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Glory announces ESPN partnership and Glory 29 Copenhagen

Lots of big news from Glory tonight, as the company both announced a multi-year deal with ESPN that will see them live on ESPN2, plus Glory 29 Copenhagen in April with Nieky Holzken.

Nieky Holzken, Glory 26
Nieky Holzken, Glory 26
James Law, GLORY Sports International

Two big pieces of news coming out of Glory 27. First up, the kickboxing company announced a new multi-year deal with ESPN. Glory 27 is the third show broadcast on the ESPN Networks, airing live on ESPN3 and in a replay on ESPN2. Now, they have announced that they will be staying with ESPN, and will move to their shows airing live on ESPN2 in addition to ESPN3. More details to come as the Glory schedule takes shape.

Also announced is the next Glory show. On April 16, the company will make their debut in Denmark with Glory 29 Copenhagen. Headlining the card is a Welterweight world title fight as champion Nieky Holzken defends against #4 ranked contender Yoann Kongolo.

Considered by many to be the #1 pound for pound fighter in all of kickboxing, Holzken has not lost since 2012. He claimed the Glory Welterweight title last year, and defended it against Murthel Groenhart at Glory 26 in a controversial fight that went Holzken's way, but many felt Groenhart should have taken.

Challenger Kongolo is 2-1 in Glory and coming in off a great win over Karapet Karapetyan. He is a tough, aggressive fighter with dynamic strikes who should provide a stiff challenge for The Natural.

Also on the card will be a Heavyweight contender tournament. Look for more details on Glory 29 as they become available.

UPDATE: One more announcement from the night - the company has signed Heavyweight Ismael Londt. Londt has fought a lot of big names and holds wins over Hesdy Gerges and Sergei Lascenko among others. He's a great addition to the roster.

Next up for Glory is Glory 28 Paris, March 12, live on the ESPN networks.