The Best Fighters In The IKF For 2001!
The Announcement of the 2002 IKF Hall of Fame Pro & Amateur Fighter Of The Year!

2001 IKF All Around PRO Fighter Of The Year...
Anthony "Powerhouse" Bartinelli

There were many to consider for this award but for what Bartinelli accomplished in such a short time as a Pro Fighter, he seemed to be the one to pick as the 2001 IKF Pro Fighter of the Year. The only thing that put a question on this vote was that he's only had 3 Pro kickboxing Bouts. So the question came up once again, "How good could he be with only "3" Pro kickboxing bouts and only 11 Kickboxing Bouts Total?"

The same question was asked in the Spring of 2001 when he challenged #1 IKF Ranked Mike Nagy (Bout shown at left) who had a kickboxing record of 31 wins with 1 loss and 27 wins by KO/TKO for the vacant IKF Light Middleweight World Title. The first thought by some was, "Is this guy crazy?" Well, if any of you have seen Bartanalli fight, you would have never questioned the challenge. Several months before he faced Nagy, IKF Pro IR Heavyweight World Champion Rick "The Jet" Roufus had a chance to attend one of Bartinelli's bouts in Arizona, USA. When it was over he expressed how impressed he was after seeing Bartinelli expel another opponent with his tremendous punching skill and power. It was clear Roufus, a Hall Of Fame Fighter himself, and to those who "Believed" in Bartinelli all along knew this kid has talent! So with only "1" Pro fight as a kickboxer but a record of 13 wins, 4 loses, 1 draw with 9 of his 13 wins by KO/TKO as a pro boxer, the match with Nagy was set.

"How was he selected for a World Title Shot?" and "Can his boxing experience (12-4-1/8) really matter against a good kickboxer?" were just a few of the questions asked when the bout was being reviewed by the IKF Title Board for acceptance. The deciding factor was not just what he had won all his previous kickboxing bouts, but who he had to beat to get the wins. Ask 2000 IKF USA Light Middleweight IR National Champion Adam Rogers, (Right) of Seaside, California, USA (8-3/3) what Bartanalli's skill is like.

On March 4th, 1999, Bartinelli didn't just stop Rogers, he knocked him out cold. At the end of round 4, Bartinelli's combined a straight Right and Left hook that dropped Rogers motionless to the canvas at 1:55 of the 4th round. The punch was so Devastating that Referee Dan Stell was waving the bout off nearly before Rogers hit the floor. The win gave Bartinelli the IKF Amateur, IR United States Middleweight Title.

On October 26th, 1999 in Arizona Bartinelli made his pro debut and knock out the ISKA North American Champion Cecil Hagins in the 2nd round. Hagins went down three times in the that round. The first knockdown came with a right hook after a right roundhouse kick. The 2nd time was after a combo of punches, two left hooks then a straight right hand. The 3rd and final time was after a right hand, left hook then right hand.

On March 28th, 2000 he recorded his second Pro win 23 seconds into the 5th round after he let go a barrage of punches and kick combo's ending with two left hooks that split open his opponent, Thomas Downing's (25-15-2/10, of Ontario, Canada) left eye.

After his win against Downing, the phone stopped ringing and no one wanted to be in the ring with Bartinelli. So, his trainer, Clement Vierra made the challenge for what was then the Vacant IKF FCR Light Middleweight World Title. The IKF Title board wasn't easy on him either. Doing as required, we told him he had to fight the #1 IKF contender, Mike Nagy. They agreed and the fight was scheduled... and re-scheduled... and re-scheduled... Injuries, venue changes and finally it was on...However, yet another delay forced Bartinelli to take another Pro boxing match in March of 2001... The result? No different, another win.

Finally, on Tuesday Night, April 17th, 2001 at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, Bartanalli and Nagy faced off (Right). But it was a quick trip for the highly favored Nagy as Bartanalli landed the shot heard around the globe in the 3rd round, a Powerhouse left hook. The punch landed with about 5 seconds left in the 3rd round but Nagy couldn't stand to beat the count of seasoned refereeJon Schorle II that continued into the round break. (Bell can't save a fighter in any round in the IKF)

It wasn't a wild punch though. It was a very tight and crisp left hook which those from behind didn't even see. Bartinelli's shoulders didn't move much at all and the only proof he landed anything was Nagy falling to the canvas.

When the count was over, Bartinelli was crowned the new IKF Pro FCR Light Middleweight World Champion. It explained why Bartinelli's ringname is "Powerhouse".

On October 9th, 2001 he faced an even stronger challenge when he did something he's never done in ANY of his previous kickboxing bouts... Wait for a judges decision before his hand was raised... This time he faced Bradenton, Florida, USA's Larry Jarrett who was another highly experienced opponent for Bartanalli with a record of 37 wins and 6 loses, ranked in the top 10 and a former Amateur World Champion.

It was a great fight, but it was not close in points. The judges who were appointed by the Arizona State Athletic Commission scored it a unanimous decision win for Bartinelli 100-88, 100-88 and 99-89.

So as everyone can see here, Bartanalli is a great choice for the 2001 IKF Pro Fighter of the Year.
Congratulations POWERHOUSE!
We look forward to seeing you a lot more in the years to come.

But There's More...
Who Else Can Call Themselves
"The BEST"
For 2001?

2001 IKF All Around AMATEUR Fighter Of The Year...
Trent Tompkins
We first heard about Tompkins back in April of 2000. It was an IKF Sanctioned event in Iowa, USA. It was bout 10 and it was for the vacant, IKF Amateur Super Heavyweight Full Contact Rules Iowa State Title. In the bout, Tompkins defeated Jason Fulcher by KO at :35 seconds into round 1. We soon discovered, this was not the last we would hear of him...

At the May 26th, 2001 in Beloit Wisconsin, USA at the IKF USA National Amateur Tournament North Central Regional, there was mixed emotions for Tompkins. Since there wasn't enough fighters to fill both the Heavyweight and Super Heavyweight divisions, all 3 fighters were given an automatic walkover to the National Finals (Top 2 in each division may go to the National Finals) However promoter Craig Monyelle wanted to have more bouts on the event so he put all 3 fighters into one division to fight together. In his first bout, Tompkins (7-0/3, 217) faced 235 lb IKF MidWest US Champion Rick Bloyer. In the bout, Tompkins won with a Head Kick KO at :30 seconds into the first round. Later that day in the final he faced Dan Erickson (11-0/4, 215 lbs.). In the bout, Erickson won by Split Decision. However, the bout was protested for a video review buy several neutral officials at the event. In the end, it was overturned and the win was given to Tompkins. The win really didn't matter since both were on their way to the National Finals, but in different weight classes (This would be a GREAT rematch) Something should be said here as well that Tompkins and his trainer (Russ O'Connell) never complained. It was protested by several neutral officials who were not judging the bout but were shocked at the decision.

At the National Finals, Tompkins first faced off against David Hampton of Calmet City, Illinois, USA (245, 10-3-2/0) and defeated him by TKO at 28 seconds into the 2nd round to advance to the Final. In the final, he defeated the 2000 IKF National Tournament Champion John Lenamon of Abilene, Texas, USA by unanimous decision, 29-28, 29-27 & 29-27 to win the 2001 IKF USA National Amateur FCR Super Heavyweight Title.

On a personal level out of the kickboxing ring, Trent has proved he has more going on in his life than just Kickboxing. He spends many hours a week in training to achieve this status but he also spends many hours a week volunteering to train the young people at the gym he trains at in Iowa. His goal is to not only teach them to be good in the sport but to make them a good person and keep them on the right track and out of trouble. His strong focus on teaching discipline and respect reflect in him as a Champion in and out of the ring as well. He even spent his own time and money last year to go to Florida to coach the young fighters in the Jr. Olympics for TaeKwonDo. He also won the USA TaeKwonDo Nationals and was the youngest person to ever win the heavyweight division. In 1999 at the age of 18, he won the Athlete of the year. He is the only person to ever win nationals in both TaeKwonDo and kickboxing and he is only 20 years old. Trent is as mentor and role model for many who has won many honors and titles but never boasts or brags about such. Besides all the training and volunteer work Trent does, he is also a full-time college student. He recently got a 4.0 last semester and he carries a 3.5 cumulative average which puts him on the deans list.

So as you can see, both in and out of the ring, we have a good reason for selecting Mr. Trent Tompkins as the 2001 IKF Amateur Fighter of the Year.
Congratulations Trent...
We look forward to seeing you a lot more as well in the years to come.

Congratulations to all of the fighters who were considered for these awards which included every fighter, Amateur and Pro who fought for the IKF in 2001. Your ALL Champions!

The Best Of The Best In The IKF For 2001!
The Announcement of ALL The 2001 IKF Hall of Fame Inductees!

Well, here they are, the 2001 IKF Hall of Fame Inductees! It was a GREAT YEAR for all of us and with our 10 year anniversary year coming up, we look forward to an even bigger year for the IKF World Team! One thing you may notice is that it was EXTREMELY Hard for us to select just 1 winner in nearly all the categories. So now, without further delay, here are the
2001 IKF Hall of Fame Inductees!

2001 IKF Pro Fighters Of The Year









2001 IKF Amateur Fighters Of The Year











2001 IKF Trainers Of The Year
This award is decided by many factors. Most importantly, it is not decided by just 1 single fighter that may have won a big title. This award is chosen by "Continued" efforts in the sport within IKF sanctioned events for the past year. But it is not just this 1 thing that makes one attain this award, but many things such as;

So with this being known, here, in no particular order are the 2001 IKF Trainers of the Year:






2001 IKF Promoter Of The Year
This Inductee is selected not just by number of events. They are selected by the style and manner of their promotions. This includes their event organization and presentation which includes, event start time, event activity schedule timing, event special effects, venue cleanliness, ringside set up, event programs and officials. Something to note here. Did the IKF Event Representative need to do a lot of work to help the event once there or just their suggested duty? Next they are judged on their hospitality they provided their guests, fighters, trainers and officials from travel in, accommodations as well as food and or daily per-diem expenses. Next they are selected by their willingness to follow the Rules and Regulations of the IKF from having qualified officials, good matchmaking of undercard bouts as well as Title bout requirements, Pro Purse distribution, IKF sanction logo appearance on all event ads, (Posters, programs, radio, TV, banners etc. etc.) following the sanctioning fee time guidelines. One of the most important selection is their event reports. Did they send the IKF Headquarters a pre-event as well as a post event press release so we can pre-post the event before it happens and after it happens on the NEWS Page for others to see. In addition, the results sheet should always include all the fighters info such as name, hometown, record, weight, height, age and contact number. These are available right here on the IKF Website for both Amateur Bouts and Pro Bouts. And finally, these promoters must do a minimum of 3 events a year (Or only 2 as long as they are directly associated with the organization of at least 2 others) 1 to qualify for this award.

After we look at all these things that to us, make a good event promoter, the one with the highest point total per average of event was selected as the 2001 IKF Promoter of the Year. And the winner is...

  1. Mike & Elizabeth Carlson, (Right) Augusta, Georgia, USA

2001 IKF EUROPEAN Special Acknowledgements

The IKF PRESTIGE AWARD is Awarded to the Individuals who have done the most for the IKF during the year. Who have contributed the most to the IKF such as bringing in new IKF Event Promoters, Registering new IKF Fighters, helping with new ideas for the IKF as well as helping make them a reality. Their work "Behind" the scenes to make the IKF grow stronger for everyone on the IKF World Team. This does not include PAID Positions of the IKF, Paid help or individuals efforts who knew their work would be financially rewarded. This award is about WHO has gone the extra mile for the TEAM at their own expense without expecting or awaiting any return on their investment, for THE TEAM! Some of them you may know their names while others, you may wonder who they are. Let it be known that their work and efforts for "THE TEAM", meaning ALL of you, are Greatly Noticed and Appreciated here at the IKF World Headquarters. Not that your efforts are not appreciated as well, truly, they are. It's just that these are the ones who have stood out in 2002 in going the extra mile. This is the ultimate TEAM AWARD! Now, In no particular order...This years 2001 IKF Prestige awards go to...

Mike Carlson, Augusta, Georgia, USA. For his countless hours spent assisting in both IKF Event organization as well as many of the legal issues related to the IKF and kickboxing in the USA. Also for his never ending desire to bring out perfection in other IKF Event Promoters to help them succeed as he has done with his own events.

Doug Dickey, IKF Mexico. Always the IKF face very few see, but every IKF event that has made it's way into Mexico has had Doug Dickey helping somewhere along the way. From organizing title bouts to offering transportation, Mr. Dickey has been "Making It Happen" with very little fanfare. He was the trainer of several IKF Champions that included Amateur IKF Champions Heath Harris, Isaac Molina, Vince Soberano and Dominic Sivalon and Pro IKF Champions Miguel Reyes, Ivan Silva and Pedro Fernandez.

Johnny Davis, San Jose, California, USA. For his non stop work to try and bring the IKF to the next needed level for all of us on the IKF World Team. The attaining of major worldwide sponsorship and the reality of the long awaited IKF TV Deal. It will happen, it's just a matter of time. And not to mention the fact that Mr. Davis just finished the official IKF Training Manual which is due out in January of 2002.

Fred Fitzgerald, Neptune New Jersey, USA. Always there when we need him to be the chief head of officials for IKF MuayThai. His donated time and efforts from helping with the IKF USA National Amateur Tournament (All 3 years) to being the 3rd man in the ring at IKF MuayThai World Title bouts, he is Truly PRICELESS! If your a promoter doing MuayThai bouts, you need to have Mr. Fitzgerald as your head of officials and chief MuayThai Referee.

Toni Foster, Auburn, California, USA. For her work and time for IKF Graphics, event pictures and IKF artwork for all IKF Literature. She has spent countless hours creating designs, logos, brochures and programs for IKF Events around the world. If your a promoter and you want a HIGH QUALITY Program, you need to have Toni and her staff at Foster Graphics help you.

Alex MacDonald, (No Picture Available) IKF Japan. For his continuous "Neutral" commentary in the sport of kickboxing from IKF issues and events to his dynamic reports on the K-1 events. Many of you have seen changes that Mr. MacDonald has been a part of, but you never knew it. Keep up the Great work Alex.

Sean Wohl, (No Picture Available) Daytona Beach, Florida, USA. Mr. Wohl has been with the IKF longer than any of this years inductees. From being an IKF Event Promoter, official, to an IKF Event Representative Mr. Wohl has saved many promoters from disaster because of their disorganization and he's received very little if not nothing in return. He is truly a cornerpost in the IKF World Team.

Congratulations To Our
2001 IKF Hall of Fame Inductees!

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