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
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.