Former 2 time IKF Amateur Champion Jennifer Thyssen Retires.

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    Post subject: Former 2 time IKF Amateur Champion Jennifer Thyssen Retires. PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2005 5:42 pm

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    Former 2 time IKF Amateur Champion Jennifer Thyssen of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA and her trainer Shawn McCarthy made it official to the IKF today that her decision to retire from the sport of kickboxing that she made last fall, 2004 is official. Thyssen won two IKF USA National Tournament titles in two weight classes during her career on her way to building an impressive fight record of 25 wins, 4 loses and 1 draw.

    Thyssen was a part of the prestigious 72 fighters who started the first ever IKF National Tournament system in 1999 in Council Bluffs Iowa. There, Jennifer defeated Amy Johndrow of Horn Lake Mississippi by TKO when the doctor stopped the bout after round 1 to win the 1999 IKF/Ringside USA National FCR Woman’s Welterweight Title.

    In 2000, also in Council Bluff’s Iowa, Jennifer first defeated Jennifer Repa of St. Louis Missouri in the opening round by unanimous decision, 30-25, 30-24, 30-24. However in the final she was defeated by Rebecca Preacher of Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA by split decision, 29-28, 28-29, 30-27 in one of the closest bouts of the tournament. A rematch was scheduled between Preacher and Thyssen in January of 2001 in Hayward, Wisconsin, USA, however, Preacher got injured and had to pull out of the bout. Finally on Saturday night, June 23rd, 2001, at the Black Bear Casino & Hotel in Carlton Minnesota, Thyssen got her chance again with Preacher. However this time Preacher left no doubt in the rematch as she won by TKO in the 4th round.

    Thyssen got back to winning right away though. 2 months later in August of 2001 in Olathe, Kansas, USA she defeated Terrie Hicks of Augusta, Georgia by unanimous decision, 30-27, 29-28 & 29-28 to win the 2001 IKF/Ringside USA National FCR Woman’s Super Welterweight Title.

    At the 2002 IKF USA Nationals Jennifer was trying to accomplish winning both the USA Amateur Boxing Championships and the IKF Nationals all in the same week. At the 2002 USA Woman’s Boxing Championships in Scranton, Pennsylvania, she won her opening bout against Adreinne Lugg of Seattle, Washington. However in the final she lost to Yvonne Reis of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida which gave her a second place National finish. Although she made the long trip back to the IKF Tournament in Davenport, Iowa the next morning, she was forced to bow out after coming in above the weight limit. The same problem met her at the 2003 IKF/TKO USA Nationals in Cedar Rapids Iowa.

    At the 2004 IKF/TKO North American Classic in Orlando Florida Jennifer won her opening round bout in the woman’s Middleweight division against Josie Novielli of Toronto, Ontario, Canada by split decision, 28-29, 30-27 & 30-27. However in the final the next day she was defeated by Jenna Droluk of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA by unanimous decision 29-27, 30-26 & 30-26.

    Jennifer had won the Wisconsin State Boxing Championships 3 years straight. along with her second place finish at the USA Boxing nationals in 2002 she was also named an alternate on the 2002 U.S.A. boxing team. In 2002 she traveled to Galway, Ireland to represent a U.S.A. Team put together by IKF Representative Rob Zbilski from the Midwest to fight the Irish National Kickboxing Team. There she defeated their Irish National champion.

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