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GLORY Announces Glory World Series 2012 70kg "First 16"

GloryNot to be shown up by K-1, GLORY Sports International sent out a press release to the media today announcing their own 70kg tournament just a day after K-1 Global sent out their press release announcing their MAX tournament. The show was set to be headlined by Semmy Schilt vs. Sergei Kharitonov, but it now looks like Semmy Schilt vs. Errol Zimmerman will be the main event in a Heavyweight Superfight.

The event will be a co-promotion with Rumble of the Kings from Sweden, taking place in Stockholm, Sweden on May 26th. What is interesting is the structure of GLORY starting to show, with the press release listing Cor Hemmers, Bert Van Der Ryd and Martijn de Jong as the management team. Not listed was Bas Boon, who was the one who emailed the press release. If you want to read the press release, they posted images of it on Facebook...

What is also interesting is the declaration of the "Glory World Federation" or GWF, which was founded to be an independent governing body for the sport, but will only rank the fighters affiliated with the Glory World Series/Glory Sports International. On top of that, we have some names for the Heavyweight tournament; "Peter Aerts (Netherlands), Brice Guidon (France), Jerome Le Banner (France), Semmy Schilt (Holland), Gokhan Saki (Turkey), Errol Zimmerman (Curacao), Sergey Kharitonov (Russia), Jamal Ben Saddik (Morocco), Filip Verlinden (Belgium), Ali Cenik (Turkey), Igor Jurkovic (Croatia) and more."

The line-up for this event is as follows;

Final 16 – 70KG – 26th May 2012 Stockholm:

 

1.) Giorgio Petrosyan (Italy) vs Fabio Pinca (France)

2.) Max Vorovski (Estonia) vs Sanny Dahlbeck (Sweden)

3.) Robin van Roosmalen (Netherlands) vs Dzhabar Askerov (Russia)

4.) Ky Hollenback (USA) vs Michael Corley (USA)

5.) Yoshihiro Sato (Japan) vs Shemsi Beqiri (Switserland)

6.) Dennis Schneidmiller (Germany) vs Qi Chenglong (China)

7.) Kem Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) vs Cosmo Alexandre (Brasil)

8.) Albert Kraus (Netherlands) vs Mohamed El Mir (Denmark)

 

Line-up GLORY WORLD SERIES Super Fights – 26th May 2012 Stockholm:

 

1.) Nieky Holzken vs Alex Harris (Sweden)

2.) Semmy Schilt (Netherlands) vs Errol Zimmerman (Curacao)

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Albert Kraus Joining GLORY World Series

KRausIt looks like the latest addition to the GLORY World Series is former K-1 MAX veteran Albert Kraus. The 31 year old Kraus brings a new layer of prestige and legitimacy to the GLORY World Series, with Kraus as a former K-1 World MAX Champion from 2002 as well as a finalist in 2003. Kraus also won the SuperKombat Middleweight Championship in 2011. This move does come as somewhat of a surprise after Kraus being one of the few European fighters to compete in K-1's MAX shows in 2011.

But inside of the Kickboxing world loyalty comes with a price tag, and with the GLORY World Series having a solid prize as well as a lesser field outside of Giorgio Petrosyan, for a fighter like Kraus a trip to the Final 4 seems to be in order. He is looking for his first fight under the GLORY banner to be later on this year, and looks to move into boxing as well.

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Sergei Kharitonov vs. Semmy Schilt Possibly on Tap for May GLORY Show

SergeiGenerally speaking, LiverKick does not like to pass on unsubstantiated rumors, but when there are rumors that we've been able to back up and see outside sources as well, well then we are pretty comfortable with passing it along with you. A few weeks ago the rumor started up that GLORY was already looking to book Sem Schilt's next fight, and that it is a big one. It looks like Sergei Kharitonov will be Sem Schilt's next big opponent on May 26th.

It should be noted that there is no set venue or even location yet, and that May 26th is a rough date. They are looking to book an event for that weekend and those inside of the GLORY organization have discussed Friday as not being an ideal day for a fight.

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Superpro Samui TV Episode 2 Featuring Hesdy Gerges

Superpro Samui gym is a peculiar case of a gym in Thailand with heavy ties to the Netherlands, including Black Label Fighters and It's Showtime, two of the premier brands in Dutch Kickboxing. They are really taking to their youtube channel of late, posting videos from the team training at the gym. This is the second episode that they have posted and features Dutch Kickboxer and former It's Showtime Heavyweight Champion Hesdy Gerges.

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