I have known Mr. Samples most of my life as we grew up in roughly in the same area. I trained and managed Mr. Samples in kickboxing after he had attained his Black Belt from my friend, Mr. Bill Miller at the Professional Karate Studios. He won several Kickboxing titles and held the USA Welterweight Title for many years. He went on to fight for the World title before retiring. Mr. Samples was always around for sparring classes and trained for many years with Mr. Brian Byrne early Saturday mornings in our gym. Recently, he started a kids fighting class which met every Saturday morning. His goal was to take our kids to the local Karate Tournaments which he did and on many occasions won.
I have lost a true friend. I will miss him dearly.