A Sad Reminder As To Why We Have
Medical Suspensions...

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Redone Bougara
Fights Again, And Again, And Again... Until...




It was January 3rd, 1998 at the Forum in Inglewood, California, USA when a fighter named Redone Bougara (Right) fought on a DRAKA (San Shou style) event. (IKF President Steve Fossum was the MC/Ring Announcer of the event)

His opponent was Malik Berbashev of Russia. After 10 rounds of hard fighting the two warriors entered the 11th round. In the 21st second of this round the referee stopped the fight when Redone made it clear he could no longer defend himself when he turned his back on Malik. Once the call was made, Redone showed obvious signs of disagreement, shaking his head and dancing around the ring to show the world he was able to continue despite his fatigue. After realizing the fight was over, he returned to his corner in frustration. He then watched his opponent walk around the ring, waving his countries flag in victory.

Redone hugged him in congratulations, posed for a picture then went o his corner to gather his things. He and his trainers headed to the locker room.

On the way to the locker room Redone complained of not feeling well. Minutes later he was taken by ambulance to Daniel Freedman Hospital in Inglewood, CA.

The doctors reported that there was bleeding on the front left portion of his brain and that if they didn't operate he could die. The surgery was nearly 4 hours long and the prognosis was grave. There was more damage than originally thought and the hope for recovery was slim.

His family spent 6 days in the hospital waiting for the inevitable until he past away.

To add to the sadness, on December 27th, 1997, just one week before Redone's final fight he was married to his wife Lisa. (Pictured with him at left).

Now for the even more sad news, that it should have never happened.

During the investigation after his death it was discovered that Redone and his trainer/manager had never revealed to the event matchmakers or the California State Athletic Commission that he had been knocked out only a few weeks prior to the January 3rd match-up.

Worse yet, he had actually been knocked out 2 other times, all within a time frame of approximately 45 days, yet he never revealed these results to anyone.

Also determined in the investigation was that there was probably previous brain damage from one of these prior bouts. However without time to heal, the damage along with the head blows in his final bout could of all lead to his death. But again, he never told anyone, not even the California State Athletic Commission.

One of those bouts was in California but was on an Indian Reservation. The California State Athletic Commission has no jurisdiction on Indian Reservations so they had no record of the bout.




Bougara, like any fighter was a True WARRIOR!
The sad thing about him and many fighting warriors is that they ignore pain and the issues of safety when a challenge comes his way.

For a stunning memorial on Redone Bougara please click
HERE.
When you get there, listen and read.
It may make a lot of you think twice about the issue of Fighter Safety Rules and Regulations no matter what WARRIOR Sport your in.
We hope you will never have such a page as you will find here.



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Unlike Boxing, Kickboxing has no regulated tracking system where promoters can find out info about a fighter, such as a KO suspension.

2004:IKF Establishes a Medical Suspension List for Kickboxers.
For example pro boxing KO/TKO's can be found by checking FIGHT FAX, INC. (856-638-0505 or fightfax.boxing@verizon.net) which keeps a record of every Pro Boxer in the world recording all their pro bouts, wins, losses and everything else. As of the Spring of 2004 the IKF and thew USKBA are the only kickboxing sanctioning bodies who follow these suspensions rules for both pros and amateurs kickboxers.

"The suspension rule is important for many reasons" says IKF President Steve Fossum."The obvious being for the fighters recovery time. A fighter may be hurt worse than he thinks and the suspension gives them time to recover. Our philosophy is Safety First, no matter if they are amateur or pro fighters!"

In some cases, a suspension can be lifted by a commission. Such was the case on an IKF Sanctioned event in Rockford, Illinois, USA in November 0f 2002. Amateur fighter Dan Erickson (Right) was stopped in a bout in Ireland in late October. He was scheduled to fight for the IKF North American title against Mike Marinoble, of Fair Oaks, CA on November 16th in South Carolina, USA. However the stop made him ineligible for the bout giving Marinoble the win by forfeit. After discussing the stoppage of the fight with those involved the IKF reduced the suspension to a 30 day suspension instead of a 45 day suspension. This is usually done when the bout review shows that the stop of the fight was not due to repeated knockdowns, blows or one single severe blow. This allowed Erickson to fight in Rockford Illinois on November 30th, which he did, winning by KO in the first round.





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