PRIDE Fighting's Noons To Fight In Superbrawl

By Press Release Apr 7, 2005
April 6, 2005 LOS ANGELES, California – Karl-James Noons, one of four winners selected from the PRIDE FIGHTING U.S. AUDITIONS last November, will be competing in SUPERBRAWL 39, scheduled for April 9th in Honolulu, Hawaii. His opponent will be Malik Williams of Puna, Hawaii.

After surviving the auditions, Noons was sent to Seattle, Washington to train at AMC Pankration, under the supervision of coach Matt Hume. "He is very talented, but also very raw. We have really pushed him these past weeks. He excels in certain aspects of the game and is currently improving in areas that he didn’t have experience in … all in all, he is becoming a well rounded fighter. He has made a lot of progress and we think it’s time for his first test, " said Hume.

Noons is 5’10, 160 pounds, and was raised in Kona, Hawaii. He’s been competing in martial arts since the age of five. During his amateur career, he was the ISKA amateur international title winner and as a boxer went to the semi finals of the western trials for the Olympics in 2004. He’s been boxing and training in Muay Thai since the ago of 12 and has gained a black belt in American Kenpo Karate. As a professional, he is 1-0 as a boxer, 13-1 in Muay Thai/Kickboxing/San Shou competitions, and 1-1 in mixed martial arts competitions.

Noons currently trains and fights out the City Boxing gym in San Diego, California.

The auditions were held on November 20th, 2004 from the UCLA campus in Los Angeles. Contestants attended from all over the world and were given an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of PRIDE’s judges and main decision-makers. Final decisions were made based upon each participant’s audition, interview, and highlight reel. Other winners included Nick Ring of Canada, Jake Draves of Ohio, and Tyrone Glover of San Diego.
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