It’s been a frustrating year for combative sports. The UFC has reportedly seen a 30-40% loss in revenue in 2014, struggling, most notably, with numerous injuries to their top talent. The most obvious match in boxing, Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather, Jr has failed to happen — and it seems few other pugilistic stars are catching the North American public’s attention. In kickboxing, the GLORY promotion endured failure in its only pay-per-view event.
But, fans remain hopeful in the fight game(s), so we were still looking forward to a solid show or three before Christmas.
Looks like the Grinch stole GLORY 19 — and he isn’t giving it back until February.
Dave Walsh of Liverkick.com reports that GLORY 19, which was scheduled for December 19, in has been pushed back to “properly promote the event.”
“Obviously I’m disappointed that we had to move off the December 19th date,” GLORY CEO John J. Franklin said in an interview with Walsh. “But I’d have been even more disappointed if we continued with the hard work it takes to put on an event like GLORY does and it didn’t live up to the standard our fans have come to expect and demand.”
The event will still feature a heavyweight championship bout and a welterweight contender tournament, as originally scheduled. Among the participants in the tournament is karate/tae kwon do stylist Raymond Daniels. Daniels is known to North American Audiences for his bouts in World Combat League in 2006 to 2008, and in three recent GLORY appearances.
GLORY 19’s new date and location has not been announced.
“As planned for 2015, we will take January off and then return on SPIKE with GLORY 19 in February,” Franklin said. “Our Heavyweight World Champion Rico Verhoeven is facing a tough task in Errol Zimmerman, and we’ve also got the buzz saw that is Nieky Holzken and human highlight reel Raymond Daniels. Once we’re able to announce the full card for GLORY 19, it will be worth the wait.”