With just under ten weeks before Road To Glory 2, 24 of the country’s top professional kickboxers are stepping up their preparations at their training camps.
Road To Glory 2, promoted by Suggy’s Gym, Newark, takes place at the 1,500-seater Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham, on Saturday, October 7.
It features fighters from some of the leading gyms across the country.
The event includes an 8 Man Lightweight Tournament that offers £5,000 prize money plus the chance for the two finalists to secure deals to appear on Glory, the world’s leading kickboxing promotion.
Four seeded fighters will be selected by Glory ahead of the draw for the quarter-finals and the announcement of who fights who in the first round.
The final two contenders have been named as Ammari Diedrick, of 4th Dimension, Long Eaton, and Paul Norton, of Chupasart Gym, Dublin.
They join Marcel Adeyemi (The Knowlesy Academy, Edgeware), Ley-ton-Reece Collymore (Franks Gym, Manchester), Vinny Church (Backstreet Dojo, Sunbury), William Goldie-Galloway (Pure Impact Muay Thai, Blackpool), Giannis Skordilis (Storm Gym, Luton) and Alex Bublea (The Knowlesy Academy, Edgeware) to battle it out for places in the semi-finals and final.
“With the line-up now complete, all eight and their coaches will be putting fight plans into place to ensure they are ready to take on anyone they might be find themselves up against in the tournament,” said Dean Sugden.
Victories in his three bouts will see the ultimate winner walk away with a £2,000 purse.
Also on the Grantham card are three Super Fights, one of which features Glory featherweight Bailey ‘Bad Boy’ Sugden, of Suggy’s Gym in Newark.
His opponent has yet to be confirmed, although an offer has been made to Mo Abdurahman, who fought Bailey in the final of the 8 Man Tournament on the first Road To Glory in March.
“We are waiting to see whether he accepts it but if it does go ahead, Glory Sports Inc’s managing director, Cor Hemmers, has agreed it would be an official ranking fight, so both men would get an opportunity to gain valuable points and climb up the Glory rankings,” Dean said.
Completing the main card are two more Super Fights, both at welterweight.
Former ISKA world champion Reece Rowell, of Essex Kickboxing, takes on the current ICO world champion, Karl Johnston, of Jesters in Matlock.
“Reece and Karl have never met in the ring so this one is set to be a classic match-up,” said Dean.
“We also have Barnsley’s Adam Hadfield fighting Dawid Blaszke from Naas Kickboxing in Ireland. Dawid was on the last event, when he stopped the talented Jake Barton, so the crowd can expect another classic when he goes up against Adam.”
Road To Glory 2 follows the success of the first Road To Glory at Grantham in March, after which four of the fighters taking part were signed by Glory.
Talent across the country
Three have already made their Glory debuts, including Bailey Sugden, who dominated his more experienced opponent, Arthur Sorsor, both technically and physically to take a unanimous decision win on the card of Glory 43 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
“This has been a massive boost for us as promoters of the feeder show here in the UK,” said Dean.
“It shows just how much talent we have across the country and reinforces my belief that some of that talent can go on to represent the UK on the world stage.
“Putting on these shows as Glory’s official partner is a massive opportunity for us and the support they gave to raise the profile of the inaugural event, and are now giving to the second one, has been invaluable.”
Doors open for Road To Glory 2 at 6pm, with the first bell at 6.45pm.
Tickets for the show — which also features five more professional fights on the undercard — range from £35 to £750.
They are available from Suggy’s Gym at 49 Castlegate or via the ticket hotline 01636 605708 or 07816 840920.