This Page Includes Past IKF News for

APRIL, 2005


FRIDAY, April 29th, 2005, AT 12:30 PM, PT

IKF Champions
On K-1 PPV Event

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Yesterday, April 28, was an exciting day for current Pro IKF FCR Champion Mark Selbee (Right). At the K-1 Press Conference for this weekends Las Vegas event it was announced that Michael McDonald was forced to withdraw due to injury from the opening 8 man bracket and in his place went Selbee. Selbee of Atlanta, Georgia, USA had been scheduled to fight IKF Amateur IR/MTR Champion Rick Cheek of California in a side bout. Now Selbee will be in the tournament's opening bout against Japan's Tsuyoshi Nakasako.

Nakasako is a tall young promising Japanese fighter who will need his height against the 6'4 Selbee. Still, this will be Selbee's first ever leg kick bout. As Mark told us, "I have nothing to lose and much to gain." And if his first leg kick bout turns into 3 wins, he could gain a lot of $$!

If Selbee makes it past Nakasako he will face the winner of brawler Gary Goodridge of Trinidad and Tobago and American Sean O'Haire, a former pro wrestler.

On the other side of the bracket will be former IKF National Amateur Champion and a former K-1 Champion Carter Williams of Modesto, California, USA. Williams will meet Yusuke Fujimoto of Japan. These two met three years ago with Williams winning.

Also on this side of the bracket will be Kyokushin fighter Glaube Feitosa of Brazil against Dewey Cooper of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The winner of the K-1 World 2005 USA Grand Prix tournament will advance to the WGP 05 Final Elimination Tournament, set for the Osaka Dome this September 23.

Also on the nights event but not in the 8 man tournament will be a match-up of former 2 time IKF Pro World Champion Rick "The Jet" Roufus, (www.roufuskickboxingcenter.com) of Tempe, Arizona, USA. Roufus will face Musashi of Japan.

MORE NEWS OF 4-29-05

Quick Result...

Wins IKF Gold!

Mike Kelly of Grandview, Misouri defeated Dillion Crushhorn of Waynsville, Missouri by TKO at 1:24 of round seven to win the vacant IKF Pro FCR Super Lightweight Midwest Title - Full Story coming Monday.

THURSDAY, April 28th, 2005, AT 1:10 AM, PT

This Weekends IKF Action!

Kelly & Crushhorn
Meet For IKF Gold At
Wiskey Tango's Throwdown

IKF/ISCF Missouri, USA
Tonight, April 28th, Squared Circle Productions will Presents Wiskey Tango's Throwdown at Whiskey Tango's, Grain Valley, Missouri, USA. The featured IKF Kickboxing bout will be the quest for the vacant IKF Pro FCR Super Lightweight Midwest Title between Mike Kelly and Dillon Crushhorn.

Crushhorn who is 9-3 as a Pro is from from the Ft. Leonardwood Missouri area. Mike Kelly was 12-2 with 2 wins by KO/TKO as an amateur and has built a perfect record of 6-0 as a Pro. Kelly is currently ranked number 3 in the IKF Pro FCR Super Lightweight division.

The event will also feature ISCF MMA and Pro Boxing (See article below posted on April 13th - Whiskey Tango's Throwdown I) Part of the Pro Boxing will include Alvin "The Quickster" Brown (23-8 with 11 KO/TKOs) of Grandview, Missouri, USA taking on Angelo Torres (12-12-2 with 3 KO/TKOs) of Lakewood, Washington in a highly anticipated rematch this time for the NABA Featherweight Crown.

All action will begin at 7:PM with doors opening at 6:PM. The future of the Midwest Fight Scene is now and Squared Circle Promotions is once again leading the way with the trendsetting fusion of Professional Boxing, Kickboxing, and MMA onto the same card. For more info please contact Mr. Craig Cummings at (816) 668-4752 or at craigcummingsboxing@yahoo.com


Lassi & Nawaz
To Battle For IKF Pro North American Title At

IKF Hinkley, Minnesota, USA
This is going to be a WAR! This Saturday night, April 30th, Bill Lassi & Bobby Anderson will Present THE BATTLE OF THE WARRIORS! at the Grand Casino Hinkley in Hinkley, Minnesota, USA. The event will feature both Pro & Amateur Kickboxing. The Main Event though is going to be a WAR that should bring the crowd to their feet! It will be number 1 vs number 2 in the IKF Pro FCR Light Middleweight division !

Number 1 IKF ranked Aaron "Lightning" Lassi (Left) of Duluth, Minnesota, USA (PRO KB: 10-1/4, AK: 23-5-1/1, PRO BX: 3-0, 5'10") meets in the ring with number 2 IKF ranked Muzammal 'Abu Zayd' Nawaz (Right) of Burlington, Ontario, Canada (PK: 18-5-2/11 AK: Over 100 bouts 5'10") for the vacant IKF Pro FCR Light Middleweight North American Title.

To the winner... An eventual shot at IKF Pro Light Middleweight World Champion Anthony "Powerhouse" Bartinelli. For more info please contact Mr. Bill Lassi at (218) 390-3203 or by e-mail at thrill10@mindspring.com


Fonseca, Floyd, Palacios & De La Cruz
Seek IKF Gold At LTD's
Fairfield Fight Fest

IKF Fairfield, California, USA
This Saturday night, April 30th, LTD Productions and Channel Lumber will present yet another exciting night of IKF Championship Kickboxing at the Allen Witt Sports Center, Fairfield, California, USA. The night will feature amateur kickboxing and boxing. Topping the night off will be a Dual Main Event.

Two IKF Amateur titles will be up for grabs. Mike Fonseca of San Francisco, California will face Kurt Floyd of Modesto, California for the vacant IKF Amateur MTR West Coast Light Cruiserweight Title. also, Jose Palacios (Right) of San Jose, California will meet up with Johnny De La Cruz of Modesto, California for the vacant IKF Amateur MTR West Coast Welterweight Title.

The event doors open at 6:PM with the first fight starting at 7:PM. Children Under 14 are only $10 and all Adult General Tickets are $25. Special VIP Seating is available at the door. For more info please call Mr. Tim Stell at (707) 372-0882 or by e-mail at Bambamstell@aol.com


Steve Donnelly Presents

IKF Coventry, England: This Sunday night, May 1st, IKF Promoter Steve Donnelly will once again host another night of IKF Kickboxing at the Triumph Club in Tile Hill, Coventry, England. Sorry but no additional information was provided for this event by IKF Europe. For more info please contact Mr. Alby Bimpson at alby@ikfkickboxing.com

MORE NEWS OF 4-27-05

Generation Next
Along With
THUMPER's Retirement

IKF Loves Park, Illinois, USA
On May 14th Thunder & Lightning Stateline Kickboxing will be bringing an exciting card to the Wisconsin and Illinois Boarder. The event is being Labeled as Generation Next and features local Favorite "BAD" Chad Moneyelle (At right with the Moneyelle Team!) as the nights main event as he takes on Jordan from Mitz Bandiera's club in Ontario, Canada.

The young Chad Monyelle is a 2 Time IKF Champion and is teamed up with his older & younger brothers Cody & Cameron Monyelle who are both former IKF National Tournament Champions. The Monyelle brothers are the only 3 brothers to have one the IKF Tournament.

But the IKF titles don't stop there. Their father Craig "THUMPER" Monyelle is also a current IKF Champion. However on this night, Craig will be announcing his official Retirement as the IKF Pro U.S. Flyweight Champion. Craig won his IKF title back on May 11, 2022 in Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA when he defeated Dan Siewerth of Chicago, Illinois, USA by TKO in round 3. Craig also held the K.I.C.K. US title from 1998 to 2000 and was a 3 Time Amateur U.S Amateur champion in another organization in 1988, 90 & 92. He has competed since 1986 on cards with the likes of "Bad" Brad Hefton, "Mean" Mike Labree, Troy "Hollywood" Hughes, Tommy Bach, Ricky "The Wolf " Haynes, Cutis Bush & Rick "The Jet" Roufus.

This event will also feature another family event with a Mother and son competing on the same card. Lisa Wells and her son Devin Smith. Other local favorites will include Reyzor Duran, Alex "The Bull" Deleufunte, David Froeber, Damien Norris, Rose Poli & Floyd Hodges. The opponents are coming from some of the Finest gyms in the Midwest such as Cedar Valley Pro Fitness which is owned by top IKF Trainer Russ O'Connell. Pow (Fernando's), Seong Hea's owned by IKF Pro World Champion Tommy Bach, Bloomington Karate run by C.B. Bunkholtz, Mitz Bandiera from Canada. Local schools are represented by, Excel Ac of Rocford, Illinois, Paragon Ac of Janesville, Wisconsin, AFTA Martial Arts of Rocford, Illinois, and of course the host school, National TKD & KB from South Beloit, Illinois. For more info please contact Mr. Craig Monyelle at (815) 389-8501 or at teamthump@yahoo.com or go to www.nationaltkdkb.com

MORE NEWS OF 4-27-05

IKF FCR North Central Regional Tournament Results
April 16th, 2005
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Regional Director: Rob Zbilski

  1. Preliminary Bout in the Jr. Boys Cruiserweight Division
    Devin Smith ( Team Thump) Age 12, S. Beloit, Illinois Vs. Carlos Hernandez (Combat Do) Age 11, Cicero, Illinois.
    Devin Smith Winner by TKO when referee Scott Fischer stopped the fight at 42 seconds in the 2nd Round.

  2. Preliminary Bout in the Jr. 86lb. Boys Weight Class
    Austin Lewis (Jimmy Z's Ringside Fitness)Age 10, Lake Zurich, IL Vs. Axel Mareno (Combat Do) Age 9, Cicero, IL
    Austin Lewis Winner by TKO when referee Scott Fischer stopped the fight at 1:12 into the 2nd Round.

  3. Preliminary Bout in the 80lb Jr. Boys Weight Class
    Caz Zyks (Team Z) Age 10, Huntley, IL Vs. Carlos Garcia (Combat Do) Age 11, Cicero, IL.
    Carlos Garcia Winner by TKO. Referee Scott Fischer stops the fight at 1:29 into the second round.

  4. Preliminary Bout in the Cruiserweight division
    Ed Cooper (POW Kickboxing) Age 36, Chicago, IL Vs. Oskar Puente (Combat Do) Age 24, Cicero, IL.
    Ed Cooper declared Winner by unanimous decision.

  5. Preliminary Bout in the Jr. Girls Straw-weight division
    Kristin Andras (Team Z) Age 14, Huntley, IL Vs. Danielle Byrne (Freestyle Karate) Age 14, Chicago, IL.
    Kristin Andras Winner by TKO. Referee Scott Fischer stops the bout at 50 seconds into the 2nd Round.

  6. Anthony Fearn (Hill Clan Martial Arts) Age 12, Joliet, IL Vs. Angelo Rivera Jr. (Combat Do) Age12, Cicero, IL.
    Angelo Rivera Jr. Winner by Split Decision.
    It is not known to the IKF if this was a preliminary bout or not.

  7. Preliminary Bout in the Adult Super Middleweight division
    Blake Huffman (Team Z) age 20, Huntley, IL Vs. Chandler Lowe, Age 35, Chicago Heights, IL.
    Blake Huffman Winner by Split Decision.

  8. Preliminary Bout in the Adult Super Middleweight division
    Scott Biggerstaff Age 39, Chicago Heights, IL Vs. Rene Bahena (Combat Do) Age 30, Cicero, IL.
    Scott Biggerstaff Winner by Unanimous decision

It is not known to the IKF if the below bouts are preliminary bouts or Regional Championship bouts. We are still awaiting information from the Promotional Team.

  1. Cesario Ordonez Age 12, Chicago Heights, IL. Vs. Cameron Monyelle (Team Thump) Age 13, S. Beloit IL.
    Cameron Monyelle Winner by Unanimous Decision.

  2. Jon Lewis (Cellar Kickboxing) Age 26, Minneapolis Mn. Vs. Edis Akins (POW Kickboxing) Age 22, Chicago, IL.
    Jon Lewis Winner by TKO. Referee Scott Fischer stops the fight at 1:13 into the 1st Round.

  3. Sharlyn Fellenz (Freestyle Kickboxing) Age 20, Eau Claire, WI. Vs. Angela Sacarello (Cellar Kickboxing) Age 22, Minneapolis MN.
    Sharlyn Fellenz Winner by TKO. Referee Scott Fischer stops the bout at 1:06 in the 1st round.

  4. Tyler Goffnet (Hill Clan Martial Arts) Age15, Joliet, IL. Vs. Isaac Hudson, Age 15, Chicago Heights, IL.
    Isaac Hudson winner by TKO. Referee Scott Fischer stops the fight at 1:07 in Round 1.

  5. Mindaugas Razminas (Combat Do) Age 31, Cicero, IL Vs. Justin Hanlin (Jimmy Z's Ringside Fitness) Age 29, Lake Zurich, IL.
    Justin Hanlin Winner by Unanimous Decision. Note: Mindaugas Missed 2+ kicks in each of the three rounds fought.

  6. Felice Herrig (Team Z) Age 20, Huntley, IL Vs. Katie Igwowsky, (Cellar Kickboxing) Age 25, Minneapolis MN.
    Felice Herrig winner By Unanimous Decision.

  7. Ed Cooper (POW Kickboxing) Age 35, Chicago, IL Vs. Tim Caronti (Combat Do) Age 25, Cicero, IL.
    Tim Caronti Winner by Unanimous Decision.

  8. Super heavyweight Division
    Dennis Jankowski,
    Age 33, Chicago Heights, IL Vs. Donnell Sykes, Age 32, Kankakee, IL.
    Dennis Jankowski Winner by TKO after Donnell Sykes would not answer the bell to the 4th round. The fight was declared a draw after three rounds and a 4th round was needed to decide the regional champion and Donnell Sykes could not answer the bell and the fight was stopped by referee Scott Fischer at 1 second into the 4th round.

  9. Alexandria Cunningham, Age 13, Collinsville, IL Vs. Kristin Andras (Team Z) Age 14, Huntley, IL.
    Kristin Andras Winner by Unanimous Decision.

  10. Austin Lewis (Jimmy Z's Ringside Fitness) Age 11, Lake Zurich, IL Vs. Christian Pichardo (Combat Do) Age 11, Cicero, IL.
    Christian Pichardo Winner by TKO. Referee Scott Fischer stops the bout at 1:05 in the 1st Round.

  11. Carlos Garcia (Combat Do) Age 11, Cicero, IL Vs. Arnold Martinez (Combat Do) age 11, Cicero, IL.
    Carlos Garcia Winner by Unanimous Decision.

  12. Blake Huffman (Team Z) age 20, Huntley, IL Vs, Scott Biggerstaff, Age 39, Chicago Heights, IL.

  13. Scott Biggerstaff Winner by TKO. Referee Scott Fischer stops the bout at 53 Seconds into the 1st Round.

For additional event information call IKF North Central FCR Regional Director Rob Zbilski at 847-669-7833 or by e-mail at info@teamzs.com

MORE NEWS OF 4-27-05

Lights, Camera, Action!
It's "Ringside" With Stephen Thompson

IKF Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA
This week Charter Cable "Channel 10" (onTV10) in South Carolina, USA will be starting a new Kickboxing TV Show on, "Ringside with Stephen Thompson." The show will feature well known multi time IKF Champion Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson and local TV personality well known to the IKF TV Crew, multi-talented performer Tim Bachman as co-hosts.

This original series TV show will highlight past kickboxing championships of the Wonderboy as well as other IKF Kickboxing Champions in the sport such as Rebecca "Pitbull" Preacher, Peyton "The Artist" Russell, Dallas "Wildthang" Crowe and Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson.

"Ringside with Stephen Thompson" will be broadcast for no less than eight weeks with a new show produced each week reaching more than 200,000 homes in the Upstate, South Carolina area. Younger viewers can see the show on Tuesdays at 4:PM and the adult fans can catch all the action on Thursday at 10:PM. The first episode will air this coming Thursday April 28th at 10:PM on Charter Cable channel 10 (onTV10) and highlight one of the Wonderboy's first kickboxing title bouts, his PKC National Championship title. The series will also prelim the upcoming event "Martial Arts May-Hem - A Night of Kickboxing" at the Palmetto Expo Center. The event date is Saturday, May 21st. Doors open at 6:PM and the show starts at 7:PM. Tickets will go on sale May 2nd. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. Upstate Karate will be the primary ticket venue and will handle all of the "Reserve" seating tickets. Call or come by to get your tickets at Upstate Karate, 129 N. Main St., Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA. The number to call is (864) 967-3930.

MORE NEWS OF 4-27-05

Reversal Of

For the past several months here at the IKF Headquarters we have had 2 different bouts that have been on our minds. The reason these bouts have been on our minds is because both were asked to be reviewed and have been several times. However, what took place today was a different review of these bouts by some very good boxing and kickboxing Officials who came to the IKF Headquarters for the sole purpose of offering their non bias review for us.

To begin with we have a bout that took place in South Carolina, USA last fall. The bout was a non title 7 round bout featuring Anthony Bartinelli (Left) of Phoenix, Arizona, USA against Zack Day (Right) of Augusta, Georgia, USA. At the event, these two went tow to toe for the full 7 rounds. There were no knockdowns or standing 8 counts however Bartinelli was penalized a point in round 6 for hitting Day in the back of the head. When the bout was over the judges scored it a majority decision win for Day. Judge 1 of South Carolina scored it 66-66. Judge 2 of Minnesota scored it 68-64 for Day and Judge 3 of Georgia scored it 67-65 also for Day. The decision had been questioned numerous times, even after we did our first unofficial review of the bout after the event. After discussing bout scoring with some other Officials of the sport over the next few months, we learned a lot about how to do reviews. So a meeting was set and the bout was reviewed again. However this time, we changed one major thing... We turned off the ringside commentary. In the end, we were very surprised that "ALL" those reviewing the bout, of which NONE knew who Bartinelli or Day were, all scored it "Exactly" the same. Here is how all the scorecards looked:

  • Round 1: Bartinelli over Day 10-9.
  • Round 2: Bartinelli over Day 10-9.
  • Round 3: Bartinelli over Day 10-9.
  • Round 4: Day over Bartinelli 10-9.
  • Round 5: Bartinelli over Day 10-9.
  • Round 6: Bartinelli over Day 10-9, but Bartinelli lost 1 point hitting behind the head making this round 9-9.
  • Round 7: Day over Bartinelli 10-9.

Final score by all judges, Bartinelli 67, Day 65 and could have been a 68-65 if not for the point deduction. What we noticed ourselves was how much "Detail" you could see without the sound. Day was very busy in the fight, in fact he outkicked Bartinelli 82 kicks to 57. Bartinelli only scored 1 kick above the minimum in 1 round, round 4, the round Day won. However, what we noticed was "What shots were scoring" and this was where the major difference came. Day threw a lot but for every 5 that he threw Bartinelli scored with 3 solid shots. So what happens now? Well, after the review a vote was asked of the judges and they all voted unanimously to overturn the decision giving Bartinelli the win and Day a no contest. We truly hate to do this, especially so long after the bout. However, we all asked ourselves, "What is the right thing to do for the truth?" And the answer came easy. The change does not change Day's ranking. In fact, we will even go as far as saying we would accept Day as a challenger for Bartinelli's World title. The question now is, "Who wants to host it?"

There was another fight we reviewed today as well. This bout took place in Montreal, Quebec Canada this last December. Raoul Doucet (Right) of Hawkesbury, Ontario, Canada met up with fellow Canadian Serge Lafond. From what we knew of this bout, Doucet seemed to be winning all the rounds until a questionable call in round 7. With about 20 seconds left Lafond landed a light punch to the side of Doucet's head. The punch made Doucet lean over and he touched his glove to the ring canvas and the referee called it a down and proceeded to give Doucet a standing 8 count. This of course gave Lafond the round which, according to sources, Doucet had been winning up until that point. This seemed to be the difference in the bout as Lafond took a very close split decision win.

So, we presented the video of this bout to our same judges and "Again" turned off the audio. Again we were able to see a much clearer fight. Lafond did hit Doucet in the side of the head with a right hook in round 7, and it was a legit touch of the glove that does warrant a standing 8 count. However, Doucet was not only winning the round, he was winning the fight. When a fighter is dominating a round and takes a "1" shot that forces a standing 8 count, it is not always a clear 10-8 round. Thus the case here. Here is how "ALL" the judges scored this 7 round bout, and again note, ALL the judges scored it the same round for round as they did the Day vs Bartinelli bout.

  • Round 1: Lafond over Doucet 10-9.
  • Round 2: Doucet over Lafond 10-9.
  • Round 3: Lafond over Doucet 10-9.
  • Round 4: Doucet over Lafond 10-9.
  • Round 5: Doucet over Lafond 10-9.
  • Round 6: Doucet over Lafond 10-9.
  • Round 7: Lafond over Doucet 10-9. - Remember, this was the knockdown round when Doucet was given a standing 8 count.

Final score by all judges, Doucet 67, Lafond 66. Just like the Day vs Bartinelli, Lafond kept busy, but Doucet was the one landing the power shots, especially his kicks. If not for the one shot that bent Doucet over just enough to touch his right hand to the mat, this bout would have easily been scored 68-65 for Doucet. On our kick count Doucet had 72 kicks to Lafond's 63, but Doucet's kicks were hitting and hitting hard when they did. In fact, we even had Lalond miss his kicks in both rounds 6 and 7, but we did not deduct the 2 points from the score above. This is because one never knows what a kick counter counts as a kick. In this case, it appeared Lalond was given a kick point every time he lifted his leg because in round 2 and 3 he almost missed his kicks too. So what happens here? Since the bout was so close in the scoring the judges ruled this bout a "No Contest" with a requested rematch.

WEDNESDAY, April 20th, 2005, AT 9:05 PM, PT

Results From
Shamrock Promotions
Chaos In The Country

IKF - ISCF Missouri, USA
This past Saturday night Shamrock Promotions did something they have never done since they started promoting, an outdoor event! That's correct, an open air Fight Show. In Villa Ridge, Missouri, Shamrock Promotions teamed up with KMA Bar and Grill to host a sell out crowd of over 1,000 fight fans, under the stars. The fights were held under a 120 X 60 foot tent. The crowd was anxious to see the talked about event, since the event was advertised on 105.7 The Point. One of St. Louis's top Radio Stations. Once again Shamrock Promotions mixed up the night with Boxing, Kickboxing, and Mixed Martial Arts. Here are the nights results below.

  1. Amateur Boxing
    Chris Anderson, St. Louis, MO. defeated Kevin Lee, St. Louis, MO by USA Boxing rule of 4 knock downs in a fight.

  2. Kickboxing Exhibition
    Jamie O'Hare, St. Louis, MO, USA (1-0/1, 152, 5'10", 22, 9/2/80, Finney's, (314) 608-3104) and Michelle Hurchla, St. Louis, MO, USA (1-0/1, 132, 5'6", 25, 8/14/79, Finney's, (314) 608-3104).

  3. Amateur Boxing
    Timmie Connors, St. Louis, MO, USA (4-0/4, 158, 6'0", 22, 5/11/82, Finney's, (314) 608-3104) defeated Carl Howard, St.Louis, MO by KO at 1:59 of the 2nd round.

  4. IKF Kickboxing
    Sean Felts, Pacific, MO USA (3-1, 93, 13, 1/3/92, Benny Voyles, (636) 271-7006) defeated Caleb Plant, Ashland City, TN USA (1-0, 94, 5'3", 12, 7/8/92, Richie Plant, (615) 347-1118) by unanimous decision, 29-28, 29-28 & 29-28.

  5. Kickboxing Exhibition
    Chris Epply, Pacific, MO USA (7-0/4, 178, 6'0, 23, 5/25/81, Benny Voyles, (636) 271-7006) was supposed to face Matt Sulya, Buffalo, New York, but Sulya got on the plane and landed and never called Promoter Jesse Finney and wasn't returning any calls. So, Sulya No Showed for the fight. Kevin Engel did an exhibition with Epply.

  6. IKF Kickboxing
    Trey Hart, St. Louis, MO USA (2-0, 107, 13, 11/18/91, Ernest Hart and Benny Voyles, (636) 271-7006) defeated Sam Parish, Ashland City, TN USA (1-0/1, 105, 5'3", 12, 12/2/92, Richie Plant, (615) 347-1118) by unanimous decision, 29-27, 29-27 & 30-26.

  7. IKF Kickboxing
    Tyler Melnecke, St. Louis, MO, USA (0-0/0, 162, 5'10", 19, 8/24/85, Finney's, (314) 608-3104) defeated Bobby Chu, St. Louis, MO, USA (0-0, 156, 5'6", 27, 8/9/77, Finney's, (314) 608-3104) by unanimous decision 30-26, 30-26, 30-26.

  8. IKF Kickboxing
    Eric Hansen, St. Louis, MO, USA (1-0/0, 142, 5'10", 16, 9/1/88, Finney's, (314) 608-3104) defeated William Carlisle, Joelton, TN USA (0-1, 142, 5'11", 17, 12/20/87, Richie Plant, (615) 347-1118) by unanimous decision 30-26, 30-26, 30-26.

    Tracy Taylor, St. Louis, MO, USA (2-0/1, 215, 5'9", 32, 1/24/73, Rodrigo Vaghi and Finney's, (314) 608-3104) defeated Daniel Rollins, Felt City, KS USA (0-0, 334, 6'5", 22, 12/20/82, Self, (913) 772-5314) by KO. Referee stopped the fight in the 1st round.

  10. ISCF MMA
    Mike Green, St. Louis, MO, USA (8-4/3, 171, 6'1", 31, 8/1/73, Finney's, (314) 608-3104) defeated Joshua Martin, Knob Noster, MO USA (0-0, 4-1 Jui Jitsu, 168, 6'0", 23, 7/22/81, Spirit O, (660) 563-2162) by KO. Referee stopped the fight in the 2nd round.

For more information check out www.finneyskickboxing.com or call (314) 608-3104.

MONDAY, April 18th, 2005, AT 3:50 PM, PT

It's Official...
Thyssen Retires

Former 2 time IKF Amateur Champion Jennifer Thyssen of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA and her trainer Shawn McCarthy made it official to the IKF today that her decision to retire from the sport of kickboxing that she made last fall, 2004 is official. Thyssen won two IKF USA National Tournament titles in two weight classes during her career on her way to building an impressive fight record of 25 wins, 4 loses and 1 draw.

Thyssen was a part of the prestigious 72 fighters who started the first ever IKF National Tournament system in 1999 in Council Bluffs Iowa. There, Jennifer defeated Amy Johndrow of Horn Lake Mississippi by TKO when the doctor stopped the bout after round 1 to win the 1999 IKF/Ringside USA National FCR Woman's Welterweight Title.

In 2000, also in Council Bluff's Iowa, Jennifer first defeated Jennifer Repa of St. Louis Missouri in the opening round by unanimous decision, 30-25, 30-24, 30-24. However in the final she was defeated by Rebecca Preacher of Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA by split decision, 29-28, 28-29, 30-27 in one of the closest bouts of the tournament. A rematch was scheduled between Preacher and Thyssen in January of 2001 in Hayward, Wisconsin, USA, however, Preacher got injured and had to pull out of the bout. Finally on Saturday night, June 23rd, 2001, at the Black Bear Casino & Hotel in Carlton Minnesota, Thyssen got her chance again with Preacher. However this time Preacher left no doubt in the rematch as she won by TKO in the 4th round.

Thyssen got back to winning right away though. 2 months later in August of 2001 in Olathe, Kansas, USA she defeated Terrie Hicks of Augusta, Georgia by unanimous decision, 30-27, 29-28 & 29-28 to win the 2001 IKF/Ringside USA National FCR Woman's Super Welterweight Title.

At the 2002 IKF USA Nationals Jennifer was trying to accomplish winning both the USA Amateur Boxing Championships and the IKF Nationals all in the same week. At the 2002 USA Woman's Boxing Championships in Scranton, Pennsylvania, she won her opening bout against Adreinne Lugg of Seattle, Washington. However in the final she lost to Yvonne Reis of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida which gave her a second place National finish. Although she made the long trip back to the IKF Tournament in Davenport, Iowa the next morning, she was forced to bow out after coming in above the weight limit. The same problem met her at the 2003 IKF/TKO USA Nationals in Cedar Rapids Iowa.

At the 2004 IKF/TKO North American Classic in Orlando Florida Jennifer won her opening round bout in the woman's Middleweight division against Josie Novielli of Toronto, Ontario, Canada by split decision, 28-29, 30-27 & 30-27. However in the final the next day she was defeated by Jenna Droluk of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA by unanimous decision 29-27, 30-26 & 30-26.

Jennifer had won the Wisconsin State Boxing Championships 3 years straight. along with her second place finish at the USA Boxing nationals in 2002 she was also named an alternate on the 2002 U.S.A. boxing team. In 2002 she traveled to Galway, Ireland to represent a U.S.A. Team put together by IKF Representative Rob Zbilski from the Midwest to fight the Irish National Kickboxing Team. There she defeated their Irish National champion.

MORE NEWS OF 4-18-05

Facts Needed...

We have been asked to assist in finding out some information about a certain fighter. Last September, 2004 a native fighter of Bahrain named Osama Al Tamimi has informed others that he will be participating in a World Championship sponsored by the "World Thai Boxing Association/Federation" which was to have taken place in China this past March and is still ongoing. Apparently this fighters manager has been updating the local newspapers with his achievements regularly. His manager has made claims that some of the bouts have taken place in Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shanghi. The reports claim that Osama Al Tamimi had defeated fighters with names like Ben Ian of Scotland, Seany Johnson of Brazil and he is in the finals against a fighter named Roy 'Wild Bear' Rogers of the USA. Now we here at the IKF have never heard of ANY of these fighters, "Especially" Roy 'Wild Bear' Rogers. However, it is possible we have just never heard of them... Maybe...

From this info, we are asking anyone reading this to please confirm or deny or verify any or part of this information for us by e-mail to main@ikfkickboxing.com

FRIDAY, April 15th, 2005, AT 7:30 PM, PT

This Weekend's IKF Action Around The World!

Shamrock Promotions
Chaos In The Country

IKF - ISCF Missouri, USA
IKF & ISCF MMA Promoter Jesse Finney and his Shamrock Promotions are all set for another night of exciting kickboxing action at the KMA Bar & Grill in Villa Ridge Missouri, USA tomorrow night, April 16th. Tomorrow nights event is called "Chaos In The Country" and will feature IKF Amateur Kickboxing & ISCF Mixed Martial Arts.

Team Finney will send 6 Fighters into battle. Jamie O'hare, Michelle Hurchla, Eric Hansen, Bobby "Tsunami" Cho, Tim "Irish Pride" Connors and "Mean" Mike Green. Cho who will be making his Finney's Kickboxing Debut looks good. "He's been working hard and has shown a tremendous amount of improvement." Says a Finney Representative. "Bobby looks to be a strong fighter for too." Connors is still on his undefeated streak and looks to be a winner yet again. In February he defeated Josh Sarder of Flora, Illinois by TKO at :33 in the first round. A week later he defeated Jason Barrows of Davenport, Iowa by KO at :50 in the 1st round. He's been looking better and better and all these fights are giving him some great ring experience.

Well known Finney fighter Mike Green has been in the gym a lot working on some new techniques. Mike is as tough as they come and will have a battle on his hands tomorrow night. As of press time the final fight card was not available but look for the nights results next week. For more information check out www.finneyskickboxing.com or call (314) 608-3104.

MORE NEWS OF 4-15-05

IKF North Central Regional FCR
Regional Tournament

Tomorrow In Crystal Lake, Illinois

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 16th, IKF Promoter Rob Zbilski (Left) and his Team Z promotional crew will host somewhere around 35-40 amateur kickboxers in the IKF North Central FCR Regional Seeding Tournament at the Regional Sports Center, Ridgefield Road, Crystal Lake, Illinois. the event will feature fighters from Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

For additional event information please go to the IKF North Central FCR Regional page by clicking HERE. - Or you can call IKF North Central FCR Regional Director Rob Zbilski at 847-669-7833 or by e-mail at info@teamzs.com.

We look forward to seeing all of the Regional Fighters "Walk the Walk" after this event at the 2005 IKF North American Classic Amateur Kickboxing Tournament in Orlando Florida, August 19th, 20th and 21st.

MORE NEWS OF 4-15-05


IKF England: This Sunday night, April 17th, IKF Promoter Nigel Thompson (Right) will presents IKF Muay Thai at the Corn Exchange in St Pauls Square in Bedford, England. The event will feature 2 IKF East Area Thai Boxing titles. Juniot Herbert will meet up with Glen Daniels for the vacant IKF Pro IR Middleweight England Title. Ranjit Dheer and Scott Quigg will meet for the vacant IKF Pro MTR England Bantamweight Title. Dheer already holds the IKF England Southeast Area Featherweight title when he defeated Daz Mitchell by TKO at 56 seconds of the first round on April 14th, 2002 in Bedford, England.

Other fighters featured will be Thalita, Sabena and Ben Dukes from the Bad Company Gym. For more info on this event please contact IKF Promoter Mr. Nigel Thompson at nigel@thaifighter.org

THURSDAY, April 14th, 2005, AT 6:30 PM, PT

Martial Arts May-Hem 05
Set To Go Off May 21st!

IKF South Carolina, USA
If all goes as planned Martial Arts May-Hem will go off on May 21st at the beautiful Palmetto Expo Center in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. IKF Promoter Ray Thompson (Right) and his IronSpirit Promotions Team is set and itchin to get this show underway. There are just over five weeks till fight time and all is going as planned. Keep your fingers crossed and hope it stays that way. Most promoters are far too familiar with last minute problems that occur just before "show time" and the IronSpirit crew is hoping for smooooooth sailing.

To give you a taste of what is planned for this event let's talk about the amateur card. IronSpirit has four ladies on this card that promise to "rock the house" come May 21. Lori "Lil Bit" Burney, (3-2/1) from Ray Thompson's camp, Upstate Karate in Simpsonville, SC, will be fighting Cara "The Terror" Dickerson, who trains with IKF Regional Promoter and trainer Craig Smith from Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Terror has an undefeated record (5-0-1) which looks a lot better than Lil Bit's. Lil Bit has a couple black marks the first of which was given to her in her very first fight with eventual kickboxing and boxing World Champion Trisha Hill. That fight went toe to toe for the entire three rounds. Hill tried to KO Lil Bit but it was not to be. Her second loss was to a young lady from the Mike and Vicki Hollobaugh camp out of Bradenton, Florida. Mike has trained many champion fighters one of them being IKF Champion Erik Marshall. This loss for Burney was simply because she came in to light and her opponent was simply too big. Instead of not fighting because of the size difference, no fault to the promoter, and ruin the promoter's main event she fought anyway and gave the crowd what they came to see. A WAR!!

The next ladies bout will be between Becki "Bam Bam" Halloran (thanks Dan Stell for the use of the nickname) whose record is 3-1 with 1 win by KO/TKO vs 2003 IKF/TKO North American Champion Susan Wood (7-3/2). Becki also trains out of the Ray Thompson camp while Susan trains with husband and top IKF Trainer Mike Wood. Mike also trains 2004 IKF/TKO North American Champions Mark Adams and Billy Heslop as well as #2 ranked Rachelle Heslop. Susan comes from a fight camp that has a reputation for putting out top notch competition.

Becki's only loss was in her very first fight in the 2004 IKF/TKO NAC against Canadian powerhouse Desni Boisert (12-1/7) who in fact won the tournament and the prestigious 2004 IKF/TKO North American Title. Becki, in her first fight was far out classed but stood in and fought toe to toe with Boisvert. This has a lot to say about the heart of Halloran. The Wood/Halloran fight will be a "fight to see".

The first male fight we'll write about will be between Dallas "Wild Thang" Crowe, (10-6/2) from the Kevin Hudson Hurricane Camp in Lyman, South Carolina and 2004 IKF/TKO North American Champ Bobby Smith (3-0) who is trained by legendary trainer Ben Kiker from Dalton, Georgia. If you were around "back in the day" you might remember a fighter named Robert Harris. Robert was a Karate and Kickboxing Champion trained by Mr. Kiker out of the United Studios organization there in Dalton. Mr. Harris was not the only champion out of that camp. The fight between Smith and Crowe will be a rematch. Smith beat Crowe in the 2004 IKF/TKO NAC in Orlando, Florida. Smith is a clean, well schooled, and a sharp fighter that will be rematching the "Wild Thang" and the Wild Thang is simply "THE WILD THANG!" This promises to be a rematch you won't want to miss.

That will just about do it for this "First" installment of 2005 Martial Arts May-Hem pre-fight news. Stay tuned for more write ups on Martial Arts May-Hem 05. Yall Come now....
For more info please contact Upstate Karate, Inc at (864) 967-3930 or check out their website at www.upstatekarate.com

Ray Thompson


Susan Wood

MORE NEWS OF 4-12-05



Over the last few days we have been working on updating ALL of our IKF Rankings. In doing so we are also doing a per say "House Cleaning" of fighters who are no longer fighting as well. Here is where we need your help. PLEASE let us know any updates on your fighters as well as letting us know of any fighters still in our rankings that have retired. Information we are seeking includes:

If we do not receive any confirmation from the fighter or the fighters listed trainer that they are still active, they will be REMOVED from the IKF Rankings. Because of this, if you know a trainer who does not have internet access or e-mail, PLEASE HELP THEM in getting their information to us ASAP.

If you are a fighter that has fought on an IKF Sanctioned event but are not in the IKF Rankings, please inform us of this by e-mailing us all your required stats, who you fought, when and who the IKF Promoter was. Please send all info to us here by e-mail at main@ikfkickboxing.com

WEDNESDAY, April 13th, 2005, AT 9:20 PM, PT

Whiskey Tango's
Throwdown I

Special To IKF - Kansas City, Missouri, USA
It is Repeat or Revenge on Thursday, April 28th, when Craig Cummings and Ken Crum of Squared Circle Promotions launch the first of an incredible series of events scheduled for Whiskey Tango's in Grain Valley, Missouri, USA. The series will be called Whiskey Tango's Throwdown with all of the stops coming out on the first one. Alvin "The Quickster" Brown (23-8 with 11 KO/TKOs) of Grandview, Missouri, USA who is not only the Top Featherweight in the Midwest, is also a long-standing top Featherweight in the country; will take on Angelo Torres (12-12-2 with 3 KO/TKOs) of Lakewood, Washington in a highly anticipated rematch this time for the NABA Featherweight Crown. The NABA is also known as the WBA North American Title and carries a Top 10 World Rating with the WBA to the winner. The first battle ended with a controversial split-decision win going to Angelo Torres. Alvin Brown swears Revenge will be the theme as his recent signing with new Manager Craig Cummings has given him a new breath of life and the realization that a shot at a legitimate World Title is within his grasp.

This World-Class match-up headlines the 6-fight Boxing portion of the card that is just the beginning. Next will be number 3 IKF Pro FCR Ranked Super Lightweight Michael Kelly of Peculiar, Missouri (6-0/1, AK: 12-2/2). Mike will be vying for the vacant IKF Pro FCR Super Lightweight Midwest Title. Michael has been Ranked in the Top 10 of the nation for quite some time and is ready and more than deserving to make one last run at a potential World Title opportunity in a sport that he has dominated locally for years. These bouts will all be sanctioned by the Missouri Office of Athletics with the Title fights being represented by the world-renowned NABA and the IKF respectively.

Following the Professional Boxing, Kickboxing, and Wrestling matches (As seen on the WWF. TNT, and RAW, Squared Circle will presents one Professional Midget Wrestling Match. ), the fans will witness one of the most excitingISCF Sanctioned MMA cards ever put together in the area. Blue Springs will be well represented with Josh Luteran appearing in the boxing portion of the show, legendary coach Mike Haggerty fighting in a submission match, and Matt Cox headlining the 8 MMA bouts against Phil Jones of Lee's Summit.

Matt Cox is the number 1 ISCF Amateur Super Heavyweight MMA Fighter and Phil Jones wants a shot at the top dog. The atmosphere will be electric when these two local monsters collide with each fighter having fan support of 1000 strong. The amateur MMA bouts will be sanctioned by the ISCF.

All action will begin at 7:PM with doors opening at 6:PM. The future of the Midwest Fight Scene is now and Squared Circle Promotions is once again leading the way with the trendsetting fusion of Professional Boxing, Kickboxing, and MMA onto the same card. Fight fans will witness 2 World-Class Title Bouts in 2 different sports. The Midwest is loaded with talent in all forms of fighting and Squared Circle Promotions is the company making their dreams become a reality. For more event information please contact Mr. Craig Cummings at (816) 668-4752 or at craigcummingsboxing@yahoo.com

MORE NEWS OF 4-13-05

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With Victory
Over Rochester's Lucas?

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And Re-Posted On The News Page For May 4th, 2005

TUESDAY, April 12th, 2005, AT 7:00 PM, PT

Gary Brown
Added To The Prestigious List Of Kickboxing Advisors On
The IKF Advisory Board

"When you seek perfection you attain Excellence!"
This is what the IKF Organization is all about and they seek that perfection by the knowledgable advice of those who truly KNOW Kickboxing! Today the IKF added 1 more "Perfectionist" to the IKF Advisory Board.

Meet Fight Sports Training Legend Gary Brown.
Gary has been a part of Kickboxing long before there was an IKF. He began boxing in 1951 and started studying Marital Arts in 1957 in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. It was there he earned his first Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Mr. Brown trained and studied during this tour in Vietnam in 1970 with the Korean Rock Unit. He returned to Columbus and began teaching children boxing and Marital Arts at the Ohio Youth Commission. He also taught for the Columbus Recreation and Parks Depart and was an executive member of the Ohio Amateur Athletic Union boxing commission.

Mr. Brown himself, was a professional boxer from 1974 to 1977. He has trained numerous Champions including Bill Douglas, the father of Buster Douglas, former holder of the World Heavyweight Boxing Title, 2 time Former IKF World Champion Rick "The Jet" Roufus, current IKF World Champion Mark Selbee, Brad Hefton, Jerry Rhome, Jeff Gripper, Steve Shepard, Yves Sanake and many more including his work in bringing up top women fighter Trisha Hill

Gary came to Georgia in 1979 where he opened his studio, Eagle Karate and Boxing. He has trained nine World Champions in full contact Karate and Boxing. After over forty-five years in Martial Arts, Mr. Brown holds several black belts and is declared a recognized Master in several of these styles and systems. He has and currently does training for various law enforcement agencies such as GBI, GSP and other city/county agencies using his patented Flood System.

  • His various ranks and accomplishments include,
    • 8th Degree Black Belt, Eagle American Karate
    • 8th Degree Black Belt, Eagle Combat Jujitsu
    • 5th Degree Black Belt, Shin Nagare Karate
    • 5th Degree Black Belt, Shin Shink Jujitsu
    • 3rd Degree Black Belt, Tae Kwon Do
    • Received 9 golden glove titles as an amateur
    • Trained with Korean combat unit known as "Tiger Unit"
    • IKF Certified Referee

Congratulations Gary and thank you for being a valuable part of the IKF Organization.
Mr. Brown can be contacted at Sensei@EagleBoxing.com or you can view his website at www.eagleboxing.com
Gary is currently training fighters at www.velocitykickboxing.com
For more on Gary Click Here.
To see all the IKF Advisory Board members Click Here.

MONDAY, April 11th, 2005, AT 10:10 PM, PT

Adds More IKF Gold To His Collection!
Leaves No Question That He IS The World Champion!

IKF Roseville, California, USA
There's an old phrase many of us have heard over the years... "Walk soft and quiet but carry a big stick." If one wanted an example of that phrase on Saturday, they would have seen it as clear as day. While Morello's Team and supporters were excited and confident, Anthony McGaughey and his trainer Scott Mincey pretty much kept to themselves and stayed calm and quiet all day long... That is, until the bell rang to begin their IKF Amateur World Title bout.

Some had predicted this bout to stop early while others just wanted to let it play out and hope for a good fight. Those simply "Hoping" got far more than they were hoping for and those predicting for a fast ending, simply picked the wrong fighter to end it... Several had thought Mike Morello of Santa Barbara, California, USA would put a stop to Anthony McGaughey's undefeated Light Middleweight streak and send him back to Norman Oklahoma in pain. (McGaughey's only loss came when he fought above his weightclass) However, it was not to be on this night at IKF Promoter Johnny Davis' event in Roseville, California, USA. In fact, after Saturday night many in the house wondered if McGaughey even knows what pain is.

Morello threw everything he had including several solid spinning backhands and some right hands that landed square on McGaughey's head. But McGaughey never even flinched. McGaughey took everything Morello offered and still averaged over 16 kicks per round compared to Morello's average kick per round of 7. Still, McGaughey was quick and smooth throughout the entire fight, never letting Morello's aggressive game plan take him out of his.

"I just told him to stick to the game plan." said McGaughey's trainer, 6 time Professional World Champion Scott "Conan" Mincey. That was exactly what he did too, he stuck to the basics. Simple side steps and counters that he played off of every Morello attack. He didn't just throw 1-2 in response to Morello, he often fired off 4, 5 and 6 shot combinations.

McGaughey won the kick count every round, 18-8, 15-7, 13-7, 18-6 and in the final round he shot off 20 kicks to Morello's 6. Still, Morello did enough in rounds 2 and 3 to win 2 of the 3 judges cards. To the surprise of many, after 3 rounds Morello was up by a split decision margin 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28. However it was McGaughey's experience and high physical conditioning that made him get stronger and stronger in rounds 4 and 5 to pull away for the big win.

Morello "Walked the Walk" against a fighter with 3 times his experience, but in the end, it was exactly that experience that won it for the Multi Time IKF Champion McGaughey.

Neither fighter seemed to ever be hurt in the battle (Easy for us to say from outside the ring...) but both left everything they had in the ring at the end of 5. when the scores were announced McGaughey had won the unanimous decision 48-47, 49-46 and 48-47 in a bout that appeared to many watching to not be as close as the scores. Still, Morello, as the true sportsman he always has been, insisted to Referee Dan Stell that he place the IKF Amateur FCR Light Middleweight World Title Belt on McGaughey himself, which he did. Our hats go off to both these gentlemen who were more than deserving of being in the ring that night. Deserving more so because they had something else going for them besides fighting skill in the ring, they were both Champions outside the ring as well.

Here is how the remainder of the card went.

    Charles Ceasar
    of San Francisco, California (2-1/0, 215, 6'1", 33) defeated Jerry Wright of Whittier, California, USA (0-3, 199, 6', 37) by TKO at 1:56 of round 1.

    Dogamaye Bonner
    of Sacramento, California, USA (1-0/0, 160, 6'2", 25) defeated Kenyan Atkins of Modesto, California, USA (1-2, 160, 5'8", 23) by unanimous decision 29-28 on all 3 judges cards.

    Betram "Baby Boy" Bunch
    of Santa Barbara, California, USA (2-1/0, 177, 5'11", 23) defeated Raymond Doxie of Yuba City, California, USA (0-2/0, 174, 6'2", 24) by majority decision 28-27, 29-27 and 27-27.

    In a very wild bout Eugene Ivanov of Roseville, California, USA (0-0-1/0, 147, 6'1", 17) and Dustin Akbari of Sacramento, California, USA (0-0-1/0, 145, 5'8", 17) fought to a majority draw, 29-28, 28-28 and 28-28.
    In the bout Ivanov was penalized a point for a low kick by referee Jon Schorle.

    Richard Houston
    of Whittier, California, USA (3-1/0, 185, 6'2", 34) defeated Justin Humphries of Modesto, California, USA (0-2/0, 187, 6'2", 27) by TKO at 1:41 of round 1 when Humphries was unable to continue due to a foot injury.
    Midway through round 1, Humphries kicked at Houston and his foot landed square on Huston's groin cup. After Houston recovered, Humphries went to fight but he could not stand on his foot which appeared to be injured from the impact of Houston's cup.

    Marcus Crandle
    of Roseville, California (5-0, 149, 5'10", 19) defeated Eric Jones of Santa Barbara, California, USA (0-1, 146, 5'10", 35) by TKO at 1:21 of round 2.
    Crandle who was up on all 3 judges cards 10-9 after round 1 landed a strong right hand on Jones that dropped him to the canvas.

    Aaron Grewer
    of Roseville, California, USA (3-1-1/1, 169, 6'3", 23) and Luis Benevidos of Whittier, California, USA (4-2-1/0, 165, 5'10", 17) fought to a split decision draw, 29-27, 27-29 and 28-28.
    Benevidos was penalized a point for a low kick in round 2 by referee Jon Schorle.

  8. IKF Amateur FCR Light Middleweight World Title
    Anthony McGaughey of Norman, Oklahoma, USA (27-1-1/16, 157, 5'11", 27) defeated Mike Morello of Santa Barbara, California, USA (8-6-1/2, 157, 5-10", 32) by unanimous decision 48-47, 49-46 and 48-47.

For more info on this event you can go to www.akpromotions.org or contact IKF Promoter Mr. Johnny Davis at (916) 780-7483 or by e-mail at johnnyd@akpromotions.org

FRIDAY, April 8th, 2005, AT 8:10 PM, PT

How They Got Here
The Chase For The IKF Amateur World Title

Anthony McGaughey

Trent Tompkins

Anthony McGaughey

Mike Morello

Shannon Hudson

Tomorrow night either Anthony McGaughey of Norman, Oklahoma, USA or Mike Morello of Santa Barbara, California, USA will become one of only 6 IKF Amateur World Champions. So who else has accomplished this and how did Morello and McGaughey get to this point in their careers? Lets look at the IKF Amateur World title History first.

It was on April 29th, 2001 in Newcastle England when Craig Richardson (Right on Right) of England became the first ever IKF Amateur World Champion and the First IKF Junior Amateur Champion when he defeated Bruno Susano of Portugal by unanimous decision, 68-63, 69-64 and 69-64. Richardson won the IKF Junior Amateur FCR Light Welterweight World title and Yes, the bout was a 7 round bout.

On June 15th, 2001 Paul Middlehurst (Sorry, no photo on file) of Haydock, England became the second IKF Amateur World Champion and the second IKF Junior Amateur World Champion when he defeated another top Portugal fighter, Taigo Mendes by first round KO in Liverpool, England. Middlehurst won the IKF Junior Amateur FCR Lightweight World Title.

It wasn't until August of 2003 when the IKF Amateur World Titles were allowed in North America. Stepping up to the challenge was Trent "Thunderfoot" Tompkins of Waterloo, Iowa, USA. Tompkins had won the IKF USA National Amateur Tournament title in 2001. On May 11th, 2002 in Waterloo, Iowa, USA he won the vacant IKF Amateur FCR North American Super Heavyweight title when he knocked out Ivan Varga of Kitchener, Ontario Canada at :40 seconds into round 1 with a spinning hook kick. With a record of 14-0 with 8 KO's he was the first North American to step in the ring for an IKF Amateur World title. On August 23rd, 2003 in Waterloo Iowa, USA, Thompkins did just that and it didn't take him long to crush Rob Macdonald of London, Ontario, Canada at 1:35 of the first round by a roundhouse kick to Macdonald's head to improve his record to a perfect 15-0 and take claim to the IKF FCR Amateur Super Heavyweight World Title. With the win Thompkins became the first IKF Adult Amateur Champion. However after that bout, Thompkins has never fought again. Many looked forward to seeing him fight as a professional because many thought he was the next Dennis Alexio. However college, work and getting married changed all that.

Enter the "Wonderboy!" He was American Kickboxing's "Mohamad Ali, Mike Tyson, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Joe Montana" all wrapped into one package. He was the Golden Boy with the million dollar smile named Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson!

A "3" time IKF USA National Amateur Tournament Champion and IKF North American Champion. He had fought everyone he and his trainer/father Ray Thompson could find to step in the ring against him. Thompson was a fresh young face of only 20 years old when he was matched up against another outstanding fighter, 2 time IKF National Amateur Tournament Champion Kevin "The Hitman" Engel of St. Louis Missouri on November 15th, 2003 in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. To this day it still remains as the most anticipated andtalked about fight in IKF history. Engel entered the ring that night with a record of 22-3 with 10 wins by KO/TKO. He was the older of the two at a mere 22 years old and was the 2002 & 2003 IKF National Tournament Champion. Across the way entered the "Wonderboy!" A Perfect record of 32 wins, no loses and 18 wins by KO/TKO. He was the 2000, 2001 & 2002 IKF National Tournament and 2002 IKF North American Champion. They both met for the IKF Amateur FCR Light Cruiserweight World title. In the end it would be the Wonderboy who took the win over Engel by unanimous decision in one of the greatest Amateur bouts ever, 50-42, 50-42 and 49-45.

Thompson retired his amateur title when he turned pro on May 15th, 2004 and has stayed successful as a professional fighter with a record of 3-0 with all 3 wins by KO/TKO. Engel has continued his amateur career and also added Mixed Martial Arts to his fighting career.

The next IKF Amateur World Title took place in Kings Hall Herne Bay, Kent, England on Saturday the 12th of March 2005. To say the least, it was a shocking upset of who many thought had the edge over his opponent. Englands Mark Epstein (Right) scored a TKO Victory at 29 seconds into the 3rd round over highly favored Alan Fenandes of India. We say "Highly favored" because Fenandes had been preparing for this bout for months while Epstein was booked the week of the bout when he stepped in to replace top contender Andrew Kypriano (Who is the current IKF European Champion) when Kypriano went down with Influenza. This was also the first IKF Amateur World Title won outside the Full Contact Rules division. This bout was the IKF Amateur Muay Thai Heavyweight World Title.

So the question is, will Saturday's bout between Anthony McGaughey and Mike Morello top any of these past IKF Amateur World Title bouts?

Well, maybe so or maybe not, but one thing is certain. As of today both Anthony McGaughey (Right & Below Left) and Mike Morello are in town and both are ready to Bring It ON!

So what roads lead these two to Roseville, California and the quest for this IKF Title? Anthony McGaughey and the IKF were first introduced at the 2000 IKF National Amateur Tournament in Council Bluff's, Iowa, USA. In his opening round bout he stopped Frank Glover of Lake Zurich, Illinois by TKO at 1:59 of round 3. In the final he faced the highly experienced Marc Mayfield of St Louis Missouri who had an impressive record of 17-5-1. McGaughey stopped Mayfield by TKO at 1:22 of the 3rd round to win the 2000 IKF FCR Light Middleweight National Title.

At the 2001 IKF National Amateur Tournament in Olathe/Kansas City, Kansas, USA, McGaughey defended his title when he defeated Jeff Bederd of St Louis, Missouri (23-2/12) by unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27 & 29-28.

At the 2002 IKF National Amateur Tournament in Davenport Iowa, USA, McGaughey successfully defended his Title when he defeated Neil Halmstad of Wrenshall, Minnesota, USA by unanimous decision 30-27 on all 3 judges cards.

At the 2002 IKF North American Amateur Tournament in Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA, McGaughey defeated last minute replacement fighter Shaun Gay of Valdosta, Georgia, USA by TKO at 1:02 of the second round.

Back again to the 2003 IKF National Amateur Tournament in Davenport Iowa, USA, McGaughey again successfully defended his title when he defeated Shannon Hudson of Greer, South Carolina, USA (18-8/8) by unanimous decision, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27 in a bout that was closer than the scores sound. The win gave McGaughey his 4th IKF National Tournament Title. He may have won 5 if not for the late move of last years IKF Tournament from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Orlando Florida. He had planned to attend in Iowa but the change of venue did not allow their team time to fund-raise to make the trip. McGaughey's only loss came when he took a fight he had to step up in weight for. Stepping up in weight is already enough to ask, but stepping up to fight none other than Kevin Engel (Read above) was not one of his better moves. McGaughey had planned to turn professional last year but just never made the move. With an amateur record of 26 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw and 16 wins by KO/TKO, it's clear he will have experience on his opponent.

However Mike Morello (Right & Below Left) of Santa Barbara, California, USA is not planning to rely on his past to get him the IKF World Title. Morello says he is "Hungry" for this win and he may be more hungry than McGaughey. No offense intended towards McGaughey but look at what he has accomplished. Will McGaughey have any problems getting motivated for yet "Another" title? We don't think he will have any problem at all, so this being known, Morello needs to be at his best, and for the best. But isn't that what a World Title is all about... Finding the BEST!

So how does a fighter with an 8-5 record find himself entering the ring for a shot at an Amateur World title? Well, the numbers may not show it but Morello is a far better fighter than his 8-5 record. Keep in mind most all his loses were in leg kick styles. such was the case at his first ever IKF National Amateur tournament in 2002 in Davenport, Iowa, USA where he lost his opening round bout in the International Rules division to eventual champion Oscar Montano of Surprise, Arizona, USA by unanimous decision, 29-28, 29-28 & 29-28. He didn't make it back to the IKF Nationals in 2003 but he was there in 2004 in Orlando Florida, USA. There Morello entered into the FCR Light Middleweight division... Yes, the same division McGaughey would have come to defend if he made the trip to Orlando in 2004. Without McGaughey there the division was open and anyone could win and no one would have any bye rounds. In the opening round Morello faced and defeated Ryan Hayden of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27 & 29-28. Later that same day Morello faced and defeated Travis Jones of Dalton, Georgia, USA by majority decision 28-28, 29-28 & 29-27. The Finals on any Sunday at the IKF Tournament are never easy, but Morello didn't expect to meet one of the best IKF amateur fighters ever, Shannon Hudson (Left) of Lyman, South Carolina, USA (25-10/11). Talk about a WAR! Hudson entered the Tournament having already won the IKF East Coast Light Middleweight title back on May 15th, 2004 in Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA when he defeated Steve Mann of Richmond, Virginia, USA, (14-4/4) by unanimous decision, 50-45, 50-45, 49-46. He won his other previous to this, the IKF Amateur South East Super Middleweight title by forfeit when his opponent, Rob Llaneza failed to show up for the bout. However in his first defense of this title, He lost to Steve Hall on August 23rd, 2002 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA by unanimous decision.

The Hudson - Morello bout was already being talked about by the end of prelims on Saturday night last year. As was expected, it was a WAR! In the end Morello squeaked by Hudson by unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28 & 30-27. This was one of the Greatest bouts in IKF Tournament History and could have easily been for the Worlds title. However, McGaughey deserved the shot here since he was still amateur and his resume confirms it. Morello got the opportunity because he won the IKF North American title this year.

Hudson still holds his IKF Amateur FCR South East Light Middleweight title and although national tournament titles have eluded him, you need to know, he didn't lose to just anyone. At one of the National Tournaments he lost to none other than Anthony McGaughey by unanimous decision, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27. Adding to that meeting with McGaughey the year before Hudson met up with Kevin Engle in the final who beat him by unanimous decision 29-28, 30-27 & 30-27. So it's not like Hudson has lost to stiffs and bums which means Morello didn't have an easy opponent either in his Championship bout at last years 2004 IKF/TKO North American Classic. Hudson has fought THE BEST and done well against them too and Morello beat him. So toss the coin when Morello and McGaughey meet tomorrow night and guess who will be looking to challenge the winner... We don't think we need to tell you.

Morello is also the current IKF International Rules West Coast Light Middleweight Champion, but he may stick to Full Contact from here forward, and tomorrow night in Roseville, California may have a lot to do with that decision. For more info on this event you can go to www.akpromotions.org or contact IKF Promoter Mr. Johnny Davis at (916) 780-7483 or by e-mail at johnnyd@akpromotions.org Reserve your tickets NOW! Space is limited! Feel free to use a credit card at www.highsierratickets.com or call (866) 463-8659.

Mike Morello

Craig Richardson

Stephen Thompson!

Mark Epstein


IKF Central East Regional
To Feature 3 Rule Styles For 2005!

Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

IKF Virginia, USA
Here's the needed info and the BIG NEWS for this years IKF Central East Regional in Chesapeake, Virginia this coming June 18th 2005. The event will take place at the Shrine Activity Center at 645 Woodlake Drive in Chesapeake, Virginia. This year the Regional will host the 3 main rule styles, Full Contact, International and Muay Thai rules. Here is all the FYI and 411 for the event:


Number 1 Vs Number 2!
The Way It Always Should Be!

IKF Canada: The number one and number two IKF Pro FCR Light Heavyweight (172.1 lbs. - 179 lbs. or 78.2Kg - 81.3Kg) fighters will be fighting for the World Title this June, which is how it it Always Should Be!

Number 1 IKF Ranked Frank Tropea of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada (Left, 16-1/5, 175, 5'10") and number 2 IKF ranked and the current IKF Canadian Champion Nick Rondinelli of London, Ontario, Canada, (Right, 15-3/6, 179, 5'9") have just been confirmed to fight for the vacant IKF Light Heavyweight World Title in Grand Portage, Minnesota, USA on June 25th, 2005.

One thing will be for sure here, The IKF Gold will go home to Canada!
For more information on this event please contact IKF Promoter Mr. Mitz Bandiera at (807) 472-6437 or at mitz@tbaytel.net


When 1 Vs 2
Isn't Possible...

Well you can't say we didn't try, but sometimes, number 1 vs number 2 just can't happen. Such is the case with number 1 IKF Ranked Amateur Muay Thai Rules Super Heavyweight contender Rick Cheek of Santa Rosa, California, USA (10-0/9, 237, 6'4"). IKF Promoters Tim and Dan Stell were hoping to get Cheek an Amateur World title shot on their upcoming April 30th, "Fairfield Fight Fest" event. They had hoped to match him up with the number 2 contender and current IKF European Champion Chris Knowles of Watford, England (11-0, 235). However, due to Knowles work schedule he was unable to take the bout at this time said his trainer Paul Taylor. "This would have been a great match-up of another 1 vs 2, but it will have to wait." Said IKF President Steve Fossum. "It would have been great to see a true International challenge for this title, especially from such class acts as Knowles and his trainer Paul Taylor."

Now the search is on for another challenger for Cheek. Cheek already demolished number 3 contender Ben Davis last month on March 26th in Fairfield, California, USA. Cheek stopped Davis by Knock Out at :50 seconds of round 1. Cheek had also won the 2004 IKF/TKO North American Classic Title in the Super Heavyweight International Rules Division.

A call to Colorado found number 3 contender Eric LaLone had recently retired which moved us to the next in line. Those next in line included both Super Heavyweights and Heavyweights in both the Amateur Muay Thai and International rule divisions. however, most Heavyweights may not be big enough (In weight) to fight a true Super Heavyweight like Cheek who last weighed in at 237 lbs. Those possible contenders include, in no particular order:

Who are we missing? Or are we missing anyone? If so, let us know. Or if you are one of the above fighters or their trainer, let us know you are interested by sending an e-mail to the IKF at main@ikfkickboxing.com


IKF Pro World MuayThai Champ
Matt Skelton
Claims Pro Boxing World Title!

London, Wembley, England
Current IKF pro Super Heavyweight Muay Thai World Champion Matt Skelton of England became the new WBU Pro Boxing World Champion this last February 25th (Right) when he stopped Fabio Eduardo Moli of Villa del Rosario, Córdoba, Argentina (32-4/19) in the 6th round of their bout held at the Wembley Conference Centre, London, Wembley, England.

Skelton, the British and Commonwealth champion, totally dominated an opponent who out weighed him by 26 lbs. Reports said that Skelton's ambition and superior conditioning took him to his 16th straight win since switching to professional boxing in September 2002 after a career as a martial arts fighter in Japan. Moli who was floored three times in round six before referee Dave Parris called a halt with 44 seconds of the session left. A big right to the side of the head, quickly followed by a left to the chin, put Moli over by the ropes the first time. Climbing up, he waved Skelton in but it was nothing more than bravado and another crude right to the head put him down again. Still the Argentine was not finished but Skelton would not be denied and he hurled everything at Moli as he went down for the third time. Once more he clambered up but a resigned look of defeat towards his corner said it all and Parris waived the fight off.

Julius Francis, the former British and Commonwealth champion, is still the only man to have taken Skelton the distance and the cattle rancher from Argentina who claimed to have been knocking out bulls and cows after scaring off sparring partners with his power, rarely looked capable of doing that. A record 34 victories from his previous 37 fights flattered Moli, who had been knocked out inside a round by Wladimir Klitschko - younger brother of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali - when he last attempted a step up in class in October 2003. Although Skelton could not match that this was another impressive performance by a man on a roll which he hopes will quickly take him to a genuinely prestigious version of the world title.

At 37, Skelton knows he does not have time on his side. Next up could be a first defense of the WBU belt against fellow Brit Danny Williams, who knocked out Mike Tyson last year before succumbing to Vitali Klitschko in six rounds in his world title bid. Skelton said: "I will fight anyone they put in front of me. I want to fight for a major version of the world title by the end of the year and if I am offered the opportunity to fight Klitschko I will be ready for it. The critics have doubted my boxing skills but nobody can doubt my ability to fight. I am always in the gym and I am ready for anybody. I want to go as far as I can in this game."

Skelton improves his pro boxing record to 16-0 with 15 KO'TKO's along with his kickboxing record of 63-8 with 57 wins by KO/TKO. He won his IKF World Title when he stopped Jeff Ford of Kansas City Missouri, USA at 1:51 of the second round in North Hampton, England on November 26th, 2000. He defended the title on November 18th, 2001 in North Hampton England when he defeated Peter Varga of Budapest, Hungary by TKO at 53 seconds of round 3.

THURSDAY, April 7th, 2005, AT 12:40 PM, PT

Date & Location Set For
2005 IKF South East Regional!

IKF Valdosta, Georgia, USA: The 2005 IKF South East United States Regional will be held again at the Lowndes County Civic Center and Fairgrounds in Valdosta, Georgia, USA. The South East Regional Tournament will feature fighters from Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida. Last year 22 Amateur Kickboxers attended from the State of Georgia and 12 from South Carolina. However of the 220 Amateur Kickboxers in North America who qualified for the 2004 NAC Finals, none qualified from Alabama or Florida. To see the numbers from each region Click HERE.

The IKF along with other sponsors host the yearly Amateur North American Kickboxing Tournament that can be liken to the "National Golden Gloves of Kickboxing." This is a true North American Amateur Kickboxing Championship Tournament for bona fide titles in kickboxing. This year there will be "4" rules styles (Adding San Shou this year) featured at the Finals in Orlando Florida, August 19th, 20th & 21st.

At the South East Regional there will be 3 Rule Styles, Muay Thai, International, and Full Contact (or American rules as some call it). Over 200 competitors fought in last year's 2004 IKF/TKO North American Tournament which was also held in Orlando Florida. Fighters who plan to attend the North American Tournament can attain a higher seeding in their weight and rule division if there is a Regional Seeding Tournament in their area such as the South East Regional. All potential contenders for the Finals in the South East must go through the South East Regional to be seeded at the finals.

This year's South East Regional promises to be as well attended as in the past, previous to last year. due to scheduling issues, there was no South East Regional in 2004 and it was surly missed. The kickboxing tournament will commence about 8:AM on June 18th. An evening fight card will feature selected amateur finals, pro kickboxing matches and ISCF mixed martial arts action. Valdosta's own World Champion fighter Jonathan Wiezorek, also the ISCF Pro U.S. Super Heavyweight Champion will be the main event fight on the evening card.

For more information on this event please go to the South East Regional web page by Clicking HERE! Or, see the Valdosta Martial Arts Center website at www.valdostamac.com or e-mail Regional Director/Promoter Mr. James Corbett at sensei@valdostamac.com or call (229) 245-8622.

WEDNESDAY, April 6th, 2005, AT 3:20 PM, PT

Roufus Ready For Andrijasevic

Croatian Kickboxing Champion Comes to Milwaukee June 3rd

Wednesday, April 6, 2005, Milwaukee, WI USA: In November of 1999, 4-Time World Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion Duke Roufus (Right) travelled to the northern Italian resort town of Trieste to face Sinisa "Thunderman" Andrijasevic, (Left) a tough opponent who represented Croatia's best. From a country long known as a superpower in Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts, Andrijasevic embodies the same Croatian fighting spirit that is recognized worldwide and exemplified by Pride superstar Mirko "CroCop" Filipovic, the inaugural K-1 World Grand Prix Champion Branko Cikatic and K-1 star Stephan Leko. As well as, Andrijasevic comes from a strong athletic family, his brother Stipe is a well known professional soccer player in Croatia. They would battle for Andrijasevic's WKA World Heavyweight Title in a bout that had a well prepared Roufus controlling the fight from the onset, but ultimately losing in the end.

In the 2nd round, a frustrated Andrijasevic employed an illegal judo style, hip throw and flung Roufus to the canvas where he landed with a solid thud on his back and injuring him. A confused referee was starting to give Roufus time to regain his senses and recover - and take away a point from Andrijasevic for the illegal move - when, after some commotion at ringside, the referee suddenly changed his call and started a 10 count on the fallen Roufus. Roufus gathered himself as much as possible and staggered to his feet by the count of 9, attempting to soldier on. Seeing that his stunned opponent was unable to get off any shots of his own, Andrijasevic pounced on Roufus like the wounded prey he was, forcing the referee to call a halt to what had been a promising outing for the American Kickboxing star.

Now, almost 6 years later, Roufus has the chance to come out of retirement and settle the score with his old adversary Andrijasevic, who is also a 4-Time World Champion. To make things even better, Roufus, 35, gets a chance to do it in his own hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, when the premier match-up headlines the Heavyweight Gladiators "Return To Colosseum" IKF Pro Kickboxing and ISCF Mixed Martial Arts card at Friday, June 3, 2022 in Milwaukee's Ramada Airport Convention Center Grand Ballroom.

"In my mind, this is a vendetta I've wanted to settle ever since that fight. I don't mind losing. I've lost to some great fighters in my career, but I don't like losing that way," Roufus said. He continues, "I'm not going to let the referee or judges have any part of this one. I expect the same roughhouse tactics from Andrijasevic again. If he wants a street fight, he's got a street fight, Milwaukee style. The fans are going to see a Duke they've never seen before. He may have laughed first, I'm going to laugh last. We're going to war!"

Roufus has fought eight times in Milwaukee as a professional - the first appearance in his hometown was on July 20, 2022 which marked his second pro fight of his career. On December 4, 2022 Roufus won the IKF Super Heavyweight Muay Thai Rules World Title with his Unanimous Decision victory over New Zealand champion Hiriwa Te Rangi.

Roufus successfully defended his IKF title in Milwaukee on March 19, 2022 when he dropped a first round KO bomb on Australia's Grant Barker (In Middle at Right with Trainer Robert Wilesmith at Left, Roufus Right). Then on October 23rd of the same year, Roufus put on a clinic against K-1 star Dewey Cooper winning their fight by a landslide Unanimous Decision victory. The last time Roufus fought in Milwaukee was on September 29, 2022 when he stopped Mexico's IKF Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion Pedro Fernandez by TKO at the end of the third round.

Roufus lamented, "It's been a great run of fights for me in my hometown of Milwaukee. All the fights I've had here are each special in their own way, especially winning the IKF World Championship and defending it successfully in my own town. But this fight is much more intense than any other fight I've had here. All the others were for sport and business like, but this one is personal."

Roufus' record in Milwaukee is 8-0, with 4 knockouts. "Return To Colosseum" will feature a total of seven pro Kickboxing and MMA bouts, including appearances by women's pro MMA star Greta "Mo' Betta" Hicks (Right) of Milwaukee, Heavyweight Gladiators Horace "The Real Deal" Craft, Cudahy, WI, "Bam Bam" Bryce Franck, Rockford, IL, and "Big" Ben Rothwell, Kenosha, WI, plus MMA Gladiators Jeb "The Butcher" Bloomquist, "B.O.B." Bobby Garrits and Rob Smith.

Fighting for her first time in front of the Gladiators Kickboxing faithful, the attractive and well conditioned Hicks could well be the bridge that connects MMA fans with Kickboxing fans. Hicks kept her comments short about her bout in her hometown, offering, "I can't wait. I have seen the shows live and am glad to be a part of them finally. I'm very excited!"

General Admission tickets for Heavyweight Gladiators "Return To Colosseum" are $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door. Ringside Reserved are $50.00 and VIP Table Seats are $80.00. Tickets may be reserved in advance by calling (414) 967-7767 or purchased at the Duke Roufus Kickboxing & Boxing Academy, 111 W. Virginia St., Milwaukee, (414) 319-1151. General Admission tickets may also be purchased in advance at the corporate offices of 102.1 FM, 2979 North Mayfair Road in Milwaukee, (414) 771-1021 beginning Monday, May 2nd.

Heavyweight Gladiators "Return To Colosseum" is presented by Kyle Monreal Painting and 102.1 FM. Additional sponsors include Combat Sports International, Connections Ticket Service, Cush, Cut Throat FightGear, Euro Cafe, InPro Corp, Joey Buona's Pizzaria & Grill, Kickboxing.TV, La Perla, Lowest Rate Mortgage, MilwaukeeNights.com, On The Border, ProKarateWeekly.com, Dr. Phil Repetti/Jordan Chiropractic, Attorney Martin Stein, Sunbusters, Rick Winter DDS/Hampton Dental and Windy Muaythai Equipment. Roundcard Girls courtesy of On The Border. The event is sanctioned by The IKF. For more information, please contact Scott Joffe at Ad Cetera Sports, (414) 967-7767 or visit www.heavyweightgladiators.com

TUESDAY, April 5th, 2005, AT 2:00 PM, PT

For The 2005 IKF
North Central Full Contact Rules Regional Seeding Tournament

New Event Location Is The
Regional Sports Center
Ridgefield Rd., Crystal Lake, IL, 60012



Dean Lessei & Progressive Self Defense


IKF Carroll, Iowa, USA
This weekend, April 9th and 10th is the second fight camp at Progressive Self Defense Academy (156 N. Adams, Old Alley Mall) in Carroll Iowa with Team Sinto's Dean Lessei (Right). It is looking to be a bigger and better camp than the first! This is a Special 2-day intensive training camp, with a grill out on Saturday night. The cost is $60 in advance for both days and $75 at the door. for one day training it is $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Family discounts are available. You can stay at Progressive Self Defense Academy so no need to spend on a hotel.

As for gear, please bring your own Handwraps, Gloves, Mouthguard (men, groin protectors), Shin Guards, Running Shoes, deodorant and extra workout cloths. Showers are available so please bring your own shower supplies. For more info go to www.progressiveselfdefense.com or contact Pete or Pam Peterson at (712) 792-8178.

Lessei (Right with his 2004 IKF/TKO North American Classic Champions and Fighters) is the owner and Chief Instructor of the Dubuque Martial Arts Group - Team Sinto located in Dubuque Iowa. D.M.A.G. has been in operation since 1990. Dean began his formal martial arts training back in 1982 with Tae Kwon Do. His first exposure to the Filipino Martial arts came by training at a seminar with Tom Sipin in Doce Pares around 1985. Eventually his close friend and training partner Tim Mousel introduced Dean to Sifu Rick Faye late in 1986. From then on Dean began attending seminars and training camps as well as making trips to Minneapolis to train under Rick Faye. Through hard work and determination Mr. Lessei achieved instructor credentials in Jun Fan Martial Arts, Filipino Martial Arts, Muay Thai, and Jun Fan / JKD Grappling. Dean also ventured out on the competitive level in Muay Thai and Kickboxing becoming a 3 time T.B.C. (Thai Boxing Council) heavyweight champion. Additionally Dean is a 2 time W.E.K.A.F. national champion in full contact Escrima.

In the past several years Mr. Lessei has been busy training his students producing several regional and national champions in Muay Thai and Kickboxing under the IKF. Dean has produced many regional and national champions as well as world medal winners in full contact Escrima in W.E.K.A.F. events. Dean's focus has been in working with the younger generation developing the "juniors" at his gym. He also continues to teach around the Midwest through seminars and camps on women's self defense, Muay Thai and Kickboxing, Kali and Jun Fan / Jeet Kune Do.

  • Martial Arts Certifications
    • Associate Instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto
    • Jun Fan Martial Arts Associate Instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto
    • Filipino Martial Arts Instructor Diploma under Ajarn Surachai Sirisute
    • Thai Boxing Full Instructor under Sifu Larry Hartsell
    • Jun Fan / Jeet Kune Do Grappling Instructor Level 1 under Sifu Rick Faye
    • Jeet Kune Do Concepts and Kali Instructor / Black Belt under Tim Mousel
  • Additional Ranks Held
    • Brown Belt under Sensei Terry Smith - Judo
    • Brown Belt under Lee Merrick - Tae Kwon Do
  • Professional Experience
    • Director Thai Boxing Association of the USA for the state of Iowa
    • Owner / Chief Instructor Dubuque Martial Arts Group, Dubuque, IA 1990-Present
    • Certified Referee World Escrima Kali Arnis Federation
    • Certified Judge, Coach, Trainer IKF, International Kickboxing Federation

Dubuque Martial Arts is located at 3430 Dodge, lower level, Inn Plaza, Dubuque, Iowa. Their phone number is (563) 588-1012 or you can e-mail Mr. Lessei directly at dalessei@Cascade-Mfg-Co.com.



Female Boxer Dies
After Golden Gloves Boxing Match

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Denver, Colorado, USA:
A female boxer died from a head injury sustained in Colorado Golden Gloves competition, the Denver County coroner's office said Monday. Becky Zerlentes, 34, of Fort Collins, died Sunday afternoon, Howard Daniel said. The preliminary cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, but results from an autopsy conducted Monday were not immediately available. Zerlentes was hit by a punch from Heather Schmitz, and despite wearing protective headgear fell unconscious during the third round of a bout late Saturday, USA Boxing spokeswoman Julie Goldsticker said. Physicians jumped into the ring, but Zerlentes never regained consciousness and died several hours later.

Zerlentes had a 6-4 record. "The USA Boxing family's thoughts and prayers go out to Becky's family and husband; we are deeply saddened by this loss," said USA Boxing president Sandy Martinez-Pino.

USA Boxing is the sanctioning body for amateur boxing. The organization lifted its ban on women in 1993 and currently has 2,200 registered participants. Zerlentes is believed to be the first of her gender to receive a fatal injury in a sanctioned amateur match in the United States. Goldsticker said the last death at a USA Boxing event was in February 2001, when heavyweight Quinton Grier, 31, of Springfield, Illinois, died after a match.

We here at the IKF would also like to send our thoughts and prayers to Becky's family and husband.

SUNDAY, April 3rd, 2005, AT 4:30 PM, PT

Morello Vs McGaughey…
Ready For IKF Amateur World Title Shot This Saturday!
Plus An Exciting Undercard Of Local Fighters

Special To The IKF From Rocklin, California, USA
The talking is almost over and the time is drawing nearer for the walking! That's when IKF West Coast and 2004 IKF/TKO North American Champion Mike "Mad Dog" Morello of Santa Barbara, California, USA will "leave it all in the ring" as he says of his fight against four time IKF National Tournament Champion Anthony McGaughey of Norman, Oklahoma, USA for the vacant IKF Amateur Light Middleweight Championship of the World! You can expect some real fireworks as both men are hungry to take home the gold and the honor to be called a Amateur World Champion!

It will be a great night of kickboxing for all to see, with talented up and coming fighters eager to kickoff the evening in assorted styles of Kickboxing fights! A.K. Promotions has been putting the final touches on the April 9th event to be held at the Roseville Sports Complex, located at 1545 Pleasant Grove Blvd. in Roseville, California. Articles and ads will be running in two local papers, radio spots start April 4th and air throughout the week on the popular KSFM 102.5 radio station and posters and flyers are plastered in gyms and businesses in the area. "Tickets are selling faster for this event then any event to date promoted by the company. It seems that people have become more acquainted with IKF Triple F Kickboxing and are falling in love with the ambiance and action at the events", says an AK representative.

The day will start with the official weigh-ins that will be held at the Roseville Sports Complex at 10:AM. Immediately following the weigh-ins will be the official rules meeting. At 5:PM the doors will open to an expected sellout crowd of excited fans! Around 6:PM the evening will start with a song of patriotism from one of Sacramento's finest, 15 year old Alexis Witherspoon who also has performed the National Anthem for the Sacramento Kings (NBA Professional Basketball team) and is simply awesome!

Next, the action kicks off with some exciting fights from local kickboxers looking to make a name.
(Fights not list in order and are subjected to change)

    Talented super middleweight Aaron Grewer out of Niavaroni's Kickboxing of Roseville will take on tough Luis Benevidos of Southern California.

    Light heavyweight Raymond Doxie of Yuba City, California will take on Betram "Baby Boy" Bunch of Santa Barbara, California.

    The ever exciting and Former IKF Pro Middleweight World Champion Dave Marinoble of Roseville, California protégé' Marcus Crandle will take on top Black Belt / Kickboxer Joe Pantuja of Liner's Kenpo of Sacramento, California in lightweight action!

    Light Cruiserweights Chris Sasek of San Jose, California will battle Richard Houston of Chris Moorings Kickboxing out of Power Box Gym of Whittier, California.

    In what is expected to be a GREAT match up, tough Juan Carlos Vega of Aztec Kickboxing out of Dixon, California will take on the always determined Andrew Morrello of Santa Barbara, California. Andrew is the brother of one of the main event fighters of the evening- Mike Morello. He's hoping to set the right tone early that evening for the Morello family with a big win over Vega!

    Heavyweight Charles Caesar of San Francisco, California who trains out of Navarro's Kickboxing will take on Jerry Wright of Southern California, also fighting out of the Chris Moorings Camp, Power Box Gym out of Whittier, California.

    Super Heavyweight Jim Chapman of San Jose, California will challenge the always ready to battle Big Dustin Hanning of Modesto, California!

As one can see the undercard will be packed and loaded with action to lead up to the main event. Just before the Main Event, Alexis will again entertain the crowd with another patriotic song as we get ready to Kickarumpus and witness the battle for the IKF Amateur Full Contact Rules Light Middleweight Championship of the World… Morello Vs McGaughey!

Oh, and did we mention the beautiful and talented Ring Girls! We will again feature past and present Miss Auburn (California) Queens (Right) to present the rounds and awards throughout the evening. But that's not all…there will also be some exciting IKF Point "semi contact" Kickboxing bouts to fill in between the full contact action! These fights always bring lots of excitement as the "future of kickboxing" show their wares! Confirmed bouts at release of this article will be 12 year old Courtney Personett of Rocklin vs the aggressive 12 year old Yesenia Torres of Dixon, CA. Also slated to compete will be Sean Robello of Antioch, CA, Sean Cronin of Rocklin, and others.

Refreshments will be served as there will be a concession with food and beverage. In addition to that, Robeks "delicious and healthy" Fruit Smoothies will be sold to cool off from the hot action! A Special Donation table will be setup for The Children's Miracle Network (CMN). Balloons will be sold at the event. 100% of the proceeds will go the nearest Children's Hospital. These hospitals are many times the last chance for terminally ill children, so your donation of $1 or more will be greatly appreciated! Finally, at the end what is expected to be a great night of Kickboxing, everyone is invited to join the fighters at The Legends and Heroes Bar and Restaurant just a couple blocks down the street from the fight venue. It's located at 5880 Wood Creek Oaks Blvd. in Roseville on the Wood Creek Golf Course. Legends and Heroes has a full bar, 8 TV screens and a full menu of goodies for those "after-fight" munchies!

Don't miss this great event! Get your tickets now as the ringside seats are almost sold out! Purchase them at www.highsierratickets.com, call (866) 463-8659 to reserve with your credit card, or contact the AK office at (916) 780-7483 or by email at johnnyd@akpromotions.org or go to www.akpromotions.org

Advance tickets are $20, $25 and $35. Add $5 per ticket at the door. Group Sponsorship tables are still available, contact the AK office for more info. The host hotel will be Marriott's Fairfield Inn, 1910 Taylor Road in Roseville and will be offering a special rate for the event. For reservations call (916) 228-2800…mention IKF Triple F Kickboxing.
All gear will be provided by Hits Training Gear out of Citrus Heights (916) 284-0087. Music provided by the always pumped up DJ Mike Coleman. Photography provided by Glen Berg of Rocklin.


East Coast Classic
March 5th, 2005, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

From Craig Smith, IKF Virginia and East Coast Classic Promoter:
I would like to thank everyone who has been patient enough for the results here, there was a miscommunication within our promotional staff in getting the results to the IKF.
Here they are below

Finals: Belt Winners of the Night Time Show:

  1. Wes Sorey (Junior Division) defeated Preston Timmerman.
  2. David Cynar (Junior Division) defeated Sam Eberhart.
  3. Travis Qualls (Junior Division) defeated Levi Hughes.
  4. Umaer Haq (Junior Division) defeated Curtis Lyle.
  5. Becky Hollaron defeated Trisha Koehler.
  6. Michael Holcomb (Junior Division) defeated Alex Lyle.
  7. Charles Baines defeated Chris Grubbs.
  8. Mike Harris defeated Jason McSparren.
  9. Lori Burney defeated Tara Lantz.
  10. Justin Scoggins defeated Roger Belch.
  11. Rafael Bayona defeated Bill Amorosa.
  12. Katie Davis defeated Terri Hicks.
  13. Dean Lavin defeated Damien Hatcher.
  14. Mike Decker defeated Evan Thompson.
  15. Steve Mann defeated Tony Williams.

Remember all of these Night Time finalist had to win throughout the daytime event to get to the night time finals. There were some daytime winners too. Due to the amount of fighters registered we had to have some finals during the daytime events. Here they are:

  1. Kelly Phillips (Junior Division) defeated Ashley Meeks.
  2. Shaylin Atkins (Junior Division) defeated Joanna Gordon.
  3. Tarun Kamath (Junior Division) defeated Colby Shneider.
  4. Jarred Scoggins (Junior Division) defeated Josh Virgili.
  5. Ben Eberhardt (Junior Division) defeated Steven Contnoir.
  6. Jake Virgili (Junior Division) defeated Mason Vensland.
  7. Shawn Moore (Junior Division) defeated Kodie Richards.
  8. Tushar Kamath (Junior Division) defeated Krish Patel.
  9. Tony Thompson (Junior Division) defeated Michael Davenport.
  10. Tony Mon Monaco (Junior Division) defeated Christopher Meeks.
  11. Jonathon Schwenfuss (Junior Division) defeated Stryder Jackson.
  12. Cody Freeland defeated Travis Dallos.
  13. David Thomas defeated Tyrone Cave.
  14. Brian Martin defeated Kyle Jordan.
  15. Tamie Dixon defeated Stephanie Ceasar.
  16. Joshua Bishop defeated Noah Jensen.

There were many more fights as well, many fighters whom fought their Hearts out may not be listed due to the fact that these results are only the Winners of the brackets. This Years event surpassed last years registrations but participants were less than last years participants. We had about 95 fighters. Some did exhibitions and some neglected not to fight due to some reason or another. Last years participants was 106. Next years event will be the best yet, we have much more planned. Stay in touch with the IKF by visiting the IKF website for the future East Coast Classic. Thanks again to all whom supported my co-promoter Clark Walters and myself at this years ECC. Take Care and God Bless.
Craig Smith

For more info contact Craig Smith Karate at (757) 729-0942.