On Saturday, Nov. 23, New York City's Madison Square Garden will play host to the GLORY World Series--more specifically, the Lightweight World Championship Tournament. Four of the world’s top-ranked kickboxers will come to blows during GLORY 12 New York, an event that will showcase a headline match-up between two up-and-coming American fighters. But don’t be fooled by the lightweight titles; these professionals are brawling for a big payout—$150,000 to be exact—and of course, they’re after the esteemed title of Lightweight Tournament World Champion. All four men are considered the world’s best in their sport; however, only one can come out on top. GLORY 12 is one ass-kicking performance you don’t want to miss.
The event will air live on SPIKE TV at 9 p.m. eastern time, and is stacked with some fierce rivalries. No. 1 ranked Dutch powerhouse Robin van Roosmalen will be pitted against world-ranked No. 3 fighter Davit Kiria. Also lined up is Giorgio Petrosyan, No. 2 in GLORY’s rankings. He will square off against No. 4 GLORY-ranked fighter Andy Ristie.
Petrosyan is largely considered, pound-for-pound, to be the best kickboxer to ever set foot in a ring, having lost only one out of 80 career fights. The secret to his impressive success is beyond anyone’s comprehension. The fighter has got some serious natural ability that defies any explanation, and coupled with his solid fundamentals, he’s practically unstoppable.
However, Petrosyan is not the front-runner for the GLORY 12 championship. Van Roosmalen is at his heels and ready and able to snatch up the title just as well. He’s been compared to the likes of Mike Tyson for his unbelievable aggressive and powerful punching. He lost against Petrosyan once before, but this time around he assures he will come out on top claiming, Van Roosmalen says that if he and Petrosyan meet in the finals of this year’s tournament on Saturday night, Petrosyan is going to sleep.
For Petrosyan and Van Roosmalen to meet in the finals they must first both win against their semi-final opponents—and rest assured, this will be no easy feat.
Ristie boasts, “Everybody is talking about Petrosyan being defensively perfect and a master technician, but I see holes in his game. He never fought anyone like me, someone who can bring that pressure and that power. I’m not scared of him, he should be scared of me.”
If that’s not enticing enough, the evening’s headliner is sure to pull you in. GLORY Middleweight Tournament World Champion Joe "Stitch ‘Em Up" Schilling is throwing his fists out at New York’s own knockout artist, Wayne Barrett. This bicoastal clash is sure to make for an intense two-step in the ring.
See GLORY 12 New York live at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tickets, which start at $35, are available at the Madison Square Garden box office and ticketmaster.com. If you can’t make it to the theater, watch it live on SPIKE TV. Check local listings.
Check out this interview with Joe Schilling:
Check out this interview with Wayne Barrett: