THURSDAY, December 5th, 2013, AT 7:00 PM/ PST

Nelson "The Tyrant" Lebron

After serving just over 20 Proud years for his country and protecting us all here at home,
The IKF is Proud to bring your attention to
RP1 (FMF) Nelson "The Tyrant" Lebron's
retirement Speech, Passing of the Flag, and The Watch.
The ceremony may be long but it's well worth listening to.
Congratulations Nelson!

Before he was Nelson "The Tyrant" Lebron we knew him as Nelson "THE TOAD" Lebron. However, no one ever told us where that nickname came from and besides, we like The Tyrant much better...

Just as well, Labron of of Virginia Beach, Virginia became known to the IKF over 10 years ago. Along the way he won the

2003 IKF/TKO USA National Amateur Full Contact Rules Featherweight Tournament Title.

His road to victory started with defeating Juan Vargas of Beloit, Wisconsin, USA in the prelim round. in the Championship bout the following day Nelson (22-5-1 with 9 wins by KO at the time) defeated Dallas Crowe of Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. Nelson's bout with Crowe was featured on one of the episodes of the IKF TV Show later that year that aired on September 12th, 2003.

Through the years Nelson made lots of friends in the fight sports he was involved in, however in 2005 it was even a surprise to him to meet another former IKF Amateur Champion on the other side of the world in when the two were serving their country in Afghanistan.

While there he met former IKF fighter Derrick Jones from Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA. At the same 2003 IKF/TKO USA National Tournament Nelson won his title at, Jones lost to another top IKF fighter, Doyle Gayler of Kaufman, Texas, USA in his championship bout.

At the time Nelson was stationed in Kabull, Afghanistan and while there he did several things with Martial Arts. In order to improve community relations, Lebron and others at Combined Forces Command –Afghanistan (title of the command he is with) volunteered on a weekly basis and attend orphanages, hospitals, a women's prison, and several poverty stricken towns. They provide the poor with food, clothes, shoes, coats and blankets so they may survive the severe winters. At one of their meetings it was suggested that Nelson teach Martial Arts at one of the orphanages, and he gladly accepted.

Because of his background as a Marine, Close Combat Instructor, it was also suggested that he begin teaching Martial Arts, boxing, and kickboxing along with the Close Combat classes as an outlet for the Marines, Army, Air Force, and Navy in Camp Eggers, Kabul. They work seven days a week and always had to remain on high alert because of all the prevalent threats.

In an e-mail Nelson wrote us in 2006 he said,

"As you all may know not all wars are won on the battlefield. Diplomacy is always the greatest solution in ensuring peace and creating a better future for the world. Over the last 8 months I have been working hand and hand with the Afghan Olympic Committee and Olympic Boxing team in trying to ensure that there is hope for a better future. The boxing team here is very under privileged. Thanks to the IKF, Joe Lewis Fighting Systems, Mike Anderson and Top Ten, Craig Smith, Dog Pound Boxing Gym, Roger Belch, and the US Armed Forces the dream of a competitive Olympic future is baring fruit in Afghanistan."

He went on to say,

"However, much help is still needed. The country is very poor and all the coaches are volunteers. Some of the fighters only eat once a day. The team is in very much need of help. They are no different than any other individual that has laced gloves up before, the desire and heart is overwhelming. I ask for help in sponsoring this team with equipment. They are in need of everything. No ring to train in, the only equipment they have are courtesy of the great Mike Anderson and the JLFS. Your support is very much needed. For those of you who have grown up poor, with a dream like I did, this is it, your chance to give back. Any little bit helps. Old or new, the key is to inspire hope and provide a training tool. Take a risk. The only things in life you regret, are the risks that you didn't take. The greatest tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love. If you can assist in any way, please help me in establishing the lasting impression of the kindness of the American people and the resolve that has made us the great nation we are. Please help me in giving hope for a new future in the sport of Boxing in Afghanistan. Very Respectfully Submitted, Nelson Felix Lebron."

In his Martial Arts Career Nelson earned a 4th Degree black belt under the late Joe Lewis, a 3rd Degree black belt under Craig Smith, 1st Degree black belt under Tom Poey as well as a Black Belt in Marine Corp Martial Arts.

As a Kickboxer he won 3 different world titles from 3 different organizations and was also a Golden Gloves boxer.

Nelson is also a business man and created a website for his company Tyrant MMA, a clothing line. His quote on his website pretty much sums up Nelson's intensity as it reads...

"Somewhere, A hungry fighter is training. He is training in austere conditions, day and night. He doesn't go home at a set time, because the gym is his home.
He doesn't worry about what workout to do, or how much pain he is in. He runs until the sun rises and sets. Hits the bag until it fights back.
The hungry fighter doesn't care "How Hard it is". He knows he either wins or he starves. He knows only one thing, to Fight.
Everyday he doesn't train, someone is training to beat him. He doesn't like to fight.
Now who amongst you wishes to quit!
Nelson Lebron

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