FRIDAY, June 28th, 2013, AT 11:20 AM/ PST
If You sent us an E-mail between 7:45 AM
AND 11:15 AM West Coast Time (California, Pacific Time)
Our Venue Hotel Is
Our Host hotel still has some rooms available on Saturday and Sunday nights so if you want to, you can stay at the Rosen Center Friday and our Host Hotel, Rosen Rosen Shingle Creek for the remainder of the Tournament. Attendance is high this year so the rooms we had reserved went fast. Many are staying after the Tournament as well, and if you are one of those planning this, note that our host hotel is also sold out on Wednesday July, 24th, Friday July 26th, 27th and 28th.
For ALL Hotel Info, Click HERE!
SUNDAY, June 23rd, 2013, AT 7:55 PM/ PST
Results From Pegasus Kickboxing's
"STORM 4 'Pro Fusion'"
June 8th, 2013 - Aylesbury, England
Promoter Steven Cook delivered another great show at one of the best new fight venues on the circuit and in a short time he has established himself a solid reputation as a promoter. Two great title fights headlined the event. Grace Spicer and Ruth Walker served up a very tough K1 fight with Spicer taking the title. Two talented young men Tyler Oxford and Vasil Chonev had a great tussle for the British Junior title. Both have big futures ahead of them.
MORE IKF RESULTS...
Results From Darryl Liner's
"IKF Point Muay Thai Kickboxing"
June 22nd, 2013 - Vallejo, California, USA
FRIDAY, June 21st, 2013, AT 11:20 AM/ PST
WORLD CLASSIC NEWS
This is a shout out to anyone why still wants to get a vender booth at this years IKF World Classic, July 19th, 20th and 21st in Orlando Florida. We are offering less booths than last year so if you want to reserve your space, please contact us ASAP. The deadline for Booth Reservations is Monday, July 1st.
If interested, please contact the IKF
at (916) 663-2467 or e-mail at: main@IKFKickboxing.com
For the Main info page for Booths, ads, etc. etc. click HERE!
THIS WEEKENDS IKF ACTION...
Darryl Liner Presents
"IKF Point Muay Thai Kickboxing"
Vallejo, California, USA
Semi-Contact - No Knockouts!
Muay Thai, International Low and Hi Kick Styles- Men, Women and Children!
WEDNESDAY, June 19th, 2013, AT 11:10 AM/ PST
Results From Tony Byrne's
"IKF Fight Night"
June 8th, 2013 - Carlow, Ireland
The 4 Star Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow Town was the venue for the latest IKF Ireland Promotion. It was the first time in almost 20 years that the small South East town had a Full Contact Kickboxing event. The show was promoted by Anthony Byrne of Carlow Kickboxing Academy with a huge amount of help from Waterford Kickboxing Maestro Billy O Sullivan and WKA Secretary Ray Connolly who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure it ran smoothly.
The main event was an IKF All Ireland Title defence between champion Keith Moroney from Dungarvan and Challenger Eric Nolan from Dublin. This was backed up with an exciting 13 fight undercard which kept the 300 strong fight fans in attendance very entertained. Moroney however, had a bad day at the office. After five hard fought rounds, Nolan was declared a unanimous winner and lifted the IKF Amateur IR All Ireland Light Middleweight Title from Moroney.
Local hero Matty Moore from Carlow and Tullamore fighter Derry Guinan probably had the most exciting fight of the night. They battled it out over four action packed rounds in a heavyweight eliminator bout to decide who would go forward to fight for the IKF Amateur IR Heavyweight Title later in the year. However the judges decision was a draw so the pair are due to meet again. This time over five rounds for the vacant title and the date has been set for November 16th in Tullamore. Expect fireworks for this one!
Results as Follows:
Promoter Anthony Byrne wishes to thank the Seven Oaks Hotel Management & Staff, all the sponsors, fighters, coaches, medical staff, judges, referees, MC Ray Connolly, Master Billy O Sullivan etc. and the IKF for making the event such a success.
MORE IKF RESULTS...
"IKF Junior Light Contact Kickboxing"
June 16th, 2013 - Laois, Ireland
IKF Promoter Tommy Delaney hosted a successful Junior Light Contact Kickboxing event in Mountmellick, Co. Laois, Ireland this past Sunday. Even though the tournament fell on the same day as Fathers Day, over 70 enthusiastic youngsters, their coaches & parents showed up and a great day was had by all. IKF acting Representative Mr. Craig Sutton was on hand to make sure the event ran smoothly and that all the kids went home happy. Mr. Delaney made certain that every child received a medal for their efforts whether they won, lost or drew.
The next event on the IKF Ireland calender is on July 27 when the IKF will sanction a show in the capital city of Dublin for the very first time. The show will feature a Professional International K-1 fight, a Full Contact All Ireland Title defence, an Eliminator bout and an amateur K-1 bout between a current Irish champion and an unbeaten fighter at an agreed weight. Of course there will be a full undercard of K-1 and Kickboxing bouts. All enquiries should be put to IKF Promoter Mr. Damien Crowther of the Siamo Camp.
MORE IKF NEWS...
Pro World Champion &
'Son Of Drago' - Denis Grachev
Aims For Monte Carlo Upset In Pro Boxing
Former IKF Pro Muay Thai Light Cruiserweight world Champion Denis Grachev has not had many offers for Muay Thai but most likely because he's been quite the star in Professional Boxing.
However critics of his next Pro Boxing match-up has placed Grachev as the underdog... He be the underdog, but he's training with the will of a champion ahead of his July 13 fight with Edwin Rodriguez (25-0 with 15 wins by KO) for the Million Dollar Super Four crown in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The tournament is promoted by Golden Gloves.
Grachev (13-1, 8 KOs in Pro Boxing, 17-3 with 7 wins by KO in Pro Kickboxing/Muay Thai) is holed up at Abel Sanchez's Summit Gym in Big Bear, California. Along with Grachev at the stable includes WBA and IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin, (26-0 with 23 wins by KO). Golovkin will be fighting later this month against Matthew Macklin (29-4 with 20 wins by KO) at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA in a defense of his IBO & WBA Middleweight title.
Grachev earned his place in the final against Rodriguez with a rugged 10-round split-decision defeat of undefeated two-time champion Zsolt Erdei (33-1 with 18 wins by KO) at the Salle des etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco this past March 30th, 96-94, 96-94 & 94-96. (PHOTO )
Grachev, the man who trades by the name "The Son of Drago" says that while he was only in camp for 10 days for the Erdei fight, this camp would total six weeks' training, leaving him in "the best form ever".
"We are high in the mountains, eight of us fighters, just boxing and training. It is hard work, very intensive, with jogging in the morning and much training the rest of the day. I wasn't in my best shape last time, but this will be different."
Grachev says the fight with Erdei was the hardest of his career.
"With his boxing style and experience, it was my most difficult fight. It was hard to find the key to beating him. I think it will be easier with Rodriguez. He is the favorite according to many boxing fans, but they are going to be disappointed. It will probably be his first loss."
Sparring with Golovkin has added sharpness to the Russian's repertoire, but he's also trained with Zaurbek Baysangurov, (28-1 with 20 wins by KO) the WBO Junior-Middleweight Champion, and two other Russians.
"I've had very good sparring, especially Gennady [whose last defence topped the Monte Carlo card]. We are studying Rodriguez's style and sparring accordingly."
Golovkin still holds his IKF World title but his schedule in boxing has not brought him any offers to defend it or any challengers challenging him. He has also fought as a mixed martial artist. His fight career has taken him all over the world. He especially enjoyed the Monte Carlo experience.
"It's a fantastic place and I learned good boxing lessons there. I found out some of my mistakes and I am now working on them. Winning Super Four would mean a lot; it would be a great honor being better than Erdei and Rodriguez."
The Monte Carlo card includes champion Khabib Allakhverdiev (18-0, 8 KOs) versus Souleymane M'baye (40-4-1, 22 KOs) for the WBA and IBO Light-Welterweight Title, the WBC Silver Cruiserweight fight between title holder Dmytro Kucher (21-0, 15 KOs) and Ilunga Makabu (13-1, 13 KOs) and a European Middleweight Title fight between Maksym Bursak (26-1-1, 2 KOs) and Prince Arron (23-4-1, 5 KOs).
The Story of A Champion...
Grachev was born in 1982 in the city of Chaykovsky, Perm Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. He started training in kickboxing at the age of 14 and was trained by Gregory Golubkova, Mikhail Stepanov, Alik Basharov, Vyacheslav Tutubalina, Yuri Vtyurina and Vladimir Lavrov throughout the years. In 2005, he graduated from the Chaykovsky State Institute of Physical Culture with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education. In 2006, he moved to San Diego, California with Evgeny Khil, a long-time friend and fellow kickboxer after appointing Mark Dion of City Boxing as his manager. Grachev would represent City Boxing's professional fight team, as well as being the gym's kickboxing instructor. Although competing mostly under low kick/international and full contact rules, he competed under Muay Thai rules while in the United States. When he first moved into the USA, he had no understanding of English at all and was enrolled in English classes at San Diego City College by his manager Mark Dion. At this stage of Grachev's migration into the United States, he had been dabbling in mixed martial arts and boxing. His manager Mark Dion had plans of moving Grachev's career away from kickboxing since there was little money in the sport due to the lack of popularity of kickboxing in the United States. Grachev eventually made the full-time commitment to boxing in 2011 and is primarily trained by former IBF Minimum Weight World Champion Manny Melchor. Grachev states he has always enjoyed boxing, though resorted to kickboxing while growing up in Russia because there weren't any good boxing gyms in Chaykovsky.
KICKBOXING / MUAY THAI
As an amateur in kickboxing, Grachev achieved a record of 123-18, with 40 of his wins coming by way of KO. In the 2004 WKA/IAKSA Amateur World Championships in Basel, Switzerland, the first joint federation world championship, he won the bronze medal under low kick/international rules. The following year in WAKO's Amateur World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, he won the gold medal under full contact rules, also earning the classification of International Master of Sport in kickboxing.
During his professional career in Russia, Grachev competed most of his bouts in World BARS Kickboxing Federation. On September 13th, 2006, he won WBKF's vacant Commonwealth of Independent States 81 kg championship under international/low kick rules when he defeated Denis Goncharenko of Belarus. After moving to the United States in 2006, Grachev competed in his first kickboxing bout under Muay Thai rules against kickboxing legend Manson Gibson on July 7th, 2007. The bout was for IKF (International Kickboxing Federation) Muay Thai Light Cruiserweight World Title (Left Kicking Gibson & Right with Promoter Dennis Warner on Left & IKF President Steve Fossum on Right). Grachev went on to win the world title with a third round TKO over Gibson after Gibson's corner threw in the towel from too much punishment.
On November 29th, 2007, Grachev took on WBC Muay Thai Light Heavyweight World Champion Joe Schilling. (Schilling who is currently renowned for being a sparring partner of MMA World Champion Nick Diaz) Grachev defeated Schilling with a 47 second knockout in the first round after Grachev delivered a spinning heel kick to the body. Schilling was unable to beat the referee's 10-count. In result, Grachev won IKKC's vacant U.S. Super Middleweight Title.
His last Muay Thai bout was under FULL Muay Thai rules on October 2nd, 2010 in Pala, California. in the bout he defeated Fernando Gonzalez by unanimous decision. Although still never challenged for it, Grachev continues to hold his IKF World Title.
Grachev made the transition to boxing in 2007 when he faced Rosendo Rubalcaba on June 24, the professional debut for both combatants. Grachev won the debut with a second round knockout after knocking Rubalcaba down a total of four times the entire bout. On December 11th, 2009 (in a 6-round fight), Grachev fought to a controversial majority draw against Ernesto Castaneda in a fight where he was the effective aggressor and showing more ring-generalship, landed more punches and the harder punches in a majority of the rounds. Clearly, every ringside observer thought that Grachev had done enough to win. One judge scored it in his favor, with the other two judges scoring the fight even.
On July 4th, 2011, Grachev went on to capture his first major championship in boxing when he defeated Eddie Caminero with a third round TKO and becoming the WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight Champion. On April 27th, 2012, he took on then-reigning NABF Light Heavyweight Champion Ismayl Sillakh (19-1 with 15 wins by KO). At the time, Sillakh was a consensus top-10 ranked Light Heavyweight and was going into the bout as a heavy 11 to 1 odds favorite over Grachev. After being knocked down in the third round by Sillakh, as well as losing most rounds on the judges' scorecards, Grachev rallied what many called the upset of the year, winning by TKO in the 8th round. The victory also won him the NABF Light Heavyweight Title.
Grachev put his NABF Light Heavyweight title on the line against former IBF Super Middleweight World Champion Lucian Bute (31-1 with 24 wins by KO) on November 3rd, 2012. The bout took place in Bute's hometown at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Despite a tough, solid effort over 12 rounds, Grachev lost by unanimous decision, 115-113, 118-110 and 116-112 . Though some believed that Grachev won the majority of the rounds (and therefore the fight) with his sheer aggression and the fact that he landed more punches, most analysts and ringside observers agreed and believed that Bute had the upper hand throughout the bout, as he out-boxed Grachev throughout a majority of the rounds of the fight and managed to land the harder punches of both of the fighters. On March 30th, 2013, (noted above) Grachev added another big name to his boxing resume when he fought Zsolt Erdei (33-1 with 18 wins by KO) at the Salle des etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco in a 10-round fight and defeated him via split decision, 96-94, 96-94 & 94-96.
Grachev currently lives in San
Diego, California. When not giving his own fight training full time attention he
works at City Boxing as an instructor.
Visit City Boxing at www.cityboxing.com
THURSDAY, June 13th, 2013, AT 7:55 PM/ PST
IKF WORLD CLASSIC "TOURNAMENT" MATCHMAKING
TRAINERS & FIGHTERS
Be Aware Of Matchmaking Rules For The
IKF World Classic
As we begin matchmaking this coming week for the IKF World Classic,
please be aware of these important
"IKF TOURNAMENT RULES"
rules if you are wanting to request to move from where you are currently seeded to another bracket or rule style.
WEDNESDAY, June 12th, 2013, AT 11:45 AM/ PST
Results From Golden Cobra & Steve Coury's
"DOWN & DIRTY III
June 8th, 2013 - Camp Verde, Arizona, USA
IKF WORLD CLASSIC NEWS...
ROOMS ARE RUNNING OUT AT THE HOTEL.... BOOK NOW!
MAKE IT A VACATION!
Fighters, Trainers, Family & Friends, use the
IKF Kickboxing name and book your rooms for not
only the days of the Tournament,
MORE IKF WORLD CLASSIC NEWS...
Orlando Attractions, Theme Parks & Shopping...
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort will provide complimentary
transportation to Universal Orlando, Wet'n Wild and SeaWorld Orlando (by
reservation only), seating is limited, please call for more information and
to make your reservation.
Orlando International Airport (MCO) - 12 Miles
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS PAGE
MORE IKF WORLD CLASSIC NEWS...
Amateur Athletes Of This Years IKF World Classic
With the 2013 IKF World Classic Tournament coming soon, we wanted to ask if there are any qualified Kickboxing and or Muay Thai Officials that would be willing to help the Amateur Athletes accomplish their dreams at this years 2013 IKF World Classic Tournament. We are not into the "Politics" of the sport so don't think we are only looking for "IKF" Officials. We are looking for Kickboxing and or Muay Thai officials from any and all sanctioning organizations or state boxing-athletic commissions. We would be proud to have you share your skill and talent as ring officials with the hundreds of athletes, trainers and other officials this year. To see who is currently on our list go to www.ikfkickboxing.com/WCOfficials.htm There are more names to be added on this page before the event and we would be proud as well as grateful if your name can be added too.
We know there are a lot more Muay Thai & Kickboxing Officials around the world and we need them to help out if they can. Again, they do not have to be IKF Registered Officials. We welcome ANY and ALL Qualified Kickboxing and Muay Thai Officials to the Tournament.
We are always in need of Judges, Referees, and Timekeepers. We are also looking for those who want to be a part of our Tournament Staff to help with other aspects of the Tournament. If you can help out we here at the IKF are not the only ones who would be Grateful for your assistance. The fighters and other already confirmed Tournament Officials would greatly appreciate it too!
We will have a special private dinner for all officials on Saturday night, but we need to have a head count for the hotel within a few weeks, so if you can be a part of this years 2012 IKF World Classic Officials Team, please e-mail ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) us your name and what kind of official you are qualified as. We will also give you meal vouchers for all your meals on Saturday and Sunday that can be used at the restaurants in the hotel. This way, if you want to have dinner with your friends, you can go on your own without having to wait for anyone else.
If you are an experienced and qualified Kickboxing or Muay Thai official that can help out at this years 2013 IKF World Classic Tournament, we would love to book you now. We will provide your IKF Officials Polo Shirt at no charge and your help pays for (If you want it) your IKF Officials license for the entire year. We request you wear black pants if a referee, judges and timekeepers may dress as desired, but clean and neat please. To volunteer for an officials position please e-mail us at email@example.com and in the subject line, make sure it says, IKF WC Official.
Thanking you in advance for your help!!!
See You in Orlando!
FRIDAY, June 7th, 2013, AT 11:20 AM/ PST
THIS WEEKENDS IKF ACTION...
Golden Cobra & Steve Coury Present
"DOWN & DIRTY III
Camp Verde, Arizona, USA
Doors Open At Noon. First Fight at 1:PM.
AMATEUR "FULL" MUAY THAI
AMATEUR MODIFIED MUAY THAI
MORE IKF ACTION THIS WEEKEND...
Tony Byrne Presents
"IKF Fight Night"
Light Middleweight Title *Defense
*Keith Moroney VS Connor McCallion
MORE IKF ACTION THIS WEEKEND...
Pegasus Kickboxing Presents
"STORM 4 'Pro Fusion'"
British Amateur MTR K-1 Rules Title
*Ruth Walker (Aylesbury) VS Nicole Commerford (Gym South London)
British Junior FCR Light Welterweight Title
*Tyler Oxford (TKO Academy) VS Vasil Chonev (Pegasus Kickboxing)
Plus Full Supporting Undercard
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5th, 2013, AT 8:30 AM/ PST
NOT COUNTING TODAY'S
For Totals From Past Years Click HERE!
MORE 2013 IKF WORLD CLASSIC NEWS...
Dates And Fee Changes After Each Deadline.
For The 2013IKF World Classic
FOR HOW TO REGISTER CLICK HERE!
NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE
5:00 PM/PST, TUESDAY, JULY 2nd, 2013!
MORE 2013 IKF WORLD CLASSIC NEWS...
CHECK YOUR STATS!
CORRECT ALL FALSE OR MISSING INFO
It is MANDATORY
for everyone who is registered to fight in the IKF World Classic Tournament to assure ALL
your listed stats and information is correct. If any of it is found to be
incorrect you risk being dropped from the tournament.
THIS INCLUDES the correct spelling of your name, city, state you are from, trainers name, fight record, HEIGHT, age, date of birth. So at this time we urge ALL Registered Fighters to check out their listing. If something is missing such as your record or height, we need you to e-mail it to us ASAP!
It is VERY Possible we could not read your writing on your registration forms. We happen to know we have A LOT of cities, trainer names, etc. misspelled or listed incorrect because we simply could not read your writing. This has been especially true for the faxed registrations.
Your opponents have listed all of their info, but are you someone who did not list your date of birth? Height? or something else? To be fair to Everyone, we make ALL requested info MANDATORY!
You will NOT be given the chance to correct or tell us your correct info AT THE TOURNAMENT!
Once July 2nd has past, we look at all info as truthful and accurate.
IF you have any missing info after July 6th, even your height, you will be automatically dropped from the tournament.
THIS INCLUDES ANY MMA FIGHTS!
MORE 2013 IKF WORLD CLASSIC NEWS...
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND...
FRIDAY NIGHT - 7:15 PM - 8:00 PM
PANZACOLA BALLROOM: H3
The Psychology of Combat and Effective Mental Preparation
SPONSORED By The IKF, International Kickboxing Federation & International Fight Sports.
This will be a "Special" 45 minute
presentation for those wanting a little extra PLUS
for the Tournament. The Seminar founder is
World Classic Champion and Undefeated Fighter Eric Parker.
At the 2009 IKF World Classic, Parker defeated all 3 of his previous opponents by TKO as he worked his way through one of the largest fighter bracket of the tournament.
YOU MUST BE PRE
REGISTER FOR THIS SEMINAR!!
Wintensity was founded to offer a unique training opportunity for competitive fighters and students of the martial arts. The seminar will revolutionize the way you view your martial arts training, and will bring you information that is not being presented in any other format or "Fight Training" environment.
Wintensity blends the science of understanding human brain function, techniques from the field of sports psychology, and the personal and professional experiences of the instructor, to create an educational experience that will forever transform the way martial arts practitioners view their training. This is the "Missing Piece" of the martial arts training puzzle.
"I Want To Make Sure MY Fighters ARE!"
Quote of the day...
Today we had one of those e-mail exchanges between a trainer attending the 2013 IKF World Classic. He had spoken to some fighters from another camp and asked why their fighters would never fight his. They told him they would not fight in his town but that they wanted to fight his team on a local event of theirs. However, the trainer told them it wasn't going to happen because he didn't trust the local event he was talking about. The promoter ran the sanctioning body, there are no state commission regulations that the sanctioning body is required to follow in the state where the event is. No fighter medical insurance, no doctor at ringside, no ambulance on site and the promoter selected all of his own officials. So they made an agreement they would all meet up at this years 2013 IKF World Classic in Orlando Florida this July.
Of course the main reason for this was that it was "Neutral
Territory" for the two camps to square off.
After noting all of these things between the two camps, the trainer we were speaking with registered his fighters. However, a few days later, the team he wanted to challenge went and registered for another Tournament. He also told us that he was contacted by some people who tried to persuade him to register at this other tournament as well. He asked them how they even got his phone number since it had changed within the last few weeks. Without hesitation they told him, "Oh we found it on the IKF tournament website. They list all the trainers phone numbers."
After reading his story we replied after each e-mail and all of his noted items and basically agreed that we do require more for a fighter to compete in the IKF World Classic. We also agreed that although the IKF Fighter Registration fees are less than all the other tournaments, it's more expensive to compete at the IKF World Classic if you choose to factor in all the added expenses it takes to attend from travel/airfare to hotel. His reply back was an eye opener as he asked;
"Why do all the American fighters always think fighting in Europe is more prestigious than fighting here in the USA? It's like, to them, if they get to jump on a plane and travel, the title is worth more. However, I can't think of one fighter who won over in Europe or Thailand for that matter that stands out. Also, where can one find the list of these Champions? I see some names here and there but the IKF Tournament is the only tournament, and only web site actually, that keeps full records of all past events. Not just the name of a winner, but who they fought and how they won. (To see the page he was referring to, click HERE) It makes a big difference if one wins a tournament title as a novice or open, along with how many fighters they fought to win the tournament title. If jumping on a plane and traveling means so much to them, why not jump on a plane to Florida? They would spend less in travel and if they win the title (Belt or Trophy), or even if they don't, at least they would be remembered on the IKF website as one of the fighters that year that walked the walk, win or lose, and will always be remembered as a contender at the tournament if not a Champion."
We couldn't help but agree and we also reminded him that these added expenses are all part of the requirement to be accepted as a fighting contender in the IKF World Classic Tournament, let alone become a Champion. So by the time we received his final e-mail, he pretty much summed everything up in one sentence which to us was the "Quote of the Day" when his final e-mail said...
For those who can't make
it, really, we understand... And we are sorry you will miss the opportunity.
"There Are Other Tournaments... But There is ONLY ONE WORLD CLASSIC!"
Results From Nick Morrish's
TWO NEW IKF CHAMPIONS CROWNED
The latest event by Nick Morrish featured two title contests which saw new Champions crowned. Ed Kelly and Shane Bernhauser taking titles off the Champions. Both were close contests and a return fights would be welcome by all those in attendance.
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