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Shindo Kumate 7
Casey Borhman vs Natalie Keene was
the first women bout of the evening. Great match. I was so impressed with
Casey's performance, as it was her first fight. This was Keene's second
fight. Borhman showed great technique and poise and was able to use her
reach to her advantage. Natalie was a warrior and did great the first
round, but seemed to have come out too aggressive without pacing herself,
not having the same energy in the later rounds, giving Borhman the
advantage to execute her strikes effectively and dominate the fight.
Borhman wins by unanimous decision.
The Pridegym,Am ford and BK Radio hosted its 7th annual North American Muaythai Kickboxing Championships on Saturday April 9th 2005 at The Trail Memorial Centre in Trail B.C. Canada.
The Sold Out show of 900 witness a action packed fight card !
The Main Event was Canadian Featherweight muaythai and WKA Golden Gloves muaythai Champion Frances"Hurricane"Pettitt(Pridegym Trail B.C.) vs Melanie Kohler (Salt Lake City Utah) fighting for CMTA North American Featherweight MuayThai Title.
Round one was a dominating round for Kohler with her rapid fire jabs that held Pettitt at bay.Pettitt could not by pass Kohler's punches witch bloodied the nose of Pettitt.
Round two started out the same untill Pettitt landed a head high roundhouse kick that took
the steam out Kohler.This turn the fight to Pettitt's way when she started landing punches and hard legkicks on Kohler in turn blooding her nose too .
Round Three was all Pettitt's from bell to bell,Pettitt had Kohler back paddling from her aggressive attack of hard punches and numerous round house kicks to Kohlers legs and head.The last big head high round house kick that hit Kohler hard and dazed her.Then it was Pettitt's onslaught of hard punches that trapped kohler in her own corner having Kohlar take repetitive punches till the bell rang.
Kohler didn't answer the bell for round four giving Frances"Hurricane" Pettitt the Title by TKO !
The only other womens fight of the night was 16 yearold Brittany Leeworthy(Pridegym) vs Tarn Hughson (Kelowna) in a Grudge match.With Leeworthy winning the the first match and winning the second fight by unanimous decision !
Lynda Loyce vs Nicole Hess
As far as the fight went it was a very
exciting fight between the top female fighters. Both camps came well prepared for it and they put on a
good show! The fights were sanctioned by the California Athletic
Commission that was very professional and the promoter Paul Metayo did a
very good job. This was our first time fighting in
Nicole trains hard for all her fights
putting about 2-3 hours a day 6 days per week, Coach Hess was assisted in
the training by Kickboxing Coach Joe Morton and Boxing Coach Willie
contract weight was 125 lbs.,
the weigh-in took place at about
Saturday. Nicole with her clothes on weighed in at 123
lbs. , Lynda in her undergarments came in at 126.5 lbs . Lynda offered to go run and
lose the weight we said that it's OK that we will fight like that.
ladies were the Main Event of a nine bout card. The crowd was very lively
with a lot of Fairtex fans. Coach Hess was assisted in the corner by Brent
Hess also an undefeated MiKiDo Champion with a 14-0 record. As
far as the fight itself it was a well fought bout, Nicole was the
aggressor and was successful at making Lynda miss her low kicks
as she moved side to side and in and out. As far as the punches they both
threw good combinations, however Nicole's were stronger . She was also
able to block most of Lynda's high kicks. Lynda seemed a little
frustrated and didn't want to come in as much, Nicole hung in with Lynda in the clinch and traded knees with Lynda
which is her specialty. In the first round in the clinch Nicole threw an
uppercut that landed clean but the referee told her that she cannot punch
in the clinch so she figured that was a California rule so that took away
her punching ability in the clinch. She was successful in connecting
straight kicks to Linda's body and landed a couple of head kicks. It
seemed Lynda was surprised about Nicole's ringmanship at only 17 years
old. Nicole didn't back out and she chased Lynda all over the ring
especially in the last round . The crowd in
Illonka Elmont (Holland) vs. Sachiyo Shibata (Japan)
Weight Division: 51kg
Shibata 110 lbs
Elmont 110.5 lbs
February 5, 2005
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Plaza Hotel/ Casino
Sachiyo Shibata defeats Illonka Elmont in a 5 round full muay thai rules professional bout by split decision in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 5, 2005. Shibata wins her 6th world title – that night she took home the WIKBA World Muay Thai Title for the Female Flyweight division.
Although Shibata appeared to have the advantage as she was the physically stonger fighter that evening and also had unbelievable stamina throughout each round, Elmont was clearly the more technical fighter. Elmont delivered technical strikes, including elbows and knees, and did very well in the clinch. She moved around well and switched footwork from right to left stance. She used her hands well and had some nice hooks, uppercuts, overhands, and body shots.
Shibata’s style did not exactly showcase muay thai technique. She came straight forward with powerful hands and threw in hard roundhouses, spinning back kicks and side kicks. She took a few of Elmont’s hits, but always came back stronger and with more and was very good at keeping the pressure on Elmont.
1st Round: Elmont dominates
Shibata comes forward and begins to stalk Elmont as she tries to keep her on the outside against the ropes. Elmont looks for the opportunity to counter and clinch and times her knees as Shibata throws straight punches. Elmont is strong in this round and uses her knees both in the clinch and from distance.
2nd Round: Draw
Shibata stays inside, as Elmont uses the ring to move around on the outside. Again, Elmont gets Shibata in the clinch and throws more knees. Both find themselves going toe to toe in the middle of the round exchanging punch combos. Elmont begins to lose her wind towards the end of the round.
3rd Round: Shibata dominates
Shibata sees that Elmont is losing her stamina and takes advantage by pressing her in the corner. Elmont looks to be in trouble as she takes a lot of punishment from Shibata’s strong hands. Elmont tries to defend herself using her knees as she did in the 2 previous rounds, but can’t seem to get them in as Shibata overpowers Elmont. Shibata is all forward at this point and she pushes and holds Elmont against the ropes and continuously throws powerful punches to the body and to the head, leaving Elmont with no way to get out of the corner. Elmont gets a few good hits to Shibata, but Shibata takes the hits to stay in and comes right back with more. Elmont’s strikes don’t seem to be strong enough to hurt Shibata.
4th Round: Shibata dominates
Shibata sticks with her strategy to press Elmont in the same corner. Elmont tries to keep Shibata in the clinch, but Shibata is too strong and is able to shake Elmont off. In this round, both fighters exchange hands – overhands, body shots, and hooks. Elmont still can’t seem to gain her wind.
5th Round: Shibata dominates
By the last round, Elmont needs a knockout to win this fight. She gains her composure a bit and starts throwing knee and elbow combinations. Both fighters answer back with punch combos until the round ends. This was a good last round as there was a little bit more action from Elmont and both fighters were exchanging blows to the head and to the body, giving every last bit of energy they have left to the final bell.
Shibata is announced the winner by split decision. Both fighters displayed positive sportsmanship. Apparently there is some anticipation of a rematch between these two top notch female fighters.
Report by Dhalia Buenaflor
October 9, 2004 Las Vegas, USA
The main event of the evening was full of what a Muay Thai match should have from two of the most aggressive and undefeated female fighters, Christine Toledo of Master Toddy’s and Brenda Lopez of Mexico’s Reyes Gym. This was among the most anticipated fights with almost 2 years in the making. Knees, elbows, and pretty much everything that could be thrown were indeed hurled at the head, legs, and body of each fighter from two undefeated champions, Toledo held Lopez at bay with her long reaching front kicks into the body. The full force of Toledo’s front kick was felt in the crowd as Lopez was knocked back from the impact. Toledo’s high and front kicks were the best defense for Lopez’s deadly hands, a weapon that has brought down a few unlucky opponents. Lopez also answered with her own power-packed round kicks, determined to break Toledo’s legs. Overhead shots, brutal punch combos, and sharp knees complimented this vast array of one of the evening’s finest match-ups. Toledo was victorious in her pursuit for a win over Lopez.
Results "Night of Thunder" Oct,23/04
Report by Kelly Leo
Thanks to Troy Scheer for this report.
July 24, 2004
Master Mehrdad's Shindo Kumate:
This fight was also another action packed fight that went the distance. Both fighters are very strong fighters who are also very aggressive. Gina showed very good strength with her front kick and her punches, while Suzie was snapping off very good low shin kicks. After 4 rounds of intense action, Gina Carrano was declared the winner by Judge's decision.
The fight started out with both fighters very cautious and feeling each other out. Early in the first round, Meehan took charge of the fight and set the tempo, continuously charging Claudia and putting pressure on her with a lot of low and high shin kicks.
The second round started off where the first round left off with Meehan continuing her relentless attack of Claudia. This was another fight that was full of exciting action and went all four rounds, with Kate Meehan winning by Unanimous decision.
The WKA U.S. National Kickboxing Championships was held June 19th, 2004, at Virginia Wesleyan College in Virginia Beach, Virginia. with competitors from 16 different states represented. There were 138 athletes pre-registered online and 19 athletes who registered in person the day prior to the event. Between the no shows and those not passing their physicals, the end result was 109 competitors (adult ring sports) vying for the WKA US Amateur Title and a position of the WKA US National Team.
The event was well organized, although, there seemed to be a small shortage of officials. This seems to be consistent with large tournaments, relying on mostly volunteers. The set up was three rings with most of the work being in the larger two. Once things got started the action was non-stop in at least two rings until 5:00pm. Then, with about a one-hour break, the doors opened for the evening finals. There were too many great matches to recount them all. The event seemed to be heavily weighted to the Muay Thai divisions, with one even having 10 competitors in it (Men’s MT- Welterweight –67kg/-147.4lbs).
Perhaps the increased activity and attention to women’s kickboxing has been a blessing as well as a curse as many of the top women from around the country have been opting out of the national tournaments. Hats off to the tough women willing to step it up and fight in the tournament style fighting. Erin Cantrell (Georgia) and Heather Kettelhorn (Michigan) battled back and forth for the Women’s Muay Thai Welterweight Title, which ultimately went to Kettelhorn. The battle forced Cantrell to forfeit to Nicole Hess (Virginia) in the Kickboxing Welterweight Title match. It just wasn’t up and coming Nicole Hess’s day as she was victim of another forfeit to Rima Sidhu (New York) in a Women’s Muay Thai Title match. Newcomer Sidhu had suffered an injury in an earlier match, while defeating veteran Huong Nguyen (Virginia). Alisanne Casey (Utah) and Hope Tzilianos (New York) rematched from last year’s nationals for the Women’s Muay Thai Bantamweight Ttile. Possibly the best match of the night, both ladies traded kicks, punch combinations and good work in the clinch. Decision went to Casey, but lookout you other Bantamweights; there is another contender in town. Rhonda Leland (South Carolina) and Tobi Carraway (Virginia) faced off for the Women’s Heavyweight Full Contact Rules Title. Both fighters mixed it up before the decision went to Leland. Stacy Galloway (Virginia) showed great poise on her way to the Women’s Muay Thai Middleweight Title by getting the nod over Christina Puglisi (Maryland). Pretty good for her first time in the ring. Jenny Foster (New York) defeated Lynne Chann (New York) on her way to a rematch (3rd time) with Bertina Lee (Virginia) for the Women’s Muay Thai Featherweight Title. Third time is the “charm,” as in this rematch Foster’s change in fight strategy paid off. Both ladies gave 100% from start to finish, but this time it was Foster capturing the win.
Thanks to Bertina Lee for this superb report!
April 3rd 2004 at
Trail Memorial centre.
BK Radio hosted its 6 annual North
American Muaythai Kickboxing Championships on The 500 in attendance at the event witness agreat night of muaythai kickboxing action. Some of Canada and westernUnited States top trainers brought there athletes to compete at the event.
Nichole Redvers PFA Lethbridge AB vs. Nikki Evans Avitar Kelowna B.C.
Brittany Leeworthy Pridegym Trail B.C. vs. Natalie Yip Siam #1
fight started off with Brittany taking the fight to
Brittany threw hard punches and kicks and Natalie grabbed on to
hold off the
aggressive attack .Round two was again a forward attack by
fighter. Natalie did a great job of holding Brittany in the
to slow the fight down. Round three was once again forward
Brittany like a train just plowing a head with punches and
Decision after three rounds was unanimous for Brittany!
Pettitt Pridegym Trail B.C. vs. Ruth Wilson Siam #1 Toronto
for the CMTA
Canadian Featherweight muaythai title. This was a great
Frances pushing the fight for the entire contest. Frances
fast hard punches and Ruth would counter back with push
head high round houses. The third and forth round was very
much a one
sided with Frances throwing hard punch and kick combos and
counter attack was getting less and less. The Referee Master John
contest in the forth round. Frances 4th round TKO and the
March 14th, Spain Eva
Naranjo of Spain defeated Linda Ooms of Holland by decision for the WFCA
European Pepita "Peacemaker"
Howell vs Jodi ‘108"
Solway 56.4kgs, 5 x 2
minute rounds 13 March at Acacia
South’s Leagues Club, Acacia Ridge Pepita "Peacemaker"
Howell wins by unanimous decision Pepita "Peacemaker" Howell the
Australian Champion from Queensland trained by Ian Bronson came up against
Jodi ‘108’ Solway from New South Wales trained by Kerry Feros for the WKBF
Australian Bantomweight Title at the Acacia South’s Leagues Club at Acacia
Ridge. The crowd went wild as each fight was announced and made their way
to the ring. This was definitely one of the most exciting fights on the
card for the night. The bell sounded and the fight
was underway. To start the round both ladies got into a grapple, Jodi
tried to throw Pepita to the ground but had no luck. Pepita gave Jodi a
few nice head punches then the ladies got into another grapple with both
getting in equal amount of knees. Pepita had some good techniques with low
kicks then punches. Round two was a little slower
then the first round. Pepita gave Jodi a low kick then a punch to her
head. Both ladies then got into a grapple with both of them getting in
knees. The ref broke up the grapple only for the ladies to get into
another grapple with both ladies getting in knees. In round three Pepita starts off
firing and gets in a few good head punches. The ladies then got into a
grapple with Pepita delivering knees Jodi tried to throw Pepita to the
ground once again but since the ladies were near the ropes she did not
have enough room and wasn’t able to throw her to the canvas. Round four started off quite like
round two with Pepita giving Jodi a low kick then a punch to her head. The
ladies got into another grapple and Jodi delivered what looked to be some
powerful knees. With Jodi stepping around the ring Pepita looks to be in
total concentration as she keeps approaching Jodi so she can use her
techniques and skills in order to defeat the challenger Jodi. With the crowd cheering the
ladies on for the fifth and final round the fighters start off strong and
giving the crowd an action packed fight. Pepita punches Jodi in the head,
the ladies then got into a grapple with both getting in knees. The ref
broke them up then Jodi grabbed Pepita’s leg as she was about to kick Jodi
but Pepita easily manages to get her leg back without falling to the
canvas. The bell sounds for the end of
the fight, both ladies congratulate each other and go to the other corner
men to congratulate them. The ref grabs the trophy and the WKBF Australian
Bantomweight Title and places them into the centre of the ring. The ladies
make their way to the centre of the ring with the crowd
March 14th, Spain
Naranjo of Spain defeated Linda Ooms of Holland by decision for the WFCA
Pepita "Peacemaker" Howell
Jodi ‘108" Solway
56.4kgs, 5 x 2 minute rounds
13 March at Acacia South’s Leagues Club, Acacia Ridge
Pepita "Peacemaker" Howell wins by unanimous decision
Pepita "Peacemaker" Howell the Australian Champion from Queensland trained by Ian Bronson came up against Jodi ‘108’ Solway from New South Wales trained by Kerry Feros for the WKBF Australian Bantomweight Title at the Acacia South’s Leagues Club at Acacia Ridge. The crowd went wild as each fight was announced and made their way to the ring. This was definitely one of the most exciting fights on the card for the night.
The bell sounded and the fight was underway. To start the round both ladies got into a grapple, Jodi tried to throw Pepita to the ground but had no luck. Pepita gave Jodi a few nice head punches then the ladies got into another grapple with both getting in equal amount of knees. Pepita had some good techniques with low kicks then punches.
Round two was a little slower then the first round. Pepita gave Jodi a low kick then a punch to her head. Both ladies then got into a grapple with both of them getting in knees. The ref broke up the grapple only for the ladies to get into another grapple with both ladies getting in knees.
In round three Pepita starts off firing and gets in a few good head punches. The ladies then got into a grapple with Pepita delivering knees Jodi tried to throw Pepita to the ground once again but since the ladies were near the ropes she did not have enough room and wasn’t able to throw her to the canvas.
Round four started off quite like round two with Pepita giving Jodi a low kick then a punch to her head. The ladies got into another grapple and Jodi delivered what looked to be some powerful knees. With Jodi stepping around the ring Pepita looks to be in total concentration as she keeps approaching Jodi so she can use her techniques and skills in order to defeat the challenger Jodi.
With the crowd cheering the ladies on for the fifth and final round the fighters start off strong and giving the crowd an action packed fight. Pepita punches Jodi in the head, the ladies then got into a grapple with both getting in knees. The ref broke them up then Jodi grabbed Pepita’s leg as she was about to kick Jodi but Pepita easily manages to get her leg back without falling to the canvas.
The bell sounds for the end of the fight, both ladies congratulate each other and go to the other corner men to congratulate them. The ref grabs the trophy and the WKBF Australian Bantomweight Title and places them into the centre of the ring. The ladies make their way to the centre of the ring with the crowd they await eagerly for the result. With the ring announcer trying to make everyone wait as he slowly reads the winner he then announced Pepita "Peacemaker" Howell wins by unanimous decision.
Congratulations to both Pepita for taking the win and not to forget Jodi well done to her. It was a great fight and the crowd was with them every step of the way cheering them on from start to finish. Pepita had some good techniques and she appeared to be quite strong, well done.
Karen “Bullet” Williams
52kgs, 5 x 2 minute rounds
21 February at Beenleigh Arena
Laura “The Storm” Skinner wins by KO
The long and awaited rematch between Laura the champion from the previous fight and Bullet the challenger. This fight was for the Australian WMC Title and was definitely the main event fight of the night with the crowd going wild ever minute of the fight. In the last meet Bullet was suffered an asthma attack during round three and was not able to continue.
The heat is unbearable and has easily reached 40 degrees inside the Arena but the ladies are ready and raring to go. The bell sounds for round one and the fight is underway. The ladies get into a grapple to start with and both fall to the ground. Laura kicks Bullet in the chest but Bullet grabs Laura’s leg and Laura falls to the ground. In another grapple bullet tries to throw Laura to the ground once again but is unsuccessful. Laura starts delivering her powerful knees and attempts a punch to Bullet’s head but Bullet easily dodges the attempt.
The bell sounds for round number 2 and both ladies come out strong. Laura gets Bullet in the neutral corner but Bullet gets out with no trouble and gives Laura a few punches to the head. In another grapple Laura gives Bullet more of her powerful knees. Laura continues to give Bullet more of those powerful knees. Bullet gets in a few good punches to Laura’s head. The bell sounds for the end of the round and the fighters are looking quite exhausted from the extent of the heat.
Round 3 the same round that Bullet got her dreaded asthma attacked. Laura starts off by giving Bullet a leg kick and a head punch but Bullet gets in a leg kick as well. Laura gets Bullet on the ropes and proceeds to give her a few punches to her head but Bullet blocks all the attempts. The ladies get into a grapple, Bullet pushes Laura away but Laura manages to throw Bullet to the ground. Bullet kicks Laura’s midsection while Laura tries to grab Bullet’s foot but Bullet doesn’t allow her. After another grapple and more of the knees that Laura delivers, Laura manages to throw Bullet to the ground and Bullet is unable to continue.
Congratulations to both Laura and Bullet. It was a fantastic fight but Bullet was unfortunate and Laura had strong powerful knees. Laura gets to keep the Australian WMC Title. Laura stated she was happy that the fight didn’t get stopped from an asthma attack. Bullet came out strong to begin with but Laura slowed her down with her knees. It was an amazing effort especially in the extreme heat, it was a good show and the fans certainly enjoyed the fight.
Australia, 21 February
at Beenleigh Arena
54kgs, 3 x 2 minute rounds
Alicia Werner wins on points decision
Alicia Werner who is originally from Sydney and after starting to get herself a name moves up to sunny Queensland. Now training with Laura “The Storm” Skinner and at Knights Gym Alicia starts with off with a fresh start and gets into the ring with Kloe Nautrass who is trained by Joe Hilton from Sunshine Coast Muay Thai.
Alicia Werner originally from Sydney Alicia made starting to get a name for herself moves up to Queensland and starts fresh by getting into the ring with Kloe Nautrass trained by Joe Hilton from Sunshine Coast Muay Thai.
The bell sounds for round one and Alicia starts off with a few kicks that just misses Kloe. Kloe tries to deliver a roundhouse kick but just barely misses Alicia’s head. Both ladies get into a grapple with both fighters giving each other knees into the side, Alicia manages to throw Kloe to the ground. Kloe gets up and has no trouble continuing to fight. At the sound of the bell Alicia manages once again to get Kloe on the ground. Alicia is proving to be strong.
Round two is underway, Alicia is off to a good start and kicks Kloe in the midsection and then punches her in the head. Alicia chases Kloe around the ring, punches Kloe in the head once again and gets her in the neutral corner and continues with punches. The bell sounds for the end of the round and both ladies are starting to look quite exhausted from the extreme heat inside the Arena.
In the third and final round the ladies start with a grapple but Kloe easily pushes Alicia away from her. Alicia is quick and throws Kloe to the ground once again, Kloe stays strong and gets up to continue the fight. Alicia continues with a punch to the midsection and then the head. Alicia push kicks Kloe and she ends up in the red corner but she quickly escapes and gets Alicia in the blue corner, and delivers a couple of punches to the head. Alicia gives Kloe a few knees, Kloe is manages to get out of the corner once again and throws a few last punches at Alicia before the bell sounds for the end of the round and end of the fight.
The ladies get to the centre of the ring to await the judges decision. Alicia wins on points decision and seems happy with the win. Congratulations to both Alicia and Kloe. Alicia has proved to be a good fighter and will be one to keep an eye on. Kloe put up and great fight but was unfortunate, Alicia was just that little bit stronger.
55kgs, 3 x 2 minute rounds
29 February at Ettamogah Pub
Amy Dutton wins on points decision
Amy Dutton trained by Laura Skinner was to fight a rematch against Justine Keen who is trained by Joe Hilton from Sunshine Coast Muay Thai on Joe Hilton’s Show at the Ettamogah Pub. In the last match Amy took the win from Justine winning by points decision, this was to be an exciting fight with Justine wanting to get that second win and Amy trying to stop Justine and take the win from her once again.
Both ladies started by getting into a grapple early in round one, not only Justine but Amy gets in some punches. Justine looked to have strong knees in the grapple. When the ref breaks them up Justine goes for a kick to Amy’s mid section but Amy grabs her leg. Justine is quick and manages to get her leg back without falling to the ground and in return punches Amy in her mid section.
In round two Amy got in a punch to Justine’s head, then both ladies got into another grapple with both getting equal amount of knees. Justine punches Amy to the head and then throws her to the canvas. After Amy gets up and the fight continues once again the ladies get into another grapple. After the ref breaks them up Justine punches Amy in the head and in return Amy gives her a leg kicks. Another grapple follows with both ladies exchanging head punches. The ref broke them up once again only to follow with another grapple, Justine gives Amy more strong knees. Justine appears to be quite strong and is still fighting well.
Round three started with Amy giving Justine a leg kick then the ladies got into a grapple with Justine giving Amy more powerful knees. Amy gives Justine more leg kicks and Justine punches Amy in the head. The ladies got into another grapple both getting in an equal amount of knees which bring them close to the ropes. The ref broke them up only to get into another grapple and both ladies delivering knees to the other opponent. After the grapple Justine punches Amy to the mid section and then kicks to the mid section as well, just a few sections before the bell Amy manages to punch Justine in the head.
Both fighters congratulate one another then head to the centre of the ring to await the judge’s decision. Justine wins the rematch on points decision. Ladies did their very best, Amy started off strong but Justine came back in the end. Well done to both ladies it was an amazing rematch.
21 February at
Beenleigh Arena< Australia
Amy Dutton wins on points decision
Amy Dutton trained by Laura Skinner came up against Justine Keen trained by Joe Hilton from Sunshine Coast Muay Thai. Amy has had a few amateur fights but unfortunately had not taken a win. Could she prove herself and the hard work she has put in and take the win against Justine.
Both ladies start off with a slow round one, Justine starts off by giving Amy a couple of punches to the head. The ladies get into a grapple and both are giving knees to the other opponent. Amy is quick and manages to get in a punch to Justine’s head. After a second grapple with both ladies delivering more knees. Justine proves to be quite strong and gives Amy more punches to the head and kicks her in the chest. Amy keeps up with everything that Justine is giving her and gets in some nice kicks to Justine’s leg. The bell sounds for the end of round one and already the ladies seem exhausted by the overpowering heat within the arena.
Round two starts with a lot more action. With another grapple and more knees Justine gets Amy in the corner and gives her a few punches to the head. Amy fights back and Justine gets her turn in the corner with Amy giving some powerful knees. Amy proves to be stronger then the first round. But Justine is keeping up with the pace quite good.
Third and final round, both ladies are very strong to start with. Amy starts with punches to Justine’s upper body but Justine dodges them well. Amy manages to get in a kick to Justine’s head, but Justine works quick and returns a kick to Amy’s head. Amy gives a nice punch to Justine’s head just as the bell sounds for the end of the round and end of the fight.
The fighters go to centre ring to await the judges decision. Amy wins the match on points decision. After a starting off slow Amy certainly did make up for it in round 3. Congratulations to Amy has certainly improved quite a lot. Not forgetting Justine, she put in an amazing effort and she proved how well she is in round two and the beginning of round three.
December 14, 2003
Sarah Ponce (USA) vs Carla Lopez (USA)
Modifed Muay Thai rules, three rounds.
Lopez came in at 5'6" ,127lbs, Ponce 5'7", 125lbs. The bout was scheduled to be 3x2 modified MT (K1 rules). Both ladies entered the ring, Ponce in head gear, Lopez wearing shin pads. First round Ponce comes out as the more aggressive fighter throwing in punch and kick combinations backing Lopez up. Ponce then resorted to constant knee attacks landing effectively to the body. Lopez did take a shot to the groin forcing a short time out for recovery. When the action resumed, Lopez took a standing 8, Ponce takes the round.
Second round, more of the same. Aggressive knees backing Lopez up. Lopez is a southpaw and was throwing some effective shots with her hands. Ponce backed Carla into her own corner, threw a head kick (with a very loud "crack" when it landed) to Lopez's face breaking her nose and ending the fight approximately 26 seconds into the round.
This was an exciting fight to watch, expect great things from both of these ladies in the future. This was Lopez's second kickboxing bout, she's only been kicking for about 8 months. Thanks to Kate Meehan for this great fight report!
Outdoor stadium Bangkok, Thailand,
For WMC Stadium
GoldCoast Australia WIKBA World Muay Thai Title fight
14 December at the South Port Sharks AFL
Sachiyo won by TKO Round 4
Laura Skinner the W.M.C Australian came up against Sachiyo the ISKA World Champion and IKA World Champion. The Female fights are always a big hit in the Queensland Muay Thai Industry, but this was a fight with the best of the best. Both Girls weighing in at around the 52kg mark this was going to be one of the biggest women's fights. After a big entrance from Sachiyo, Laura need not any entrance she was the favourite with the crowd.
The bell sounds for round one and the fight is underway. Sachiyo came out strong but Laura had no trouble keeping up with her. Sachiyo got in with some strong leg kicks but Laura kept blocking each of her attacks and getting in some kicks of her own. Sachiyo had some nice punches in the middle of the round, Laura had no trouble blocking them and may have even slowed Sachiyo down with a few good punches and kicks.
Round two was proving to be tougher then the first. Laura came out strong, getting in some knees in Sachiyo’s side. Getting Laura in the corner Sachiyo had strong leg kicks into Laura’s chest which looked to cause a bit of damage but Laura was strong enough and kept fighting.
In round three Sachiyo chased Laura around the ring and started with a few punches, she had Laura in the corner a couple of times, but still Laura broke free and went on to get a few good low kicks in. The pace of this round was fast, half way though the round Sachiyo once again went to push kick Laura in the chest but Laura spun right around and came out with a flying punch but was only missed by just a matter of centimetres of Sachiyo‘s head. Although it seemed she got slowed down from the Leg kicks to her chest in round two Laura still kept at it. When the bell was sounded at the end of round three Laura looked to be in a bit of pain.
Making a disappointing decision to throw in the towel, Laura's team after the bell sounded for seconds out the towel was thrown in and Sachiyo won. Laura was unable to continue fighting due to injuries. Sachiyo injured Laura's chest from her kicks in rounds two and three.
Even though she had to make that disappointing decision she still showed great sportsmanship and congratulated her opponent. Laura put in a fantastic effort and is certainly a top fighter. Well done to both fighters this was without a doubt one of the best female fights of the year.
By Janelle Nicol
* Photo's courtesy of Scotty (QFP)
Elaina Maxwell, just got back from the 7th World Wushu Championships in Macau, China, where she defeated Poland's Joanna Skamla, and India's Meghan Bisht to receive the first gold medal for America in this event. No American man or woman has ever received a gold medal from this event until now. Congratulations to Elaina Maxwell!!
McKeary TKOS Donelly in London.
by Jaimie Ricketts
Beverage Nov 22,
Congrats to Norbert and Shayne Morgan for promoting a very good card. About 450 people watching. Good fights!
The Main Event featured Jessica Gladstone defending her Canadian Kickboxing (low kick) Title against the number 1 contender Anna Mravcak from Regina. Mravcak won the nod in their first fight earlier this year. The rematch bout was a barn burner! It was an extremely close fight. Anna kept the pressure on for the whole fight whereas Jessica was content to move and hit. The decision went 3 rounds to 2 for Gladstone and she retained her title. It was an unanimous decision for Jessica, but many felt that Anna outworked Jessica for the middle three rounds. Obviously with the bout as close as it was, there has to be a rematch. Hopefully I can promote it in Calgary in early 2004. Great fight and congrats to Jessica on her win and keeping her title.
The Semi-Main Event featured a rematch between Calgary's Meghan Aebig and Winnipeg's Trisha Sammons. These two athletes warred once before and Meghan was the winner by outworking Trisha in the clinch. Today was to be different. Trisha outworked Meghan in the clinch. Meghan looked tired for this fight (over training?) while Trisha looked in good shape. Trisha did a great job moving from one weapon to the next. Trisha walked away with a Canadian Muay Thai Title out of this one. Do not mean to sound like a broken record... but this one deserves the 'rubber' match as well. Both athletes sit at 1 and 1. New Year?
In the opening fight of the evening Edmonton's Kim McFarlane defeated Medicine Hat's Michelle Martin in a Kickboxing (low kick) bout. Thanks to Acharn Mike Miles for great fight report!
November 21, Utah USA
Melanie Kohler won a hard fought unanimous decision over Amy Davis in a three-twos Muay Thai match, modified rules. the score was 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28. The girls fought toe to toe the entire fight and both girls took and delivered hard shots.
Kohler, out of Salt Lake City, came in at 117.6lbs looking tough as nails. Davis, out of Idaho, came in at 108lbs (contract weight 118lbs) looking like a brick house. Turns out Davis knew she would come in underweight, but she didn't care -- she wanted a fight. She's been trying to get fights for months, but with no success. She waited a long time to fight and was ready to unleash. Strong hands, mostly, and good right kicks were her strong points in my opinion. Big props to Davis. Kohler in her usual style came forward like a bull and stood her ground. Her punishing right hand, punch combos, right leg and body kicks, peppered with knees and teeps, lead her to victory.
Establishing herself in the first round, Kohler clearly landed more shots successfully, mixing it up with hands and kicks; although Davis was all game coming back with her own leg kicks and punches upstairs. Next, Davis had Kohler in a corner, whereupon Kohler dug her heals and landed a huge flurry of hard straight punches, and later a very effective knee punch combination that punctuated the second round. The girls came out gritty, determined and working hard in the last round -- Kohler coming out on top. Both girls left it ALL in the ring in a very exciting fight. (Thanks to Alisanne Casey for the great fight report)\ And below is another account of the same fight, by Darren Davis
The scorecards don't tell the fight story as seen by fans ringside. In the first round Melanie was able to keep Amy at a distance with her long reach throwing one/two punch combinations while backing up. Amy came straight forward walking right through Melanie's punches, landing her own punches that were much harder thrown and seemed to have more effect than Kohler's shots. In the second round Amy once again pushed the action causing Melanie to be on the defensive. The two traded punches with Amy's shots clearly having more impact. Amy backed Melanie up into the corner and fired a series of punches that had Melanie holding on to the ropes to keep from going down.The two stood toe to toe exchanging punches. Amy landed a right hand that sent Melanie falling into the ropes.Melanie fought back throwing one/two combinations while on the ropes.Amy drove forward chasing Melanie from corner to corner landing hard punches to Melanie's head. Melanie appeared very tired and grabbed the roped to stay on her feet. She showed a lot of heart and continued to defend herself with good leg kicks and straight punches. Amy finished the round very strong, clearly landing the much harder shots while backing Melanie up the entire round.The third round started with both fighters meeting in the center of the ring. Melanie threw a round kick and a jab kick followed by a couple of straight one/two punches.The heavier handed Amy fired off a series of punches to Melanie's head that drove her back to the corner, Melanie fought back but Amy drove forward landing the harder shots.The two traded shots in the center of the ring. Amy kept setting the pace for the fight driving forward landing hard shots to the head of the defensive Kohler. The round came to an end with Amy backing Melanie into her own corner and landing several hard shots snapping Melanie's head back. Melanie spun off of the ropes and continued to fight Amy off as Amy pushed forward, both girls landing shots. The fight ended with Melanie on the ropes and Amy still pressing the action. Both girls left nothing in the ring. It's to bad that the score cards didn't reflect what a great fight it was.
November 11, 2003
Kitazawa Town Hall
All Japan Kick Federation
Ramnarine for WIKBA World Title
At stake was
the vacant WIKBA Professional World Flyweight
2003 North American Muay Thai Kickboxing
Australia's Melissa Godfrey recently traveled to Kazakhstan/Russia where she put in a stunning performance, capturing the IFMA World Championships and the Gold Medal.
In the first round, the Australian ace defeated a highly regarded opponent from Scotland by KO after the second round- as her opponent was unable to answer the bell for the third round.
Godfrey's second round fight was equally impressive as she defeated an opponent for Kazakhstan by a second round KO, breaking her opponent's nose in the process.
Her last fight in the finals, she defeated last years Champion, from Finland, on points in a four round thriller.
Godfrey is now the IFMA Amateur World Champion at 61-63 Kilos.
Godfrey's next fight will be at an Amateur Tournament in Australia which is billed as a super fight at the end of the tournament .
This tournament is scheduled for October 11, 2003 in Australia. More details on this tournament as they become available.
September 7, 2003
the Oriental womens' Muay Thai
The entire results
of the card are as follows:
Lee Gap Soo Gracyer Aki
(42 kg contract weight)
August 24th, 2003
Davis Vs Louise O'Donnell
Their first encounter in 2002 ended early when a push kick sent Janine to the floor where she broke her wrist. This was the only blemish on her record and she was fired up to set the record straight.
Louise was equally keen to repeat her previous victory and this time the W.P.K.L World Welterweight title was on the line.
Both girls made spectacular entrances, Louise to some traditional aboriginal music and Janine to Carmina Burana.
The first round started sharply with quick fire punches from Louise. Janine looked to press the action and they fell into the clinch. The Australian’s excellent grip seemed to dominate the exchange but Janines defence was sound and the knees never really connected. Her knee was heavily strapped from an injury and her movement was obviously affected but regardless of that, Louise O’Donnell was very quick and dealt with her opponent’s aggression well.
The second round was more of the same as Janine pressed forward with flurries of punches while Louise scored with more spectacular high kicks and straight punches before they fell into the clinch again. It was a difficult contest to score but clearly the Davis corner felt that she was not doing enough and pushed for more variety. Back in the clinch, O’Donnell was controlling the movement but both girls seemed to be scoring equally