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.’
GLORY will soon announce a new series of events and a modernized tournament format for the rest of the year and for 2013.
Kickboxers have had the option to work for K-1 or Glory but not both. It’s Showtime was working together with K-1. With Glory purchasing It’s Showtime you can expect to see there fighters no longer fighting in K-1. This will likely mean the end of the new K-1. Several talented kickboxers were fighting at It’s Showtime 58 today. Andy Ristie, Andy Souwer, Chris Ngimbi, and Daniel Ghita all fought on the card. This is a huge deal for the Kickboxing sport. I have recently gotten into watching it and really enjoyed K-1 Rising 2012.
Here’s the Results from what could be the last It’s Showtime event.
Duoli Chen def. Vahap Ozdemir via decision
Robbie Hageman def. Mandela Antoine via decision
Marat Grigorian def. Aziz Kallah via decision
Rico Verhoeven def. Hesdy Gerges via decision
Mourad Bouzidi def. Rustemi Kreshnik via KO, Round 2
Andy Souwer def. Chris Ngimbi via decision to become the new It’s Showtime (Glory?) 70kg World Champion.
Andy Ristie def. Samir Djabba via KO, Round 1
Sonny Dagraed def. Fatih Ozkan via decision
Danyo Ilunga def. Filip Verlinden via decision to retain his It’s Showtime 95kg World Title
Hafid el Boustati def. Robin van Roosmalen via cut stoppage, Round 2
Daniel Ghita def. Dzevad Poturak via KO, Round 2
Tyrone Spong def. Peter Aerts via KO, Round 3