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.
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.