TUESDAY, July 31st, 2001, AT 5:30 PM PT
SUNDAY, July 22nd, 2001, AT 6:00 PM PT
MORE News Of July 22nd, 2001!
POSTED AT 4:45 PM PT
Sorry readers, but we warned you....
However, the 2,000 plus people who didn't miss it were witness to 8 IKF San Shou Title Bouts with some great San Shou exhibitions as well. This event was truly one of
"The Greatest Amateur San Shou Event in America!"
World Famous San Shou fighter Cung Le and his staff from UsH Entertainment feature the BEST Amateur San Shou Fighters from across the USA!
Le had some other World Famous stars in the house along with him on this night as well. In attendance was legendary martial arts star, Bob Wall (Right). For two decades Bob Wall was a force on the tournament circuit placing 1st or 2nd in every major karate championship from 1965 to 1972. He was also a member of the legendary quintet of Chuck Norris, Mike Stone, Joe Lewis, and Skipper Mullins sweeping the world professional titles for 1970, 71, & 72.
In addition to his championship career in the ring, he was also the only actor to appear in three Bruce Lee movies. His most notable role was as the evil O'Hara (Right) in "Enter The Dragon," one of Warner Brothers top ten grossing films of all time. He and Lee were very close friends; they shared a special bond that lasted until Lee's untimely death. To this day Mr. Wall speaks often and fondly of his departed friend. for more on Mr. Wall, click HERE!
Also in attendance was famous NHB Champion, Frank Shamrock (Left) and David Krapes of World Black Belt.com (Right).
The main excitement happened in the ring though on this night and here's a look at the results of the nights Amateur San Shou Championship Action!
Lets don't forget the Special Exhibition by 2 Great Pro San Shou fighters. The nights star of course, Cung Le (Left) himself and his IKF Pro U.S. San Shou Champion student, Rudi Ott! The two thrilled the crowd with several dynamic San Shou throws mixed in with explosive kick and punch combinations in a quick but exciting 2 minute exhibition round. Great job in the youth Exhibition as well by Steffany Cornejo and Matt Dong of Cung Le's San Shou Club and of course, the Cung Le USH Demo Team.
A Special Thanks to the event sponsors,
G-UP Energy Drink
World Black Belt.com,
A-1 Fence, Oxy-Water, Discover Chiropractic, The Beauty Spot and Discoteca El Indito.
For more info, please contact Mr. Cung Le and USH! ENTERTAINMENT at (408) 729-4900 or e-mail at CUNGLE@CUNGLE.COM.
You can also check out the Cung Le web site at:CungLe.com.
MORE NEWS OF JULY 22nd, 2001!
Posted AT 1:30 PM PT
Has New Superstar As
In a K-1 tournament that many believe boasted the most talent all year, a confident 23-year-old Alexei Ignashov (Right) walked away the winner with a berth in the Grand Prix Final in Tokyo. There he will join Jerome LeBanner (winner of the Osaka GP), Ernesto Hoost (winner of the Melbourne GP), the soon to be decided winner of the Las Vegas GP, the winner of the K-1 Japan, both finalists of the repechage tournament in Fukuoka and a fighter selected by K-1 producer Kazuyoshi Ishii.
Lloyd Van Dams vs.
Andrew Thompson vs. Cyril Abidi
Alexei Ignashov vs. Petar Mjstorovic
Bernardo hoped that Bregy, taking the Dutch tank three rounds, may have taken a bit of the snap out of the low kicks. He soon realized that he was in for a tough fight. In the first round, there was little he could do to get past the tight defense or to evade the frightening low kicks. The second round was a little closer in terms of points scored but Bernardo's legs were suffering more damage. The third round had Bernardo landing more strikes but by the end he was gasping for breath. Van Dams, the ever advancing juggernaut, needed to be pushed off to get room to launch combinations. This was nothing less than an exhausting chore. After three rounds, one judge gave the fight to Van Dams and the other two called it a draw which meant an over time round was needed. A knee to Bernardo's groin caused a time stop and allowed him to regain his breath. When the fight resumed, Mike made sure to score more than his opponent and took the decision. Bernardo WINS BY "4" ROUND DECISION.
Alexei Ignashov vs. Andrew Thompson
Bernardo receives a doctor stop
Although the groin injury is the official reason, there is little doubt that the damage to the legs would have also been enough to stop Bernardo from continuing. Two years ago Peter Aerts eked out a victory over Van Dams and was lucky to have two months to recover before the next round. Last year, Ernesto Hoost was less lucky and managed to only hold off LeBanner for one round before throwing in the towel as a result of the low kicks he receive in the earlier match with Lloyd.
Although Ignashov will be going to Tokyo Dome, Lloyd Van Dams (who fought a total 11 rounds) didn't walk away empty handed. His second place finish earned him a berth in the repechage tournament in Fukuoka along with the three other second place finishers Adam Watt, IKF World Champion Matt Skelton (Right) and the runner up in the upcoming Las Vegas USA GP. The remaining four entries will be K-1 superstars who were either upset by lower tier fighters (in other words- 'They choked.') or fighters who were undefeated but too injured to continue in the tournament. Filipovic and Abidi are the two examples of the former while Sefo and Bernardo are the two examples of the latter. With all eight spots now filled, it will be interesting to see how the K-1 organization will manage any more upsets if they appear in the Las Vegas GP.
THURSDAY, July 19th, 2001, AT 11:00 AM PT
Pictured are some of the IKF
Portuguese Officals at the recent IKF
Portugal National Amateur Championships.
IKF Portugal Representative Nuno is on the far left. IKF European Director Alby Bimpson is second from right.
For full story on this event, scroll down to the article on this page entitled,
PORTUGAL MAKES A GREAT KICK START FOR IKF
More News Of 7-19-01
Below posted At AT 1:00 AM PT
LOTS OF IKF Action
Colorado USA, Winnipeg Manitoba Canada, California USA and Coventry England
Ready For Big Show In CANADA!
Pro Heavyweight MuayThai Giuseppe DeNatale Vs Jermaine Bennett
Friday night, July 20th, IKF Promoter Frank Albo and his "Night Of Thunder Promotions Team" will host "FIGHT NIGHT", IKF Kickboxing at the Le Rendez-Vous Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Main Event will be a Prestige Bout featuring Pro Heavyweight MuayThai fighters Giuseppe DeNatale Vs Jermaine Bennett.
The Main Event is sponsored by Brawd Clothing Inc! (www.brawdclothing.com) Ticket prices are $20, $25, $40, $50 and $75. For more info, please contact Mr. Frank Albo at (204) 235-1357 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cung Le &
and USH Entertainment Present...
"BORN TO FIGHT"
San Shou Shootout.. The Greatest San Shou Event Ever?
World Famous San Shou fighter Cung Le (Right) and UsH Entertainment will feature the BEST Amateur San Shou Fighters in the USA to determine who truly is... "The BEST in the US!"
This event is the first of many planned by Le and his Promotional Team in San Jose CA, USA. This weekends event will feature 10 IKF San Shou Title Bouts. Of them, 7 will be US Titles and 3 Regional titles. Here's a "COMPLETE" rundown of the nights action...
The event will be held at the West Valley College in San Jose, California and will follow a daytime Tournament promoted by Le and his Promotional Team. For more info, please contact Mr. Cung Le and USH! ENTERTAINMENT at (408) 729-4900 or e-mail at CUNGLE@CUNGLE.COM. For more event info, you can also check out the Cung Le web site at: CungLe.com.
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Over 50 Fighters Will
"Walk The Walk"
At IKF/RINGSIDE Central Mountain!
This Saturday July 21st, IKF Colorado Representative and Promoter Sven Bean (Right) and his FY Fight Productions of Aurora Colorado will have a lot to be proud of. About 50 reasons to be exact... Thats how many fighters Bean registered to "Walk The Walk" and represent the Central Mountain Division of the IKF/RINGSIDE National Amateur Qualifier Tournament in Denver Colorado.
In previous years, registration has been extremely low but with the moving of this years National Finals to Kansas City it opened the door to more fighters since it was more local.
Fighters in ALL the Tournament Rule Styles are registered and coming from New Mexico (Shared with the South Mountain Regional) Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Western Kansas, Western Nebraska, North AND West Texas and Western Oklahoma. As of press time, Bean announced he had 51 fighters registered but was allowing for a couple of late registrations. The following fighters are registered;
Compared to last year, Bean has made a dramatic turnaround in fighter participation. The Central Mountain Division looks incredibly strong this year and after the best year of regional events ever as far as number of fighters, this years National Championships is sure to be the Greatest EVER!
Official weigh-ins will start at 9 AM with the first bout scheduled to start at noon. However, expect delays since there are a lot of fighters to match up. The event will be held at the Commerce City Rec. Center Gymnasium in Commerce City, Colorado (Denver, Colorado) For more info, please contact Mr. Sven Bean at (303) 667-8612 or by e-mail at email@example.com
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Dons & Fury
Ready For More IKF England!
This Sunday night, July 22nd, the
IKF Promotional Team of Stephen
Donnelly and Mick Fowles of
Fury Promotions will host another exciting night of IKF Kickboxing.
The event will be held in Coventry, England. Final Title bouts for this event were not fully confirmed as of press time.
For more info, please contact Mr. Stephen Donnelly or Mr. Mick Fowles by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their web site at,
WEDNESDAY, July 18th, 2001, AT 6:30 PM PT
Director of Nevada USA
Mark Ratner Speaks out on Kickboxing in Las Vegas.
by Johnny Davis (Right)
The K-1 event features some of the best heavyweight kickboxers and other martial art styles from around the world. Many celebrities attended the prestigious event on May 5th, 2001 at the Las Vegas Mirage Hotel. But one of the most well known figures in attendance had to be the Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission Mark Ratner. (Left)
The soft spoken Ratner seems perhaps a little timid and almost shy at first impression but it only takes a moment of conversation with him to realize that he is a very intelligent, confident, and serious opponent to contend with . I 'm sure fighters like former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson quickly realized that Mr. Ratner may be soft spoken but carries a big punch.
It was Mr. Ratner and his board of commissioners that lead the charge in issuing Mr. Tyson an almost lethal blow to his elaborate boxing career. The now famous "Bite of the Century", in regards to Mike Tyson's biting of champion Evander Holyfield's ear, forced the Nevada Commission to suspend Mr. Tyson's Boxing license in the State of Nevada. This is a major blow to any boxer seeking the big purses and promotions provided by the wealthy casinos to entertain their high rolling guest.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Ratner on several issues including his thoughts on Mike Tyson. I think readers may be surprised at some of his comments as well as pleased to know of his feeling towards the sport of kick boxing.
Interview with Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission Mark Ratner, May 5th, 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the K-1 Event...
Director Ratner is sincerely a fan of kickboxing and seems to really be making an all-out effort to allow the sport of kickboxing to shine in Las Vegas, the city of lights. We can all be thankful he's in our corner. I'm sure he will be at ringside for the upcoming K-1 event August 11th at the beautiful Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. We hope to see you there!
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Congratulations to former Kickboxing Champion Kevin Rosier ( Right) and wife Tina on the birth of their new baby girl, Madisun Susan Rosier. (Left)
Madisun who joins her brother Max Rosier, was born June 26, 2001 in Buffalo, New York!!
More News Of 7-18-01
POSTED AT 2:30 AM PT
Proves He "IS"
The "COMEBACK KID!"
Last week we informed everyone of the setback Promoter Lane Collyer (Right) experienced on his last Promotion of MuayThai Uprising in Atlanta Georgia USA. However, as we mentioned, with some lessons learned and some advice from his peers, Collyer found new life in the Kickboxing Promotion business. Opening up to the idea of promoting Full Contact Style bouts along with his love of MuayThai and adding in some International Rules to round it all out, Collyer has made one of the greatest comebacks in promotional history.
Friday night at the official weigh-ins, Collyer welcomed 68 fighters to "Walk The Walk" at the IKF/RINGSIDE South East USA National Regional Tournament. With great efforts put in by all the trainers of the fighters who not only brought their fighters to the event, but the many who helped out with working the event as well, this event had success written all over it. Not only were there a record number of fighters at the South East Regional, there was probably a record number in attendance as well as the stands were packed with friends, family and kickboxing fans from as far north as West Virginia and as far south as Miami Florida. One thing was true, "If you were a TOP South East Amateur Kickboxer, you were at this event to Prove it to everyone! If you weren't there... Well, keep Talking the Talk... but you didn't Walk The Walk!"
What a shame there were fighters in the South East that missed this event. But as everyone in attendance agreed, "If you thought you were one of the best, you would have been there, and if you missed it... well... figure the rest out yourself!" This was THE SHOW of the BEST Amateur Kickboxers the South East had to offer! No politics with letters of ABC organizations! EVERYONE was invited and or accepted and no one was turned away! This was an OPEN INVITATION Tournament meaning ANY AMATEUR could enter. No hidden reasons why certain fighter didn't make it! There's NO Excuse at all if any amateur fighter missed this event, but of course some did.... So brag all you want about your "Glorified" Amateur US Titles you won against the guy across the street... The FACT IS, If you weren't at this event, you weren't even "Second Best" in the South East! Knowing this... Ask yourself... "What's your title really worth if you never fought the best to EARN IT?!"
Enough of who didn't show, lets focus on who did. There was "A LOT" of great talent at this event. The South East will have a STRONG Representation at this years National Tournament if all who qualified end up going. Probably the strongest ever. Lets take a look at all the Tournament bouts and see who earned a qualifying spot at this years National Amateur Championships in Kansas City!
REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BOUTS
Here are the South East Regional WALKOVER CHAMPIONS who Qualified for the 2001 IKF /RINGSIDE USA National Amateur Kickboxing Championships in Kansas City...
For National Finals Info, Go To This
2001 IKF/RINGSIDE USA National Finals!
The IKF would like to congratulate Mr. Lane Collyer on an "Outstanding Job" on this event and together, the IKF and Mr. Collyer would like to thank the Many Trainers AND Fighters who "Walked The Walk" to make this event possible. Some of the trainers include but are not limited to, Mike Carlson, Ray Thompson, Gary Brown, James Corbett, Pedro Villalobos, Khunpon, Scott Hicks, Dennis Palmer, Eric Haycraft, Mark Maske, Kevin Hudson, LA Boxing and many more! for more info on the South East Regional Tournament or the National Finals, please contact Mr. Lane Collyer at (404) 906-0110 or by e-mail at Lanecoll@aol.com.
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MAKES A GREAT KICK START FOR IKF
Under the control of Nuno Fereira and his father, supported by a GREAT IKF TEAM, Nuno held the FIRST IKF Portugese National Amateur Title Bouts. Six in total. The show was scheduled to take part in Abrantes, in one of the best open air set ups, Alby Bimpson, IKF European Director has seen in a long time. But due to the only day it rained, the show was relocated, on the day, to an indoor sports centre. Alby Bimpson was amazed at the Teamwork, and the help of the local people to pull together and dismantle and resurrect the ring in a different venue in such a short time, ready for the evening show.
The show consisted of 6 Amateur National Portugal Titles.
The six new IKF Portugal Champions all wore their belts proudly. They now look forward to being challenged for their prestigious title. Bimpson was at first a bit hesitant about going to Portugal, having Been let down by someone who only "Talked the Talk" but did not "Walk the Walk". Now he takes great pleasure in accepting on board, Nuno and his father, and The new IKF Portugal TEAM. Bimpson would like to personally thank Nuno and Sylvia for their Tremendous Hospitality, and says he can only see great things for IKF in Portugal. To contact Nuno Ferreira, check out IKF Europe where details of all European Representatives can be found.
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of England Claims
IKF Junior Amateur World Lightweight Title!
Last Sunday night, June 15th, IKF European Director Alby Bimpson (Right) hosted a great IKF Amateur event that took place at the Kirkby Suite in Kirkby, Liverpool, England. The main event featured Paul Middlehurst of Haydock, England Vs Taigo Mendes of Portugal for the IKF Junior Amateur World Lightweight Title.
Middlehurst won the Title with a first round KO! Also on the night was Bruno Susano of Portugal facing off against Alexandrous Dimitri of Greece for the vacant IKF Amateur Middleweight FCR European Title. Susano of Portugal won the vacant title bout. No news was reported on the outcome of the Lisa Hobon of England Vs Louise Burnett of England vacant IKF Amateur Featherweight IR England Title.
Full report to come later this week from IKF Europe. For more event info, contact Mr. Alby Bimpson at 079 60 870 967 or by e-mail by clicking HERE!
TUESDAY, July 17th, 2001, AT 2:55 PM PT
Wins 10 Round Decision Over Robinson
Wins IKF US Light Middleweight Title!
It was 10 rounds of non stop action at the Butler Days Inn last Friday night when pro fighters Bernard Robinson and Jimmy Stewert faced off against each other. After 10 rounds, Stewert had kicked over 120 times to Robinson's 99 and ended up taking a unanimous decision victory to win the vacant IKF Pro Light Middleweight US FCR Title.
It was strange to see anyone outkick Robinson (Right) who earned his nickname "Swiftkick" from his tremendous kicking speed and flashy kicks. Although "Counted Kicks" do not make the determination on the judges cards as to who wins a round, it was clear Stewert (Left) tried to work a good inside game that seemed to always be set up by his kicking game. Robinson only won 3 rounds in the kicking category (4, 6 & 10) and tied with Stewert in 1 (2nd round). However on the other side of the ring, Stewert won 6 of the rounds (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, & 9). The rounds won were not buy much though. Round 1 Stewert outkicked Robinson 16-11. Round 2 they tied 14-14, Round 3 Stewert won 12-8, Round 4 Robinson won 12-11, Round 5 Stewert won 12-11, Round 6 Robinson won 11-10, round 7 Stewert won, 11-10, Round 8 Stewert won 14-9. However in round 9, Robinson missed his kicks and lost a point as he only kicked 5 times to Stewert's 13. In the final round, Robinson kicked 10 to Stewert's 8.
In what was a great bout, there were only a couple of questionable calls. If the judging had been closer, the calls might have been more noticeable on the score cards and worthy of a protest. Robinson was given an 8 count in round 3 from being knocked off balance from a kick, but as full contact rules go, a knockdown is a knockdown. At the time, Robinson was down on 2 of the judges cards 20-18 and even on another 19-19. After round 3, he was down 30-26 on 1 card, 30-27 on another and 29-27 on another.
Robinson came on strong in round 4 but only outright won on 1 judges card as the other 2 had it 10-10. That was the last 10 score Robinson received from the judges until round 7 when one of the judges scored it 10-10. Stewert simply kept busier on the outside as well as on the inside.Robinson was able to win round 9, 10-9 on 2 of the 3 judges cards but he lost a point for not getting his kicks in (5) so he lost again. Going into the 10th round Robinson was down on all 3 judges cards 90 to 80, 88 to 83 and 88 to 82. Stewert had fought a masterful fight doing exactly what he wanted to. He knew he could out box Robinson (Who has a pro boxing record of 3-20) and planned to focus on his boxing as a big part of his attack. However, even Stewert was surprised at how much he kicked and even more surprised he outkicked Swiftkick. He worked his kicks from the outside to get in tight so he could work his inside game and the plan worked all night long.
As round 10 came it was clear in everyone's eyes that neither fighter wanted to quit. Both came out throwing stronger and faster than in any of the previous 9 rounds. Where they found the energy to do this, who knows... It was just the will and desire to win that kept them both strong. In the first minute they both had exploded with more combinations than in the earlier first half of rounds and it appeared they had just started the first round again. Robinson was the victim of a questionable call by referee Rick Steigerwald when he bounced off the ropes and fell forward without Stewert even touching him. It appeared Robinson was expecting to lean on Stewert as he came off the ropes and Stewert just moved to the side. Steigerwald gave Robinson an 8 count, but the deduction for it made no difference in the final outcome. We'd like to point out that Rick Steigerwald is an EXCELLENT referee and the one call was a valid mistake. Robinson fell to the floor and hesitated on getting up quickly which was probably why Steigerwald thought something knocked him down.
In the end, Stewert took the decision 100-88, 98-91 and 99-90 to win the vacant IKF Pro Light Middleweight US FCR Title. Stewert now has the job of looking to his next opponent. Since he can weigh-in at any of 3 weight classes, his options are wide open.
Although he holds the IKF Pennsylvania State Middleweight title, Stewert doubts he wants to move back up in weight after fighting such a strong fight at Light Middleweight against Robinson. In fact, he's even considered fighting in the Super Welterweight division. Although a World Title Shot is what every fighter wants, Stewert may opt instead to fight for the vacant IKF North American title in one of the weight classes (Super Welterweight or Light Middleweight) against one of several North American opponents. They include opponents such as Mike Nagy or Jim Zbilski both of Lake In The Hills, Illinois, USA, Scott Mincey of Norman, Oklahoma, USA, Angelo Di Bella of Montreal, Quebec, Canada and a few others. A North American Title win in the Super Welterweight Division may possibly lead to Stewert getting a challenge at IKF Super Welterweight World Champion Vladimir Avtamonov (Left) of Omsk, Siberia, Russia.
The greater Middleweight Divisions (Light, Middle & Super Middleweight Divisions) in any fighting style is usually the most active and it's no different in IKF Kickboxing. In the Middleweight range there's a vast amount of great talent which includes IKF Light Middleweight World Champion Anthony Bartinelli (Right) of Phoenix, Arizona, USA, IKF Middleweight World Champion Tommy Kimber (Left) of Salem, Massachusetts, USA, IKF Super Middleweight North American and Middleweight U.S. Champion Dave Marinoble of Roseville, CA. Kimber and Marinoble will meet in Malaysia in 2 weeks for Kimber's first defense of his Middleweight World title he won by decision over Curtis Bush 2 years ago. Adding to the middleweight mix is IKF Middleweight European Champion Austin Caverley of Worcester, England, IKF North American Middleweight Champion Eric Regan, of Roseville, CA, USA, IKF Super Middleweight European Champion Dave Wilson of St Helens, Merseyside, England, IKF Middleweight British Champion Wullie Robbie of Glasgow, Scotland and thats just the title holders. Don't forget the non title holders who are all top contenders as well which include, Middleweights Trevor Ambrose of Bournemouth , England, Evgeny Muzychin of Soligorsk, Belarus, Lex Easdon of Paisley, Scotland, Ernie Kitterman of O'Fallon, Illinois, USA, Tommy Bottone (Right) of Middle Island, New York, USA, just to name a few. Light Middleweights Mike Nagy (Left) of Lake In The Hills, Illinois, USA, Tom Montgomery of Brighton, England and Scott Mincey of Norman, Oklahoma, USA (If he's still fighting)
The IKF Super Middleweight World title remains vacant still with several top fighters in a contending position for it who include IKF Super Middleweight North American Champion Dave Marinoble and IKF Super Middleweight European Champion Dave Wilson of St Helens, Merseyside, England again along with Victor Tereshenko of Vitebsk, Belarus, Ronnie Deleon of O'Fallon, Illinois, USA, Stanley Dickenson of Providence, Rhode Island, USA and others in nearby weight divisions. So as anyone can see, the Middleweight Divisions are occupied by a lot of company.
For this reason alone, it would be a smarter choice for Stewert to stay in the super welterweight to light middleweight divisions to increase his chances at the eventual goal of an IKF World title shot. It appears as of now, a North American Title shot will be east for Stewert. A win there would make a World Title shot almost guaranteed. The only question would be with who?
To add to the Middleweight mix, none of the current IKF Champions have faced #1 ranked Middleweight contender Trevor Ambrose (Right) of Bournemouth, England. Eventually one of them will need to if they want to say they've faced the best in the world because Ambrose in our opinion ranks up there as one of the greatest middleweight full contact fighters ever! This opinion isn't just shared by us here at the IKF either. He's long been regarded as the Ultimate Middleweight. However a shocking upset a couple years back put his career on hold, but the hold was not by choice. Instead, it's been because of a lack of opportunity.
Lex Easdon of Paisley, Scotland is the only one of the top middleweights we've mentioned who can claim a win over Ambrose and his win threw a wrench in the working wheels of the Middleweight World title slot in one of the other top sanctioning organizations. In the bout, Easdon took Ambros' long held ISKA World Title and Easdon never gave him a rematch as promised. Something Ambrose will never forget. A rematch was promised because in reality, Ambrose should have cancelled the bout instead of taking it. Why? The week of the fight, 2 of his family members died and instead of taking some time off to clear his head, he elected to keep his commitment to the promoter and fight.
Before the Easdon-Ambrose bout IKF Middleweight North American Champion Eric Regan (Left) was tentatively scheduled to face IKF World Champion Tommy Kimber for Kimber's first World title defense. However, seeing a world title could be won without the need to go through Ambrose, or Kimber, (Who won his title by beating long time ISKA World Champion Curtis Bush, now retired) Regan's trainer Nasser Niavaroni past on both and jumped at the chance to fight Easdon. The bout was a classic slugfest with both fighters exchanging great combinations. Most who watched it claimed Easdon was dominating every round which the scorecards also proved, until Regan, who can't be counted out in any bout with his talent, caught Easdon in the late rounds with a shot that closed Easdon's eye and forced him to stop the bout himself giving Regan the title.
Since Regan won the title, Ambrose has never been offered a shot at it back which just seemed like the right thing to do after losing it under such circumstances. Instead Regan has faced other USA opponents. Regardless, Ambrose instead has been setting his sights on the IKF World Title now that the ISKA organization has taken yet another setback in Europe with the Paul Hennessey issue.
After Kimber and Marinoble (Left) meet on July 28th, Ambrose is sure to come into the mix with one of them. Marinoble has already said if he takes the title from Kimber, he want's to offer Regan a unification match in Sacramento to unify both World Titles (IKF & ISKA). If Kimber beats Marinoble, the options are even greater though. Marinoble could move up or down in weight in hopes for another World Title shot or stick around in hopes for another shot at the Middleweight title again. He may not have to wait long if he loses because Tommy Kimber may choose to vacate the Middleweight World title to move up in weight for another opportunity. This would open up the Middleweight division tremendously to many contenders. Ambrose, Regan, Caverley, Muzychin, Easdon and even Marinoble again. Kimber wants to move up in weight in hopes of a possibly "Family Rematch" and face Don Wilson (Right) who knocked out Tommy's brother, Dick Kimber 2 years ago to win the IKF Cruiserweight World Title. Wilson recently vacated the Title to move down to the Light Heavyweight division. This is what Tommy Kimber is hoping for the most and has a good chance of getting it regardless of the outcome with Marinoble.
So as everyone can see, the Middleweight division once again is getting a lot of attention. The IKF is open to unification with any of the other top sanctioning organization, however their sanctioning fees may keep this from ever happening. But if it ever did, these would be the bouts the fans would truly want to see. The Best Vs The Best to see who truly is THE BEST!
Here's the full results of the Butler Pennsylvania Event, "MEETING IN THE MIDDLE!"
The event was sponsored by Coors Light and promoted by The Stewert Center. For more info, please contact The Stewert Center at (724) 284-3725.
FRIDAY, July 13th, 2001, AT 1:30 AM PT
IKF Weekend Action Looks To Be BIG!
Name Collyer The
IKF Atlanta Georgia USA Promoter Lane Collyer (Right) recently experienced something every promoter has during their promotional career. A "GREAT FIGHT EVENT that made very little at the ticket gate. It was easy to see the negative in his event which seemed to overshadow his great matchmaking. Questions run through a promoters mind at times like this. "Am I a failure at promoting? Should I stop now before I lose everything? It's so hard to be successful at this, maybe thats why very few do it..."
All of us have been there before where Collyer put himself that night after the event... At a very important fork in the road where a decision faces us all whether as a kickboxing promoter, fighter, trainer or any other career or line of work. "Walk away or simply work harder...?" This was the question he had to ask himself... "Take the easy way out and quit? Or challenge failure head on and try again?" The questions and challenges continued through the next week... "Do I really want to Promote Kickboxing again?"
Well a few months have past and it appears Collyer not only answered those question with a strong "YES", but he's also welcomed the challenge to overcome his past box office disappointment with the famous new words of IKF Kickboxing as he looked himself in the mirror, took a deep breath and said... "Potential Failure Vs victory? Hmmmmm... Well Mr. Failure... I dare you to visit me again...BRING IT ON!"
With some lessons learned and some advice from his peers, Collyer's new found attitude to the kickboxing promotions game was, "If it was so easy, EVERYONE would be doing this." Which makes those who DO PROMOTE, VERY IMPORTANT to the sport! About 2 weeks ago, Collyer was looking at less than 20 registered fighters and only 6 matches for his IKF/RINGSIDE South East USA National Regional Tournament. The info prompted a call from IKF President Steve Fossum who was the one to advise him that if necessary, he would approve the cancelation of his event to save Collyer his promotional expense for only 5 or 6 bouts. Something that had to the California and Arizona Regional Events already this year.
However Collyer asked for just 1 more week to make it happen. Last thing he wanted was to face the feeling of failure again. He went to work on one of the greatest short surges in regional history... He re-called every trainer and fighter he knew in his region to remind them again of the regional and the deadline for registration. In what seemed to be a matter of days, Collyer went from 20 fighters to nearly 50. Today as we prepare to enter the IKF/RINGSIDE South East USA National Regional Tournament weekend, Collyer is the proud new record holder of the most fighters registered by an individual Regional Promoter for an IKF/RINGSIDE Regional event with 68 Registered Fighters! WOW! Almost 20 more than the closest other region as far as numbers registered.
Collyer has booked the Largest Regional Ever with fighters coming from 6 states to compete. In fact, in the last couple of days AFTER the "EXTENDED" registration deadline had past, he was forced to follow the regional deadline rules and had to turn away 16 more fighters. What a shame... these fighters, somehow, not only missed the original deadline, but the extended deadline as well. Man are they going to miss a big event!
Once again the IKF and Mr. Collyer would like to thank the many trainers who made this new regional record possible. It's shared with all of you. Some of these trainers include, Mike Carlson, Ray Thompson, Gary Brown, James Corbett, Pedro Villalobos, Khunpon, Scott Hicks, Dennis Palmer, Eric Haycraft, Mark Maske, Kevin Hudson, LA Boxing
Enough of the talking, lets see who's going to "Walk The Walk" at this weekends IKF/RINGSIDE South East USA National Regional Tournament... "Bring It ON!"
For National Finals Info, Go To This
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For IKF US Light Middleweight Title!
Could Winner meet World Champ Bartanalli for his IKF World Title?
Tonight, Stewert Center Promotions and Coors will present "MEETING IN THE MIDDLE!" as two top contenders, both from Pennsylvania, meet for the vacant IKF Light Middleweight US FCR Title at the Days Inn in Butler PA, USA.
Jimmy Stewart (Left) is the current IKF Pro Pennsylvania State Full Contact Middleweight Champion from Butler, Pennsylvania, USA. He has a full Professional kickboxing record of 11 wins and no loses with 7 wins by Knockout.
His opponent will be Bernard Swiftkick Robinson (Right) who is the current #1 Ranked IKF Super Welterweight full contact rules fighter from South Hills, Pennsylvania. Robinson has a combined amateur and pro record os 46 wins, 6 loses with 31 wins by Knockout!
Last week, Robinson was scheduled to fight for an IKF Regional title. However his opponent, Steve "Awesome" Williams of Baltimore, Maryland, USA came in overweight so the title was scratched from the event and the two fighters did an exhibition in front of a sparce crowd of about 100 people at the Pittsburgh Marriot City Center in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Robinson's last IKF title shot was for the IKF FCR Welterweight World Title against Paul Biafore (Left) in Massachusetts of May of 1999. In the bout Robinson came out strong with a lot of great combinations with both his hands and feet, but so did the experienced Biafore. The bout was stopped at the end of the 4th round after Biafore landed several strong combinations with Robinson in the corner. In his win, Biafore won the vacant IKF Pro FCR Welterweight World Title. A look at all the scorecards showed Biafore ahead on all the cards at the time, 40-36, 40-35 & 40-35.
Tonight Robinson hopes he will Swiftkick his way to his first IKF Title against Stewert, but it won't be an easy task. These two, being so local, have some negative history between them and there doesn't appear to be much respect from either fighter of the other. In organizing this event there has already been plenty of trash talkin over the phones lines between the two but tonight we'll see who's able to keep quiet long enough to "Walk The Walk" and win the title.
Robinson is moving up a weightclass while his Stewert (Right) will come down a weight class where the two plan to "Meet in The Middle" for the vacant IKF Light Middleweight U. S. Title.
Looking past tonights bout is the potential of a World title shot for the winner. Such a shot is not confirmed but it will bring the winner closer to a contender position against current IKF Light Middleweight World Champion Anthony Bartanalli (Left) later this fall in Bartanalli's first title defense. This is only a possibility because there are several other contenders being considered for this bout as well.
Also featured on tonights card will be IKF AM FCR Women's Champion Donna Ferguson and a Light Middleweight Bout featuring Justin "The Flash" Mankey Vs Chris "The Kid" Fisher. The event is sponsored by Coors Light and will be promoted by The Stewert Center. The weigh-Ins are tonight at 5:30 PM. Doors Opens At 7:PM, Fights Start at 8:PM. As far as tickets go, Ringside are $25 and General Admission $15. For more info, please contact The Stewert Center at (724) 284-3725.
This event is co-sanctioned by the Pennsylvania State
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Amateur World Title Action
This Sunday night, June 15th, IKF European Director Alby Bimpson (Left) will host a dynamic IKF Amateur event that will include an IKF Amateur World title bout. The event will take place at the Kirkby Suite in Kirkby, Liverpool, England.
The main event will feature the battle for the vacant IKF Amateur Lightweight FCR World Title between Paul Middlehurst of Haydock, England Vs Taigo Mendes of Portugal. Also on the event will be 2 more IKF title bouts. They include Bruno Susano of Portugal facing off against Alexandrous Dimitri of Greece for the vacant IKF Amateur Middleweight FCR European Title and Lisa Hobon of England taking on Louise Burnett also of England for the vacant IKF Amateur Featherweight IR England Title.
For more event info, contact Mr. Alby Bimpson at 079 60 870 967 or by e-mail by clicking HERE!
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IKF St. Louis, Missouri, USA
This Saturday night, July 14th, IKF Promoter Jesse Finney (Left) and his promotional team of St Louis, Missouri USA will host yet another night of exciting amateur kickboxing. Finney's Team will feature amateur kickboxing at the Union Plaza at 300 S. Grand in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. No title bouts are scheduled for this event but there is sure to be plenty of great kickboxing action!
MONDAY, July 9th, 2001, AT 7:00 PM PT
Add More To South East Regional!
What was 49 registered fighters last Friday, just became more... As of tonight, IKF South East Regional Promoter Lane Collyer has announced he has a total of 66 Registered Fighters ready for this weekends
Keep watch... It may go even higher... Once again, we'd like to thank all the trainers who are making this regional a great one... Mike Carlson, Ray Thompson, Gary Brown, James Corbett, Pedro Villabos, Khunpon, Scott Hicks, Dennis Palmer, Eric Haycraft, Mark Maske, Kevin Hudson, LA Boxing and the many others.
FRIDAY, July 6th, 2001, AT 6:20 PM PT
& TEAM Ready To
ROCK The SOUTH/EAST!
If all goes as planned, IKF Regional Director Lane Collyer (Right) and everyone else involved in the South East Regional will win the prize for the largest IKF/RINGSIDE USA National Amateur Tournament Regional Event this year. Collyer and his South/East Regional Associates that consist of fighters, trainers and officials of the South East are looking forward to winning this award.
As it stands, they have 49 paid registered fighters with yet a few "Allowed" late registrations coming in. The South East makes up a large group of amateur fighters from trainers such as Mike Carlson, Ray Thompson, Gary Brown, James Corbett, Pedro Villabos, Khunpon, Scott Hicks, Dennis Palmer, Eric Haycraft, Mark Maske, Kevin Hudson, LA Boxing and many others.
By next week all the other qualifiers from the previous regionals around the USA will finally be listed on the 2001 NATIONAL FINALIST QUALIFIERS Page. So far there are over 200 Qualifiers for this years National Finals. However the true question is not how many qualified, but
"How many will actually SHOW UP to "Walk The Walk" at the National Championships?
We're truly hoping to see over 200 there! Come on qualifiers... This is your chance to Prove your the Best! At the National Finals, there are NO LOSERS! Only fighters who are willing to challenge the Best and "Walk The Walk rather than... Talk The Talk!" It's time for you to SHINE everyone... and as each challenge faces you, you only have one response...
"Bring It ON!"
Here's who's ready to "Walk The Walk" so far next weekend, July 14th in Atlanta, Georgia at the IKF/RINGSIDE South East USA National Regional Tournament...
Check out the NEW
National Finals Info Page located at this link
Wins WAR Against
IKF Arizona, Reported
by Rob Monroe
Here's the results of the other bouts on the night...
For more info on this event please contact Mr. Rob Monroe At (505) 362-0972 or by e-mail by clicking HERE or Mr. Tony Rosales at (505) 865-5414.
TUESDAY, July 3rd, 2001, AT 8:30 AM PT
WBA Super Sizes
If Miamians Randall Bailey and Diobelys Hurtado fight for a
world title later this year, consider it another layer of confusion in a sport
that does not need more complications.
Addition: Keep in mind, Boxing Sanctioning fees for the top 3 organizations are on the average, $20,000 and up for a World Title compared to "Hundreds" or in some cases with some organizations, a few thousand dollars in sanctioning a kickboxing World Title. Often, Boxing sanctioning fees for a World Title bout are between 5 and 10% of the total purse. On an event with $10 million in total purses, do the math... $$$