THE BEST OF THE BEST
IKF FOR 1996
- INDIVIDUAL BEST FIGHTER
- PRO: George Tsutsui
- Amateur: Dave Marinoble & Eric Regan
- BEST TRAINER
- PRO: Fairtex (4-1)
- Amateur: Nasser Niavaroni (18-3-1)
- MOST TITLE BOUTS
- PRO: George Tsutsui (2)
- Amateur: Dave Marinoble (2 U. S.), Scott Harmon (2 U. S.),
Eric Regan (1 US, 1 CA)
- MOST ACTIVE IKF
MALE FIGHTER: Jerico Lane (2-2) & Ben Davis (0-4)
- MOST ACTIVE IKF FEMALE FIGHTER: Jaime
- BEST IKF RECORD: Dave
Marinoble & Aaron Defenbach Both 3-0.
- MOST KNOCKOUTS - NOT TKO'S: Jerico Lane,
Brett Spaid & George Tsutsui.1 each.
- MOST IKF
KNOCKOUTS & TKO's: Eric Regan & Aaron Defenbach. 2
- MOST DEVASTATING KNOCKOUT: We
couldn't pick just 1 so we picked the 3 that stood out the most.
- George Tsutsui over Miguel Reyes @ 1:03 of round 5 to win
the IKF Pro Intl Rules U.S. Welterweight
title on Nov.16th in Redding CA, @ Win River Casino.
- Brett Spaid over Jones Tom @ :55 of round 3 to win the IKF Amateur Full Contact Rules Light Welterweight
title that Tom held on May 4th in Sacramento, CA at America Live.
- Jerico Lane over Ben Davis @ 1:45 of round 1. No title,
just lots of power. Again, on Nov. 16th in Redding CA, @ Win River Casino.
- QUICKEST KNOCKOUT: Jerico Lane. At 1:45 of rd 1, Lane "KNOCKED
Ben Davis, 11/16 in Redding, CA. Some TKO's were quicker but we wanted a
- BEST BOUT OF THE YEAR
- The best Pro and best Amateur bouts of the year happened in Redding
CA at Win River Casino on November 16th.
- The best PRO bout ended at 1:03 of the 5th round when George "TNT"
Tsutsui of San Francisco, CA, USA (16-1, 144 lbs.) KNOCKED OUT Miguel
Reyes (14-3, 143 lbs) of San Diego, CA, USA to win the IKF Intl. Rules U. S. Welterweight title. Reyes
was ahead on the judges cards up to the KO!
- The best AMATEUR bout went the distance as Dave "Madman"
Marinoble of Roseville, Ca, USA (10-0-1, 166 lbs.) won a unanimous decision
over Dominck Sivilon of San Diego, CA, USA (10-3, 169 lbs.) to win the
IKF Full Contact rules United States Super
Middleweight title 49-46, 49-46 & 50-45.
- BEST COMEBACK BOUT: Mike Dougherty of Loomis CA, USA (9-1, 177
lbs) win over
Heath Harris of San Diego, CA, USA (4-1, 175 lbs) to win the IKF U. S. Full Contact Rules Light Heavyweight title
in April at Redding, CA. After being dropped in round 1 by an uppercut and right
hand combination, Dougherty came back to totally dominate all 4
remaining rounds to win a unanimous decision 48-45, 48-45 and 49-45.
- BEST KICKBOXING SCHOOL: Niavaroni's Kickboxing Academy, Citrus
Heights, CA, USA (18-3-1)
- MOST ACTIVE PROMOTER: Dan Verdugo, Redding, CA USA & K.O. Kick
Boxing, Hayward, CA, USA
- LARGEST AMATEUR EVENT: Rumble in Redding V
- MOST ACTIVE IKF REFEREE: Jon Shorlee II
- MOST ACTIVE IKF JUDGE: Steve Wenger
CO-FIGHTERS OF THE YEAR
3 Time IKF
IKF United States Light
Middleweight, Middleweight Champion
United States Super Middleweight Champion
Record: 10 wins, No loses, 1
draw with 3 knockouts
Fighting Weight Range: 157 to 166
- AGE: 28
HOMETOWN: Roseville, CA, USA
Trainer: Greg Kirkpatrick,
There's a reason we call this fighter "Madman"
but it's not because of his lack of control or focus in the ring. Dave
Marinoble is one of those guys who "Walks the Walk".
Out of the ring, he's a martial artists passing on his
knowledge as a leader, teacher and roll model to over 150 students at his
martial arts school in Roseville CA, (United Kung Fu Karate, 5005 Foothills
Blvd., Suite 5A, (916) 786-0333) But take a step into Mr. Marinoble's
Step into his office that lies within 18 square feet of ropes
known as a kickboxing ring and this humble martial artist becomes a focused Madman
in search of his next goal. With crisp speed and powerful execution of various
combinations and techniques, Marinoble combines physical perfection with
a controlled and focused Madman's mentality to accomplish his goal. To
Beginning as a Light Middleweight, Marinoble has done
what only 1 other IKF fighter has done.
Capture 3 titles in 3 different weight divisions. (Pro woman's fighter, Ramona
Gatto being the other with 3 different world titles)
As a fighter Marinoble's trademark is his lightning
speed and quickness. With the ability to execute precision techniques with both
his feet and hands, Marinobles opponents rarely know what they were hit
with until they watch the video after the fight.
When Marinoble begin his fighting career, many thought
that he didn't have any knockout power. However, he proved that wrong in
Sacramento, CA last May, 1996 against Barnie James (Santa Rosa CA 8-3)
in defense of Marinobles IKF
Marinoble is known for his humble kindness and respect
to his opponents before they fight, but he was introduced to the world of "Trash
Talkin Threats" by James before the bout. Although this is
extremely common among fighters, apparently James took something too far
and it proved one thing to future fighters, "Don't make the Madman mad!"
After beating him with one explosive combination after the
other in rounds 1 & 2, Marinoble knocked James out at 54
seconds into the 3rd round. There was suddenly no more question if Marinoble
had knockout power.
In his last bout, November 16th, 1996, at Win River Casino in
Redding, California, he and Dominick Sivilon (10-3, San Diego, CA) went
toe to toe for 5 rounds in a full contact war which was awarded the best
IKF bout of the year. Marinoble
won a unanimous decision to win the vacant IKF
Super Middleweight title.
Mr. Marinoble is currently looking into the
possibilities of turning Pro sometime in 1997. His reasons are logical since he
has fulfilled all his goals as an amateur of being a 3 time champion. Whatever
he decides to do, we as the IKF will
support him all the way. Turning pro seems like a good decision, especially with
his talent. And besides, why not get paid to do what you do best. And for the
Mr. MADMAN Marinoble, it's WIN TITLES!
IKF Amateur US Super Welterweight Champion
13 wins, No loses, 8 knockouts
Fighting Weight: 152
HOMETOWN: Roseville, CA, USA
Trainer: Nasser Niavaroni
If you've seen Eric Regan fight, you know why he has
earned the nickname, "The Hitman". Regan looks like
the boy next door but don't let his innocent and kind looks fool you. Regan
is a true warrior inside the ring but even more important, a gentleman outside
As a black belt instructor at Niavaroni's Kickboxing
Academy, Regan teaches Shotokan Karate and Kickboxing along with 1997 IKF trainer of the year,
Nasser Niavaroni. With an amateur record of 12-0, Regan struck
his boyish charm on 8 unsuspecting opponents winning by knockout.
Our two top amateur IKF
fighters were suppose to meet in San Jose this past May 31st, putting their
undefeated records on the line. However, Marinoble suffered a cracked
rib in sparring postponing the match-up. Regan was instead matched up
with seasoned professional, Russell Franklin (23-4) It was Regan's
Pro debut and he didn't let the Regan fans down. With a strong front leg
thrust kick to Franklin's upper body, Regan kept Franklin at his
desired distance. Regan scored over and over again with flurries of
jabs, right hands, hooks, uppercuts and more kicks from
Regan's long and powerful legs. When the 2 got close, Regan
showed an even more improved inside game plan. When it was over, Franklin
was clearly beaten on all 5 score cards and Regan was the winner by
Like Marinoble, Eric Regan "Walks the Walk"!
If you ever meet him in person, you will find a humble champion that is focused
and disciplined on his goals. The fact is, is that this man is going to be a
World Champion someday, there is no doubt about it. His courtesy and respect
towards others make him even more likable. A true Champion in and outside of the
Everyone has something to say about how Regan seems to
smile while fighting. Maybe it's a sure sign that Regan truly loves what
he is doing.
As his trainer Nasser Niavaroni brings him along, he
will soon be ready quicker than most to have that shot at a World Title. Between
now and then though will be plenty of disciplined training sessions and more
bouts to work on Regan's skills. With only 13 bouts he has great skill
but as his trainer Nasser Niavaroni says, "he has so much more
talent we haven't even touched and he hasn't even reached his true potential yet".
When he does, in his weight class and his height, it's going to
be hard to stop him.
Regan and his humble and respectable attitude makes him a true
ambassador of the sport. The role model that kickboxing truly needs. When the
time comes to crown this man World Champion, we here at the IKF hope that it's an IKF
World Title Belt he wraps around his waist. However, no matter what organization
offers him his much deserved World Title shot, we will support him and stand
beside him as a true kickboxing warrior, respected kickboxing champion and true
ambassador of the martial arts.
For Regan, the decision to turn Pro simply gave him
another reason to smile while doing the sport he loves. Imagine Regan's
thoughts, "You mean I can do what I love to do, knock opponents out,
win titles, sign autographs, smile at pretty girls when I win, all this, and I
get paid for it?"
As his trainer would say, "Sure Mr. Regan, now
get back to hitting that bag and don't forget what really makes a champion,
Discipline and Hard Work!"
Words of a champions trainer and together they will capture
kickboxing highest prize. A WORLD TITLE!!!
KO KICKBOXING IN REDDING...
The best of the IKF? November 16th,
Well, in this case, Dan Verdugo was blessed with most of it at his
Win River KO Kickboxing event on Nov. 16th, 1996. If you weren't there, here's
what you missed.
- 1996 IKF Pro fighter of the year in
action: George "TNT" Tsutsui.
- 1996 IKF Amateur fighter of the year
in action: Dave "Madman" Marinoble.
- The Best IKF Amateur Fight for 1996.
Dave "Madman" Marinoble vs Dominck Sivilon for the
vacant IKF FC rules, U. S. Super
MiddleWeight title. Marinoble won by unanimous dec. 49-46, 49-46 &
- The best IKF Pro bout for 1996:
George "TNT" Tsutsui vs Miguel Reyes for the vacant
IKF Pro, U. S. Welterweight title which
Tsutsui won with a DEVASTATING KNOCKOUT at 1:03 of the 5th round
and Reyes was ahead on all the judges cards....
- The most devastating Pro KO for 1996: See above. "TNT"
TSUTSUI! Winner by Knockout!
- The Quickest IKF Knockout for 1996:
Jerico Lane's "KNOCKOUT" of Ben Davis, 1:45 of the 1st
- Most School wins: Naivaroni's Kickboxing. Their fighters went 5-1
with 3 wins by KO or TKO.
We think we made our point and you get the picture. The moral of
this story, "Don't miss the next Redding KO Kickboxing event." Call
Mr. Verdugo at (916) 241-8175.... Here's The nights full results:
- Jaime Baron ( 120, Cool, Ca, 2-1) Won By TKO at :46 Of
Third Round over Thuy Le (124, Santa Rosa, Ca, 0-1)
- Billy Beach (116, Citrus Heights, Ca, 1-0) Won By TKO at
1:31 Of Third Round over Gene Smith ( 112, Shingle Town, Ca, 0-1).
Beach Was Strong In The First Round and Could Have Finished It But
Didn't Close In. Great Kicks & Was In Full Control.
- Dave Holeman (166, Vallejo, Ca, 1-0) Won By TKO at 1:23 Of
the First Round over Heath Patterson (169, Red Bluff, Ca, 0-1).
- Jessica Nobles (123, Citrus Heights, Ca, 1-0) Won By
Unanimous Dec. 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 over Andrea Long ( 126, Santa
- Cisco Ordaz ( 188, Chico, Ca, 0-0-1) fought to a Majority
Draw 27-27, 28-27, 27-27 with Eric Saylor ( 186, Fairfield, Ca,
Ordaz Would Have Won But Didn't Get His Kicks In 2
Rounds And Lost 1 Point From Each Scorecard.
- Dan Troffo (145, Citrus Heights, Ca, 1-0) Won By Unanimous
Dec. 30-26, 29-26 and 30-27 over Anthony Suarez ( 145, Fremont, Ca,
In Round 3, Suarez Was Given A Standing 8 Count Requiring
An Automatic 10-8 Round. However, Judge Sal Santoro Scored It 10-9, Troffo.
This Gave Suarez 1 Extra Point. Good Thing This Error Didn't Effect The
Decision. Troffo Totally Dominated This Bout.
- Aaron Defenbach (204, Citrus Heights, Ca, 4-0) Won By TKO
at the End Of Round One over Scott Spangler ( 237, Chico, Ca, 0-1).
Defenbach Hurt Spangler Bad In Round One And Spangler
Didn't Come Out Of His Corner For Round 2. Defenbach Was Patient And
Simply Fought Smart And Did His Job. Very Disciplined, Kept His Cool.
- Pete Garcia ( 175, Redding, Ca, 4-3) Won By Split Dec.
29-28, 28-29, 29-27 over Domonick Robles (172, Citrus Heights, Ca,
Robles Dominated This Bout. However He Was Caught Off
Balance By A Front Thrust And Was Knocked Down. This Turned An Obvious 10-9
Round In His Favor To What Should Have Been A 10-8 Round For Garcia.
However, Only One Judge Gave The 10-8 Round To Garcia (Santos) Judge
Wenger Gave Garcia Only A 10-9 Win And Judge Dougherty
Gave The Round To Robles, 10-9.
- Lennie Howell (177, Citrus Heights, Ca, 1-0) Won By TKO at
1:41 Of Second Round over Ted Brown (180, Santa Rosa, Ca, 0-3)
- The Vacant IKF Full Contact Rules
United States Super Middleweight Title
Dave Marinoble ( 166,
Roseville, Ca, 10-0-1) Won By Unanimous Decision 49-46, 49-46, 50-45 over
Dominck Sivilon ( 169, San Diego, Ca, 10-3)
This Was A
Great Fight! Marinoble Had A Great Turnback Kick And Both Fighters Were
- Jerico Lane (169, Redding, Ca, 4-4) Won By KO at 1:45 Of
First Round over Ben Davis ( 177, Fairfield, Ca, 1-4)
- The Vacant IKF Pro Intl. Rules United
States Welterweight Title
George Tsutsui (144, San Francisco,
Ca, 16-1) Won By KO at 1:03 Of the Fifth Round over Miguel Reyes (
143, San Diego, Ca, 14-3).
This Was Another Great Fight! That Ended
With A Devastating Knockout!
Bouts, 3 IKF Titles and Plenty of ACTION! -
October 17th, 1996
Former Woman's World Kickboxing Champion Kathy Long came to
Strongbow Stadium last month, but not to compete. Instead, Long, now a
trainer cornered for her fighter Mauricio 'The Jaguar' Gonzalez
and they left Bakersfield with a familiar result, A title win.
INTERNATIONAL RULES UNITED STATES WELTERWEIGHT TITLE
- Gonzalez' (8-0, 4 KO's, 140, Los Angeles, CA) out pointed
Jacobb Salez (12-1, 8 KO's, 144, Los Angles, CA) 49-46, 47-48
and 50-45 to win a split decision.
INTERNATIONAL RULES CALIFORNIA BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE
- Ex-Kathy Long trainer and now event promoter Eric Nolan's
fighter Jay 'Big Guns' Garner (5-1, 3 KO's, 123,
Bakersfield, CA) won a unanimous decision victory over last minute fill in
Gagriale Sitzenstock 39-37, 39-36 and 39-36.
INTERNATIONAL RULES UNITED STATES SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
- The main event featured the real big guns though as Chuck 'The
Iceman' Lidell (14-2, 11 Ko's 222, Arroyo Grande, CA) outpointed
Scott 'The Monster' Harmon ( 7-1, 4 KO's, 226, Simi Valley,
CA) 49-45, 48-46 and 49-46.
- Mike Limke outpointed Jamie Comstock 28-27, 30-26 &
- First timers Yia Mua & Jeff Garcia both won by KO as
Promoters Eric Nolan and Abe Belardo plan their next event
in Bakersfield January 25th, 1997.
THE "HAMMER" RETIRES!
IKF North American & United States Kickboxing
Champion Toney "The Hammer" Hannon
He held 2 different IKF titles in the
2nd roughest division in Kickboxing, International Leg Kick rules. (Muay
Thai rules being the roughest) He stands 5' 10" tall and brings with
him to his office (the ring) 165 pounds of power and confidence. In his
career, he accumulated 18 victories in 21 bouts but his record never listed a
loss. Three of his opponents were able to come close enough to "The
Hammers" nail and come away with a draw.
Of his 18 wins, 15 were victories by knockout or TKO. He had a calm but
domineering presence about him that very few fighters will ever have. From his
pre fight attire he wore in his opening march to the ring to seeing him raise
both arms in victory after winning. His calm confident face saluted victory many
times and this now becomes the closing story of a true champion. Toney "The
Hannon has officially announced his retirement to the IKF in the sport he gave his heart and sole to for
many exciting years but he will not be forgotten. He comes from a strong lineage
of champions and top fighters trained by Eric Nolan of Bakersfield
California. Many remember Nolan's famous fighter, Women's World
Champion, Kathy "The Punisher" Long who went from a
petite young lady to a world champion in the blink of an eye. Long
eventually retired to pursue an acting career. Another top fighter from Nolan's
stable is Boyd "The Bounty Hunter" Murphy who has
accumulated his share of victories and knockouts (14-5 & 10 KO'S). Murphy
is famous for always coming to the final round with his famous knock out punch.
Some may remember a fight that should have been a U.S sanctioned title bout (but
the promoter didn't want to sanction it as such) that took place in Tahoe,
Nevada a few years ago. (Undercard of Showtime PPV when Rick Roufus
fought McDonald and Alexio and Torres also fought)
Murphy was matched up with then, undefeated United States Champion, Jim
"Kidlot" Brown of Sacramento, CA. A scheduled 3 rounder,
Murphy was behind on all the judges cards when he put Brown down
and OUT with his famous right hand.
Hannon was a different fighter than Murphy though. Hannon
loved to use his strong and powerful legs to beat on his opponents legs. Being
patient with precise timing. When his opponents thought Hannon couldn't
kick above his own waist, Hannon would land a round kick to their face.
When his opponents thought he couldn't fight inside and would try to crowd him,
he unloaded a flurry of devastating body blows and finished off with a smack to
Hannons personality was calm and poised, but if opponents ever tried
to entertain the thought that they could defeat him, his gaze was like the stare
of a tiger. "Don't even go there son.," seemed to be the look
in his eye. Yes Hannon was a unique champion. He never let his ego get
above him. Maybe his martial arts training kept his respect here. Hannon
is one of those fighters that the IKF
likes to talk about because of the way he represents the sport of kickboxing. He
joins other champions that come to mind that do the same for the sport like Regan,
Harmen, Dougherty, Andrade, Kirkpatrick, Stearns, Marinoble, Spaid, Tsutsui
and several others. As Hannon leaves kickboxing he will continue to
train students in martial arts at Eric Nolan's Martial Arts Academy in
Bakersfield, California, USA. We at the IKF
wish him only the best in his future. With his humble respect towards others and
disciplined work ethic towards success, we are sure that he will be a champion
in anything he attempts.
The Promoting Part Of Kickboxing
Attention current and future kickboxing promoters! Be a part of 2
fast expanding organizations. The Sanctioning body of the IKF and the Promotional organization of K.O. Kick Boxing. What is K.O. Kick Boxing? K.O.
Kick Boxing is a concept of retired Professional Kickboxing Champions Johnny
"Superfoot" Davis of San Jose, CA and Sam Montgomery
of Hayward, CA. Many may think that K.O. Kickboxing is simply a name used to
promote Davis' & Montgomery's events, however look a little closer
and you'll find that the founders of K.O. Kickboxing had a much larger picture
in mind than their own events. Their focus was the entire sport of kickboxing
itself and from the look of things, it's a GREAT idea.
Already K.O. Kickboxing has attracted 2 other promoters to work under the
name K.O. Kickboxing. One being long time successful promoter Dan Verdugo
and his associates at Win River Casino in Redding, CA who will use the K.O.
Kickboxing tag on their upcoming November 16th event in Redding, CA. The other
is up and coming promoter Carlos Navarro of San Francisco who is
promoting a K.O. Kickboxing event in February of 1997. The concept is to put as
many events, from different promoters under the same name, much like the
organization concepts of the IKF, and then
assist each other in scheduling, promoting and attaining sponsorship for all
K.O. Kickboxing events. This way, as 1 name, the promoters involved will all
appear as a large, organized group instead of many individuals.
The K.O. Kickboxing objective is to broaden the spectator appeal and
monetary value of the sport of Kickboxing. Making the sport more accessible to
the general public will be a major help to increasing its popularity. This
expansion concept will:
- Encourage large sponsors to become involved with a large organization that
will give them access to a large new market.
- Offer a unified front for Kickboxing which will make K.O. Kick Boxing, &
IKF the names spectators seek for the best
in Kickboxing promotions throughout the US and abroad.
- Provide each K.O. Kick Boxing Promotion with start up capital.
- Increase credibility for all promoters involved. ( As long as shows are
good and professional )
- Make all events successful and profitable through mass appeal,
professionalism, united advertising and networking.
- Provide a consistent, accurate Rankings System and Sanctioning Body through
the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF)
- Provide a yearly calendar of events, which will prevent dual events on the
same day or in the same area.
The K.O. Kickboxing exclusive agreement will only work with one
organization per city. This will give that organization the exclusive
promotional rights to K.O. Kick Boxing events. Additionally, this exclusive
agreement bonds the sponsoring organization to only promote K.O. Kick Boxing
events for the term of agreement. This expansion can only happen with Promoters
who can keep an open mind and genuine concern for the growth of this great
sport. For more K.O. Kick Boxing info, contact Johnny Davis at ( 408)
Scores Big On 2nd Show!
12 Exciting Bouts - August 3rd, 1996
With 2 former World Kickboxing Champions leading the way, K. O. Kick Boxing, founded by World Kickboxing
Champions Johnny Davis of San Jose, California, USA and
Montgomery, of Hayward, California, USA held their second event
on August 3rd, 1996. With event experience in their favor this time, the show
hosted 12 exciting bouts and several outstanding demonstrations by Sam
Montgomery's West Coast Demo Team.
With 9 full contact rule bouts and 3 leg kick fights, the crowd at
Washington High School in Fremont, CA saw 4 bouts end in knockouts and the
remaining 8 win by unanimous decision. The card also featured 1 woman's match
where Jaime Baron, 122 lbs of Cool, California, USA won a unanimous
decision over Andrea Long 124 lbs of Santa Rosa, California, USA. All 3
judges scored the bout 30-27. There was also a major upset when
Jose Aguilar, 133 lbs of San Francisco, California, USA, who said he
only had fought once before, defeated Steve Delfierro, 131 lbs of
Hayward, CA. However, an advantage to Aguilar was the fact that he used
a headgear because of the Athletic Commission rule of those with 3 bouts or less
must wear headgear. Let this be a lesson to all. If your opponents going to wear
a headgear, you should to!
Delfierro did not. However, don't let our headgear comment confuse you.
Aguilar showed GREAT skill! He didn't look like a fighter with only one
fight, but if its true, WOW, has this fighter got a future!
Probably the most devastating knockout of the night came in fight number 5,
a full contact rules match between
Christopher Stanford, 160 lbs of Pacheco, California, USA making his
Wade Adams, 166 lbs. from Sparks NV with only a draw on his record. At
:09 seconds into the 3rd round, Stanford delivered a devastating kick
that hit Adams square on the jaw and dropped him hard. All night Stanford
showed powerful kicks and spin kick combinations It was a straight rear leg
roundhouse kick that won it for him.
The main event of the night was a non title bout which featured the debut of
local fighter Dave Gilfillan, 179 lbs of Fremont, California, USA
against Ben Davis, 173 lbs of Vacaville, California, USA. With a strong
Uppercut Gilfillan ended the bout at 1:23 of the 2nd round. Davis'
record dropped to 1 and 3.
WHEN ASKED YOUR RECORD!
When you are asked what your record is on an IKF
event, you had better tell the truth. If not, whether you win or lose, you will
be given a loss. The IKF keeps records of
all former fighters that have fought on an IKF
card and they ask ALL fighters their kickboxing and boxing record before they
weigh-in. Fighters are also asked this question when called during matchmaking.
Anthony Badua, 127 lbs of South San Francisco became the latest victim
of this rule. He told his matchmaker as well as IKF
President Steve Fossum on the day of the event that he had never fought
before. He was scheduled to fight Joe Talosig, 127 lbs of Pacheco, CA.
Not to be confused with his brother, Joan Talasig. Baddua won the bout
by a unanimous decision however, because of the rule, he was given a loss on his
record. So next time you are asked your record, Make sure you tell the truth!
Davis Instructs 2 kickboxing seminars at
Two time World Kickboxing Champion Johnny "Superfoot"
Davis was invited to the IKF
Headquarters to do a kickboxing seminar in August and was quickly re-scheduled
to do another one in October. His first seminar was on Wednesday, August 7th,
and was a dynamic seminar attended by several National champions and even IKF President Steve Fossum. Fossum was so
impressed with the seminar that he scheduled Davis to do another seminar
on Saturday, October 12th.
"Each seminar had about 15 to 20 students and everyone walked away with
some great knowledge about kickboxing" says IKF
President Steve Fossum. Fossum would like to assist Davis in
traveling to other gyms and schools to give seminars as well. For a reference of
the seminars contact the IKF at (916)
663-2467 or you can contact Mr. Davis directly at (408) 531-8183.
Muay Thai Comes To San Francisco
The Famous name of Fairtex Muay Thai has closed their operation in
Chandler Arizona and relocated to 444 Clementina St. (5th & Folsom) San
Francisco, CA. The location is a bit hard to find so keep your eyes open for the
famous Fairtex red, white & blue flag and you'll spot it easily. IKF President Steve Fossum and IKF judge Steve Wenger recently stopped in
to see the new digs and walked away impressed with what trainer/fighter Alex
Gong and company have done with the older warehouse-style building. A
professional boxing ring sits in one corner while 17 Fairtex made Banana Bags
hang in the workout area with plans to replace them with newer Fairtex style 7
foot tall pole bags.
Contact Mr. Gong if you would like to purchase any of the other 6'
banana bags when they replace them. The cost per bag will be $110.00 each.
Fairtex equipment was everywhere to be found such as bag gloves, head gear, kick
pads and boxing gloves. There will be no shortage of equipment in this gym. Fees
at the club begin at $65.00 a month with the option of day pass purchases as
well. All aspects of Muay Thai, Boxing and Kickboxing are taught at the center
throughout the day. Gong hopes to host an IKF
event at the center some time in the future. So if you're in the bay area, drop
in on the Fairtex gang. It's worth the trip. You can contact Mr. Gong
and other trainers like Phicheat Arunleung, who has trained many Thai
and U.S. National Champions. Also Boonkerd Fairtex who was a former
Lumpine Rajadamnern Champion which is the highest honor a Thai fighter can
achieve. He has fought in over 200 Muay Thai bouts. For more information,
contact Fairtex at (415) 512-SPAR (7727).
DEBUTS IN HAYWARD, CA
MAY 11th, 1996
With 2 past World Kickboxing Champions leading the way, K.O. Kick Boxing founded by World Kickboxing
Champions Johnny Davis of San Jose, California, USA and
Montgomery of Hayward, California, USA made their debut into the
world of kickboxing promoters. The picking was slim following 3 shows with a
total of 41 bouts between them that were held only a few weeks prior to their
event but K.O. Kick Boxing kept focused.
However, with 3 fights dropping out the day of the event, things even looked
bleak for the two energized founders of K.O. Kick
Boxing. But as they have done in their many World Championship
fights, Davis and Montgomery simply dug deep and found a way to
win and win they did!
With several martial arts demonstrations by the West Coast Fong Demo
Team, the Sam Montgomery Demo Team and a special exhibition by world
champion brick breaker Shawn Jewel, K.O. Kick
Boxing scored a knockout with the crowd. They added 2 fight
exhibitions including an exhibition with IKF
United States Light Heavyweight Champion Mike "Magicman"
Dougherty of Loomis, California, USA and Daniel Ghowsi
of Fremont CA. It takes courage to stay strong when things look bleak but
champions like Davis and Montgomery proved they had skill in the
fight game both in the ring and out of the ring. The nights MC Fernando
made the show as he got the crowd involved with every blow by blow. It was
obvious that everyone walked away from the first of many K.O. Kick Boxing events with a new look at the new
Martial Arts night promoted by K.O. Kick Boxing.
We at the IKF are proud of K.O. Kick Boxing and how they found a way to win
their debut with a Victory by Knockout. Great job
Mr. Davis and Mr. Montgomery. You proved to be champions in the
eyes of everyone once again! We look forward to your next event.
K.O. Kick Boxing's MAIN EVENT!
Redding's Jerico Lane Fills
In For Title Shot And Wins IKF California Title!
IKF Light Heavyweight United States title
holder Mike Dougherty's opponent fell out of K.O.
Kick Boxing's main event, a main event was needed. Enter Cary
Nathan of Redwood City, California, USA and Jericho Lane of Redding,
California, USA. Both were scheduled to fight 3 rounds but since they both
weighed in at a weight where the IKF had a
vacant California title, they both agreed to go 4 rounds and be the main event.
With action bringing the crowd to their feet, both Lane and Nathan
fought strong for all 4 rounds. In the end, Lane won a unanimous
decision, 39-35, 38-35 and 39-35 to capture the vacant, IKF Amateur California Full Contact Rules Super
Middleweight title. Nathan is trained by Eddie Croft of San
Francisco, California, USA, while Lane is trained by
Dan Verdugo of Verdugo's Martial Arts in Redding, California,
Debuts Kickboxing Mania I!
Uppercut Promotion (UP) partners Nasser Niavaroni and Ed Fitch
have entered into the world of promotions and they did so with a fantastic 14
bout event held at America Live in Sacramento, California, USA. With 4 IKF United States title bouts UP entertained the
crowd with 3 of them ending in dynamic fashion, with Victories by Knockout.
Former baseball star Steve Sax and Sacramento FM 102 DJ Billy Burke
entertained the crowd with a fun filled exhibition and to the surprise of many,
the two showed some pretty good skill in the ring. Who knows, maybe we will see
one of them in a real bout in the future. UP is looking to hold another event
later in the Fall of 96. Great work gentlemen. Your introduction to the sport as
promoters was done with a touch of excellence just like the fighters we have
seen come out of your kickboxing gym.
Kickboxing Mania I
By Knockout! Eric Regan Wins U. S. Title By
Knockout... What's New!!!
"The Hitman" Regan of Citrus Heights, CA, not only won
another IKF title but the award as fighter
of the night as well with a Victory by knockout at 1:50 of the 4th round. The
young 20 year old Regan knocked down another goal during his dynamic
kickboxing career as he defeated
Josh Foster of Almogordo New Mexico to capture the vacant IKF Amateur full contact rules United States Super
Welterweight title. Foster, 5-1 with 2 KOs and trained by Gary
Vincent, came out strong scoring on blind overhead punches on the taller
Regan, but Regan shook off the blows and seemed to counter with
the same relaxed ease he has shown in previous bouts. Regan showed the
advantage of his martial arts background scoring on flashy kicks and strong
Regan improved his record to 7-0 after the bout. However, a few
weeks later in Hawaii, Regan defeated IKF
U. S. Welterweight champion, Kimo Kekai in a non IKF sanctioned 3 round non title bout by knockout.
So Regan is now 8-0 with 7 knockouts. As trainer Nasser Niavaroni
prepares Regan, known to many as "The Hitman",
for other bouts, they will soon discuss the possibilities of a pro career. As of
yet, Niavaroni and Regan have worked it to perfection by not
jumping to the pro ranks too quickly like some fighters have done in the past.
As these two knock off goal after goal, we're sure to see them on the big screen
someday. As time goes by, Regan continues to be a champion in and out of
the ring. We have seen him come from a young and tall beginner to a fine young
man and an IKF United States Champion.
Keep up the good work gentlemen. We here at the IKF
have made it clear that we are proud to be the ones to put those title belts
around true kickboxing champions & respected individuals like Eric
Kickboxing Mania I
Madman Marinoble Lets It All Out In Knockout Title
There's a reason we call him "MADMAN"
and at Kickboxing Mania I in Sacramento CA, David Marinoble unleashed
the flash and power he seemed to be holding back in past bouts to defend his
IKF United States Middleweight title in
dynamic fashion! With a Victory by Knockout! The bout was heated by a few unkind
words from Marinoble's challenger Barnie James, 8-2 of Santa
Rosa, before the bout and it seemed to get Marinoble to an explosive
boiling point. Marinoble, who owns a martial arts school a few miles
away in Roseville, CA proved like Eric Regan that a Martial Arts
background helps in the ring. Marinoble holds a 3rd degree black belt
and his impressive kick combinations seemed to be a big factor in the bout.
Fighting in his home town, Marinoble, 7-0 with a draw put on a show
for his fan club and simply took it to James for 2 rounds before ending
it with a knockout at :54 of the 3rd round. James, trained by Mike
Duvall had impressive kicks but Marinoble seemed to have the mental
edge and simply ignored what pain
James gave him. We at the IKF hope
that the crowd at the event understands that
Marinoble's seemingly rude words to James after the bout were
offered up only because of a previous exchange of words. Whatever it was, it
sure brought the "MADMAN" out of Marinoble in an
impressive display of true kickboxing!
Kickboxing Mania I
Lionking Spaid Earns His IKF
Ringname With Devastating KO!
At 5'9" tall, few look at
Brett Spaid and think of him as a Champion kickboxer but don't let the
size of this 24 year old from Citrus Heights CA, fool ya. Turn down the lights a
bit and open up the ropes to a 20 x 20 Lion cage he calls his office and known
as a boxing ring and this Nasser Niavaroni trained fighter comes with
the same power, heart and flash as his training partner Eric "The
Hitman" Regan. Spaid was the challenger against IKF U. S. Light Welterweight Champion
Jones Tom of Vallejo when the bell rung at Kickboxing Mania I. When it
was all over, the Champion Jones Tom lay motionless from the LIONKINGs
spinning backhand and a new king took over the kingdom. Spaid took the
IKF United States title away from Jones
Tom with a devastating spinning backhand at :55 seconds of the 3rd round.
Tom laid motionless on the ring canvas for several minutes before rising
to his feet. Both fighters put up a great fight until the blow that sent
Tom to the canvas. With explosive combinations and counters, both proved
to be great warriors, but in the fight game, only one can be king, and on this
day, Brett Spaid earned his new ring name, The "LIONKING".
Oh, by the way, that's, "MR. LIONKING" to any challengers out
there. Great fight gentlemen!
Kickboxing Mania I
Harmen Wins IKF Title In
Fight Of The Night Vs Kirkpatrick
When two top class heavyweights get together, everyone expects a knockout. But
when the fight goes the distance, there's sure to be some action you won't want
to miss and that's exactly what happened in the fight of the night at Kickboxing
Mania I in Sacramento, CA, USA. Scott "The Monster"
Harmen, 6'3 and 219 pounds, 27 years old from Simi Valley California,
defeated Greg "The G Man" Kirkpatrick, 26 years old
from Newcastle, CA in a close 5 round decision, 48-47, 49-48 and 48-47 to
capture the vacant IKF amateur full
contact rules United States Super Heavyweight title.
Harmen, trained by Jim Mullen, came out strong in the first
3 rounds but seemed to become fatigued in the final two rounds which was
obviously due to the fact that he had to drop some weight at the weigh-ins a few
hours earlier. Because of the fatigue, Kirkpatrick won rounds 4 & 5
on all 3 judges cards but it wasn't enough. Harmen improved to 4-0 with
3 KO's while Kirkpatrick, who was the first opponent of Harmen's
to go the distance against him dropped to 6-2 with 2 KO's. Scott Harmen
fought again a few weeks later in Bakersfield, CA, against the WKA Heavyweight
champion Chuck Liddell, 12-1 with 9 KO's from Arroyo California. Harmen
defeated Liddell in a 5 round decision. After this fight, IKF Super Heavyweight Champion Harmen
improved to 5-0 with 3 KOs. Great job Scott!
IKF Heavyweight And Super Heavyweight, Weight Change
IKF Follows California Athletic Commission In Change Of
After reviewing the new weight classes put into use by the California State
Athletic Commission, the IKF made a
decision to only change 1 weight class. The Heavyweight divisions weight spread
has been a controversy ever since its change from 194 to 205, 2 years ago to 194
to 220. Because of the questions raised about the large spread, the California
Athletic Commission changed the top limit for heavyweight to 215. The IKF decided to follow the commission in the decision
for the official IKF rankings book.
However, because of all the titles that would change in the middle divisions (14
to be exact) , the IKF choose not to
change all of the divisions since it would create a rankings nightmare. The IKF also choose not to add in 4 more new weight
divisions under the 120 limit like the California commission did because there
are not that many fighters in that division.
Rumble In Redding V - April 27th, 1996
Shrugs Off First Round Knockdown To Win Title!
There is a saying among kickboxing promoters that the crowd at the show will
remember the last fight the most and they usually judge the entire show by it.
If this holds true, maybe Dan Verdugo and Win-River Casino owe Mike
Dougherty a special gift. Dougherty shrugged off a devastating first
round knockdown by Heath Harris in their IKF
United States Light Heavyweight title bout and went on to win a unanimous
decision 48-45, 48-45, 49-45. Dougherty simply took complete control of
the bout and had Harris on the ropes several times where an 8 count
wouldn't have been questioned. Referee Jon Shorlee II finally gave Harris
a standing 8 in the 4th round.
Dougherty now becomes the only fighter in the IKF
to hold a title in both Full contact & Intl. rules. Dougherty who is
from Loomis, CA, and is trained by
Greg Kirkpatrick improves to 8-1 with 4 KO's. Harris from San
Diego, CA, who is trained by Chris Getz drops to 4-1. Mr. Verdugo
and Win-River did another fantastic job in the promotion. For their next event
this fall, please contact
Mr. Verdugo at (916) 241-8175. For bout outcomes, see back of this
CO-SANCTIONS KICKFEST WITH IFCA
Jose Espinoza and his son Mike
hosted 15 exciting kickboxing bouts at the
College of Notre Dame on
Saturday March 30th, 1996
Ron Tsutsui of Vallejo CA defeated Steve Delfiero of Hayward
CA to win the IKF California Lightweight
title in 4 rounds, 40-37, 40-35 and 40-35. The bout was almost stopped early
since Delfiero fouled Tsutsui by kicking him in the groin 2
times. If the bout was stopped, Tsutsui would have been awarded the
title under the circumstances and according to IKF
rules. Tsutsui who is trained by brother
George Tsutsui and assisted by Rick Noble improves to 7-1 while
Delfiero who is trained by Cheeta drops to 3-1. Tsutsui
requested he transfer his title to the vacant F. C. Rules division instead of
defending the title in the Intl. rules division. The IKF
allowed the switch since both titles were vacant titles.
Eric Regan of Citrus Heights CA seems to be on a quest. A quest to
be a world title holder. If he stays focused like he has so far, the soft spoken
and respectful 20 year old black belt will accomplish just that. After only 7
fights, Regan has captured the attention of many as he begins to also
capture as many amateur titles on his way to the top. From what we saw Saturday
night, he is clearly a force to be feared in his full contact rules division
weight class. At 6'4 and 154 lbs, he has great skill with his hands and feet. He
proved to be even more polished Saturday night with a TKO victory at 1:44 of the
3rd round over Jacob Anaya of Albq. New Mexico to win the IKF California Super Welterweight in the scheduled 4
round title bout. Regan who is trained by Nasser Niavaroni
improves to 7-0 with 6 KO's setting him up for his IKF
United States title bout scheduled for May 4th in Sacramento CA. Anaya
who is trained by Tony Rosalas and Paul Correa drops his record
to 6-4 with 4 KO's.
Vincente Vanderlipe of Salinas CA stopped Eric Mayorga of
Daly City at 1:50 of the 3rd round in the scheduled 4 round bout. Vanderlipe
KOed Mayorga with a "DEVASTATING" turnback side kick that
landed square and broke Mayorga's nose. What had seemed like a close
fight came to an abrupt end with the kick. Vanderlipe who is trained by
Rick Noble improves to 4-2 while Mayorga who is trained by Mike
Espinoza drops to 2 and 4.
Although the title was not sanctioned by the IKF
( this time), Jack Stearns of Auburn, CA once again defeated Donovis
Pooler of Daly City, but this time, he wins another title, the IFCA United
States Cruiserweight title to go along with his IKF
U.S. title. This rematch was clearly a better fight than the first match-up a
month ago sanctioned by the IKF. Stearns
seemed to have done his homework and training in preparation for the bout while
Pooler, weighed in 2 lbs over the weight class at the weigh-ins and had
to lose it before the fight. Once again though, like their last bout, Pooler
only got his kicks in, in 2 of the 5 rounds. However, this time, no points were
deducted in the fight. Even so, Stearns scored a majority decision with
the scores being 50-47, 50-47 and 47-48. Stearns who is trained by Greg
Kirkpatrick and Dan Stell improves to 6-0-2 while Pooler
who is trained by Mike Espinoza drops to 4-3.
Tremble At Travis A Big Success
George "Tnt" Tsutsui Wins
IKF Pro United States Title
LTD Productions held another great Pro/Am kickboxing show at Travis
Air Force Base in Fairfield CA, Saturday, Feb. 17th. A near sell-out crowd
watched George "TNT" Tsutsui of Vallejo California
defeat John "The Iceman" Adams of Azusa California to
win the IKF Pro United States Light
Welterweight Title in a 7 round decision 70-61, 70-61 and 69-63. Tsutsui
who is trained by the Fairtex camp improved to 13 wins and 1 loss with
10 knockouts while Adams who is now trained by Gary Ramos fell
to 48 and 9 with 35 knockouts.
Also on the event, Issiac Molina of San Diego CA defeated Randy
Tsutsui of Vallejo CA in 4 rounds to win the IKF
Amateur CA Middleweight Title , 40-37, 40-38 & 40-37. Molina,
trained by Doug Dickey improves to 3-0 with 1 KO while Tsutsui,
trained by brother George Tsutsui drops to 2-4. Great job in the
promotion by kickboxing champion Dan Stell and brother Tim Stell!
For their next event, contact Dan Stell at (707) 421-9874 or Tim
Stell at (707) 426-6904. See you there!