Road to GLORY USA Kicks Off in Los Angeles on Feb. 9
Fight Network Staff / January 23, 2013 - 1:36pm
LOS ANGELES, Calif.(Jan. 23, 2013) – GLORY, the world's new premier kickboxing league, will bring its ROAD TO GLORY USA fight series, intent on discovering America's next great fighting superstars, to Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles with a stacked, one-night, eight-man middleweight (187 pounds) tournament on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Tickets for the event, headlined by the ROAD TO GLORY USA single-elimination tournament, are priced from $40 and can be purchased by phone at 877-446-7962. The tournament is being held as part of a Dennis Warner-promoted WCK fight card also featuring five Muay Thai bouts.
"We are excited to showcase our new ROAD TO GLORY development series for prospective future superstars in the sports and entertainment mecca of Los Angeles," said GLORY CEO Marcus Luer. "Our fight team headed by legendary trainer Cor Hemmers has hand-picked a group of eight hungry, aspiring world champions from various parts of the U.S., looking to make it to the global stage that GLORY's championship level events take place on. To get there, though, they will have to show they have what it takes by persevering in this highly-competitive tournament.
Enlisted for the eight-man tournament are red-hot prospect Eddie "Showtime" Walker (9-1-1, 7 KOs) of Atlanta, Ga., hard-hitting Andrew Kapel (11-3, 10 KOs) of Minneapolis, Minn., seven-time South African kickboxing champion Van "The General" Wyk Povey (32-3-1, 22 KOs) of Dublin, Calif. via Pretoria, South Africa.; California State Champion Edgar Del Fierro (18-4, 14 KOs) of Fresno, Calif.; former Karate and Sambo champion Evgeny Zotov (5-2, 3 KOs) of Knoxville, Tenn.; undefeated upstart Mike Lemaire (6-0) of San Diego, Calif.; Casey Green (5-5) of Santa Monica, Calif.; and Jonarth Junio (8-4, 1 KO) of Bellflower, Calif.
The winner of the ROAD TO GLORY USA middleweight tournament will be awarded a grand prize of $20,000 and a one-year contract with GLORY where he will have the opportunity to compete in the world's most prestigious one-night GLORY kickboxing tournaments that award up to $600,000 in prize money.
A tournament "alternate" bout on the card will pit Afram Egbochuku (2-0, 2 KOs) of San Diego against Jacob "King Cobra" Poss (9-1, 4 KOs) of Los Angeles. Should any of the tournament's quarterfinal round fight winners be unable to return to the ring for semifinal round action due to injury sustained en route to victory, the winner of the matchup between Egbochuku and Poss will take the injured fighter's place in the tournament.
A draw to determine the ROAD TO GLORY USA middleweight tournament's quarterfinal round matchups will take place on a date and at a location to be announced soon.
Doors at the first floor showroom at Hollywood Park Casino will open for the event at 5 p.m. PST and the first preliminary bout begins at 6 p.m.
GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world's new premier kickboxing league, producing live events across the globe and offering up to $1,000,000 in prize money to the winners of one-night, 16-man 'Grand Slam' tournaments, which are open to only the best fighters in each weight class. The fight series also includes 8-man 'Slam' tournaments and events with traditional, single bouts.
With television deals spanning every continent, online live video streaming of all shows and the world's largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world's most widely distributed sporting organizations.
Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in the UK, Holland, Tokyo, Malaysia, Singapore and soon in the USA. Its personnel include an unprecedented mix of accomplished entrepreneurs and senior level executives from the diverse worlds of finance, sports marketing, television and martial arts fighting.
In 2013, GLORY launched the ROAD TO GLORY tournament fight series to identify and develop new kickboxing talent in The United States and elsewhere around the globe into future champions and superstars of the sport.
About Hollywood Park Casino:
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