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GLORY, which started in 2006 behind Golden Glory and co-owner Bas Boon, GSI bought it’s Showtime June 2012

 

http://mmajunkie.com Glory Sports International, owner of the GLORY World Series kickboxing promotion, has purchased its competitor, It’s Showtime.

The deal between GLORY World Series and the Dutch-based It’s Showtime is expected to be announced today on the live HDNet broadcast of “It’s Showtime 58,” which takes place in Brussels, Belgium. The deal will put the fighters under the It’s Showtime banner now under the GLORY World Series umbrella.

GLORY, which has offices in Holland, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, also will take over other assets owned by It’s Showtime.

“This is what the world of standup fighting has been waiting for – all the top fighters competing in the same series each time to find out who is really the very best,” stated Marcus Luer, GLORY’s managing director. “GLORY World Series will be the ultimate platform and testing ground for these fighters to showcase their talent and skills.”

It’s Showtime, based in Amsterdam, was founded by Simon Rutz and has been holding shows since 1999. The promotion grew gradually until 2009 and 2010, when it held seven events each year. In 2011, the promotion put on 14 shows, establishing a place of dominance in the kickboxing world after the financial struggles of K-1. Earlier this year, It’s Showtime and K-1 agreed to tag-team on events under the new K-1 banner.

But GLORY’s purchase of It’s Showtime, according to Luer, makes it the definitive leader in the sport.

“By adding It’s Showtime, GLORY has truly established itself as the No. 1 kickboxing league in the world,” Luer stated. “This is what the fans have been waiting for and we are here to deliver it.”

Luer said announcements of a new GLORY series and a “modernized tournament format” are forthcoming for the rest of 2012 and 2013.

GLORY, which started in 2006 behind Golden Glory and co-owner Bas Boon, regularly holds 16-man grand prix tournaments.

Now, Luer said, with the addition of the It’s Showtime roster, the sport gets a shot in the arm.

 

Simon Rutz and Bas Boon friends again!

“The matchmaking possibilities will create some amazing fights and fans will truly see the best competing against the best across all weight classes,” Luer stated. “We are changing the landscape of this global sport.”

It’s Showtime 58 airs today at 3 p.m. ET on HDNet and features the retirement match of Peter Aerts, a kickboxing legend. He faces Tyrone Spong, who fights out of the Imperial Athletics camp in South Florida.

 

 

About Bas Boon

”’Bas Boon”’ is the founder and has been the manager of Team Golden Glory since 1999, a network association of mixed martial artists, and kickboxers headquartered in Netherlands and Thailand. He has trained and managed the likes of Alistair Overeem, Semmy Schilt, Sergei Kharitonov. Stefan Leko, Marloes Coenen, Nieky Holzken, Errol Zimmerman, Gokhan Saki and many more… Below is the biography on the Golden Glory website: :“Born and raised in Holland, Bastiaan Simon Boon is one of the most powerful figures in the fight business today. He has been promoting and producing fight events for the past 35 years. Today he is the owner of Golden Glory, the strongest and most feared fight team in the Globe. Currently Mr Boon represents Pride, K1,Dream, UFC and Too Hot To Handle fighters and champions. Something that has never happened before in the industry. Boon is the son of Kasper Boon the noted Professor, Doctor and Engineer. At the age of 17 the young entrepreneur Bas Boon began his first sports oriented company, Nikko Toshogu Sports, a Martial Arts equipment company that became enormously successful and quickly spawned a number of other businesses including Nikko Press, and production company. While still a teenager Boon became the youngest promoter of professional martial arts competitions sponsoring Thai Fighting and Kick Boxing events throughout Europe, promoting and producing more than 300 shows world-wide. As a television producer Boon was responsible for conceiving and creating 22 episodes of the series Oriental Fight Promotions which was broadcast by the Super Channel across Europe, he also produced 20 martial arts programs broadcast by Euro-Sport, and several free martial arts fighting events for the FOX TV Network in Holland. With long time partner Frederico Lapenda, Boon produced of the “Red Light District” which was broadcast by FOX FILES in the United States. Boon is also the Producer of the series “You Gotta See This”, aired by FOX. Bas Boon also produced 5 Hollywood Movies together with partner Frederico lapenda He has also distribute Fighting and Martial Arts shows for world-wide TV and DVD licensing. Boon’s ventures has generated a numerous of articles for such magazines as the German edition of Playboy, Dutch TV Guide, Revue, Actueel Panorama, all the major newspapers in Europe and several sports and martial arts magazines in Japan and the United States.” Bas Boon was also an executive producer of the well known Glory World Series which also was sold to Glory Sports International. In 2012. Bas Boon helped facilitate in the sales of the Golden Glory and Nikko library to Glory Sports International and is affiliated as a consultant. Bas Boon can be found at the Fight Game Camp, Golden Glory in Pattaya, Thailand. 2- May 2012 Dureka Lang Carrasquill Tranberg capital:: Boon is a polarizing figure. Outspoken, unorthodox and fiercely demanding when it comes to staging events, he is a suave entrepreneur with a business mind that switches between Wall Street and street hustler as the situation demands. Where the American mixed martial arts organisation Ultimate Fighting Championship has the foul-mouthed fight fan Dana White as its president, GLORY has his European counterpart - the colorful and confrontational Bas Boon, president of GLORY Sports, the sporting division of GLORY Sports International (“GSI”). And where White is counterbalanced by the urbane Lorenzo Fertitta, so too is Boon contrasted with Marcus Luer, the GSI managing director.

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