Kickboxing: Glory 24 Lands in Denver, Sets Levin-Schilling 3 as Headliner

By Mike Sloan Aug 20, 2015
Joe Schilling will return to the Glory ring on Oct. 9. | Dave Mandel/

World kickboxing powerhouse Glory announced Thursday afternoon that its next event will take place in the Mile High City.

Glory 24 will be held inside the Magness Arena on Oct. 9 and headlined by the rubber match between rivals Artem Levin and Joe Schilling.

Levin (83-7-2, 34 KOs), the reigning Glory middleweight champion, last fought to a draw with Simon Marcus on May 8 at Glory 21 “San Diego.” Before that, the Russian had won seven in a row, including a spirited decision win over Schilling last June in the Glory 17 “Last Man Standing” event, a one-night, eight-man tournament.

Schilling (25-7, 11 KOs) is the last man to hand Levin a loss, and he did so via decision in the finals of the Glory 10 middleweight tournament in Sept. 2013. More recently, “Stitch ‘Em Up” has been competing for Bellator MMA, where he has dropped his last two bouts, including a shocking second round knockout at the hands of Hisaki Kato. The Californian last fought for Glory in February, where he toppled Robert Thomas via decision at Glory 19.

"This is a trilogy fight we needed to make happen; the fans demanded it,” said Glory CEO Jon Franklin. “Levin and Schilling both lay claim to being the world's best middleweight and this third fight will definitively show everyone who is right. On top of that, they've split the first two fights and there's no love lost between them, giving us the makings of an instant classic.”

Additional bouts for Glory 24, including the participants in the promotion’s one-night, four-man heavyweight contender tournament, will be announced soon. The tournament winner will earn the next shot at reigning Glory heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven.


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