confusion sets in. The round is clearly over, but LeBanner is down for the count. Bernardo celebrates, spiking his mouthpiece and climbing the turnbuckle to scream to his fans. LeBanner is up now, however, and his corner are complaining that the round was over before the K.O. The officials meet and rule that, indeed, LeBanner was saved by the bell (The punch landed AFTER The Bell) and that there will be a round 2.
Bernardo has to come down off his high and get ready for another war because LeBanner is now up and seems fine and ready to go. As the time ticks on between rounds Bernardo and his camp look visibly upset as it appears LeBanner's corner is stalling. LeBanner's trainer is trying to remove LeBanner's gloves under some pretense or other. It looks as if he is just trying to buy time for his fighter to recover. Even LeBanner is getting upset as he wants to fight now and is resisting his cornerman's antics. Then just as suddenly LeBanner's corner throws in the towel and the fight is over. A muddled ending but just an incredible round of action. In less than 10 seconds Bernardo turned the entire fight around, landing a dozen punches and taking a victory in impressive fashion. Despite just being one round, this was as good a K1 fight as anything that took place in all of last year.
A great finale to an excellent show. HOWEVER, This result has officially been changed to a no-contest because they ruled that the final punch that laid out LeBanner came after the bell. This is kind of a shame as it takes away from Bernardo's impressive victory. K-1 Founder Mr. Ishi is already trying to put together a rematch...so it looks like we will see this fight again soon.
Special Thank You AGAIN To the members who assisted in the reporting of this article.
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Digging Deeper Into The
Sanctioning Body Scandal...
A Closer Look At The Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act
By Thomas Hauser - As posted by Alex MacDonald - IKF Japan
Last year, Congress passed the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. It was the equivalent of putting a band-aid on a gaping wound that's badly in need of sutures. The Ali Act fails to address many of boxing's ills. But a little-noted provision in the statute could bring an end to the world sanctioning organizations as boxing knows them.
Section 11(d)(1) of the Ali Act reads as follows: "A sanctioning organization shall not be entitled to receive any compensation directly or indirectly in connection with a boxing match unless, not later than January 31 of each year, it submits to the Federal Trade Commission and to the Association of Boxing Commissions . . . a complete description of the organization's ratings criteria."
Each of the major sanctioning organizations purports to have filed this
information with the Association of Boxing Commissions. The problem is, some of
the filings appear to be fraudulent.
- The much-publicized case of Darrin Morris is instructive in this matter. Last month, Steve Bunce of The Independent in London summarized the salient facts of Morris's career. In July 1999, Morris defeated a fighter named Dave McClusky on a third-round TKO. The victory raised Morris's record to 28-2 1. A full year later, without having had another fight, Morris appeared in the number-ten slot in the World Boxing Organization's super-middleweight ratings. Then, without fighting again, he continued to climb upward, reaching the number-seven slot in October 2000. That was when Morris died of HIV related meningitis, but his career continued to flourish. By the time Bunce broke the story, Morris had climbed to number five. In sum, the WBO had a corpse ranked in the top ten of its super-middleweight division for four months. And -- no religious overtones intended -- that corpse continued to rise. -
The Morris fiasco gave rise to some whimsical observations:
But the Morris fiasco also revealed the hypocrisy
inherent in the WBO's ratings procedures and the fraudulent nature of the WBO's
filings. That much is clear from an examination of the document entitled "Ratings
Criteria" that the WBO filed pursuant to federal law.
The first ratings criteria listed by the WBO is "a positive record with special emphasis on recent activities." Darrin Morris fought only once in the forty months prior to his being rated number 5 by the WBO.
The second ratings criteria listed by the WBO is "a positive amateur record with special emphasis on medals obtained in international and Olympic tournaments." However, I don't recall seeing Morris standing on the winner's podium while the star-spangled banner waved.
The third ratings criteria listed is "a titleholder in our regional division." Morris wasn't.
The fourth rating criteria is "quality of competition." In Morris's final four fights, his opponents had a combined record of 38 wins, 185 losses, and 7 draws. That's not a typographical error; 185 losses is correct.
The fifth ratings criteria is "frequency of competition." To repeat, in the forty months prior to his being rated number 5 by the WBO, Morris fought once.
The sixth ratings criteria is "positive TV exposure." Morris hadn't been on television in years.
Ratings criteria seven and eight are "good relations
with the community" and "no drug or crime-related problems."
No problem here. Morris was dead.
WBO president Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel tried to explain away the Morris fiasco when he told Steve Bunce, "It is sometimes hard to get all the information on boxers and we obviously missed the fact that Darrin was dead. It is regrettable." Later, Valcarcel added, "It could happen to any ruling body. You have seen retired boxers rise in other sanctioning body rankings."
Then Gordon Volkman (the WBO's fourth vice president and one of three men who rate boxers for the WBO) poured more fuel on the fire. Volkman was contacted by Tim Graham a week after Bunce's story broke, and he still hadn't heard that Morris was dead. "With the many different divisions that we have," Volkman acknowledged, "it's impossible to keep up with everyone intelligently." Volkman also told Graham that, although he sends in a monthly ballot, the WBO uses it only as a "recommendation" before finalizing the ratings in Puerto Rico.
The Morris case appears to be about incompetence; not a
ranking in exchange for dollars. And in fairness to the WBO, I should note that
its criteria don't specifically state that a fighter must be alive in order to
be ranked. But at this juncture, it's also worth mentioning that nowhere in the
WBO's "Ratings Criteria" does one see the name "Klaus-Peter
Kohl" or "Frank Warren" mentioned.
Klaus-Peter Kohl is the most powerful promoter and manager in Germany. Frank Warren is the most powerful promoter in England. At present, the WBO has sixteen champions. Kohl and Warren control fourteen of them. They also appear to control the number-one or number-two contenders in eight of the WBO's top twelve weight divisions.
The WBO, of course, is not alone in this matter. The WBC, WBA, and IBF have track records that are just as bad, and that makes for an interesting situation. At least one and possibly all four major world sanctioning organizations have filed phony ratings criteria with the Association of Boxing Commissions in flagrant violation of federal statutory requirements. That gives rise to the question: "What is the penalty for a false filing?
Here's where things get particularly interesting.
Section 6 of the Ali Act provides that violation of the disclosure requirements is a criminal offense punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. The criminal division of the Justice Department is responsible for prosecuting any criminal action. John Ashcroft; are you listening?
Section 6 also provides that the chief law enforcement officer of any state may bring a civil action to enjoin the holding within the state of any professional boxing match related to the false filing and to obtain such other relief as a court may deem appropriate. Marc Ratner and other state athletic commission personnel; please contact the chief law enforcement officer in your state.
And perhaps most significant, under the Ali Act, any world sanctioning organization that files incomplete or false information "SHALL NOT BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE ANY COMPENSATION DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY IN CONNECTION WITH A BOXING MATCH." That means, if a world sanctioning body is found to have filed incomplete or false ratings criteria, a boxer who fights for one of that organization's titles in the United States should be free of any obligation to pay a sanctioning fee to the organization.
Fighters and honest managers, take note.
SATURDAY, March 17th, 2001, AT 8:40 AM PT
USA? CANADA? MEXICO???
Yesterday we brought up the question about why the K-1 USA was called K-1 USA and not K-1 North America since there have been in the past and in the future, scheduled fighters from Mexico and Canada. Our IKF Japan Associate Alex McDonald will explain why it's called K-1 USA.
There are only 6 continents in the world and 14 world tournaments. With the exception of Oceania (which had qualifying tournaments in New Zealand and some Aussie states), all the tournaments are named after their host countries. Nine or ten of the tournaments are held in Europe (K-1 Turkey is both Europe and Asia, isn't it?) There are no national tournaments. Even the K-1 Japan is international with fighters from various parts of Asia. Two examples from last year: K-1 Italy: Paris Vassilikos of Greece and K-1 Croatia: Jurgen Krut of Sweden. If Scott Coker were not the promoter and say Mike Miles of Canada was, it would be called K-1 Canada and have American and Mexican fighters.
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& Andy Hug
By Alex McDonald - IKF Japan
Have you ever heard of a boxer named Darrin
Morris? Well, he's got something in common with Andy Hug (R).
They've both had their deaths ignored by sanctioning bodies. Thomas Hauser
describes the Morris story as follows:
"The much-publicized case of Darrin Morris is instructive in this matter. Last month, Steve Bunce of The Independent in London summarized the salient facts of Morris's career. In July 1999, Morris defeated a fighter named Dave McClusky on a third-round TKO. The victory raised Morris's record to 28-2 1. A full year later, without having had another fight, Morris appeared in the number-ten slot in the World Boxing Organization's super-middleweight ratings. Then, without fighting again, he continued to climb upward, reaching the number-seven slot in October 2000. That was when Morris died of HIV related meningitis, but his career continued to flourish. By the time Bunce broke the story, Morris had climbed to number five. In sum, the WBO had a corpse ranked in the top ten of its super-middleweight division for four months. And -- no religious overtones intended -- that corpse continued to rise. Hauser (March 2001)"
Now look at the criteria for high rankings according to the WBO and keep in mind that the fighter in question had died:
As shocking as that is to the boxing world, the kickboxing world has a similar example of incompetence. It concerns a fighter who was very well known: Andy Hug. Immediately after his death, he was removed from the IKF rankings. To leave him there would not be some sort of posthumous honor. That's silly. It would mean that a great fighter died unnoticed and believe me there is no reason in the world for that. So, why is it that other sanctioning organizations fail(ed) to remove a deceased fighter from their rankings? I don't want to put words in their mouths but I'm assuming they'll say something like "Oooops!" Andy died on August 24th 2000 and is currently (as of March 16, 2001) ranked by the following sanctioning bodies:
Hauser goes on to quote the recently passed Muhammad Ali Act
[section 11(d)(1)] which states:
"A sanctioning organization shall not be entitled to receive any compensation directly or indirectly in connection with a boxing match unless, not later than January 31 of each year, it submits to the Federal Trade Commission and to the Association of Boxing Commissions . . . a complete description of the organization's ratings criteria."
Can it be any worse than that? Well, yes it can. Section 6 of the
Muhammad Ali Act states that:
"violation of the disclosure requirements is a criminal offense punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. The criminal division of the Justice Department is responsible for prosecuting any criminal action". Simply put, sanctioning bodies must do their jobs .or else.
It may seem to some readers that this is a direct attack on our competitors. However, when most of the organizations fail to update their records, people tend to assume that we all fail to do so. We see that as a direct attack on our credibility to which we feel a clear explanation is warranted: we're doing our job, they aren't. We do apologize to the promoters affiliated with these organizations. Our comments are not directed at you. We simply believe that a good promoter and a good sanctioning body will produce a better end product than a good promoter and a poor sanctioning body. Demand your money's worth.
More News Of 3-17-01
Fighters Looking For Title Shots
Featured On Non IKF Event Tonight
Tustin California, USA
Tonight there will be a kickboxing event called the Marconi Show in Tustin, CA, USA. On the event will be some fighters the IKF knows that will wither be hoping to keep their names in the winners corner or hoping to get back, in the winners corner. The card is a MuayThai event hosted by Jason Luevano of Low Kick Productions (Warriors Cup of America) The first fighter we know on the card is Heath "Cowboy" Harris. Harris (Overall: 15-6/14) is a past IKF Amateur US (International Rules/Leg Kick) Champion however he's struggled a lot in the pro ranks. His worse pro loss came in a full contact rules bout against IKF North American FCR Champion Eric Regan of Roseville, CA USA at Table Mountain Casino. In the bout, Regan stopped Harris by TKO at 1:19 of round 1. Harris will hope to get back on the right track when he faces little known fighter Pete Spratt.
A more publicized fight will be between 2 time IKF Amateur Champion (IKF U.S. Super Middleweight Amateur MuayThai Title, August 21st 1999, 1999 IKF/RINGSIDE US National Light Middleweight MuayThai Tournament Champion September 5th, 1999 Duane Ludwig (L) of Aurora, Colorado, USA (#5 IKF Pro MuayThai Ranked, Pro: 5-0/0, AM: 12-2/8) and Pedro Villalobos of Chamblee, Georgia, USA via Bangkok, Thailand (12-2/5). Ludwig has stormed into the pro ranks with 5 straight impressive wins without a loss but will probably have his biggest test tonight against Villalobos. Villalobos is remembered from being destroyed by IKF MuayThai World Champion Kongnapa, but than again, who hasn't been... Were very interested to see how he does against Ludwig. It's a must win for Villalobos if he hopes to stay in the top of the rankings and a great proving ground for Ludwig. A win here could get him an early title shot. Probably not against Kongnapa, but at a minimum of a US Title shot against....?.
Also being watched will be David Serrano of Tijuana, Mexico (9-3/3) vs Dan Rawlings (R) of Euclid, Ohio, USA (PRO: 1-0/1, AM: 16-3/7). Rawlings like Ludwig is also a 1999 IKF/RINGSIDE US National Light Welterweight MuayThai Tournament Champion (September 5th, 1999.) Rawlings had the pleasure of fighting for some unknown organizations World Title in his very first pro fight, against the organizations U.S. Representative, David Cummings of Colorado. Cummings might of thought fighting Rawlings would be easy because of his pro status, but Rawlings had other plans as he stopped Cummings with a KO victory winning his first pro fight and some wall hardware as well. Serrano is scheduled to fight Jose Guardado of Mexico in 2 weeks on March 31st for the IKF Junior Lightweight Pro Mexico National Title. If Rawlings stops him with a KO or TKO, his hopes of the Mexico title will be out the door due to the mandatory suspension of 45 days after a TKO or KO.
Because of this, we found it very unprofessional that he choose to schedule this fight only 2 weeks before his bout in Mexico. A TKO or KO loss to Rawlings here would not only pull him from the March 31st bout but destroy the goal of Guardado finally fighting for an IKF title, not to mention the promoters loss from advertising the bout. Guardado's fought impressively for the IKF twice before and this title shot has been promised for some time now. Serrano last fought for the IKF on April 23rd, 1998 in Tijuana, Mexico when he stopped Paul Reynoldson of San Diego, CA in 15 seconds of round 1. Going into the match, Serrano only had 2 fights and was 2-0 while Reynoldson was undefeated at 7-0. Knowing this, as everyone can see, this will be no easy match for Rawlings like Cummings was, but on the other hand, Serrano should have his hands full tonight with Rawlings as well.
Rounding out the card will be 2 more kickboxing bouts, Victor Galvan vs Andrew Brown and Lisette Pelayo vs Stephanie McClennan. There's also a boxing bout on the card with Daniel Reynoso vs Gustavio Tapia.
FRIDAY, March 16th, 2001, AT 10:30 AM PT
Ready In Coventry!
IKF Promoters Stephen Donnelly and Mick Fowles of Coventry England are all set to host their IKF Open Amateur Tournament this Sunday night, March 18th at the Mercia Sporting Club, Lockhurst Lane in Coventry England.
For more info, you can contact Mr. Stephen Donnelly or Mr. Mick Fowles by e-mail by Clicking HERE. For additional event info, visit their website at www.donsfurypromotions.com
More News Of 3-16-01
England Vs IKF
Highlight A SELLOUT Event!
IKF Liverpool, England, March 9th, 2001: by Alby Bimpson - IKF European Director: The show was a complete sell out with people being turned way at the door. The fight consisted of 12 bouts including demonstrations. The evening started with several demonstration - Exhibition Bouts. This was due to it being a novice show, and first time potential fighters changing their minds. We understand and accept this is a coross to bear, when dealing with first time fighters. As the Irish team had come such a long way we wanted to give them the opportunity of Ring experience.
A Special THANK YOU To the IRISH TEAM and to the following event officials:
More News Of 3-16-01
Fight Schedule Confirmed!
Yesterday we received a fax confirming the fight schedule for K-1 USA. There was a rumor that the event was being cancelled so we thought it best to post to everyone that it's still on and the fight order is confirmed. Scheduled for May 5th, the 3rd K-1 USA Promoted by World Class Promoter Scott Coker of San Jose, CA, USA will take place in Las Vegas once again at the Mirage hotel Casino. Here's the bracket and fighter info;
It's also been reported that San Shou Sensation Cung Le (L) and MuayThai Champion Alex Gong (R) both of San Jose, CA, USA will each have a Superfight. Keep in mind, not against each other though, with separate opponents. whether these bouts turn out to be title bouts has yet to be announced.
From what it looks like, K-1 USA Promoter/Matchmaker Scott Coker has put together an impressive card here. We plan to do additional reports as the event draws closer. Hopefully we can add the missing pictures to the fighters without ones above. If any of you have some, please send them to us. In closing, we'd like to wish all the fighters the best of luck at the K-1 USA Title. As far as the promotion itself, we need not worry about that, it's in good hands already.
THURSDAY, March 15th, 2001, AT 1:40 PM PT
PROBLEMS IN THE
False Representation Complaints Coming From Turkey, Iran and Lebanon!
Obviously, this news will not be interesting to everyone, but we needed to make an official reply and post it here so everyone knows the truth about IKF Activities in the Middle East.
Recently, the IKF was informed that
some individuals in Turkey, Iran & Lebanon were claiming that the IKF had been paid money by them to be the IKF Representatives there. We would like to inform
everyone from this area of the world that this is not true.
We do not just accept money from people to make them representatives as many other organizations do. The IKF only appoints individuals to the position of IKF Representative after meeting them in person during a personal interview. The IKF has NEVER been to Turkey, Iran or Lebanon, so this would never of been possible.
In addition, we also heard that someone has been promoting IKF Sanctioned events/tournaments Turkey, Lebanon and Iran as well. This is not true either. We thought it would be important to make it clear to everyone in the Middle East exactly what the IKF status is in this region of the World.
We know that several people have already delt with the individuals in question who are calling themselves IKF Representatives or IKF Promoters in this region. The facts below should answer any and all questions these people and others may have about their position with the IKF. As of today, Wednesday, March 15th, 2001,
We believe this should set the record straight. If you
have any questions or comments in regards to this IKF
Middle East Legal Situation, Please feel free to e-mail them to:
WEDNESDAY, March 14th, 2001, AT 10:25 AM PT
TRAINERS! OFFICIALS! FIGHTERS!
We Will Soon Have Some GREAT Insurance Packages For ALL OF YOU!
"IKF & ISCF"
For years now, we've talked about having a blanket policy for all IKF and ISCF Sanctioned Event Promoters that covers Spectators Liability as well as fighters medical on all IKF & ISCF Sanctioned events. However there were always things that kept making Insurance Packages difficult to accomplish. But as things have been going around the IKF & ISCF Headquarters here... "This Game is Soon to Change Too...!"
It finally appears the we will soon be able to offer to "ALL"
Promoters (Starting with North America, and quickly following, Worldwide)
a great insurance package that will cover EVERYONE from spectators to the
fighters on all IKF &
Sanctioned Kickboxing Events. We should have this new policy in force within 30
days (Hopefully MUCH Sooner actually) of this posting if all goes well.
So if your an IKF or
Promoter, or looking to be an IKF or
Promoter and the issue of INSURANCE has
held you back, this will no longer be an issue, especially when you see what we
can do for you.
This is just another area where we have been working this year to improve the quality and services available to those associated with the IKF & ISCF. We're also working on Insurance Policies for IKF & ISCFGyms/Clubs, Trainers (While training at their gyms as well as while during the matches) Fighters Training Policies (Insurance for training injuries) and Officials (Event liability as well as Injury Insurance). Keep watch for the official announcement soon.
TEAM EUROPE has a Great Insurance package for all IKF Europe members.
They also have a great membership program in place that includes fighter insurance, gym and trainers insurance as well as official hardcover IKF Fighter Passport Books (See Cover Right ) which are something that the IKF needs to make available worldwide.
Currently, IKF Membership books are ONLY offered through IKF European Headquarters with the Official IKF Stamp and Endorsement Seal attached to make them official.
So if your in another part of the world and someone's selling you an IKF Membership Booklet/Passport, you better let us know because no where else has the IKF ever approved, authorized or endorsed the sale of any type of IKF License Books or any other type of IKF Licenses or Memberships.
To make such reports, please contact the IKF Legal Department at this e-mail address: LegalDept@IKFKickboxing.com
TUESDAY, March 13th, 2001, AT 2:20 AM PT
World Title Contenders!
For the last 2 months, we've been searching the globe for 2 Pro World Title Contenders for a Pro Event in Burma in June, 2001. Up for grabs are 2 vacant IKF World titles which include the vacant IKF IR Super Heavyweight World Title Bout. The challenger is Hiriwa TeRangi (ProKB: 27-5/12, AmKB: 10-2/8 ) of Auckland, New Zealand. In TeRangi last IKF bout, he lost by decision to Duke Roufus of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA for the vacant IKF MuayThai World Title.
The other title on the event is the IKF Women's IR Bantamweight World Title Defense of 3 time IKF Pro World Champion, Holly Fernerley ( PRO KB: 7-3-2/4, AMKB: 5-2/4) of Sydney, NSW, Australia. However, a MuayThai rules opponent would also be accepted for the vacant IKF Pro Women's MuayThai Bantamweight World Title.
However, the search hasn't been easy for opponents for these bouts. Or should we say, for Pro Fighters with a lot of Pro Fight Experience. For example, for a Super Heavyweight Opponent for TeRangi, we've had challenges from several new Pro Fighters such as Lane Collyer (Pro & Am combined: 16-2/10 ) of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Jason Johnson (Pro & Am combined: 13-1/7 ) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Pedro Fernandez ( No Picture available, Pro & Am combined: 13-2/9) of Tijuana, Mexico and Raul Gonzalez (Pro & Am combined: 6-0/3) of Mexico City Mexico.
Fernandez and Gonzalez will meet March 31st at the Jai Alai Sports Center in Tijuana, Mexico for the vacant IKF Pro Super Heavyweight Mexico National Title. If these were the only 4 opponents to choose from, the winner of the Gonzales - Fernandez bout would be a great opponent to face a winner of a Johnson Vs Collyer bout for an IKF Pro North American Title and the winner fight TeRangi. However, scheduling conflicts make the Collyer - Johnson bout impossible. Of course, this is if the only 4 possible opponents were from North America.
Who else was offered this bout? The obvious possible opponents from North America such as #8 ranked Jean Claude Leuyer of San Jose, CA, USA, MuayThai Fighter Duke Roufus of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA and #7 ranked Maurice Smith of Seattle, Washington, USA were all potential opponents, however all 3 are booked for the K-1 USA event the month before (May) this event so their not going to take a title bout instead of a shot at the K-1 Gold! And who could blame them with the potential winning purse for the winner.
So with the addition of K-1, the Super Heavyweight bout has been almost impossible to match in both International & MuayThai Rules. Even IKF Pro MuayThai World Champion Matt Skelton turned this bout down because the purse wasn't enough, not to mention though that he is scheduled to defend his IKF World MuayThai Title in April in England. So the question are, "What purse IS ENOUGH?" and "Will the challenger for this bout come down to the 4 mentioned above?" Our answer? WHY NOT!
Although it would be nice to match up one of the #1 through #6 ranked fighters in the IKF International Rules Rankings which are Ernesto Hoost, Jerome LeBanner, Peter Aerts, Ricky Nicholson, Mike Bernardo and Ray Sefo against the number 9 ranked TeRangi but with the K-1 money awaiting, it just isn't possible. With so many sanctioning bodies out there with so many World Titles, the final answer is, "Show me the Money!" And again, Who could blame them!
With the hopes and aspirations of winning K-1 USA's (Or any K-1 Elimination tournament around the World) big money, the hopes of going to the K-1 Grand Prix and the potential of winning the big pot of gold that awaits for the winner, we agree with their desire. Who wouldn't? All we ask is "Don't complain about who we select for the World Title." Why? Because whoever it becomes will be someone we've decided is truly willing to "Walk The Walk" and prove themselves to the World. Most, certainly NOT ALL of the K-1 selected fighters have won their share of world titles, but the majority of them surly have. And to them, all that matters now is the money they will be paid for fighting, and again, we support them, or should we say, we can agree with their desires.
The purse money K-1 brings to the sport has made the Super Heavyweights a class of it's own with some of the greatest purses available out there today... To only Super Heavyweights though. Wouldn't it be nice if EVERY weightclass had the opportunity at these purse amounts? Every rule style? Of course it would, but it's only available to the Super Heavyweight K-1 Style fighters. World titles are worthless to many of the veteran K-1 Fighters, but what about the other Super Heavyweight fighters? Yes, the others. For one thing, K-1 is an "INVITATION ONLY" Tournament. Just because your a Pro Super Heavyweight doesn't mean you can attend. You have to be invited to the K-1 Elimination Tournaments and this is where "Politics comes in..."
Many of the K-1 Promoters (Excluding Mr. Ishi) use the power of their K-1 Promotions to control other fighters, trainers and promoters in their region. As many have told us, "It's good business to be friends with the man with the K-1 Power in your country, like him or not." In the USA that man with the power is, Scott Coker of San Jose. That is, if you or one of your fighters is a Super Heavyweight K-1 Style fighter. If so, make friends with Coker because he's the connection between you being just another Super Heavyweight Fighter and being a K-1 Super Heavyweight Fighter, having an opportunity to win the big K-1 money. Coker did a great job with promoting K-1 USA his first time out last year but it was no surprise to us. Coker is an Excellent Promoter and has proven himself in our eyes as the Best Promoter in North America and clearly one of the Best in the World! He's always had a great TEAM working with him and of course, having the ESPN money ($90,000 per event) or K-1 money ($$$) behind you helps you do GREAT Things. But the fact is, He doesn't talk about it, he DOES IT! He's now ready for his second K-1 Promotion in May in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Coker didn't stop at a simple K-1 Promotion though. He also carved out a deal with the K-1 people to allow his sanctioning body ISKA (Coker is an owning partner in the ISKA) to sanction the event as well. But what will they sanction? No one knows exactly but it gives the ISKA a much needed event since they do very few events around the world now days. It also gives ISKA the Power Stroke it needs to persuade people to work with them, however, it may also be unfulfilled promises as many discovered over the years with other promises. But thats another story time will tell on it's own... It was a more needed move since ISKA lost their ESPN 2 contract last October which will be a big blow to Coker's impressive San Jose CA USA events of which he use to do an average of about 2 per year. Will we ever see them again? We hope so for the local Bay Area California crowds of which some 6,000 would attend. Without the ESPN Deal to support the San Jose mega events, Coker needed a new game and the new game in town now is K-1. Does his K-1 Status play some politics with the North American Super Heavyweights and their trainers? Need we answer...
Back to the Super Heavyweight search... We looked all around North American for Super Heavyweights as well as in Europe, but none were found. Are we missing someone who has an outstanding Pro record thats not attached to K-1? If so, let us know who you are.
In addition, we also need a Pro Woman's International or MuayThai Rules Bantamweight fighter to challenge against Holly Fernerley. As if finding Women fighters isn't hard enough with Pro Boxing making the play for nearly all the great women fighters, a woman's International or MuayThai rules fighter is a lot harder. If your out there, please let us know!!! So again, here's what were asking applications for challenges for;
IKF Pro Super Heavyweight International Rules Pro Fighter to fight against Hiriwa TeRangi of Auckland, New Zealand with a record of Pro KB: 27-5 with 12 KO's, Am KB: 10-2 with 8 KO's, 240 lbs, 6'4", 31 years old.
IKF Pro Bantamweight International or MuayThai Rules Pro Fighter to fight against Holly Ferneley of Sydney, NSW, Australia with a record of Pro KB: 7-3-2 with 4 Ko's, Am KB: 5-2 with 4 Ko's, 1.65 meters tall, 122 lbs., 122.5 lbs, 28 years old.
If you have a fighter or fighters that are qualified World title Contenders, please contact the IKF at (916) 663-2467, Fax: (916) 663-4510.
The event is scheduled for June 8th & 9th 2001 in Myanmar (Burma, by Thailand). The Men's World Title will be the main event on one night and the Women's on the other. The event promoter is Mr. Maung Tin Oo.
MONDAY, March 12th, 2001, AT 1:30 PM PT
RATED THE BEST!
IKF From Kickboxing.com & Radio Martial Arts Network:
Congratulations to the International Kickboxing Federation for being chosen as the top kickboxing sanctioning body in the world by the Radio Martial Arts Network. Most events sanctioned, most fighters registered, best service, most reasonably priced sanctioning fees and fastest rankings updates. Way to go guys! More News on this to come...
FRIDAY, March 9th, 2001, AT 9:10 AM PT
England Vs IKF
March 9th, 2001
IKF European Director
Alby Bimpson of England is all set to host his
IKF England Vs IKF Ireland
event tonight in Liverpool England. For event info, please contact Mr. Alby Bimpson at 44 1744 739 043 or by e-mail by Clicking HERE.
THURSDAY, March 8th, 2001, AT 4:55 PM PT
Provides Plenty Of IKF & ISCF Action!
IKF/ISCF Memphis TN, USA: There was plenty of action in IKF Kickboxing and ISCF Submission at Newby's Restaurant in Memphis Friday night, March 2. IKF / ISCF Promoter Jeff Mullen of Mid South Karate & Kickboxing hosted "KICKSHOOT 2001". This event featured both IKF & ISCF amateur bouts. Here's the nights results;
For more info, please contact Mr. Mullen at (901) 757-0985 or by e-mail by clicking HERE!
MONDAY, March 5th, 2001, AT 11:00 PM PT
Butler PA's Ferguson
Claims IKF Women's East Coast Title!
Delayed Announced Results/IKF PA, USA:
Over 700 attended the sellout event at Hindman Hall, Butler, PA, USA to watch local Female Kickboxer, Donna Ferguson (10-6) of Butler, PA, stop Belinda McClain of Belzhoover, PA, with a first round TKO to claim the IKF Women's East Coast FCR Bantamweight title.
In other kickboxing action, K. P. Peth (15-1) won with a third round TKO over Josh Rodrigies (12-5) of Cleveland, Ohio. Dave Ellas of Cleveland, Ohio, defeated Steve Vlassich of Butler, PA, with a TKO in the first round, and Chris Hill of Butler, PA, defeated Mike Colon of Trenton, New Jersey.
In heavy weight action, Joe Daniels of Pittsburgh, PA, won a three round decision over Thomas Santiago of Cleveland, Ohio and Elliot Edmundo of Cleveland, Ohio, stopped Bill Kauns of Moundsville, West Virginia with a TKO win. For more info in regards to the event contact Mr. Jimmy Stewert at (724) 284-3725.
FRIDAY, March 2nd, 2001, AT 12:30 PM PT
Action This Weekend
IKF & ISCF Memphis Tennessee USA
MARCH 2nd 2001: IKF Kickboxing and ISCF submission fight return to Memphis Friday March 2 at Newby's Restaurant as Mid South Karate & Kickboxing Presents "KICKSHOOT 2001". This event will feature both IKF & ISCF amateur bouts starting at 9:00 PM. Weigh ins will be held at 6:30 PM. Tickets will be available at the door. All seats are $15. For advanced tickets call Mid South Kickboxing at (901) 757-0985.
This event is being promoted by IKF regional tournament promoter, UFC and K-1 judge, Mr. Jeff Mullen. For more info, please contact Mr. Mullen at (901) 757-0985 or by e-mail by clicking HERE! Here's the nights line-up:
MORE IKF NEWS...
Kansas City Missouri USA
MARCH 2nd 2001:
KANSAS CITY KICKBOXING!
This event will feature IKF amateur bouts and is promoted by new IKF Promoter Mr. Paul Swagert who was assisted by IKF St. Louis promoter, Jesse Finney. For more event info, please contact Mr. Paul Swagert at (816) 746-1717 or check out this Finney's Kickboxing Website by clicking HERE!
MORE IKF NEWS...
Dallas Texas USA
MARCH 3rd 2001: Knockout Productions Presents "World Free Fighting Championships" at the The Bronco Bowl in Dallas Texas. The Main Event will feature an IKF Pro Heavyweight Main Event as Derek Panza faces (Opponent unknown at press time) . The event will also feature mixed martial arts bouts as well and is promoted by Mr. Ray Compton of Knockout Productions while Mr. Guy Mezger has handled the matchmaking. For event info, please contact Mr. Guy Mezger at (214) 616-0022.
MORE IKF NEWS...
IKF Kettering North Ants England
MARCH 4th 2001: New IKF Promoter Mr. Guy Butler will host IKF Championship Kickboxing in Kettering, North Ants, England this Sunday night. The event will feature 2 IKF Pro MuayThai bouts. Fighting for the IKF British MuayThai Welterweight Title will be Ray De Burgh and Chey Daniels and fighting for the IKF Midland Area MuayThai Super Middleweight Title will be Lee Willis vs an opponent who was not named as of this posting. For event info, please contact IKF European Director Mr. Alby Bimpson at 44 1744 739 043 or by e-mail by Clicking HERE.
MORE IKF NEWS...
Fowler & Downey
Most Recent To Join Kostuck At New Gym!
It looks like the beginning of something big for Milwaukee's IKF Pro MuayThai Champion Richard Kostuck (Right). His new gym (Triton Kickboxing & Muay Thai) hasn't even been opened a month and he's already got a stable of Champion Fighters working with him as a Team along with many potential champions in training.
IKF Amateur Champions Brian "Badboy" Fowler and Jim "Knock Em Down" Downey have joined up with Kostuck along with several other Milwaukee MuayThai kickboxers that include Josh and Joe Tarman, Joey Corro, Brad Fowler and Rachael Thomas just to name a few at his new Triton Kickboxing & Muay Thai Gym in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Fowler became the 1999 IKF/RINGSIDE National Amateur MuayThai Light Heavyweight Champion on September 5th, 1999, when he defeated Ben Lankow of Camp Pendleton California by unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27.
Downey also won his title at the 1999 IKF/RINGSIDE National Amateur Championships on September 3rd, 1999 when he defeated Matt Kenney of Omaha Nebraska by TKO at break of round 1 & 2 when Kenney choose not to answer the bell for the 2nd round. He won the National Amateur MuayThai Super Welterweight Title. Fighting as a pro now, Downey is 1-1 with 1 KO. His amateur record was 11-1 with 5 KOs. Still fighting as an amateur, Fowler's record is 5-3-1 with 2 KO's.
Triton Kickboxing & Muay Thai is located with Adrian Serrano's (NHB Fighter) gym at 4701 West Mill Road in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The phone number is (414) 385-0491 or you can contact Kostuck by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
MORE IKF NEWS...
Kickboxers WIN In Boxing!
Bartinelli & Roufus Keep Active!
Although Anthony Bartinelli (R, Phoenix, Arizona, USA) has a World Title date with Mike Nagy (Chicago, Illinois, USA) at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona USA on April 17th for the vacant IKF Pro FCR Light Middleweight World Title, it doesn't mean he can't stay active.
Recently Bartinelli picked up another pro boxing win bring his boxing record to 13-4-1 with 8 KO's.
IKF Pro IR Heavyweight Champion Rick Roufus (L, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA) on the other hand is still waiting for a challenge in kickboxing but he too likes to keep his ring skills sharp.
So Roufus was booked for a bout last weekend at the Alliant Energy Center (formerly Dane County Coliseum) in Madison Wisconsin against Richie Jero (9-1) of Janesville, Wisconsin, USA. Roufus won by decision adding another pro boxing win to his record which now stands at 14-3.
MORE IKF NEWS...
Keep Active Win or Lose!
Last weekends Warrior Cup 2 at the Burbank Hilton in Burbank California, USA had plenty of familier IKF names in the ring. Past IKF U.S. Super Middleweight Amateur MuayThai Champion and 1999 IKF/RINGSIDE US National Amateur Tournament Light Middleweight MuayThai Champion Duane "Bang" Ludwig (Below/Center with trainers) continued his winning ways as a pro fighter with his 5th pro win making him 5-0 as a Pro. As an amateur, Ludwig's record was 12-2 with 8 KO's. His win came at the expense of Brian Popejoy of Wilmington, CA, USA who made his pro debut.
As an amateur, Popejoy had done very well with a record of 10-0 with 5 KO's. Ludwig picked up the IMTC Super Middleweight Intercontinental Title in the win.
IKF Pro European MuayThai Middleweight Champion Ole Laursen of Copenhagen, Denmark faced off against IKF Pro MuayThai Welterweight World Champion Khunpon, (Surapon Dechkampu) of Atlanta Georgia, USA via Thailand winning the bout by unanimous decision. It was clear that coming up in weight (over 20 lbs) was not a good move for Khonpon. Laursen picked up the IMTC Super Middleweight World Title in the win.
Ben Garcia of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (Part of the USA Vs Belarus team, see January Through June 1999 NEWS) defeated Jason Seip of Canada for the IMTC Jr. Welterweight Title by unanimous decision.Seip took the fight on a short notice when planned opponent, Joy Soneluck Syarath became ill.
MORE IKF NEWS...
Attention USA AMATEUR Kickboxers...
Hey there USA Amateurs! It's time to "Walk The Walk" as the 2001 IKF National Amateur Tournament Circuit Directors/Promoters are ready to host their Regional Events. If you think your the best, it's time to prove yourself to the Nation!
The IKF National Amateur Tournament is open to ALL AGES ( Junior Amateurs AGES 7 to 15 Years and 16 and up are the adult divisions) with 4 different rule styles. (Full Contact, International / Leg Kick, Muay Thai, & San Shou - Chinese Boxing.) It's also the only true USA National Amateur Championship Tournament in the Nation. This is not an Invitation Only like a K-1 Tournament. This circuit is open to ANY Amateur fighter willing to "Walk The Walk" and prove to the Nation just how good they are.
We should know in a few days the exact date and location of this years Final
National Championship Event. The first 2 years we were at Harveys Casino in
Council Bluffs Iowa.
The IKF National Amateur Tournament Belts are awarded to the Champions of each division. The belts are first class valued at nearly $200.00 each (2001 Belts at Right) For the first time ever, California and the West Coast USA will have a Regional Event to attend. This will answer the questions of "Who Truly Are The Best Amateur Fighters in all the rule divisions on the West Coast USA? Info for this event can be found HERE.
If your a promoter and you noticed there was no Regional Event scheduled for your area, please contact the IKF if your interested in Hosting a regional event. To find out how to do so click HERE! For Tournament Rules & Regulations, check the Main Tournament Page or just click HERE.
We look forward to seeing "THE BEST OF THE BEST" USA Amateur Kickboxers at the Regional Events and eventually at the National Championships.... Or should we say instead... At least those Willing To
"WALK THE WALK!"
THURSDAY, March 1st, 2001, AT 10:00 PM PT
WINTER WARS 2001
INCREDIBLE FIGHTS IN FRONT OF A
IKF GEORGIA: On Saturday, February 24, 2001, IKF & ISCF Promoters Mike (IKF Georgia Representative & ISCF World Representative) & Elizabeth Carlson (Both Pictured Right with Marika) of Augusta Georgia, USA Promoted what IKF President Steve Fossum called "The most organized event the IKF has EVER Sanctioned, Winter Wars 2001!"
"This is not to downplay ANY other IKF or ISCF Promoters," said Fossum, "but this was clearly the first time that I have ever attended an IKF event and did nothing. The Carlson Team handled everything from pre event weigh-ins to ringside officials and scorekeeping. They invited me there to be a guest, but I was thinking, heck, I'm sure I'll be doing something, but there was nothing I needed to do. What a GREAT TEAM Effort on their part."
In front of a record crowd of over 1,200 spectators, thirty-six kickboxers and submission fighters battled for victory at Fort Gordon's Gym 1 in Augusta, Georgia. This years Winter Wars 2001 event was held, following a successful daytime karate tournament which included kata, weapons kata, sparring, grappling, and submission sparring divisions. The daytime tournament was sanctioned by the Professional Karate Commission (PKC) and had more than 120 participants. The evening event featured kickboxing bouts sanctioned by the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF)) and the (PKC). The International Sport Combat Federation (ISCF)) sanctioned the mixed martial arts bouts.
In addition to the eighteen exciting bouts, the crowd was treated to a virtual who's who in the martial arts world. Mr. Steve Fossum, IKF and ISCF President, was in attendance, as well as Mr. Glenn Keeney, PKC President. Mr. Cary Wilson, CEO and Chairman of Midori Yama Budokai (MYB) was present at Winter Wars 2001 and Mr. Joe Corley, owner of several Atlanta-based karate schools.
The complete fight results are listed below. For more information, please call Augusta Martial Arts Academy at 706-855-5269 or e-mail to email@example.com.
FIGHT RESULTS KICKBOXING BOUTS
IKF & PKC KICKBOXING BOUTS
ISCF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS BOUTS
MORE NEWS OF 3-1-01
IKF Arizona A
5 Bouts, 5 KO'S As Davis Stops Baxter for
IKF Arizona Title In Main Event!
IKF Promoters Clement & Rhonda Vierra of Hard Knocks Gym in Phoenix Arizona, USA hosted another great IKF event at the Rodeo Nights in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. The main event featured the battle for the vacant IKF Amateur Light Welterweight Full Contact Arizona State Title when Daniel Baxter faced off against Robert Davis Davis (14-7) won the bout by a forth round Knock Out over Baxter (3-3). The 1st round both fighters came out looking for the right shot's. 2nd and 3rd round was back and fourth and too close to call if you were a judge. Both entered the 4th round and both knew only one would leave as Champion. Davis came out with everything, hands and feet then with one Big left hook put Daniel down for the count, a count he couldn't beat as Davis left the ring as the new IKF Amateur Light Welterweight Full Contact Arizona State Champion.
Here's a Rundown of the nights bouts;
For more info on the event, please contact the Vierra's at Hard Knocks Gym at (602) 493-1567 or by e-mail by clicking HERE.