GLORY World Series Hits Rome, Italy with ‘Final 8′ Championship Kickboxing Tournament on Nov. 3

GLORY World Series Hits Rome, Italy with
‘Final 8’ Championship Kickboxing Tournament on Nov. 3, 2012

Superstars Giorgio Petrosyan, Albert Kraus, Robin van Roosmalen, Shemsi Beqiri, Ky Hollenbeck, Tim Thomas, Davit Kiria and Sanny Dahlbeck Go To War In One-Night, Single-Elimination mega-event

$300,000 Grand Prize At Stake

ROME, Italy (July 13, 2012) – The eight remaining contenders in the GLORY World Series single-elimination tournament will travel from the four corners of the earth to battle it out on NOV 3 2012 at the historical PalaLottomatica venue, where Muhammad Ali won his Olympic gold medal.

The greatest prize in the sport of kickboxing will be on the line.

The overall winner of the GLORY World Series Final 8 will have fought three times that night and earned a grand prize of $300,000 before a capacity crowd. It will test his skill, strength and fitness. It will require him to dig into the deepest parts of his spirit to endure pain, fear and exhaustion.

“GLORY kickboxing is a combination of both Art and War, the pinnacle of stand-up fighting, and Rome with its history and legendary martial tradition is the perfect fit for our Final 8 tournament,” said Marcus Luer, Managing Director of GLORY Sports International.

“Rome provides a beautiful and appropriate backdrop. The battles that took place in the Coliseum have been immortalized in countless movies but I can assure you the bouts that will take place on November 3 will rival anything you have seen on film or in the ring. We are expecting an Epic.”

Italy is represented in the Final 8 by the inimitable Giorgio Petrosyan, nicknamed ‘The Doctor’ for his absolutely surgical precision in the ring. Albert Kraus and Robin van Roosmalen represent the kickboxing powerhouses of the Netherlands, while Shemsi Beqiri travels down from the mountains of Switzerland to stake his claim.

>From America comes the hard-hitting Ky Hollenbeck, on a mission to prove that the USA can produce world-class kickboxers, and from England comes the tricky Tim Thomas. From the steppes of Asia, Davit Kiria and across the cold northern seas from Sweden, the young prospect Sanny Dahlbeck.

About GLORY:

GLORY World Series events were first organized nearly a decade ago but the company’s heritage stretches back to 1999 with the creation of Golden Glory, one of the most successful martial arts teams in history. In 2011 the people who drove that success partnered with some of the world’s top financial investors and sports marketers to create GLORY Kickboxing, the ultimate in Stand-Up fighting.

In July 2012, GLORY acquired the iconic European organisation ‘It’s Showtime’ and absorbed its roster of fighters. The deal brought all the world’s top-ranked kickboxers under one roof, making possible the kind of matches which fans could previously only dream of and ushering in a new golden age for the sport.

GLORY events are staged around the globe and, with over 30 nationalities represented on the roster, its events are truly the World Cup of Kickboxing. Its prestigious 16-man tournaments offer rewards unmatched by any other organisation in the field, with winners taking away a total of $1,000,000 in prize money.

Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organisation has offices in the UK, Holland, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Its personnel include award-winning hedge-fund investors, the pioneering sports marketing agency Total Sport Asia and several executives from the Golden Glory and It’s Showtime team.

GLORY World Series Acquires Kickboxing Competitor ‘It’s Showtime’ In Historic Agreement

GLORY World Series Acquires Kickboxing Competitor “It’s Showtime
Historic agreement brings world’s best stand-up fighters into one league

BRUSSELS, Belgium (June 30, 2012) –GLORY SPORTS INTERNATIONAL (GSI), the owner and rights holder of the GLORY World Series championship kickboxing promotion and other related businesses, has agreed to terms with Dutch-based competitor, “It’s Showtime”, led by the renowned European fight manager and kickboxing promoter Simon Rutz.

The landmark deal will effectively place all of the world’s top kickboxers, or stand-up fighters, under the same promotional umbrella. GSI will absorb other assets from and take over management of “It’s Showtime”.

“This is what the world of stand-up fighting has been waiting for – all the top fighters competing in the same series each time to find out who is really the very best,” said Marcus Luer, Managing Director of GSI. “GLORY World Series will be the ultimate platform and testing ground for these fighters to showcase their talent and skills. It doesn’t get much more exciting than this!

“By adding “It’s Showtime”, continued Luer, “GLORY has truly established itself as the No. 1 kickboxing league in the world. This is what the fans have been waiting for and we are here to deliver it. GLORY will soon announce a new series of events and a modernized tournament format for the rest of the year and for 2013.

“The matchmaking possibilities will create some amazing fights and fans will truly see the best competing against the best across all weight classes. We are changing the landscape of this global sport.”

About us:
The GLORY World Series is the world’s premier kickboxing league, staging events across the globe and offering up to $1,000,000 in prize money to successful fighters in the 16-man grand prix tournaments which are open to only the very best fighters in each weight class.

With television deals spanning every continent plus a groundbreaking online streaming system, GLORY is one of the world’s most widely-broadcast sporting organisations already.

Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organisation has offices in Holland, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Its personnel include prominent hedge-fund investors, the pioneering sports marketing agency Total Sport Asia and several executives from the Golden Glory team.