ROAD TO GLORY USA CONTINUES SEARCH FOR KICKBOXING’S FUTURE STARS WITH MAY 11TH MILWAUKEE 8-MAN LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT
SINGAPORE (May. 02, 2013) – Glory Sports International (GSI), the parent company of the world’s premier kickboxing league, announced today that it will bring its developmental Road To GLORY USA tournament series established to identify America’s next great Kickboxing superstars, to the historic Rave Eagles Club Grand Ballroom, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee, WI with a one-night, 8-man, single-elimination lightweight (154 pounds/70 kilograms) tournament on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Advanced priced tickets for Road to GLORY USA are $35.00 GA ($40.00 door), $60.00 VIP Ringside or VIP Stage ($70.00 door) and $100.00 VIP Front Row ($110.00 door), and can be purchased in advance at Cagetix.com, NAFC.tv, The Rave/Eagles Club box office, by phone at 414-967-7767 or at the door.
The tournament is being held as part of four-time Muay Thai and kickboxing world champion and famed fight trainer Duke Roufus and his business partner Scott Joffe’s North American Fighting Championship (NAFC) “Knockout Kings” Muay Thai and Kickboxing show.
The winner of the Road to GLORY USA Milwaukee tournament, featuring a host of prolific prospects, will be awarded a $20,000 grand prize and a multi-year contract with GLORY, where they will have the opportunity to compete against some of the world’s elite kickboxing champions and superstars.
“We are looking forward to continuing what has been an extremely productive and exciting search for new, undiscovered martial arts athletic talent in a country that has traditionally excelled in professional sports, but has yet to truly demonstrate its potential in the kickboxing ring, ” said Glory Sports International CEO Andrew Whitaker. “With the athletes we’ve identified in our Road To GLORY USA tournament series thus far, the stage is being set for a major, future growth spurt in American Kickboxing talent. ”
Slated for action in the Road To GLORY USA lightweight tournament are KO artist Cyrus “BLACK DYNAMITE Washington (53-21, 48 KOs) of Saginaw, MI; Shidokan Karate, boxing and Muay Thai expert Muhsin Corbbrey (33-10-2) of Tulsa, OK; Muay Thai champion Michael Mananquil (26-4-1, 8 KOs) of San Bruno, CA; battle-tested striking sensation Jose Palacios (42-10, 13 KOs) of Fremont, CA; rising star Jameel THE REAL DEAL Massouh (28-9, 8 KOs) of Milwaukee; kickboxing star and police officer Dustin Johnson (17-5, 10 KOs) of Baton Rouge, LA; national and North American Muay Thai champion Ben STONE MAN Yelle (23-15-1, 10 KOs) of Marquette, MI; and six-time kickboxing and Muay Thai champion Troy Sheridan (19-2, 9 KOs) of Stouffville, Ontario, Canada.
A draw to determine the Road To GLORY USA lightweight tournament’s quarterfinal stage matchups will take place on a date and location to be announced soon.
In the event that any of the quarterfinal stage fight winners sustain an injury that precludes him from returning to the ring for the tournament’s semifinal stage, the winner of a tournament “alternate” bout between Gustavo Rodriguez (17-4) of Rockford, IL, and Jon Henderson (9-1) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada will replace the injured fighter in the tournament.
Doors at The Rave Eagles Club Grand Ballroom will open for the event at 4:00 p.m. CST and the first preliminary bout begins at 4:15 p.m.
The Glory World Series is the world’s premier martial arts stand-up fighting league, staging events across the globe and offering up to $1,000,000 in prize money to the winners of 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, plus a groundbreaking online video streaming system and the world’s largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world’s most widely-broadcast sporting organizations.
Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in Holland, the UK, Tokyo, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. 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, Japan and elsewhere around the globe into future champions and superstars of the sport.