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January, 2006


MONDAY, January 30th, 2006, AT 9:20 PM, PT

Company On The Rise!
Kelly & Croushorn
via for IKF Pro US Title!

IKF Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Craig "Kidfire" Cummings and "Dangerous" Damon Reed's recently formed "Danger- Fire Promotions and Management" which has erupted onto the scene in their first year of business with 10 professional boxing events already promoted and 5 currently scheduled. In addition to the flurry of activity that they have produced in the Midwest, they have also secured major opportunities for 3 of their stabled fighters.

On Wednesday, February 1st, Danger-Fire will present Battle Star XXVI. The event will feature the quest for the vacant IKF Pro FCR US Super Lightweight Title between Peculiar, Missouri's Michael Kelly and St. Louis Missouri's native Dillon Croushorn. these two have met before in a war last year on April 28th, 2005. the bout then was for the vacant IKF Pro FCR Super Lightweight Midwest Title. in the bout, Kelly defeated Crushhorn by TKO at 1:24 of round seven to take home the title. With no other USA contenders in the top 5, the two were approved for a rematch, but this time, for the vacant US Title. IKF Missouri Representative Chuck Wolfe said despite the TKO ending, this was a great bout and more than worthy of a US title!

Along with the IKF Title bout, Danger-Fire will feature their very own exciting "Three Amigos". Headlining the bill will be one of their top Mexican prospects Michi "The Matador" Munoz (11-0) putting his undefeated record on the line against the very dangerous Keith "The Outlaw" Clevenger (10-3).

Junction City middleweight David Medina is quickly climbing the ladder to contender status and recapturing the skills that led him to victory over the likes of Jermaine Taylor in the Amateurs, will be in action against the very hard-hitting undefeated Robert Smallwood of St. Joseph, MO. Grandview's amateur standout Juan Astoria completes the trio, as he will be in action against former martial artist turned boxer Christopher "CC" Hill of Kansas City, MO.

Also appearing on the card is Gravois Mills' own dynamic duo Jesse "Stonewall" Shewmaker who achieved tremendous success as an amateur with KO victories over fighters like current contender Alan Green, and Justin "The Hammer" Hahn. This outstanding 8-bout card will also feature an exciting women's bout. Tickets can be purchased at the Ameristar Casino (816) 414-7000. Bouts start at 7:PM and the doors open at 6:00.

MORE NEWS OF 1-30-06


RoundKick Rumble IV
Tribute to Our Troops

Saturday, January 28, 2006 - Carroll, IA, USA

By IKF Representatives Mike & Terri Storm
Pete and Pam Peterson did it again with their fourth Roundkick Rumble. The event honoring America's Troops was held at the Carroll, Iowa National Guard Armory to a near sell out crowd. New and experienced fighters from Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota displayed their talents in several exciting Muay Thai and International Rules matches that left the crowd anticipating the next card. Here are the nights results below:

  1. Men's Amateur IR Super Heavyweight Exhibition
    Kenny Hansen, Audubon, IA, USA (0-0, 252, 6'0", 19, 08-02-86, Pete Peterson, (712) 792-8178) versus Jared Hansen, Audubon, IA, USA (0-1, 252, 6'0", 18, 08-23-87, Pete Peterson, (712) 792-8178).
    The first fight of the night was an exhibition match between brothers Kenny and Jared Hansen. Kenny opened the bout with a strong roundkick to Jared's side and then an exchanged of punches and kicks ensued. It was easy to tell the brothers knew each others' moves and were not afraid to take a swing at each other. In the second round Jared began throwing the stronger techniques. As the round continued Kenny dug deep and began generating more power. Both could take a hit and were more concerned with striking each other than not getting hit. In the final round there were courteous exchanges and either one could take the round. Kenny backed Jared across the ring until Jared circled back and moved Kenny around the ring. It was a solid display to open the fight card.

  2. Junior Boy's Amateur MT Bantamweight
    Miguel Cruz, Hinsdale, IL, USA (3-1, 123, 13, 08-24-92, Ricardo Perez, (630) 640-2686) defeated Chad Jones, Cedar Falls, IL, USA (0-1, 120, 5'3", 15, Andy Uhlenkamp, (712) 790-7120) by TKO.
    In the only junior bout of the night, Miguel Cruz met Chad Jones. At the opening bell, Jones came across the ring swinging with a fury intending to overwhelm Cruz and end the fight early. Cruz was able to maintain his composure and responded by knocking Jones down with a punching combination that earned Jones an 8 count. Jones, undiscouraged, rebounded quickly and again attacked ferociously. However, Jones overzealousness was countered by Cruz's experience as Cruz lands several unanswered punches to Jones earning Jones another 8 count. Jones again fought back hard and bravely, but in the end he was defeated as referee Carl Duncan stopped the bout at 1:06 in the first round.

  3. Women's Amateur MT Welterweight
    Ann Graff, Carroll, IA, USA (3-2, 146.5, 5'8", 18, 10-12-87, Pete Peterson, (712) 792-8178) defeated Sarah Kennedy, Minneapolis, MN, USA (0-1 152, 5'6", 30, 01-09-76, Diana Rathborne, (612) 821-6800) by split decision 28-29, 29-28 & 29-28.
    The first of two women's matches of the evening demonstrated the skills of two strong ladies. Graff struck first, but Kennedy struck hard using both hands and knees in the opening round. Graff stayed focused on the center line of Kennedy's body and head. Kennedy preferred to fight in the clench as Graff had to adjust her positioning inside due to her height before she was able to fight in close. Both Graff and Kennedy were ready to start the second round. After a clumsy opening, Graff was able to use more of her strategy to score. Undaunted, Kennedy kept with her attack plan of trying to get inside and working the clench. Graff was able to keep Kennedy at a distance for long periods of time. Both fighters recognized their strengths and worked for a win. In the final round, both fighters continued working hard and didn't let fatigue get in their way. Kennedy pushed in close as Graff tried to keep her at bay with jabs. Kennedy then began working Graff's legs but lowered her arms allowing Graff to land a strong right to Kennedy. Kennedy responded by forcing a clench. The fighters were tired but in the final 10 seconds they were able to turn up the heat and empty their tanks. Graff won the split decision.

  4. Men's Amateur IR Light Cruiserweight
    Michael Hynes, Iowa City, IA USA (1-0, 185, 5'10", 25, 02-16-1980) defeated Able Mohaffy, Des Moines, IA, USA (1-1, 186, 5'11", 27, 08-08-1978, Matt Finch, (515) 238-7619) by TKO.
    This fight started and ended with a lot of energy. Both fighters were fit and intense. Hynes moved quickly around the ring throwing fast strikes and Mohaffy covered and countered. Mohaffy appeared to be testing Hynes's techniques as Hynes was trying to wear down Mohaffy with multiple punches. Hynes was able to back Mohaffy into the corner with several unanswered punches before Mohaffy was given an 8 count. In the second round, Mohaffy and Hynes exchanged blows, strong punching to the body leaned Mohaffy forward offering his head to Hynes. Mohaffy was overwhelmed by the strikes to his head and was given another 8 count. Hynes was energized, but Mohaffy still had some fight in him and another exchanged occurred. In the end, Hynes again backed Mohaffy into the corner and Mohaffy couldn't respond. Referee Mike Storm stopped the fight at 1:18 in the second round.

  5. Men's Amateur MMA Exhibition
    Eric Schroeder, Coon Rapids, IA, USA (1-0, 186, 25, 03-31-1980, Pete Peterson, (712) 792-8178) vs Mike Duffy, Minneapolis, MN, USA (0-1, 196, 31, 01-01-1975, Diana Rathborne, (612) 821-6800).
    The second exhibition of the night opened with quick jabs followed by a failed takedown attempt by Schroeder. Schroeder was able to land two good punches to Duffy's head getting the crowd excited. Duffy recovered while in a clench at the rope. The exhibition was stopped at 2:13 of the first round.

  6. Men's Amateur IR Super Middleweight
    Aaron Olsen, Breda, IA, USA (0-1, 168, 6'0", 15, 04-02-2022 Pete Peterson, (712) 792-8178) was defeated by Will Buelow, Minneapolis, MN, USA (1-0, 165.5 6'0", 21, 06-11-1987, Nat McIntyre) by TKO.
    Both first time fighters began round 1 confidently with solid skills and good ring generalship. Buelow pushed Olsen back with a kick to the abs. Olsen, a little shaken, received an 8 count after getting punched in the face, turning away and not fighting. In the second round, Olsen evaded a roundkick and delivered one of his own to Buelow only to be countered by a Buelow sidekick. Olsen aggressively tried to make up for the 8 count in the first round. However in his attempt he often walked into or reached in too far as Buelow was able to land superior body shots. Eventually, Buelow delivered a front kick to the abs which doubled Olsen over and lead to an 8 count. A second 8 count was given to Olsen when a final bodyshot convinced referee Carl Duncan to stop the fight at 1:47 in the second round.

  7. Women's Amateur MT Light Welterweight
    Marie Sturm, Lake View, IA, USA (1-0, 140 5'4", 23, 01-03-1983, Pete Peterson, (712) 792-8178) defeated Katie Vogel, Minneapolis, MN, USA (3-2, 140, 5'6", 26, 11-03-1979, Greg Nelson, (763) 560-5696) by split decision 28-29, 30-27 & 29-28.
    The second women's fight of the card also started out strong. Vogel tried to use her reach advantage to keep Sturm away and then throw an overhand right. Sturm was able to swipe Vogel's hand out of the way and respond with upper cuts and jabs to the body and head. As the round continued, the fight got closer with short clenches with a lot of knees. Sturm was able to stop Vogel with push kicks twice before the bell. During the second round Vogel used her height more effectively and attacked to the head. Sturm answered with a leg attack. Vogel fought solidly even though the crowd shouted "Roo" in support of their hometown favorite. Round three began fast with Sturm landing a spinning backfist to Vogel's head. Vogel then tried to regain control with knees in the clench. Combinations dwindled to single techniques until half way through the final round when both fighters turned up the gas. The last 10 seconds left both ladies fighting for the win. Katie Vogel and Marie Sturm fought in what was the closest and most evenly matched fight of the night, the split decision was given to Sturm.

  8. Men's Amateur IR Light Heavyweight
    Jeff Cunningham, Boone, IA, USA (1-2, 174.5, 28, 07-30-1977, Pete Peterson, (712) 792-8178) defeated Langdon Stahle, Minneapolis, MN, USA (0-1, 171, 5'11", 30, 08-23-1975, Rudy Rogers) by TKO.
    The fight opened with a flurry of punches by both fighters with Cunningham's being more effective. Stahle was knocked down and received an 8 count. Again, a flurry of punches ensued and again Stahle dropped to his knees from the strength of Cunningham's strikes. Referee Carl Duncan stopped the fight at :33 in round one.

  9. Men's Amateur MT Heavyweight
    Rudy Rogers, Minneapolis, MN, USA (4-3, 210 5'8", 34, Rick Faye (612) 821-8600) defeated Trirata Earmsmuth, Chicago, IL, USA (1-3, 210 6'0", 34, 04-06-1971, Kafnjak Sor Pleoncait (708) 895-6542) by split decision 29-28, 29-28 & 28-29.
    This was a much anticipated fight as Earmsmuth's intensive Muay Thai training was matched against Rogers' variety of art styles. The first round began slowly with both fighters wary of the others power. Earmsmuth started with kicks to the body as Rogers attempted to trap and counter. Earnsmuth threw a round kick followed by several jumping punches landing on Rogers' head. Earmsmuth continued to be the initial attacker throughout the round as Rogers used his evasion skills to counter attack. In the second round, Rogers took kicks from Earmsmuth and was able to get inside to land several blows to Earmsmuth body. Earmsmuth stopped the onslaught by establishing a clench. This pair used knees in the clench to demonstrate the best muay thai fighting of the evening. After the clench was broken, three front kicks by Earmsmuth grazed Rogers as Rogers parried and countered right punches to the body. Rogers controlled the remainder of the second round by staying just inside Earmsmuth's optimum range leaving Earmsmuth's attacks ineffective. The final round opened with Earmsmuth landing a strong leg kick. As Earmsmuth threw a roundkick to Rogers' head, Rogers kicked Earmsmuth supporting leg. Again, Rogers was able to diffuse Earmsmuth's superior height advantage with blocks and evasions. Rogers was able to land a kick to the body and a hook to the head before a clench and the end of the round. The win was given to Rogers in a split decision.

  10. Men's Amateur MT Light Middleweight
    Jason Skow, Decatur, IL, USA (4-1, 161.5, 5'6", 21, 09-05-1984, Bradd Bragg, ( ? ) 429-5508) defeated Andy Uhlenkamp, Cedar Falls, IA, USA (2-3, 159.5, 6'0", 19, 05-09-1986, (712) 790-7180) by TKO.
    The main event for the evening was a rematch from a March 2005 blood bath. During the intermission before the fight, a video of the previous fight between the two was shown to the crowd where Uhlenkamp was victorious. The crowd expected nothing less for the rematch. The fight opened with Uhlenkamp throwing a front kick to Skow's body and Skow having to get up from a flash knock down. In the clench, Uhlenkamp used powerful knees to slow down Skow. Unfettered after the clench, Skow bridged the gap in their distance with leg kicks and hooks eventually causing another clench. Once in the clench, Uhlenkamp maintained the necessary room to throw knees to Skow's body. This scenario repeated before Skow was able to throw numerous punches to Uhlenkamp's head. Uhlenkamp stayed in the game with leg kicks. It appeared the crowd's hope for repeat battle would happen. Unfortunately, Uhlenkamp complained of dizziness and blurry vision before the start of the second round and was not able to continue. Skow won the fight by TKO. The judges scorecards showed two judges giving the first round to Uhlenkamp and one judge for Skow. We will look forward to Skow vs. Uhlenkamp 3.

For more info contact Promoter Pete Peterson at (712) 792-8178 or by e-mail at or go to

Mitz Bandiera's

Grand Portage, Minnesota, USA

It was an action packed night at Grand Portage Lodge and Casino as 20 Warriors took to the ring. The athletes all fought great fights and gave it their all to a cheering audience. Many thanks to all that helped in this great event, and World Champion Frankie Tropea who was the nights center referee for the fights. Here are the nights results below:

    Austan Whitehurst
    of Thunder Bay (1-0 , 66 ,4'5", 10yrs Mitz Bandiera)
    defeated Andrew Grotberg of Ely Minn. ( 0-0 , 67, 4'5, 9yrs Frank Maki) by unanimous decision 29-27, 29-26, 20-27.

    Dylan Coultis
    of Thunder Bay (0-0, 85, 4'9, 13, Mitz Bandiera)
    and Massimo Lombardo Thunder Bay ( 0-0, 84, 5', 12, Mitz Bandiera).

    Chuck Anderson
    of Hinkley Minn. (0-0, 177, 5' 7, 15, Bobby Anderson)
    defeated Alex Ross of Thunder Bay (1-0, 173, 5'6, 15, Mitz Bandiera) by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28.

    Luke Herring
    of Scandra Minn. (0-0, 166, 6', 22, Derek Reed)
    defeated Chris Carver of Thunder Bay (0-0, 166, 5'11, 18, Mitz Bandiera) by split decision 29-28, 30-27, 28-29.

    Paul Bouvier
    of Thunder Bay (1-0, 186, 5'11, 21, Mitz Bandiera)
    defeated Richard Winkle of Cambridge Minn. (0-0, 180, 5'11, 35, Derek Reed) by unanimous decision 30-25, 29-26, 29-26.

    Wendel Philips
    of Britt Minn. (0-0, 165, 5'11, 23, Frank Maki)
    defeated Jaydn Cory of Thunder Bay (1-1, 170, 6', 27, Mitz Bandiera) by unanimous decision 29-27, 28-27, 29-26.

    Rueben St. John
    of Isle Minn. (5-2, 156, 5'7, 18, Bobby Anderson)
    defeated Glen Homac Of Thunder Bay (1-8, 156, 5'11, 33, Mitz Bandiera) by KO in the 1:10 into the 1st round.

    Carlos Hernandez
    of Danbury Wisconsin (1-1, 148, 5'8, 20, Bobby Anderson)
    defeated Denis Baribeault JR for Thunder Bay (1-2-1, 153, 5'9, 22, Mitz Bandiera) by unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 30-27.

    T.J. "The Punisher" Gibson
    of Hibbing Minn. (0-0, 220 , 5'9, 29, Tim Runquist)
    defeated Mika "The Barbarian" Rahkola of Thunder Bay (0-2, 215, 5'7, 34, Mitz Bandiera) by TKO 22 seconds into the 1st round.


    Jordan "The Jackel" Allan
    of Thunder Bay (7-5 , 131, 5'6, 18, Mitz Bandiera)
    defeated Doug "The Hitman" Church (0-1, 128, 5'6, 22, Ryan Verbick) by TKO 1:05 into the second round.

For more info on this event and others, please contact Promoter Mitz Bandiera at (807) 472-6437 or by e-mail at

Shamrock Promotions

St. Louis, Missouri,USA

IKF & ISCF St. Louis, Missouri, USA:
WOW! is what sums up the Midwest Fight Fest this past Saturday night. Shamrock Promotions rocked the house at the Stratford Inn once again. In the first of many fights to be held at the Stratford Inn, the crowd was entertained. Starting out with the boxing match to start the night with a big knock out, the rest of the fights followed. New comer Adam Cella (Finney's) made a big impression for his first time in the ring, scoring a big TKO. Up and comer Titus Taylor made quick work of his opponent, and recorded another win for his record. Defiantly keep your eye on him! To pick one fight to really talk bout would not be fair to the rest. Every fight was action packed and full of emotion. The unlikely big fight of the night, was the exhibition between Kevin Engel and Dusty Miller. The fight was back and forth both landing great combinations and counter punches, leaving the crowd to ask themselves... if this was a exhibition how would it look if they fought a regular fight. Here are the nights results below:

    Jasper Mayfield
    of Davenport, IA
    defeated Mike Green of St. Louis, MO by Unanimous decision, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.

  2. IKF Kickboxing Exhibition
    Kevin Engel
    of St. Louis, MO
    and Dusty Miller of Norman, OK.

    Titus Taylor
    of St. Louis, MO
    defeated Mike Bowers of Henryetta, OK by knockout at :23 in the 1st round.

  4. IKF Kickboxing
    Adam Cella
    of St. Louis, MO
    defeated Shane Sexton of Bloomington, IL by KO at 3 Knockdown Rule in the 1st round.

    James Branson
    of Chicago, IL
    defeated Hanson Lindsey of Okemah, OK by KO at side choke in the 2nd round.

  6. IKF Kickboxing
    Sisco Orine
    of Pacific, MO
    defeatedTimon Mayfield of Rock Island, IL by 2nd round referee stoppage.
    Kevin Allen
    of Davenport, IA
    defeated Zack Bennett of Sapulea, OK by 2nd round KO.
  8. IKF Kickboxing
    Chris Nutt
    of Norman, OK
    defeatedRyan Pyles of St. Louis, MO by Unanimous decision, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.
    Tracy Taylor
    of St. Louis, MO
    defeated Tom Gage of Louisville, KY by Kimora.
  10. IKF Kickboxing
    Jamie O'Hare
    of St. Louis, MO
    defeated Becky Gullet of High Ridge, MO by unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27.
  11. Boxing
    Jeremy Ramsey
    of Pacific, MO
    defeatedJohn Donzey of St. Louis, MO by KO.

For more info contact Promoter Jesse Finney at (314) 608-3104 or by e-mail at or go to:

J. Gilbey Show Hosts
IKF MUAY THAI & Golden Belt MMA Eliminator

Cambridgshire, England

Sorry but no results for this event had been sent in as of press time today.

SATURDAY, January 28th, 2006, AT 11:20 AM, PT

"Midwest Fight Fest"
St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Tonight, Shamrock Promotions and Finney's Championship Kickboxing brings another Midwest Fight Fest to St. Louis. This fight will be a change from previous events. The venue has changed and kickboxing has resurfaced on the fight card. The Stratford Inn is where the action takes place. The doors open at 6:PM, with the fights starting at 7:30 PM.

This event has been sold out for 3 weeks, and is said to be the second hottest ticket in town this weekend, second behind the Friday night Rolling Stones Concert. The fight card has presented some problems for Match Maker and Promoter Jesse Finney. A team had issues getting a vehicle and Early Friday morning (1:AM), a team from Tulsa, Oklahoma called to inform him that they had car troubles and were 4 hours away. In a late night scramble of phone calls to hotels, rental cars companies, and even the Greyhound, Finney was able to get them transportation to the weigh-ins later that same day. Thanks to Conan (Scott Mincey) for all his help and stepping up.

The fight card is packed with action. 1 Boxing, 5 NHB, and 5 Kickboxing. It is true, Kickboxing has made a comeback in the St. Louis fight scene and is looking to stay that way for the future. A couple of notable fighters seeing action are NHB Veteran "Mean" Mike Green, New Comer Titus Taylor, and in a special exhibition match will be Kevin "The Hitman" Engel. For more info call (314) 608-3104 or e-mail to go to or

FRIDAY, January 27th, 2006, AT 4:25 PM, PT


RoundKick Rumble

Carroll, Iowa, USA

Mitz Bandiera's

Grand Portage, Minnesota, USA

Shamrock Promotions

St. Louis, Missouri,USA

J. Gilbey Show Hosts
IKF MUAY THAI & Golden Belt MMA Eliminator

Cambridgshire, England

MORE NEWS OF 1-27-06

How Would You Like To
Fight This Guy...

Valuev Is Boxing's Tallest and Heaviest Champion Ever

In any boxing club, sweat is part of the ambience, but in Russia, the sweat factor usually scores a one-two punch to the nose right from the doorway, reminding all who enter of what it smells like to be a nastoyashi muzhik, a real Russian man.

On the wall of a small neighborhood boxing club in northwest Moscow, there is a huge, grainy photo of Stanislav Stepashkin, the 1964 Olympic featherweight champion who was one of Russia's early claims to international boxing fame, and a real Russian man if there ever was one. Stepashkin agreed two years ago to serve as president of the club, and the neighborhood boys here renamed it in his honor. These days, another photo hangs on the dank walls next to Stepashkin's, and while the picture isn't bigger, the man assuredly is: Nikolay Valuev, (43-0 with 31 wins by KO!) crowned in December as Russia's first World Boxing Assn. Heavyweight Champion.

Valuev himself strode into the gym recently during his triumphant return to Russia after the title bout, in which he defeated American John Ruiz on a controversial decision in Berlin to become the tallest (7 feet) and heaviest (323 pounds) World Champion in history. He's so big he usually steps into the ring over the top rope… so big that the adolescent pugilists at the Stepashkin Club would have barely been able to land a hook as high as his belly, if they had the nerve to try.

Most just craned their necks and gawked, or melted into nervous grins. "I don't know about the world, but here in Russia, he's been very famous for a long time. For the kids here, this is such an emotional thing," said Alexei Barsukov, a former trainer who came back for the spread of iced tortes, fresh fruit and champagne laid out in the manager's office in Valuev's honor. In the rest of the world, Valuev, 32, is known as the "Beast from the East" (promoter Don King wants to call him "King Kong" when he defends his title in the U.S.), but in his homeland, he is more often known as the "Russian Giant."

His brain is played up here as much as his brawn, a boxer who reads Tolstoy and writes poetry to his wife? - along with his diffident, quiet demeanor. "You can't impose your own manner of fighting on him, and that's because of his life position. He's very calm, and very, very controlled," Barsukov said. Added Vladimir Grachev, boxing coach at the club: "You have a person born with such a physique once in a hundred years. Such a build, and such an intellect — Russia may not get another such man in our lifetimes."

American Ruiz thought he had the fight won with his tactics of grabbing and jabbing a man 85 pounds heavier than his 238 pounds. He slipped in a few punches and tied up Valuev. But the judges' decision changed everything. While one judge scored the fight even at 114-114, the other two gave Valuev the edge at 116-113 and 116-114. Though the crowd booed, Valuev was thrilled at the judgment. "I had to wait 12 years for this and now it has happened," the 32-year-old Valuev said. "It's fantastic."

Valuev only did real damage with one punch, in the final round no less, but it appeared to be enough. He caught Ruiz on the chin with a straight left that wobbled the champ. Ruiz clinched his way to the end of the fight. Valuev began landing jabs in the first round and started throwing combinations in the seventh. In the ninth, he even danced a bit. The big Russian improved to 43-0 with one no decision, while Ruiz's record dropped to 42-6-1. "Boxing is the only sport where you can get robbed without a gun," Ruiz said. "My promoter Don King should do his job and get a rematch."

"The WBA world title belt doesn't fit around my waist. They're making a larger one for me."
Nikolay Valuev

You Won't See This In Kickboxing...

Norman Stone, the Manager of John Ruiz, fought with several people after Valuev won the WBA Heavyweight Title from Ruiz. He literally grabbed the belt away from Valuev after the fight and ran around the ring holding it over his head until five ring bodyguards forcibly took it back. German promoter Wilfried Sauerland accused him of inciting the crowd, leading to the booing.

What makes this even worse is that Ruiz was handed the title in April after losing to James Toney, who was then stripped of the crown for testing positive for steroids. In other words, Stone was fighting for something his fighter NEVER EARNED!

This isn't the first time Stone has lost his cool in the corner. For one example, back in November of 2004 November 16, 2004, Referee Randy Neumann ejected him from Ruiz's corner after a constant barrage of foul language directed towards him (Neumann). The ejection came in the eighth round.

However, boxing won't have to worry about his tirades any more. Stone announced his retirement on at the end of December last year, five days after Ruiz's loss. "I'm done," Stone said. "I'm tired of boxing and last week's bad decision was the last straw. I'm going to relax with my family and spend a lot of time with my two little grandchildren. I'm sorry if my actions sometimes upset people, but I always had John's best interests at heart. It was a great ride."

"And speaking of foul-mouthed, Toney looks like a professor of literature when compared to Ruiz's guttural, low-rent trainer/cornerman, Norman "Stoney" Stone. I didn't think anybody could actually do it, but Stoney actually out-foul-mouths two of boxing history's most polluted mouths, the late Al Braverman and the even-later Jimmy DiPiano." - Randy Gordon,

And to think... The Boxing Writers Association of America named Stone co-Manager of the Year in 2002.

A lot of the info in this article came from Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer - - MOSCOW

THURSDAY, January 26th, 2006, AT 7:50 PM, PT

RoundKick Rumble IV
The Battle of The Brothers…
This Fight will be settled IN THE RING

This Saturday night, January 28, 2006, Carroll Iowa is going to ROCK as RoundKick Promotions presents RoundKick Rumble IV, "Fighting for Freedom: A Tribute to our Troops".

Two brothers, Kenny "The Assassin" Hansen and his brother, Jared "The Tank" Hansen. One 18, the other 19, only one year difference in age, but both stand 6'1" tall, both tip the scale at 240, miles apart in personalities and constantly in competition with each other. Growing up, they wrestled in the living room, leaving broken furniture in their path almost like a storm tearing through a city. Now they are on the same team, training at the same gym, but the rivalry is still there…

RoundKick Rumble IV is going to let them take their "brotherly love" to the ring! This is looking to be one of the most exciting fights of the night! Another match of rivals will be a rematch of Jason Skow of Decatur Illinois against Andy Uhlenkamp, a former Team RoundKick fighter. Andy now attends college in Cedar Falls, Iowa where he is teaching his own students! Andy and Jason first met at the Rumble I, (March 2005). It ended in a bloodbath as Uhlenkamp's uppercut broke Skow's nose in round two, but they fought on. The town is still talking about the "bloodbath at the rumble"! Uhlenkamp received the win on the judge's scorecards however, Skow has not lost a fight since and is ready for a rematch…

Also bringing some excitement to Carroll, Iowa this Saturday night, are several home town favorites! Team RoundKick has only been in existence for 2 years, but the word is definitely spreading quickly about Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and the IKF! Local Favorites include: Ann "Annimal" Graff, looking like she should be on the cover of a glamour magazine instead of in the ring, will be taking on Sarah Kennedy of Rick Faye's Minnesota Kali Group in this Muay Thai Welterweight bout.

Eric Schroeder, a High School wrestling coach, will be showing off his skills in an amateur MMA exhibition against Mike Duffy, also from the Minnesota Kali Group. No official fight name yet for Aaron Olsen, but after watching him in the ring, we should dub him "The Lion" because of his heart and go get 'em attitude! Aaron will be making his first appearance in the ring against Will Buelow of Minnesota in an International Rules Super Middleweight match.

This Light Welterweight High School teacher, "Bad Girl" Roo Sturm, is planning on tutoring Katie Vogel in the art of Muay Thai! Katie trains at Greg Nelson's Minnesota Martial Arts. Being a highway patrol officer, Jeff Cunningham is no stranger to danger. Cunningham will be sizing up Langdon Stahle of the Minnesota Kali Group in a Light Heavyweight IR bout.

And bringing up the back for Team RoundKick, is Heavyweight, Cory "The Cobra" Schmidgall. After attending an earlier Rumble, he decided to start training in Muay Thai and has been training for this night ever since. He will be facing Andrew Kappel of Minnesota in an International Rules bout.

Other match-ups of the night… Back, after impressing the crowd at Rumble III, will be Miguel Cruz of Team Toro! Miguel will be meeting first timer Chad Jones from Team Uhlenkamp, Cedar Falls, IA for a Muay Thai matchup. Able Mohaffy of Des Moines IA will be stepping into the ring against Mike Hynes of Iowa City IA in a Lt. Cruiserweight International Rules bout. And last, but definitely not least, in this Muay Thai Heavyweight bout, Trirata "Chai" Earmsmuth of Active Edge Martial Arts, in Chicago IL, will battle Rudy Rogers of Minneapolis, as Rogers steps back in the ring after a 3 year hiatus.

  • Here is the full line up for Roundkick Rumble IV in Carroll Iowa on January 28th.
    All bouts are Amateur Bouts::
    1. IR Super Heavyweight: (Exhibition) Jared Hansen (Audubon, IA) VS Kenny Hansen (Audubon, IA)
    2. MTR Bantamweight: Miguel Cruz (Chicago, IL) VS Chad Jones (Cedar Falls, IA)
    3. MTR Welterweight: Ann Graff (Carroll, IA) VS Sarah Kennedy (Minneapolis, MN)
    4. IR Light Cruiserweight: Able Mohaffy (Des Moines, IA) VS Mike Hynes (Iowa City IA)
    5. MMA Exhibition: Eric Schroeder (Coon Rapids, IA) VS Mike Duffy (Minneapolis, MN)
    6. IR Super Middleweight: Aaron Olsen (Breda, IA) VS Will Buelow (Minneapolis, MN)
    7. MTR Light Welterweight: Marie Sturm (Lake View IA) VS Katie Vogel (Minneapolis, MN)
    8. IR Heavyweight: Cory Schmidgall (Carroll, IA) VS Andrew Kappel (Minneapolis, MN)
    9. IR Light Heavyweight: Jeff Cunningham (Boone, IA) VS Langdon Stahle (Minneapolis, MN)
    10. MTR Heavyweight: Trirata Earmsmuth (Chicago, IL) VS Rudy Rogers (Minneapolis, MN)
    11. MTR Light Middleweight: Jason Skow (Decatur, IL) VS Andy Uhlenkamp (Cedar Falls, IA)

As the awareness and appreciation continues to grow around Western Iowa, each Rumble will also continue to impress and addict new fans with each awesome night of kickboxing. For more info go to or contact Team RoundKick at (712) 792-8178 or by e-mail at

WEDNESDAY, January 25th, 2006, AT 12:30 PM, PT

DeNatale & James
Seek IKF World Title!

It's Canada Vs Scotland This April for The IKF GOLD
In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

IKF Canada
King John Boxing Promotions, Canadian Kickboxing & Muay Thai Centre in association with Gladiators Fighting Series present "Colosseum of Champions", Saturday April 15 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The card will feature triple combat sports main event.

The big fight on the night will be the quest for the IKF Pro MTR World Heavyweight Kickboxing Championship. a five round battle between former IKF Amateur Canadian Heavyweight Champion Giuseppe "The Godfather" DeNatale. DeNatale was also the 2002 K-1 Milwaukee Champion, 2 Time ISKA North American Champion (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) Vs Scotland's Braveheart "The Lion Rampant" Duncan Airlie James. James - (30-14-2) is a 6 Time World Kickboxing Champion from Glasgow, Scotland.

DeNatale won his IKF Amateur Title on February 10th, 2000, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada by TKO at 1:33 of the 3rd round over Ryan Graham when he landed a head kick on Graham that dropped him. He voluntarily vacated his title in 2000 to turn Pro.

On February 9th, 2002 at the K-1 North American qualifier in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, DeNatale brought the legend of Rocky to reality as he came back not once but twice from what looked like sure defeat. In his opening round of the Tournament, DeNatale dropped opponent Mark Miller about a minute into the opening round with a head kick and later exploding with a left - right combination that put Miller down for good at 2:07.

In his round 2 bout, a 250 lb. tree stood in the middle of his road to the final named Carter Williams who out-weighed him by 32 lbs (218 - 250) It was David Vs Goliath. As in the story told many times, DeNatale held on to win by the K-1, 2 knockdown rule when he knocked Williams into the ropes and he slid down to a knee in round 2. In the final, DeNatale met up with Kurt Hasley. After an exciting first round, DeNatale's second round combinations proved to be too much for Hasley as he couldn't keep his feet. David had beaten Goliath not once, but twice in one night as Referee Al Wichers stopped it at 2:15 of the second round!

At K-1 USA in Las Vegas later that year in May, DeNatale became the victim of the silly 2 knockdown K-1 rule. Although unhurt, this time he was on the losing end as Michael McDonald defeated him by Referee stoppage due to the 2 knockdown rule. McDonald went on to win the Tournament that year.

He returned to Las Vegas in May of 2003 where he lost his opening round bout to Maurice Smith by unanimous decision, 30-27.5, 30-28, 29.5-28.5. This was the same year Carter Williams took the K-1 Trophy home.

Here is a list of DeNatale's accomplishments in the ring:

  • 1998 WKA Amateur Canadian Golden Gloves Champion
  • 1998 IFMA Amateur Canadian Heavyweight Champion
  • 2000 IKF Amateur Canadian Heavyweight Champion
  • 2002 Heavyweight Gladiators "King of the Gladiators I" Pro Champion/Gold Medalist
  • 2002 K-1 Milwaukee Pro Grand Prix Champion
  • 2003 ISKA Pro North American Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion
  • 2004 ISKA Pro North American Heavyweight Muaythai Champion

Across the ring from DeNatale will be the pride of Scotland, Duncan Airlie James. James' last fought for the IKF back in St. Helens, England on August 16th, 1998. There he faced Chris Wright of Merseyside, England for the vacant IKF Pro MTR Cruiserweight World Title. In the bout, James lost by a head kick KO at 2:04 of round 2 (At Right, after bout). Wright has not fought for some time and recent word is that he has retired from the ring.

Unlike Wright, James has been VERY Busy in the ring and has no plans of slowing down any time soon. His last bout was on the 28th of May (2005) in Glasgow, Scotland when he defeated Tibor Nagy of Hungary to win both the WPKA and WKF World Heavyweight Thai Boxing Titles. He also fought for the WKA World title however, in both bouts, the results were, well... "disappointing..." He was up against Yahya Gulay of Frankfurt, Germany in both title quests. He first fought Gulay in Glasgow in September of 2004. James beat him up and won every round. In the last round, with about 35 seconds to go, James got caught with a knee which cut him on the forehead near his eye. Instead of letting him go on to the final bell, the referee stopped the bout and gave the win to Nagy. Worse yet was that the ringside Doctor said he was OK to continue. After the fight, a re-match was offered which James gladly accepted. The bout was in Nagy's hometown of Frankfurt, Germany in December of 2004. Again, James pummeled Nagy from one corner of the ring to the other and had him down TWICE in the bout. However, the judges gave the bout to Nagy and due to the decision, James has said, "It was a Total Disgrace! I will never fight for the WKA again!"
Here is a list of James' accomplishments in the ring:

  • 2005: WPKA World Heavyweight Thai Boxing Champion - Current
  • 2005: WKF World Heavyweight Thai Boxing Champion - Current
  • 2003: WAKO Pro World Heavyweight Thai Boxing Champion - Current
  • 2001: WKN World Heavyweight Thai Boxing Champion - Current
  • 1998: ISKA World Super Cruiserweight Thai Boxing Champion
  • 1995: WKO World Cruiserweight Thai Boxing Champion
  • And various others with many sanctioning bodies, Intercontinental, Commonwealth, "Quest" 8 - man tournament, etc, etc.

This will be a great match-up between two fighters an ocean apart. A true International world title! However, remember, it's on a Duke Roufus card, so, what else would you expect!

Also on the card will be a Mixed Martial Arts Middleweight Super Fight. The 3 round bout will feature Joe "El Dirte" Doerksen who is a UFC Fighter & current FFC World Middleweight Champion from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Vs a fighter yet to be determined.

Added to the nights card will also be a North American Boxing Organization Super Middleweight Championship bout, a 12 round battle between Larry "Razor" Sharpe who is the current Canadian Super Middleweight Champion from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Vs a fighter yet to be determined.

Roufus has several other Featured Super Fights planned but is still looking for opponents for them. They include,

  • Welterweight Kickboxing, 147lbs, 3 rounds: Agostino "The Bull" DeNatale, 1-1 of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Vs TBA
  • Middleweight Mixed Arts, 185lbs 3 rounds: Chris Fontaine, 8-8 of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Vs TBA
  • Super Middleweight Kickboxing, 172lbs, 3 rounds "Dangerous" Dave Zuniga, 3-4 of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Vs TBA
  • Welterweight Mixed Martial Arts,170lbs, 3 rounds Kevin Manderson, 5-4-1 of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Vs TBA
  • Middleweight Kickboxing, 165lbs 3 rounds Mark "The Black Wolf" Durant, 5-2 of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Vs TBA
  • Undercard Amateur Fights
    • Super Welterweight Kickboxing, 153lbs: 3 rounds Jon Henderson, 8-3 of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Vs TBA
    • Super Lightweight Kickboxing, 137lbs: Rich Garcia, 4-1 of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Vs TBA
    • Light Heavyweight Kickboxing, 179lbs: Jeff Betts, 2-0 of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Vs TBA

The fights are sanctioned by the Manitoba Boxing Commission, International Kickboxing Federation & North American Boxing Organization. Any Canadian fighters that would like to be on the card are asked to please contact Mr. Duke Roufus at - you can also get more info at

IKF NOTE: For the record, other top ranked contenders turned this title bout down for various reasons. Reasons such as scheduling, wanted too much money ($10,000 +), etc. etc.

MORE NEWS OF 1-25-06

Two Warriors Clash For
IKF West Coast Championship!

Ultimate Boxing and Kickboxing, February 3rd, Sacramento, CA
Radisson Hotel, 7:PM
By AKP/IKF Staff-Writer

Quiet! Can you feel the tension? Well, I can and it is becoming more tensed as February 3rd draws closer! For that will be the day when Sacramento and surrounding area fight fans will have the opportunity to witness what might very well be the Kickboxing fight of the year! You would have to know the combatants battling for the IKF Muay Thai West Coast Super Welterweight Championship that evening to know exactly what I'm speaking of. Hopefully in this article, you will get a chance to learn more about these two champions and what motivates them to do what they do so well.

Both men are two of the nicest guys you will to meet-that is... on the streets...not in the ring. On the streets, you will get gentlemen. However, a meeting in the ring would unveil stone cold warriors! One side of their personality reveals the type of guys you would want your daughter to meet, while the other-side is dark and lonely! Meet them and you feel weird as they smile at you one moment and the next second they stare away to a distant place that's cold and clammy, a place where few people rarely go! Quickly, the message becomes clear... these guys are not normal! They are champions waiting to enter that dark square ring to illuminate the hearts and souls of all of the excited fans who will witness their awesome skill on display!

First, there is Nathan Smith, the fair skinned, blond haired young man with wire reamed glasses... who at first glance, you might think should be sitting behind a computer all day ...and perhaps he does but most would not guess his talents as a fighter. The first time I saw Nathan fight, he literally blew me away. I simply could not believe that this kid with the boyish looks could actually be that skilled. But it was not an illusion, this guy could fight as he proved his worth by winning the 2004 IKF/TKO North American Championship. The tournament is the largest kickboxing tournament in North America and truly the best of the best attend it. So, to walk away with one of those beautiful championship belts says a lot about the fighter and what they go through to get it. Putting their names on this championship belt is an honor that all amateur fighters should strive for. The event is really a true test to find the best and Nathan proved that he is one of the best!

Nathan is trained by the prominent and well known Team Voodoo out of Modesto, CA. Team Voodoo is responsible for K-1 champion Carter Williams' climb to the top of the Kickboxing world rankings. Gene (Right) and his wife Cat Fields believe in their fighters and really support them 100% in their training and their personal lives. They are the kind of trainers that you envy. They will be hoping that February 3rd is their night but there is one menacing problem standing in the way...Christian Gonzales!

Christian Gonzales of San Francisco, put it scary! Not just because of the Mohawk he sports...yes intimidating but more so, his smile. Yes, his smile. Christian has the kind of smile that says hello I like you, now let me beat you down...all in one glance! This soft spoken and highly respectful young man showed me that he has heart! Most Muay Thai fighters I've witnessed depend a lot on leg kicks and knees to take out their opponent. Christian does this well too. However, (and if a secret now, it want be come fight night.) (whispering) Christian has boxing skills! I had the opportunity to match him on our last boxing and kickboxing event and simply put...he impressed me! He was fighting the very talented Marcus Crandle who is trained by Former IKF Middleweight World Champion Dave "Mad Man" Marinoble of Roseville, CA.

Crandle entered the fight undefeated and started wailing on Gonzales and prompting the referee to give Gonzales an eight count! Fight fans were going crazy as they thought the fight was soon to be over with a big win for Crandle! Well they were right about one thing, the fight would end the next round but the winner would be Gonzales! Christian came out in round two and literally (something you rarely see) threw bombs and haymakers while mixing them with an assortment of knees and leg kicks. You would have thought that Crandle said something about Gonzales' relatives or something as he overwhelmed Crandle dropping him to the canvas! Clearly hurt from the punishment dish out by Gonzales, the referee had no choice but to stop the fight when Crandle could not balance himself during the eight count! Gonzales is trained by all time MT great Jongsanan (Right) who has over one hundred fights under his belt and is the current IKF Pro North American Welterweight Muay Thai Champion. Additionally, the renown Fairtex Muay Thai Gym of San Francisco where Gonzales' trains, sets a serious tone for anyone who steps in the ring against one of these Muay Thai warriors who eats, drinks and sleeps their art!

Gonzales' never give up attitude and willingness to let all of his skills 'out of the bag' when needed most - will give not only Smith problems but anyone he fights during his career! Christian Gonzales is scary and is a dangerous opponent! Smith needs to be ready for a war if his plans are like those of Gonzales'... to walk out of the ring not only feeling like a champion but actually being one!

One thing for sure, Friday February 3rd could be a be a night to remember! Professional boxers will show their wares to delight the crowd! Kickboxers will 'kickoff' the show and somewhere during the night, fight fans could very well witness a super fight between Smith and Gonzales! I'll be there with fingers crossed that both men come and give their all... and if this has the makings of one of the greatest fights of 2006!

Gene Fields

MORE NEWS OF 1-25-06

Gonzales Sends a Strong Message To Smith...
"Losing is Not an Option!"
The Battle for the IKF Amateur MTR West Coast Super Welterweight Championship on the line...
Friday, Feb. 3rd, 2006, Radisson Hotel, Sacramento, CA, Doors Open at 7:PM

AKP Press: January 24th, 2006, San Francisco, CA, USA: We recently had an e-interview with Christian Gonzales. We ask him a few questions on how he felt about his upcoming bout with 2004 IKF North American Champ Nathan Smith of Modesto, CA next Friday night February 3rd? His answer was clear and precise "Losing is Not an Option!" Moreover, after speaking with one of his managers Ken Baldwin, it was clear that the entire Fairtex Team is taking this fight serious. They are pushing the event very hard in their huge organization and word has it - they will show up in big numbers to support their fighter! They know that big support from screaming friends and family will be a big motivator for Christian and are taking no chances of fallen short on this one! There are a lot of questions to be answered and no matter what is said here, the truth will be told when these two combatants step into the ring!

Its evident in reading the answers to the questions below that Christian is very confident about winning his big fight at the Radisson Hotel come Friday, February 3rd! Clearly in his comments below, he does not feel that he really lost the first bout with Smith and is coming to prove his point with a subtle prediction of a knocking Smith out! His 'take no prisoners attitude' is apparent in his training says Baldwin "He is training very hard and we have him wrapped in a bubble to make sure he is there and ready to give 100% to bring the IKF West Coast title back to San Francisco!"

Rumor has it that this fight has gotten so much hype, that is may be moved to the semi main event of the evening behind pro boxing sensation Christian Cruz of Sacramento, CA but that remains to be seen. Either way, fight fans should be prepared to see a war! The comments below are the exact words of Gonzales with little or no editing.

Don't miss this exciting event! Tickets are selling fast! See Top Champion Kickboxing and Pro Boxing all in one night! BUY TICKETS NOW using your credit card by clicking HERE or purchase at the Door. For more info go to

Special Note: Although President of AKP, Johnny Davis' name is mentioned in this article in no way is he affiliated with the Fairtex team and has no other relationship or deals with them. He is solely a promoter and the match maker for this Uppercut Promotions event and is impartial to either fighter. We at AKP expect to have a response from the Smith Team soon.

MORE NEWS OF 1-25-06

"The Elements of Staying Safe"
By Kickboxer Christina Rondeau

Pro female Kickboxer Christina Rondeau is the proud author of, "The Elements of Staying Safe". This is the first book that Rondeau has published and you are the first to find out about it!

Are you tired of feeling vulnerable? The Elements of Staying Safe teaches women how to protect themselves in a variety of situations, from navigating a parking lot alone at night, to staying at a hotel, to securing one's home.

With real-life stories and clear-cut tips, self-defense expert Christina Rondeau covers: Signs of danger, Staying in tune with your environment, Physical self-defense, Mental self-defense, Trusting your intuition, Countering verbal harassment, Keeping your kids safe. The book is selling for $11.95. To purchase the book, click HERE!

You can contact Christina by e-mail at or by phone at (401) 996-5425. you can also check out her web page at

TUESDAY, January 24th, 2006, AT 8:50 PM, PT

So.... Just How Impressive Was
"Magic" Cliff Thomas

Thomas accomplished a lot in his incredible fighting career (69-5-3) which included being a 7-Time World Champion!

Find out by just how impressive he was by going to our "Where Are They Now" page by clicking

Once there, scroll down to Cliff's name and click to see the article.

MONDAY, January 23rd, 2006, AT 8:00 PM, PT

Bach & Campbell

IKF Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA:
When the smoke cleared this past Friday night, it was clear that everyone at Z's "Clash Of The Titans" at the Crystal Lake, Holiday Inn, in Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA knew they saw one of the greatest 12 rounds of Kickboxing they had ever saw. For those who saw Bobby Campbell (Right) of Long Island, New York, USA (Pro: 12-3-1 - Amateur: 16-5) and Tommy Bach (Left) of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, USA (Pro: 14-2-2/4 - Amateur: 8-3/3) go "Toe to Toe" for the first time it was Awesome.

However, for those who saw their first meeting (A draw decision), many of them could not rank one meeting over the other. "These two were just as exciting the last time they met!" said IKF Ring Announcer Kieron Davis. Davis, like many in the ballroom had the pleasure of seeing both meetings between these two top fighters. In fact, there is already discussion of a possible THIRD meeting, and if it happens, do your best to make it because it will be a shame to miss it!

So what did you miss? well for starters, you missed Bobby Campbell throwing over 120 kicks over 12 rounds while Bach returned with just over 100. While Campbell was more busy with kicks, it was Bach who returned back whit his boxing skills to match the explosive kicker Campbell. Although Campbell threw an average of 14 kicks per round over the first 3 rounds, as round 4 came around his kick pace slowed down allowing Bach to move in with his own combinations. By the end of 3, Campbell lead on all 3 judges scorecards 29-28. Bach came back in rounds 4 and 5 to bring the judges scores to 48-47 Campbell on one judges card and 48-47 Bach on the other two judges cards. Campbell was able to make it all even by the end of round 6 as all three judges had their total scores 57-57.

Round 7 was a great round for both and the judges cards proved it. One giving the round to Bach, the other Campbell while the third judge had them even at 10-10. Campbell stayed with Bach until round 8 where he was busy handling Bach's combinations. In rounds 8, 9 and 10 we saw an advantage and it was Bach who seemed to have more flurries and stronger combinations in these three rounds that placed him ahead on the cards after 10. Judge Tony Storm of Nebraska had him up 96-94. Judge Shawn McCarthy of Wisconsin had Bach up 96-95 and Judge Mike Storm of Nebraska had him up 97-93.

Watching them over the entire fight, Bach seemed to grow stronger round by round where as Campbell seemed to have explosive spurts at different intervals of the bout. Round 11 was one of those rounds where Campbell turned it up again winning 2 of the 3 judges nods. However Bach put an end to Campbell's strong finish as he himself turned it up again to win round 12 on all three judges cards. In the end, Bach successfully defended his IKF world Title over a STRONG Challenger, Bobby Campbell by unanimous decision. Judge Tony Storm of Nebraska had Bach for the win 115-113. Judge Shawn McCarthy of Wisconsin had Bach 116-113 and Judge Mike Storm of Nebraska had Bach at 116-112.

It doesn't get much closer than that. If you saw it, you would see why some are talking about the THIRD meeting of these two. The jury is still out for Bach who had talked about this bout being the end to his great fighting career. However, if the money is right, we may see them together again because one thing is for sure, Campbell made it clear that HE'S IN! So the only question is, "Who will face Campbell for that IKF World Title he has been so close to in TWO back to back WARS!"

For more event information please call (847) 669-7833. Or go to

MORE NEWS OF 1-23-06

Ott's Grand Opening A Big Hit!
IKF World Champion Rudi Ott's Grand Opening Event
-Unlimited Kickboxing - Milpitas, California, USA-

IKF Milpitas, California, USA
This past Saturday, January 21st, IKF Pro San Shou World Champion Rudi Ott (Right) held the Grand Opening of his Unlimited Kickboxing Training Center by hosting an exciting IKF sanctioned smoker featuring Muay Thai, San Shou, and MMA bouts. With over 300 spectators in attendance the Bay Areas top teams all showed up in full force to support Rudi in his new venture.

Team USA showed that they are one of the top Muay Thai teams with great performances by all of their fighters. American Kickboxing Academy showed its versatility with strong showing competing in Muay Thai and MMA. Cung Le's Ush Fight Team also showed its versatility and excellence with fighters competing in each style; Muay Thai, San Shou, and MMA. Omie Kung Fu and Reys Muay Thai participated with a strong showing as well.

Rudi also announced the inception of his team the South Bay Fight Club and looks forward to producing new talent and champions. The night was a fantastic beginning for the Champions new roll as Coach and Teacher. When asked about his future fight plans he remarked, "I look forward to getting in the ring and getting my 30th win this year. If it will be San Shou or MMA I don't know but the gym and my students are the priority now. My fight career will have to work itself around the greater need. At this point everything is coming together so we will just have to see!"

Rudi went on to thank his family for love and support, his Coach Cung Le for his guidance, and the IKF for the titles he won.

For more info, call (408) 946-2151, send an e-mail to or go to

MORE NEWS OF 1-23-06

Is There ANYONE Out There
Brave Enough To Face The
Team Z Girls?

Ross, Herrig & Zarate
Await ANY Challenge!

It seems as if there is NO ONE in the entire Midwest willing to take on Team Z's Top ranked Girls...

Sarah Ross
(16-0/2, 14, 142)

Felice Herrig
(6-2/0, 21, 121)

and Laryssa Zarate
(5-3/2, 14, 105)

Hungry for fights, these three young ladies were once again left without a match on trainer Rob Zbilski's Friday night fight card this past Friday night at the Crystal Lake, Holiday Inn, in Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA.

Trainer, Promoter and Matchmaker Rob Zbilski has searched high and low for opponents for the ladies so they can get back in the ring and further launch what is already a successful kickboxing career for each one. He contacted over 30 gyms across the Midwest and as far East as Virginia and as far West as New Mexico and still, NO ONE took the challenge.

Zbilski has put out challenges to ANYONE in the Country to step in and step it up and take on any of the three. Like any fighter, or should we say, like any GREAT fighter, all three work hard each week to stay in shape and are always ready to jump in the ring and go face to face with anyone.

However, no one has EVER stepped up to take on the challenge. ALL THREE Girls were scheduled to fight on this past Friday nights event but as the saying goes, "It takes TWO to Fight" and as another saying may also go, "No one was WOMAN enough to take the challenge."

So if there are any woman fighters out there willing to accept a challenge by any of these ladies, STEP UP and "Walk The Walk!"

You can contact Zbilski at (847) 669-7833 or at to "Make it HAPPEN!"

WEDNESDAY, January 18th, 2006, AT 10:20 PM, PT

A World Champions
Grand Opening Event

IKF Pro World San Shou Champion Rudi Ott is moving towards another Title. The title of Gym owner now! Ott's new Unlimited Kickboxing will have is grand opening celebration on Saturday January 21st from 5:PM to 8:PM. Unlimited Kickboxing is located Inside Milpitas Health & Fitness at 1000 Jacklin Road, Milpitas, CA, USA. On the night Ott has matched up some IKF Sanctioned Muay Thai and San Shou bouts and of course, an After Party!

"This is the beginning of my next step as a martial artist." said Ott, "I hope to have a lot of new talent come out of the gym and fight for IKF titles as I did. I want this to be a celebration of the martial arts and all fighting styles so I am inviting everyone who has touched my life personally and professionally."

Rudi won his IKF World title when he defeated Dave Marinoble of Roseville, CA, USA by unanimous decision, 49-46, 48-47 and 48-47 on August 31st, 2002 at Win-River Casino in Redding, California, USA. His ring record today stands at 29 wins and 5 loses with 9 wins coming by KO/TKO.

Rudi began his study in martial arts at the age of 11 in traditional Chinese Kung Fu in Boston, MA. At 13 he traveled to China for extensive training with the Beijing Wushu Team. As he progressed the pressures of growing up in an urban environment overcame his want for the rigorous training that martial arts demands, and at 14 he gave up his passion

Throughout the next 10 years Rudi found himself uninspired with lack of motivation, and by the age of 24 was caught in a self-destructive life-style. He knew he had something to offer and wanted to have a positive affect on those around him, so when he re-entered the kung fu school of his childhood it all came full circle. Martial Arts was the vehicle for creative self-expression and mode for learning and growing within that he needed. He threw himself back into training, making every sacrifice and meeting every demand that was required of him.

In 1996, Rudi started training in San Shou under Jason Yee winning the U.S. Amateur National Championships 3 years in a row, and becoming a member of the U.S. National Team 3 times consecutively. In 1998 he relocated to Vancouver B.C. to study internal Chinese Kung Fu and Qigong with renowned Master Liang Shu Yu. But he missed the challenge and excitement that fighting presented and in 1999 moved to San Jose, CA to resume his fighting career with his National Team Captain Cung Le.

That year he turned pro and captured the IKF U.S. Middleweight Championship in San Shou. In 2000 he took the ISKA Super Middleweight title, and 2001 the IKF Intercontinental title. In 2002 primed for the World Championship Rudi defeated the unbeaten and 2 time Champion Dave Marinoble to claim the IKF Pro San Shou Middleweight World title. Under Cung Le and Jivoni Jordan he has solidified himself as one of the most recognizable and top San Shou fighters in the World.

As Cung Le's top fighter Rudi also became Head Coach of the Cung Le's Kid's program and assistant coach to the USH! Fight Team. Now, Rudi has entered into the next stage of his Development. In 2005 he started his own school for martial arts Unlimited Kickboxing Training Center & Fight Club.

As a teacher Rudi wants to pass on his passion for training as well as help mold his students into positive role models and future champions. He believes martial arts is a dynamic means of personal growth and self- fulfillment that if sustained will lead to a healthy and rewarding life.

Directions to his Gym are on his website
(Click "CONTACT") at
For more info, call (408) 946.2151 or send an e-mail to

TUESDAY, January 17th, 2006, AT 1:30 PM, PT

The Rematch Is ON!
Tommy Bach VS Bobby Campbell

For The IKF Lightweight World Title
This Friday Night, January 20th!

Crystal Lake, Holiday Inn and Conference Center
Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA

IKF Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
The time has arrived for the rematch to take place between Bobby Campbell (Right) of Long Island, New York, USA (Pro: 11-3-1 - Amateur: 16-5) and the current IKF Lightweight World Champion Tommy Bach (Left) of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, USA (Pro: 13-2-2/4 - Amateur: 8-3/3). These two met back in September and the bout was judged a draw. this Friday night, January 20th, marks the date for the mandatory re-match for the title.

Both fighters will be ready to bring everything they've got, to go home with the hardware, the

IKF World Title Belt!

Also on the card will be the current IKF International Rules World Champion, Fernando Calleros who will be taking on Charles Baron the current IKF North American Champion in a non title bout. This will be full contact rules as Fernando is getting ready to fight for another world title in England this May 6th.

There is also a full under-card of amateurs that will include two of Team Z's top female fighters. 2005 IKF North American Champions Sarah Ross (16-0) and Felice Herrig (6-2)

There are still some available slots for fighters to get on the card so, if interested please call Rob Zbilski at (847) 669-7833.

For ticket information please call (847) 669-7833. Or Go to

We hope to see you there.



The British Are Coming
Bimpson & Fowles Plan To Bring A LARGE Team From England To The
IKF World Classic!

IKF European Director Alby Bimpson (Left) and IKF European Coordinator Mike Fowles (Right) have told us they have put together one of the strongest British teams to take on the rest of the World at the 2006 IKF World Classic Tournament in Iowa, USA. Alby told us, "Don't think we are just putting together a scrap team because we are bringing the best IKF competitors from our shores with us!"

Along with Trainer/Promoter Mike Fowles, Bimpson's team will also include Master Ronnie "Machine Gun" Green. Green in also a 5 Time World Kickboxing Champion. "I can assure you we are not coming to see the sights. We come to win!" Said Bimpson.

The team will consist of between 20 and 30 competitors in all styles and maybe even more. Bimpson told us they are all looking forward to seeing their American allies, and building on a the great friendship our countries have. See you all at the IKF World Classic.

In addition to Bimpson's Team we have also received notice that other England Teams plan to attend. These others will add to World Kickboxing Champion Trevor Ambrose's Norway Team and other Teams from across Europe who have verbally confirmed their attendance to the 2006 IKF World Classic Tournament!

MONDAY, January 16th, 2006, AT 10: 20 PM, PT

Something Different For The News Page...

Special to The IKF
Author Unknown

I sat in my seat of the Boeing 767 waiting for everyone to hurry and stow their carry-ons and grab a seat so we could start what I was sure to be a long, uneventful flight home.
With the huge capacity and slow moving people taking their time to stuff luggage far too big for the overhead and never paying much attention to holding up the growing line behind them, I simply shook my head knowing that this flight was not starting out very well. I was anxious to get home to see my loved ones so I was focused on my issues and just felt like standing up and yelling for some of these clowns to get their act together.
I knew I couldn't say a word so I just thumbed thru the "Sky Mall" magazine from the seat pocket in front of me. You know it's really getting rough when you resort to the over priced, useless sky mall crap to break the monotony. With everyone finally seated, we just sat there with the cabin door open and no one in any hurry to get us going although we were well past the scheduled take off time.
No wonder the airline industry is in trouble I told myself.
Just then, the attendant came on the intercom to inform us all that we were being delayed. The entire plane let out a collective groan. She resumed speaking to say "We are holding the aircraft for some very special people who are on their way to the plane and the delay shouldn't be more than 5 minutes."
The word came after waiting six times as long as we were promised that I was finally going to be on my way home.
Why the hoopla over "these" folks? I was expecting some celebrity or sport figure to be the reason for the hold up... Just get their butts in a seat and let's hit the gas I thought.
The attendant came back on the speaker to announce in a loud and excited voice that we were being joined by several U.S. Marines returning home from Iraq!!!

Just as they walked on board, the entire plane erupted into applause. The men were a bit taken by surprise by the 340 people cheering for them as they searched for their seats. They were having their hands shook and touched by almost everyone who was within an arm's distance of them as they passed down the aisle. One elderly woman kissed the hand of one of the Marines as he passed by her.
The applause, whistles and cheering didn't stop for a long time. When we were finally airborne, I was not the only civilian checking his conscience as to the delays in "me" getting home, finding my easy chair, a cold beverage and the remote in my hand.
These men had done for all of us and I had been complaining silently about "me" and "my" issues I took for granted the everyday freedoms I enjoy and the conveniences of the American way of life.
I took for granted that others had paid the price for my ability to moan and complain about a few minutes delay to "me" while those Heroes were going home to their loved ones.

I attempted to get my selfish outlook back in order and minutes before we landed, I suggested to the attendant that she announce over the speaker a request for everyone to remain in their seats until our heroes were allowed to gather their things and be first off the plane. The cheers and applause continued until the last Marine stepped off and we all rose to go about our too often taken for granted everyday freedoms.

I felt proud of them. I felt it an honor and a privilege to be among the first to welcome them home and say "Thank You for a job well done." I vowed that I will never forget that flight nor the lesson learned. I can't say it enough, THANK YOU to those Veterans and active servicemen and women who may read this and a prayer for those who cannot because they are no longer with us.


WEDNESDAY, January 11th, 2006, AT 10: 50 PM, PT

Results From
Pure Force "The Beginning"
Friday, January 6, 2022

By IKF & ISCF Representatives Pete & Pam Peterson
The first Friday night of the new year, found Pure Force "The Beginning" rocking Tinley Park, Illinois, USA with a night of sensational IKF kickboxing and ISCF MMA matches!

HCExtreme promoters, Ron Hill, James Hill, and Brian Thompson began 2006 with a BANG! ALL 13 fights were nothing short of awesome! I have seen many, many events, and this one was right up there with the best of them. Great job guys!!

  1. IKF Kickboxing, Full Contact Rules, Super Middleweight Division
    Greg Johnson (0-4, 6'1", 172, 29, 8/13/76, HCX Mixed Martial Arts, Joliet IL) VS Scott Bresnahan (1-1, 5'10", 167, 27, 8/1/78, Mark Caruso, Romeoville IL)
    Johnson opened up round one pressing the action forward. He was throwing wild hooks but landing them. Both fighters were kicking actively and had no problems filling their requirements. Johnson landed a few hard shots forcing IKF referee, Al Wichgers, to give Bresnahan a standing 8 count.
    In round two, Bresnahan turned the table on Johnson, giving him a standing 8 and by the end of the round, Johnson's tank had run empty. Bresnahan took advantage of the position and continued to score. This fight was stopped at the end of Round Two.
    Bresnahan won by TKO.

  2. ISCF MMA Light Heavyweight Division
    Joshua Langer (0-1, 6'1", 185, 24, 1/7/81, Independent, Chicago IL) VS Tony Everett (1-0, 6'1", 205, 38, 3/15/67,Self, Round Lake Beach IL)
    Everett shot in and took Langer down early in round one and quickly had him in a choke but Langer was wiry and escaped. They were at a stalemate on the ground so ISCF referee Al Wichgers stood them back up. Both fighters were very active during this round, and the end of the round gave Everett another chance as Langer tried ending the fight with a "Ground & Pound" from the mount position.
    Round two gave the excited crowd a little stand up action before Everett scored the takedown. Everett got Langer in his guard and locked on an arm bar, forcing Langer to tap out.
    Everett won by submission at 1:49 of round 2.

  3. IKF Kickboxing, Muay Thai Rules, Super Welterweight Division
    Nam Do (1-1, 5'10", 153, 23, 01/20/82, Ryan Blackorby, Peoria IL) VS Matt Determan (1-0, 5'9", 154, 21, 12/1/84, Andy Grahn, Brooklyn Center MN)
    Round One saw both fighters hesitant at first, feeling the other out. Determan opened with two very strong front kicks, and Do answered back with a well executed 6 count combo. The rest of the round was non-stop with Do a little busier and scoring more.
    In round two, Determan turned it around with constant forward pressure. Both fighters looked awesome; great display of Muay Thai skills! Determan scored a solid kick to the head which seemed to daze Do, but did Do came back strong, not requiring any count from the ref.
    Round three was more of the same. Determan proved to be a little stronger then Do and landed several knees and hard kicks. Do still fired off 6 count combos, but Determan was the stronger fighter this match.
    Determan won by unanimous decision, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28.

  4. IKF Kickboxing, Muay Thai Rules, Featherweight Division
    Kyle Dietrich (1-5, 5'8", 127, 17, 9/11/88, Pekin Martial Arts, Pekin IL) VS Chad Monyelle (17-4, 5'7", 123, 16, 11/8/89, Craig Monyelle, Beloit WI)
    Great fight! Dietrich was looking to even the score with Monyelle this night! Dietrich came out the first round connecting flying jump kicks and following them up with jabs and crosses, but Monyelle wasn't going to stand toe to toe. Monyelle pulled Dietrich into a clinch several times, unloading knees to the body and legs. Monyelle's knees won him this round of Muay Thai on the judges cards.
    In round two, Monyelle was trying to make sure and not leave it up to the judges. Landing a spinning back kick to the body of Dietrich should have affected Dietrich, but Dietrich kept coming and continued to pressure Monyelle with busy hands and foot combos. Dietrich evened the scorecards with this round.
    Round three told the tale. Both fighters continued to exchange punches and kicks until Monyelle, seeing an opening, scored two unanswered spinning back fists, one of them forcing a standing 8 count on Dietrich, cementing the win of this fight. 29-27, 29-27, 29-27.
    Note: I have seen Dietrich fight three times now, and each time he has fought either older or far more experienced opponents. Don't let the record fool you, this kid is going to go far, he has great potential and doesn't know the meaning of the word "quit".

  5. ISCF MMA, Welterweight Division
    Leo Perez (1-10, 6'0", 170, 27, 4/21/78, Charles Wilson, Plainfield IL) VS Adam Kelso (3-0, 5'10", 170, 21, 1/30/84, Don Richard, Holly MI)
    Both fighters went back and forth on the ground in this battle. Perez had Kelso in a triangle choke and an ankle lock two different times, only to have Kelso reverse each time. This was great action, as both fighters exchanged attempts at various submissions, but at 3:52 minutes of round one,
    Kelso won by submission as Perez tapped out.

  6. IKF Kickboxing, Muay Thai Rules, Women's Welterweight Division
    Lisa Dzik (0-2, 5'7", 145, 26, 5/3/79, Self/Brian Strick, Madison Heights, MI) VS Katie Young (1-0, 5'9", 149, 20, 9/15/85, Andy Grahn, Brooklyn Center MN)
    Dzik and Young both went after each other right away. Dzik had quick hands and flurried well, but Young was too powerful. Young pressed forward landing heavy hands and hard kicks throughout the round, not giving Dzik a chance to answer.
    Round two was much of the same. Young landed several more punches and a solid kick to Dzik's head, resulting in a standing 8 count for Dzik. After the 8 count, Dzik acknowledged she was done and IKF referee, Al Wichgers, stopped the bout.
    Young won by TKO at .49 of round two.

  7. ISCF MMA, Welterweight Division
    LaQuinn Swift (1-0, 5'8", 160, 20, 1/17/85, Joseph Billups, Chicago IL) VS Darren Matthews (2-2, 5'7", 167, 18, 1/8/87, Bryce Franck, Rockford IL)
    Matthews went for the take down right away but Swift reversed it once they hit the ground and ended up in Matthews guard. Matthews had Swift in a guillotine choke, a triangle choke, and an arm bar as various times throughout the round and Swift escaped all three, ending the round with a body slam on Matthews.
    Round two the action was just as intense. Very fast paced and exciting! Swift was deducted one point for throwing a knee to the head, which isn't allowed under the rules of the Illinois Athletic Commission. Round three gave fight fans a little more stand up action and Matthews landed a kick to Swift's face, bloodying his nose. At the end of round three, all three judges saw the fight as a draw and it went into a fourth round, much to the pleasure of the crowd!
    Swift went to work fast in round four and got Matthews back. He unloaded numerous head and body punches.
    Swift controlled position the majority of this round and earned a unanimous decision 38-37, 38-37, 38-37.

  8. IKF Kickboxing, Muay Thai Rules, Super Welterweight Division
    James Lyons (6-0, 5'11", 151, 23, 2/13/82, Ryan Blackorby, Peoria IL) VS Timothy Riordan (4-5, 5'10", 154, 21, 4/17/84, Kevin Dulli, Whitewater WI)
    Lyons set the tempo from the sound of the bell and controlled the round with solid head kicks, and 6 count punch combinations to Riordan's head and body.
    In round two, nothing changed. Riordan landed a couple of punches to Lyons head before being overwhelmed by Lyon's constant pressure. Riordan received a standing 8 count in this round.
    The last round was again, controlled by Lyon's great ring generalship. Riordan began dropping his hands to taunt Lyons, and Lyons continued to score and earned an unanimous decision, 30-26, 30-26, 30-26.

  9. ISCF MMA, Lightweight Division
    Nate Weitzel (0-1, 5'10", 147, 27, 11/27/78, Independent, Roscoe IL) VS Charles Wilson (3-0, 6'0", 151, 36, 12/16/69, Gia Wilson, Plainfield IL)
    This bout ended fairly quickly. Wilson managed to get control of Weitzel's back and throw several hard punches and palm strikes to Weitzel's head and body. One of them caused an eye injury The ring doctor stopped the fight at 1:17 of round one after examining Weitzel's eye.
    Wilson won by TKO.

  10. ISCF MMA, Middleweight Division
    Drew Reed (0-4, 6'1", 173, 20, 8/9/85, Self Trained, Pittsfield IL) VS Calem Willis (3-3, 6'1", 173, 22, 8/1/83, Don Richard, Holly MI)
    Willis didn't waste any time this fight. Willis took Reed down and unloaded a barrage of hands almost as quickly as the round started. The Ground and Pound tactics proved victorious as Reed tapped out at 1:49 minutes into the round,
    Leaving Willis the winner.

  11. IKF Kickboxing, Muay Thai Rules, Light Cruiserweight Division
    Bryan Kovar (4-2, 6'0", 186, 23, 1/11/82, Ricardo Perez, Rolingbrook IL) VS David Eustice (2-0, 6'3", 185, 22, 5/25/83, Andy Grahn, Brooklyn Center MN)
    Eustice had a reach over Kovar which boosted the confidence of Eustice and make Kovar a bit hesitant to unload. Both fighters threw combos and solid leg kicks. Eustice controlled most of round one, but Kovar got in the last word with a solid head kick.
    Round two was in favor of Kovar as he came out more prepared. He landed several head kicks and decent combos.
    Wow, round three was non-stop exchanges. Kovar landed another head kick, but Eustice dominated in the clinch with solid knees.
    In the end, Eustice won a split decision 29-28, 29-28, 28-29.

  12. ISCF MMA, Middleweight Division
    Ross Grady (1-2, 5'7", 182, 23, 11/10/82, HCX Mixed Martial Arts, Joliet IL) VS R.D. Tondini (0-3, 5'7", 185, 20, 4/5/85, Tony Everett, Joliet IL)
    This was another quick fight. Grady scored the takedown and began to set up Tondini for the arm bar and a couple of exchanges later, he got it.
    Grady won by tap out at 1:11 of round one.

  13. MAIN EVENT: ISCF Pro MMA, Middleweight Division
    Billy Stamp (6-4, 6'1", 170, 26, 5/16/79, Ryan Blackorby, Peoria IL) VS Andre Garcia (1-3, 5'9", 170, 25, 4/16/80, Don Richard, Holly MI)
    Stamp proved to have superior ring generalship both standing up and on the ground. Stamp landed several leg kicks and punches before Garcia shot in for the single leg. Stamp reversed position. Both fighters attempted submissions and when Stamp was in the position to strike, he made sure to take advantage of it.
    Both rounds one and two went to Stamp as he controlled the tempo, landed more shots, and continued to advance position.
    In round three, Stamp must have known he was ahead, because it he seemed to coast and not advance, rather he held Garcia in his guard nearly the entire round. This round went to Garcia.
    Stamp was right and won an unanimous decision over Garcia, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.

Let me say once again, Pure Force "The Beginning" was second to none! It was the best of the HCX's events yet! A Huge crowd in attendance and totally awesome fights! I am looking forward to Pure Force II, "March Mayhem" on March 25th in Joliet Illinois. For more information, contact Brian Thompson at (815) 730-3800 or or log onto


Retires Amateur Title

For the past three years IKF California Muay Thai Cruiserweight Champion Chris Cope had trained with one of the best fight teams around, Team Morello out of Santa Barbara California. Under Team Morello Cope had a perfect amateur fight record of 7 wins. Cope won his title in his last amateur fight in Fairfield, California on 26th, 2005 when he defeated David Denison of Santa Rosa, California by unanimous decision 39-37 on all 3 judges cards..

Since then Cope moved to San Diego and started training at a new facility where his plans now are to make the transition into mixed martial arts. "I feel that I am done with kickboxing and need to retire the belt in order to give others the chance to fight for it." Said Cope. "I feel this is the right decision, because my heart lies more in mma now. I appreciate all the memories that your sanction has provided me and I hope the best for everyone in the IKF."

We would like to wish Chris the best of Luck in his MMA fighting Career.

MONDAY, January 9th, 2005, AT 8:30 PM, PT

Triple F Kickboxing Teams Up
With Uppercut Promotions

Boxing Promotions company Uppercut Promotions in association with A.K. Promotions who specializes in Kickboxing entertainment will be presenting the Ultimate Boxing and Kickboxing Extravaganza on Friday, February 3rd. The event will showcase some of the best up and coming professional Boxers and amateur Kickboxers in the area!

The exciting show will be held at the beautiful Radisson Hotel at 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento, CA 95815. This is only one of three events planned for 2006 by Uppercut Promotions out of Roseville, CA. The Kickboxing portion will be headlined with the IKF Amateur West Coast Super Welterweight Title in the Muay Thai division which incorporates leg kicks and knees (elbows are not allowed in California) with exciting boxing techniques.

The bout will feature 2004 IKF/TKO North American Champion Nathan Smith (left) of Modesto, CA who will take on tough Christian Gonzales (right) of San Francisco, CA.

At the 2004 IKF/TKO North American Tournament Smith first defeated Mike Baldwin of Denver, Colorado, USA. Baldwin had won the vacant IKF US title on a regular event on April 3rd, 2004 in Denver, Colorado, USA. He defeated Ryan Farthingham of Wyoming, USA at :53 seconds into round 1 when Baldwin landed a high head kick on Farthingham for a first round KO. Smith next defeated David Knaggs of Monroe, Michigan, USA by KO at 1:34 of round 1 to win the 2004 MTR North American Welterweight Title. In his return to the 2005 IKF North American Tournament, Smith did not fare as well, losing in the first round to James Bleau of Marquette, Michigan, USA by unanimous decision 30-27 on all 3 judges cards. Bleau went on to win the North American Title

Smith Vs Gonzales will be a rematch! In their first meeting, Smith pulled off a close decision but Gonzales is promising a different outcome this time around!

Other Kickboxers from California slated to fight on the card as of this Press Release are: Jesse Hernandez of Fresno, CA will do battle with Julian Bowers of Concord, CA. Plus, other exciting matches in assorted styles of Kickboxing to kick off an action-packed night of Pro Boxing.

More information at - For tickets call (916) 726-5425.

1-11-06: Super Heavyweight Van Palacio of Lemoore, CA was scheduled to take on Anthony Littlejohn of Sacramento, CA. However, Palacio failed to inform the event matchmaker that he is a Professional MMA fighter. Click HERE. The matchmaker is currently seeking a replacement opponent for Anthony Littlejohn.

SATURDAY, January 7th, 2005, AT 8:30 PM, PT

7th, Annual
Amateur Kickboxing Tournament
"The Largest Amateur Kickboxing Tournament in North America for 6 Straight Years!"
July 28th, 29th & 30th, 2006

U.S. Cellular Center Arena & Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel
Cedar Rapids Iowa, USA

Many here may have received this announcement in an e-mail tonight. However, thanks to some of you, you pointed out that we forgot a VERY Important Division. Although it didn't mention it, we will, as always, have a JUNIOR Division for ages 8-17 at this years 2006 IKF World Classic. We look forward to seeing you all there.