Heavyweight Kickboxing Superstar Tyrone Spong Signs Exclusive Agreement with GLORY

Tyrone Spong Signs Exclusive Agreement with GLORY

KO artist slated for action amongst world’s greatest big men at GLORY World
Series event in Tokyo in December

LONDON, UK (Aug. 22, 2012) – Heavyweight kickboxing KO artist and former Ernesto
Hoost protégé Tyrone “The King of the Ring” Spong (68-6-1, 42 KO’s) of
Amsterdam, Netherlands has signed a multi-fight, two-year exclusive deal with
GLORY to compete in the world’s premiere kickboxing league. He is slated to make
his GLORY debut at the GLORY World Series mega-event in Tokyo, Japan on a
December date to be announced soon.

Tyrone Spong

Tyrone Spong

The 26-year-old, 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in), 103.5 kg (228 pound), former It’s Showtime
World Champion, has scored KO’s in over 60 percent of his victories,. including
his latest conquest, a third-round stoppage of all-time great Peter Aerts in
Brussels, Belgium on June 30, 2012.

Spong made an immediate impact in the kickboxing world in 2003, his first year
competing as a professional, reeling off 12 consecutive wins in a span of as
many months. He notched his first major victory on Oct. 1, 2006 when he scored a
thunderous, first round (1:55) KO on world champion Kaoklai Kaennorsing of
Bangkok, Thailand in Almere, Netherlands. A marquee moment in his career was as
a 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix finalist from the old K-1 organization.

“I am very happy to join GLORY and take part in their heavyweight division. It
was clear to me that GLORY World Series represents the toughest challenge in
kickboxing,” said Spong, who recently relocated to South Florida where he trains
alongside UFC superstars Alistair Overeem and Rashad Evans. In addition to being
mentored by kickboxing legend Hoost, Spong has trained under professional boxing
guru, Floyd Mayweather, Sr.

“The best stand-up fighters in the world are taking part in this league,” Spong
continued, “and I want to prove that I am the best. I will be the king of the
Glory ring”

Spong is renowned for his incredible athleticism and technical fluidity,
attributes that allow him to move with a level of speed that is comparable to a
lightweight.

“We are delighted to welcome Tyrone Spong to the GLORY heavyweight division,”
said GLORY Ambassador, Cor Hemmers. “He is a very exciting fighter and has a
very impressive highlight reel. Fans can expect some superb performances and
lots of knockouts.

“Our roster of heavyweight superstars is beyond anything kickboxing has ever
seen and, with the acquisition of Tyrone, it just became that much more
outstanding,“ commented Marcus Luer, Managing Director of GLORY Sports
International.

Born in Suriname and raised in Amsterdam, Spong started his career as a
middleweight where he won two different European championships, and has steadily
climbed through the weight categories over the years, winning a cruiserweight
title on his way to heavyweight.
Amongst the heavyweight superstars whom Spong will join in Tokyo are Peter
Aerts, Remy Bonjasky, Semmy Schilt and Jerome Le Banner—all GLORY fighters who,
together, boast a collection of over 10 heavyweight World Grand Prix titles from
the old K-1 organization– and rising stars such as Errol Zimmerman, Gokhan
Saki, Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva and Filip Verlinden.

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About GLORY:

The GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world’s premier
stand-up fighting league, staging events across the globe and offering up to
$1,000,000 in prize money to successful fighters in 16-man grand prix
tournaments which are open to only the very best fighters in each weight class.

With television deals spanning every continent plus a ground-breaking 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
already.

Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has
offices in Holland, the UK, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Its personnel
include prominent hedge-fund investors, the pioneering sports marketing agency
Total Sport Asia and several executives from the Golden Glory and It’s Showtime
team.