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FRIDAY, November 29th, 2013, AT 8:20 AM/ PST
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Absolute Adrenaline & Phoenix Fight Night Presents
WEDNESDAY, September 18th, 2013, AT 11:20 PM/ PST
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TUESDAY, September 3rd, 2013, AT 8:40 PM/ PST
Former WBO Heavyweight Champion
Former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison passed away on Sunday evening at the age of 44. ESPN's Elizabeth Merrill first reported the news on Monday afternoon, noting that the once-great boxer died in a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
Morrison was born in Gravette, Arkansas. He was an Irish-American who was raised in Delaware County, Oklahoma. Since Morrison's older brother and two uncles were boxers, Morrison's father urged him to begin boxing locally at the age of ten. At the age of 13, he used a fake ID and entered fifteen "toughman" contests (the minimum age for contestants was 21). He later told The New York Times that he lost only one of these matches.
In 1988, Morrison won the Regional Heavyweight Title Kansas City Golden Gloves from Donald Ellis and advanced to the National Golden Gloves in Omaha, Nebraska, where he lost a split decision to Derek Isaman. Two weeks later, Morrison took part in the Western Olympic trials in Houston, Texas winning the Heavyweight Title and garnishing the "Most Outstanding Fighter" of the tournament. Two weeks after that at the Olympic Trials, held in Concord, California, Morrison lost a split decision to Ray Mercer, who would go on to win the gold medal at the Seoul Olympics. Morrison's combined professional and amateur record is 343241, with 315 wins by knockout.
Morrison started his professional boxing career on November 10, 1988, with a first-round knockout of William Muhammad in New York City. Three weeks later, he scored another first-round knockout. In 1989, Morrison had 19 wins and no losses, 15 by knockout.
In 1989, actor Sylvester Stallone observed one of Morrison's bouts. Stallone arranged a script reading and cast Morrison in the movie Rocky V as Tommy "The Machine" Gunn, a young and talented protege of the retired Rocky Balboa. Originally an admirer of Rocky, Gunn's successes led him to goad Rocky into a street fight.
In 1991, Morrison, already the recipient of much television exposure, won fights against opponents James Quick Tillis and former world champion Pinklon Thomas. He was given an opportunity to face fellow undefeated fighter Ray Mercer, the WBO title holder in a Pay Per View card held on October 18, 1991. Morrison suffered the first loss of his career, losing by 5th round knockout. Morrison had six wins in 1992, including fights with Art Tucker and Joe Hipp, who would later become the first Native American to challenge for the world heavyweight title. In the Hipp fight, held June 19, 1992, Morrison was suffering from what was later discovered to be a broken hand and broken jaw, but rallied to score a knockout in the ninth round. After two wins in 1993, including one over two-time world title challenger Carl "The Truth" Williams, Morrison found himself fighting for the WBO title again, against heavyweight boxing legend George Foreman, who was himself making a comeback. As both men were famed for their punching power, an exciting battle was expected, but Morrison chose to avoid brawling with Foreman and spent the fight boxing from long range. Morrison was able to hit and move effectively in this manner, and after a closely contested bout he won a unanimous 12-round decision and the WBO title.
Morrison's first title defense was scheduled against Mike Williams, but when Williams withdrew on the night of the fight, Tim Tomashek stood in as a replacement. Although Tomashek had been prepared to fight as a backup plan, some news reports created the impression that he had just been pulled out of the crowd. The WBO later rescinded their sanctioning of this fight due to Tomashek's lack of experience. Almost immediately, talks of a fight with WBC champion Lennox Lewis began, but were halted when virtually unknown Michael Bentt upset Morrison in his next bout. Bentt knocked Morrison down three times, and the fight was stopped in the first round in front of a live HBO Boxing audience. Morrison recovered by winning three bouts in a row in 1994, but his last fight of the year, against Ross Puritty, ended with a draw.
Morrison won three fights in 1995 before meeting former #1 contender Razor Ruddock. Ruddock dropped Morrison to his knees in the first round, but Morrison recovered to force a standing count in round two and compete on even terms for five rounds. In the sixth round, Ruddock hurt Morrison with a quick combination, but just as it seemed Morrison was in trouble, he countered with a tremendous hook that put Ruddock on the canvas. Ruddock regained his feet, but Morrison drove him to the ropes and showered him with an extended flurry of blows. Just as the bell was about to sound, the referee stepped in and declared Morrison the winner by TKO.
The much-anticipated fight with Lewis, who had also lost his world championship, finally took place following the Ruddock match. Morrison was knocked out in the sixth round.
Scheduled to fight against Arthur Weathers, the Nevada Athletic Commission determined that Morrison had tested positive for HIV. The Commission suspended Morrison from boxing in Nevada. Several days later, Morrison's physician administered a test, which was also positive. At a news conference on February 15, 1996, Morrison said he had contracted HIV because of a "permissive, fast and reckless lifestyle". Morrison stated that he would "absolutely" never fight again.
At another news conference on September 19, 1996, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Morrison announced he wished to fight "one last time" when he could find an opponent, the proceeds of which would benefit his KnockOut AIDS Foundation. A spokesperson for the Oklahoma Professional Boxing Advisory Board said Morrison would probably not be permitted to fight in Oklahoma because of his Nevada suspension.
To treat his infection, Morrison said he took antiretroviral medication, which reduced his viral load to almost undetectable levels.
In 2006, Morrison said his HIV tests had been false positives. The Nevada commission's medical advisory board reviewed Morrison's 1996 test results and concluded they were "ironclad and unequivocal." Morrison said he tried to get a copy of the original test result but was unable to do so: "I don't think it ever existed." The Commission said Morrison could "contact the laboratory, and they would immediately release the results to him."
Beginning in 2007, Morrison began fighting again. After passing medical tests in Texas, West Virginia licensed Morrison to fight in the state, and in February 2007 he fought and beat John Castle.
Castle had also been the 2004 IKF/TKO Amateur North American Classic Champion. Castle had won the Amateur title in Orlando Florida, USA on August 15th when he defeated Chuck Baxter of Dubuque, Iowa, USA by split decision 29-28, 28-29 & 29-28. However, Castle had to forfeit the Amateur title because on November 4th, 2004 it was discovered that he had "THREE" Professional matches before the North American Classic "AMATEUR" Tournament. He made his Pro Boxing debut on October 7th 2003 against Damian Mansfield at the 8 Second Saloon in Indianapolis, Indiana winning by TKO at 55 seconds into the second round. Since then he has won all 3 of his Pro Boxing bouts. Baxter's loss was made a win and Castle was given no credit for his win. This took Castle's record from 11-0 to 10-0. Castle made his Pro Kickboxing debut in November, 2004. When he met Morrison his Professional Boxing record was 4-2. The Morrison bout was his last bout.
Morrison tested negative for HIV four times in January 2007. On July 22, 2007, the New York Times reported that Morrison took two HIV tests in 2007 plus a third specifically for the Times. HIV experts reviewed the three tests and concluded that the 1996 result had been a false positive. But ringside doctors expressed doubt, implying that the negative results were not in fact based on Morrison's blood. However, the experts agreed that no one is ever cured of HIV, so if his tests in 2007 showed that he was negative, then he was never infected with HIV. In January 2011, the RACJ, the boxing commission for the province of Quebec, required that Morrison take a supervised HIV test in advance of a scheduled 2011 fight. Morrison declined to take the test because he said it would be the same kind of test administered by Nevada in 1996. Instead, Morrison invited the Quebec commission to attend a public test, but the commission did not come. Morrison stated that if Quebec refused to license him, he would "take the dog and pony show somewhere else."
On September 1, 2013, Morrison died at a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 44. Although an official cause of death has not been made public, Morrison's wife Trisha told MMADirt.com that he died of "acute respiratory and metabolic acidosis and multiple organ failure." She said Morrison had Miller Fisher Syndrome/Guillain Barre Syndrome.
THURSDAY, August 15th, 2013, AT 8:40 AM/ PST
California has a pension fund for boxers but Tony thinks he's being shorted. "This was my first title fight with Rocky Lockridge, fight of the year," said Tony Lopez, three-time world championship boxer. Tony was just 25 years old when he won his first world championship title. Now a decorated and retired fighter at age 50, he's qualified to collect his pension.
Back in 1982, California started the pension fund for boxers who fought at least 75 professional rounds in the state. But Tony recently found out his pension amount, about $34,000, was only a bit more than his brother's, Sal Lopez. (30-3/24 KO's). But Tony says after the pension program started, he fought three times as many fights as Sal.
"How am I only getting $2,000 more than my brother? Oh well we don't know how they calculate it. Well, however they calculate it, it's not right," said Tony. We asked the commissioner of the California AthleticCommission, which oversees this fund, why the numbers didn't seem to add up, and he initially wasn't sure how the pension fund was calculated either. "It's a very complicated formula," said Andy Foster, Executive Officer, California Athletic Commission.
We then contacted San Diego law professor, Bob Fellmeth, who wrote the law for this pension fund. He told us the number of rounds fought did make a difference. So we went back to the Commission, they found a provision in the law, allowing Tony's brother's 21 fights before the pension program started, to count.
"Once you count those fights, it brought the number of bouts to a very even number," said Foster. Which is why their pensions are about the same.
Tony has since received his pension check in full and is glad to finally get answers. "I'm a three time world champion because I don't quit. I never said I was the best fighter in the world but I tell you what, I don't quit," said Tony.
Since 1996, this pension program has been
funded soley from ticket sales.
Right now, California is the only state that has a boxers pension fund.
There is $5.3 million currently in the fund.
But the Commission tells us they can't find more than 150 boxers who are entitled to share roughly $2 million.
So they want to get the word out about this pension available.
THURSDAY, May 23rd, 2013, AT 10:10 PM/ PST
Results From Absolute Adrenalin's
May 19th, 2013 - Bournemouth, Kent, England
INTERNATIONAL KICKBOXING FEDERATION
PRO K1 RULES
EUROPEAN FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE
(Poole, England, 17-2-1, 57.7kg, 5'8", 11-26-81, John Orchard / Carl Sams, 01202294223)
(Oburhausen, Germany, 29-6, 57.7kg, 5'5", 09-20-89, Ramon Logisch, 00447855473223)
WINNER: Natalie Bee by split decision 49-47, 47-48, 50-46.
This much anticipated re-match between 2 premier female fighters did not disappoint the packed audience at the 02 in Bournemouth. Bee had previously dominated in their first meeting under Full Contact Rules, but on this occasion we stepped into Schewes territory of low kicks and knees. This was a bold move for Bee, having only crossed over to K1 rules in the last 5 months but her pedigree as a 3 x world champion in Full Contact, and Schewes several versions of the European title, made this a credible encounter.
Round 1 saw Bee start fast with punch and low kick combinations. Schewe carefully placed her own low kicks as she found her range and mid round she began to up the power. Her boxing skills had also improved but were not at Bee's level. By the end of the round Bee's lead leg was already marked up as was Schewe's face.
Round 2 was much the same. Schewe stepped up and Bee went with her, throwing punch combinations and kicks. She was not yet comfortable in the clinch and Schewe began to exploit this. It was Schewe's low kicks and knees verses Bees punching and all round kicking.
With Bee 2 rounds up, the German stepped up another gear in the 3rd and Bee went with her again. This was now an absolute war that showed the clear differences between the fighters. Schewe was the comfortable seasoned low kicker whilst Bee was the new kid on the K1 rules block who was prepared take any amount of punishment in order to give it back.
It was an absorbing battle that continued through the 4th and 5th with an amazing variety of combinations from each fighter. A solid punch combination opened Bee's nose but her response was to come back with 8 unanswered punches of her own. At the final bell both were convinced that they had the decision.
A split decision went to Bee which the German team struggled to accept, but did so in the same sporting manner that they always have. Bee had the aggression, variety and the punches. Schewe had the low kicks, Bee's lead leg certainly showed the marks, and the knee strikes. You could not have argued with a decision either way but tonight Natalie Bee was crowned new IKF Champion
TUESDAY, May 7th, 2013, AT 4:10 PM/ PST
10-Time World Champion
With all the changes in the world of boxing and not enough
heavyweights that make for a good fight for either champion, it only made sense
for the best of both worlds to collide in the fight of the decade.
A true traditional boxing champion, Evander Holyfield is an American professional boxer with 57 fights, 44 wins, 29 by knockout and 14 World Titles. He is the former undisputed world champion in both the Cruiserweight and Heavyweight divisions, earning him the nickname "The Real Deal". Holyfield's last bout was in May of 2011 when he defeated Brian Nielsen of Korsoer, Denmark (64-1) in Nielsen's hometown of Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark by TKO at 2:49 of round 10 in a scheduled 12 round bout. At the time all 3 judges had Holyfield ahead, 88-82.
Former 2 time IKF (International Kickboxing Federation) Pro World Champion kickboxer and holder of numerous other World titles, Rick "The Jet" Roufus is an American Kickboxing champion and one of the most famous kickboxers in the world. With 78 fights, 65 wins, 44 by knockout and 10 World Titles.
He won the IKF Pro Full Contact Rules Light Heavyweight World Title when he defeated Michael McDonald of Vancouver, BC, Canada, by "KO" at :43 seconds of round 1 at Caesars Tahoe Casino in Tahoe, Nevada on January 22nd, 1994.
On May 15th, 1999 in Lowell Massachusetts, USA he added the IKF Pro International Rules Heavyweight World title to his trophy case when he defeated Stan Longinidis of Boxhill, Victoria, Australia by TKO after Loniginidis suffered a broken bone in his foot at the end of round 9. Roufus was ahead on all 3 judges cards at the time, 89-81, 86-83 and 88-81.
In all, he won world titles as a super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight and held titles for all the major kickboxing bodies (IKF, PKA, ISKA, FFKA and KICK).
Rick also recorded 19 professional boxing fights (13-5-1 with 11 KO's) with 11 wins by knockout. On August 10th, 1996 he defeated Sean McClain (21-4-10) at the Aladdin Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA by TKO at 2:20 of round 4 to win the WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight title.
Roufus' last bout was on October 14th, 2012 at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. His bout was with kickboxer James Wilson and after 3 rounds the bout ended in a draw. Prior to that bout he had fought on September 8th, 2012 at the K-1 World Grand Prix in Los Angeles, USA where he defeated Mighty Mo after 3 rounds by split decision.
Trainer Freddie Roach who say's it will be a great fight also stated that with no real heavyweight match ups for these two classy fighters, this should be a great final showdown. The Roufus camp has made numerous attempts at contacting the Holyfield camp in hopes of setting this fight up for September of this year. They have sent out messages to many of Holyfield's people and they seem very interested but have not given a solid answer yet.
If the challenge is accepted by Holyfield it would match-up two of the top fighters in the world representing Professional kickboxing and professional Boxing. it would be for the first Inter-League battle of the world under traditional - Professional Boxing rules.
For additional media inquiries for Mr. Roufus, call Melissa Ingram at (602) 434-5055 or Fred Zermeno at (213) 219-1060.