CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2003 |
A man sought by police in connection with the shooting death of a kickboxing world champion shot himself to death Monday afternoon, police said. The unidentified man apparently killed himself in a motel room, where he had been holed up for nearly 12 hours. Thai-style kickboxer Alex Gong, 32, was killed on a busy San Francisco street Friday after he chased a driver who allegedly crashed into his parked car.
November 17, 1985 |
Benny (the Jet) Urquidez won his fourth kick-boxing title Saturday night. And he may have done so with a broken left hand. Urquidez won a unanimous 12-round decision over Tom La Roche at North Campus Hall on the Cal State Northridge campus before an estimated crowd of 3,000. Urquidez believed he injured the hand on a punch thrown in the fifth round. Medical tests to be taken later Saturday night were required before the extent of the injury could be determined.
June 30, 1989
World champion Don Wilson will face Mike Winkejohn in a 10-round, 180-pound division kickboxing match at 7 p.m. Monday at the Red Lion Hotel in Costa Mesa. A 12-round match between bantamweight champion Lawrence Miera and Kirk Stengle will be featured to decide the junior featherweight champion. Ray Rodriguez will fight Phillip Medina in a five-round match to decide the World Karate Assn. California light-heavyweight championship. Tom Jones will meet Jim Mitchell in a five-round match for the WKA California super-welterweight championship and Dao Le will face John Rimbert for the WKA super-lightweight championship.
August 17, 1985 |
In a nation saturated with sports, how does a newcomer like full-contact karate kick its way into the public eye? Howard Hanson, president of the World Karate Assn., believes that kick boxing could gain widespread popularity in this country if a few major sponsors would commit to the sport. "We're not used to playing the Don King/Bob Arum game," Hanson said, referring to two of the top promoters in professional boxing.
May 27, 2001 |
If the stubby kickboxer with the ring name "Alien" were just a bit taller and heavier, he could have been a contender. At 4 feet 8 inches, Thanakorn Somthorn is shorter than wiry 11-year-olds who skip rope alongside him at training camp in the tropical countryside of central Thailand. But Thanakorn, 20, is punching and kicking his way to renown as the smallest man in kickboxing, or muay thai, Thailand's most popular spectator sport, in which kung fu-style barefoot kicks accompany gloved punches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1995 |
Sasha Mitchell, a Westlake actor and kick boxer who stars in the television sitcom "Step by Step," pleaded not guilty Wednesday to assaulting his wife and endangering his young stepdaughter. Wearing an earring and a fashionable blue suit, the 27-year-old defendant was scheduled for trial Monday in Ventura County Municipal Court on one misdemeanor count of spousal abuse.
September 11, 1989 |
In lieu of John Cusack mastering the art of kickboxing over in England in "Say Anything II," which may not be forthcoming for a while, alas, fans of the brutal sport have to make do for now with Jean-Claude Van Damme kicking some nasty Thailand booty in the egregiously dull "Kickboxer" (citywide, MPAA-rated R). This may not be the dumbest action picture of the year, but it's not for lack of trying.
December 5, 1993 |
Six turned out to be the lucky number for Benny (the Jet) Urquidez during his visit to Las Vegas. The undefeated kickboxing legend added the World Karate Assn. light middleweight crown to his collection with a 12-round split decision over Japan's Yoshihisa Tagami before 3,588 at the Mirage Hotel Saturday night. This is the sixth world championship for the 41-year-old Sherman Oaks resident, who remained undefeated after 58 bouts.
September 17, 1989 |
The guys down at the Jet Center gym in Van Nuys won't admit that their beloved sport of kick-boxing has gone Hollywood. But they don't deny that recent events have brought some glitz to the ancient Thai fighting style that had previously been thought of in terms of blood, sweat and toenails.
July 4, 1989 |
Don Wilson was very patient and Mariano Liano was not, but the results were the same Monday night as professional kickboxing came to Costa Mesa for the first time. Wilson, the World Kickboxing Assn. light-heavyweight champion, stopped Mike Winkeljohn with an overpowering left hook late in the 10th and final round of the non-title main event at the Red Lion Inn in front of about 800.