It´S SHOWTIME promoter Simon Rutz retires from kickboxing business

Glory World Series-news



SINGAPORE (March. 27, 2013)

Glory Sports International (GSI), the parent company of the world’s new premiere kickboxing league, GLORY World Series, today announced that Simon Rutz  IT´S SHOWTIME, the founder and former owner of IT´S SHOWTIME the world championship kickboxing league that GSI purchased in October, has officially stepped down from his role as a consultant to GLORY and retired from the kickboxing business.

It’s been a phenomenal run and I have so many incredible memories from the time I’ve spent in this great sport,” said Simon Rutz  IT´S SHOWTIME, who launched IT´S SHOWTIME in 1999 with an event at Kennemer Sportcenter in The Netherlands The Netherlands  and promoted his 60th and final event in Sao Paulo, Brazil Brazil  on Nov. 10, 2012.

I am looking forward to watching many of the fighters we built at IT´S SHOWTIME continue their careers in the GLORY ring where the competition is the fiercest in the entire kickboxing universe.

During his tenure in the sport, Simon Rutz  IT´S SHOWTIME promoted a multitude of kickboxing superstars including top-ranked heavyweights Daniel Ghita and Tyrone KING OF THE RING Spong and lightweight (154 pounds/70 kilograms) contender Robin POKERFACE van Roosmalen, all of whom have since become GLORY competitors.

“strong>Simon built a very strong enterprise with IT´S SHOWTIME, and fans worldwide demonstrated a sincere enthusiasm for his product, so GLORY was fortunate to have the opportunity to acquire the company and place all of its world-class fight talent under the GLORY umbrella to form the most powerful roster in the history of kickboxing, ” said GLORY CEO Andrew Whitaker: “strong>We wish Simon all the best with his future endeavors and thank him for his contributions to the sport.

GLORY returns to the big stage with a star-studded event at Ülker Sports Arena in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday, April 6, headlined by a long-awaited rematch between world No. 2 ranked Daniel Ghita (46-8, 35 KOs) of Romania and world No. 3 ranked Gökhan THE REBEL Saki (79-16, 55 KOs) of The Netherlands The Netherlands. The winner will receive a shot at reigning GLORY Heavyweight Champion Semmy SAM Schilt.

On Saturday, April 20, GLORY heads to the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy with another stacked card headlined by a meeting between world No. 1 lightweight (70 kilograms/154 pounds) Giorgio Petrosyan (75-1, 35 KOs) of Italy and fellow superstar Hafid El Boustati (67-7-3, 18 KOs) of The Netherlands The Netherlands.

On Friday, May 3, GLORY returns to Tokyo, Japan with a one-night, eight-man featherweight (65 kilograms/143 pounds) ‘Slam’ tournament that will award a total of $180,000 in prize money, including a grand prize of $100,000 to the winner. Confirmed for battle in the single-elimination affair at Ariake Coliseum thus far are three-time French kickboxing champion Abdellah Ezbiri (32-6, 11 KOs) of Morocco via France, world Muay Thai champion Mosab THE JAGUAR Amrani (48-7-4, 14 KOs) of The Netherland The Netherlands   and KO artist Marcus Vinicius of Brazil Brazil  .

About GLORY:

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 includes a diverse mix of award-winning hedge-fund and private equity investors; principals from pioneering sports marketing agency Total Sport Asia; and senior level executives from several leading sports franchises, including WWE, FIFA, Golden Glory, Champions League and It’s Showtime.

Glory World Series
Mike Afromowitz
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