GLORY CEO Jon Franklin announces new deal with ESPN

GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing promotion, has a new home. 

Promotion officials have announced today, that GLORY and ESPN have agreed to a deal that will see the worldwide leader broadcast GLORY cards live on their network. 

The deal will commence with GLORY 25 MILAN tomorrow. It will air live on ESPN3 beginning at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST and will be replayed on ESPN 2 at 1:30 a.m. EST.

The timing for both the network and GLORY couldn’t be better as GLORY 25 is a great card to kick things off. Not only does it feature a lightweight title fight between Robin van Roosmalen and Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong as the main event, but it also marks the return of kickboxing icon Giorgio ‘The Doctor’ Petrosyan.

News of a new deal being close had been buzzing around the FIGHT SPORTS community for a while now, culminating in this morning when GLORY 25 was listed on the schedule for the WatchESPN app:

Here is the official release from GLORY:

New York, NY – GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced an agreement with The Worldwide Leader in Sports. Beginning this Friday, GLORY’s non-stop stand-up action will be carried live on ESPN networks, home to the country’s major sports leagues and biggest sports events. The first event to be showcased for nearly 100 million households in the United States, GLORY 25 Milan, will be delivered live on ESPN3 this Friday, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. EST / 1 p.m. PST with a replay on ESPN 2 at 1:30 a.m. EST / 10:30 p.m. PST that evening.

"We couldn’t be happier to be on multiple platforms of the most watched, most talked about sports network in the world," said GLORY CEO Jon Franklin. "This Friday will be the first time our stacked card will be available live on both coasts – joining live international broadcasts already scheduled in more than 100 countries, with almost 80 more on delay – and we’re excited to be working with ESPN."

In 2015 alone, GLORY has reached broadcast deals with ESPN in the United States, Kombat Sport in France, Fight Channel in Eastern Europe, Combat Channel in Russia, ATV in Suriname, KBS N in South Korea, Digi Sport in Romania and Hungary, StarTimes in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eurosport in European, KIX in Southeast Asia, RING.BG in Bulgaria, SKY in New Zealand, Sport TV in Portugal, and most recently Spike in the Netherlands, further exemplifying its position as an exciting global property.

GLORY 25 Milan is headlined by the Lightweight World Championship clash between reigning Robin "Pokerface" van Roosmalen (34-6, 19 KO) of the Netherlands and challenger Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (103-28-5, 28 KO) of Thailand. Returning lightweight legend Giorgio "The Doctor" Petrosyan (81-2-1, 36 KO) and 22-year-old rising star Josh Jauncey (23-5, 12 KO) meet in the co-headline bout.

Last week, GLORY’s CEO John Franklin guaranteed that their next card and every one thereafter would air on US television and today he not only made good on his promise to GLORY’s growing fanbase, but also positioned the promotion in a spot that will introduce it to a whole new audience. 

It’s a huge day for, not only GLORY, but for kickboxing itself to be linked up with the Worldwide Leader.

Earlier today the promotion held weigh-ins for GLORY 25, here are the results:

GLORY 25 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Lightweight Title Headline Bout:
Robin van Roosmalen (153 lb / 69.4 kg) vs. Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (154.3 lb / 70 kg)
Lightweight Co-Headline Bout:
Giorgio Petrosyan (154.3 lb / 70 kg) vs. Josh Jauncey (153.4 lb / 69.6 kg)
Welterweight Contender Tournament Bout:
Yoann Kongolo (169.3 lb / 76.8 kg) vs. Karim Ghajji (169.8 lb / 77 kg)
Welterweight Contender Tournament Bout:
Murthel Groenhart (168.4 lb / 76.4 kg) vs. Nicola Gallo (169.8 lb / 77 kg)

GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES MILAN WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Featherweight Title Headline Bout:
Gabriel Varga (143.3 lb / 65 kg) vs. Serhiy Adamchuk (143.3 lb / 65 kg)
Light Heavyweight Bout:
Danyo Ilunga (207.5 lb / 94.1 kg) vs. Artem Vakhitov (204.1 lb / 92.6 kg)
Middleweight Bout:
Vittorio Iermano (186.1 lb / 84.4 kg) vs. Samir Boukhidous (185.4 lb / 84.1 kg)
Welterweight Bout:
Stefano Bruno (169.8 lb / 77 kg) vs. Hosam Radwan (168.2 lb / 76.3 kg)
Lightweight Bout:
Anatoly Moiseev (153.9 lb / 69.8 kg) vs. Teo Mikelic (153.9 lb / 69.8 kg)

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