Dale Cook

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Dale Cook
Born (1956-11-24) November 24, 1956 (age 60)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Other names Apollo
Nationality American
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)
Division Middleweight
Super Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Style
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Team Apollo's Martial Arts
Rank black belt in Karate
7th degree black belt in Taekwondo
Years active 1977-1996
Professional boxing record
Total 22
Wins 19
By knockout 10
Losses 2
Draws 1
Kickboxing record
Total 99
Wins 93
By knockout 54
Losses 5
Draws 1
Other information
Notable students Randy Blake, Todd Hays, Ralph White

Dale Cook (born November 24, 1958) is an American former kickboxer who competed in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions. With a background in karate and taekwondo, Cook debuted professionally in 1977 and spent the early part of his career as a full contact rules fighter, winning the PKA World Middleweight Championship. In the 1980s, he began fighting under Oriental and Muay Thai rules and took two world titles under the WKA banner. A short stint in shoot boxing towards the end of his career in the mid-1990s resulted in another world title in that discipline.

An occasional actor, Cook also starred in several action-oriented B-movies in the early 1990s.

Career[edit]

Nicknamed Apollo, Dale Cook began practicing martial arts with taekwondo at the age of fifteen and eventually earned the rank of seventh degree black belt.[1] After taking up kickboxing, he turned professional in 1977 and rose to prominence when he won the PKA World Middleweight Championship. Having fought exclusively under the full contact rule set in the beginning of his career, he later ventured into Oriental rules in the 1980s.[2]

He won his second world title and the first with low kicks on June 12, 1987 when he knocked out Donald Tucker in the first round to claim the WKA world middleweight (-72.5 kg/159.8 lb) title.[3][4] Following this, he added the WKA super middleweight (-76 kg/167.6 lb) strap to his mantle.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Cook challenged six Muay Thai stylists from Thailand, defeating five of them and losing once, a second round KO at the hands of Changpuek Kiatsongrit on June 30, 1990 in Tokyo, Japan. On July 30, 1992, he fought Toshiyuki Atokawa at the Kakutogi Olympics II in Tokyo in a kickboxing/full contact karate hybrid match. Rounds one and three were fought with boxing gloves, and rounds two and four bare-knuckle with punching to the face disallowed. Cook won on points, and the pair rematched under Seido karate rules on October 4, 1992 in the opening round of the '92 Karate World Cup in Osaka, Japan. The first round was ruled a draw and went to an extension round after which Atokawa won on all five judges' scorecards.

He continued to fight in Japan where he won the shoot boxing world title before retiring in 1996.

After his retirement, Cook opened Apollo's Martial Arts karate and kickboxing gym in his hometown of Tulsa. Among his students are K-1 heavyweights Randy Blake, Todd Hays and Ralph White, as well as the Oklahoma Destroyers World Combat League team. He also runs the Xtreme Fighting League, an Oklahoma-based promotion which features both kickboxing and mixed martial arts matches.[5]

Championships and awards[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Boxing record[edit]

Boxing record
19 wins (10 KOs), 2 losses, 1 draw
Date Result Opponent Venue Location Method Round Time Record
1987-08-14 Win United States Donald Tucker Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA KO 3 1:47 19-2-1
1986-09-09 Win United States Marcellus Jackson Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Decision 6 3:00 18-2-1
1986-06-17 Win United States Ed O'Ryan Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA TKO 3 17-2-1
1985-08-18 Win United States Carmelo Garcia Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Decision 8 3:00 16-2-1
1984-11-07 Draw United States Franklin Owens Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Draw 6 3:00 15-2-1
1984-06-18 Win United States Leroy Barnes Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA KO 3 15-2
1984-03-29 Win United States Henry Drummond Showboat Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision 4 3:00 14-2
1984-02-03 Loss United States Nathan Dryer Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision 6 3:00 13-2
1983-10-08 Loss United States Tony Harrison Oklahoma, USA Decision 10 3:00 13-1
1983-09-17 Win United States Joseph Humphrey Showboat Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada, USA KO 2 13-0
1983-06-12 Win United States Rocky Pidgeon Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA Decision 6 3:00 12-0
1983-03-12 Win United States Clyde Spencer Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Decision 4 3:00 11-0
1983-01-27 Win United States Mike Lair Hilton Inn West Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA Decision (unanimous) 6 3:00 10-0
1982-11-21 Win United States Larry Smith Rock Palace Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA KO 3 9-0
1982-08-07 Win United States Clyde Spencer Little Dixie's Ballroom McAlester, Oklahoma, USA Decision 4 3:00 8-0
1982-06-15 Win United States Clyde Spencer Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA Decision 4 3:00 7-0
1982-02-07 Win United States Rocky Brown Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Decision 4 3:00 6-0
1981-11-11 Win United States Bobby Knight Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA KO 4 5-0
1981-07-17 Win United States Leslie Smith Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA KO 3 4-0
1981-04-10 Win United States William Curtis Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA KO 1 3-0
1981-02-22 Win United States William Curtis Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA KO 2 2-0
1981-01-15 Win United States Larry Smith Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA KO 3 1-0

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Karate record[edit]

Karate record
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
1992-10-04 Loss Japan Toshiyuki Atokawa '92 Karate World Cup, First Round Osaka, Japan Decision (unanimous) 2 2:00

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record
94 wins (54 KOs), 4 losses, 1 draw
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
1996-00-00 Win United States Mark King Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Decision (unanimous) 5 3:00
1992-07-30 Win Japan Toshiyuki Atokawa Kakutogi Olympics II Tokyo, Japan Decision 4 3:00
1990-06-30 Loss Thailand Changpuek Kiatsongrit AJKF: Inspiring Wars Heat 630 Tokyo, Japan KO (right hook) 2 1:28
1990-00-00 Win Thailand Superman Osotsapa Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Decision 5 3:00
1989-00-00 Win Thailand M Penchandei Manchester, England Decision 5 3:00
1989-00-00 Win Thailand Harnsu Premchai Tokyo, Japan Decision 5 3:00
1989-00-00 Win Thailand Ismael Changani Tokyo, Japan KO 2
0000-00-00 Win Thailand Prasert Sitsoi Tokyo, Japan KO 3
0000-00-00 Win Japan Sikki Taira
0000-00-00 Win South Korea Moon Do-Sang
0000-00-00 Win South Korea Song Ki-Padula
0000-00-00 Loss United States John Moncayo United States
0000-00-00 Win United States David Humphries Decision (unanimous) 10 2:00
Retains the WKA World Middleweight (-72.5 kg/159.8 lb) Championship.
1987-06-12 Win United States Donald Tucker KO 1
Wins the WKA World Middleweight (-72.5 kg/159.8 lb) Championship.
1987-00-00 Win France Pascal Leplat
0000-00-00 Win United States Dwyne Wyatt Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA Decision (unanimous) 7 2:00
1984-11-00 Win United States Brad Rischer Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA KO (left hook)
1984-04-00 Win United States Babe Gallegos Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA KO (punches) 2 2:00
Retains the PKA United States Welterweight Championship.
0000-00-00 Win United States Dan Magnus Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Decision (unanimous) 9 2:00
Retains the PKA United States Welterweight Championship.
1981-00-00 Win United States Babe Gallegos Decision
0000-00-00 Win United States Gene McComb
0000-00-00 Win United States Ernie Hart, Jr.
0000-00-00 loss United States Billy Jackson
1980-00-00 Win England Arthur O'Laughlin Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Decision (unanimous) 9 2:00
1979-03-07 Loss United States Steve Shepherd West Palm Beach, Florida, USA Decision 9 2:00

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Fist of Glory Jake Reynolds
Blood Ring Max Rivers
1992 Eternal Fist Amp
Deadend Besiegers Gaijin who beats Wuwech
Triple Impact Dave Masters Direct-to-video
1993 American Kickboxer 2 Mike Clark
1994 Double Blast Greg Direct-to-video
1995 Raw Target Johnny Rider
Blood Ring 2 Max Rivers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dale Cook". ikfkickboxing.com. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 24, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ Maslak, Paul (November 1987). "The STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings as of August 1987", American Karate magazine, Condor Books, Inc., New York City, NY, USA, pp. 54,66-67.
  4. ^ Maslak, Paul (November 1987). "AK's Kickboxing Report", American Karate magazine, Condor Books, Inc., New York City, NY, pp. 52-54.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]

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