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GLORY headed to New York in June; Daniel Ghita to headline

Pro mixed martial arts may not be coming to New York City in 2013, but kickboxing is.

GLORY, arguably the world's leading kickboxing organization, will hold an event at Hammerstein Ballroom in the Manhattan Center on June 22, the promotion confirmed with Tuesday.

Heavyweight star Daniel Ghita (46-9) will headline the event against Brice Guidon (28-8). In addition to that fight, the card will also feature a one-night eight-man tournament. Participants, as well as the tournament bracket, are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

"We are thrilled to kick off the expansion of GLORY’s world championship kickboxing series to the U.S. with such a high-caliber event in the sports and entertainment epicenter that is New York City," GLORY Sports International CEO Andrew Whitaker stated in a press release. "We are looking forward to establishing the GLORY brand in the U.S. with this debut event that will showcase the product for what it is -- the most exciting and elite form of world-class kickboxing, or martial arts stand-up fighting."

GLORY's next event will take place May 3 in Tokyo, Japan.

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