Rumble in the Rink
When: 6/21/2003 - 6/21/2003
Where: Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
Promoters Mike Miles and Keith Crawford under the banner of the XFC delivered
another top notch fight event. The event took place in the small town of Cochrane,
Alberta, Canada with Great fights, great people and around 600 people to witness
the events. Thank you to the following people
(PureClass!): Kru Phil Nurse, Mr. Brian Crenshaw, Trevor Smandych, Lee Mein,
Steve Bergeron, Diego Beltran, Frank Lee, Paul Sukys, Shayne Morgan, George
Kovacs, ... (the list just goes on and on) and my buddy Keith Crawford. Thank
you all!," said Mike Miles
The Main Event was Erin Linley (Canada - National) battling against Kimberly
Tomes (USA - Lugsitnarong) for the vacant WKA North American Flyweight Muay
Thai Title. This bout was fought under full Muay Thai rules using padded elbows
and it turned out to be a great fight.
The first round was quite close as each athlete probed and checked each others
strike attempts. It was fast paced but with the express and definite intention
of each girl to find out as much information as they could about the other girl.
In round two, Linley started picking up the pace and pressuring Tomes to back
up and/or be cornered on the ropes. Tomes still fought very well, but Linley
started to establish herself both on the outside as well as in the clinch. The
third round was more of the same with Linley applying pressure and Tomes responding
by trying to work in the clinch. In this round Linley was to take Tomes to the
canvas while in the clinch. In the final two rounds, the pressure was getting
to Tomes who tried to fight back while Linley was intent on trying to finish
the fight with a big KO. The knockout never came but at the end of the bout,
an unanimous decision was awarded to Linley and she walked away with the Title
as well. "Tomes provided great skills and a great Muay Thai experience
to Linley. Thank you Kimberly! Erin's next big fight is in Bangkok in July,"
said coach Mike Miles.
The second semi-main event featured Rayelene Kellock battling against Janice
Johnson (USA - Prodigy) for the vacant WKA North American Welterweight Muay
Thai Title (fought under modified rules / no elbow attacks and no knees to the
head). In the first two rounds it seemed a pretty even fight though Kellock
was rocked with a few shots. "Janice hits hard!", said Kellock. But
by the third round, Johnson was starting to slow down while Kellock was connecting
on the outside but winning
definitely in the clinch. Johnson put up a great fight, and Kellock had her
work cut out for her throughout the bout. The end of the bout and its result
was Kellock winning the title by unanimous decision. "Janice has very nice
punches and kicks and was quite clever in the clinch," said Mike Miles.
The undercard featured the following results:
- Angela Merzib (Calgary - Miles) battled against Dena Seiferling in a Kickboxing
rules bout. A crowd pleasing and very entertaining bout in which the outcome
was split and for Merzib. "Dena and Angela were awesome! I am a fan of
both of theirs now," said Mike Miles.
- Jennifer Doan stepped into the ring against the experienced Jody Cuff in
a Kickboxing rules bout. Doan did very well in the first round but in the
second and the third
round, Cuff really put her combinations together and grasped victory away
from Doans plans. "Great heart from Jennifer and great combinations from
Jody," said Mike Miles.
- Carla Ramsey squared off against Megan Armstrong in a Kickboxing rules
bout. Ramsey started the bout very well with good accuracy and strength in
her strikes. In round two and three she slowed down while Armstrong stayed
'in the race'. The decision was split for Armstrong.
The beginning of the day featured some 2003 WKA Canadian Golden Gloves Championship
fights. The results were as follows:
- Women's Superlightweight Kickboxing Title.
Sandra Bastian lost by a very close split decision to Jessica Gladstone (132
lbs. "Sandra laid back in rounds one and two and somewhat in round three.
Rounds four and five went to Sandra hands down but it was a little too late.
Congratulations to Jessica," said Mike Miles.
Thanks to Acharn Mike Miles for this fight report