Tommy “The Rhino” Glanville passes away

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    Post subject: Tommy “The Rhino” Glanville passes away PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:24 pm

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    [August 22, 2005] K-1 was dealt a tragic blow on Wednesday, August 10th when three-time Las Vegas Superfight competitor, Tommy Glanville, suddenly and mysteriously passed away while he lay asleep in his Henderson, Nevada home. Glanville was 42 years of age.

    At press time, the coroner investigating the death was withholding a finding on its official cause pending toxicology reports that could take anywhere from two to eight weeks to be returned from the laboratory. After arriving at the scene of the death, Henderson police reported no signs of foul play or trauma.

    “This is a very sad time,” said K-1 USA CEO, Scott Coker, who arrived in Las Vegas several days prior to Glanville’s death in order to prepare for K-1’s latest Las Vegas fight card that took place at The Mirage Hotel and Casino on Saturday, August 13th. The tragic occurrence was recognized during “Mayhem At The Mirage” when a 10-count of the official ringside bell sounded. A moment of silence followed while a portrait photo of the fighter was displayed across the visual screen in the arena. “Tommy was a great guy and a great friend to a lot of people. He’s going to be missed.”

    A heavy-handed scrapper who was schooled in both kickboxing and western boxing, Glanville, nicknamed “The Rhino,” was recognized as a competitor who boasted a big heart both inside and outside of the squared circle. In 2000, he handed Mark “The Shark” Miller the first loss of his professional career by way of unanimous judges’ decision.

    Glanville’s last start came against the sport’s biggest celebrity figure, Bob “The Beast” Sapp, during K-1’s “Battle at Bellagio II” mega-card on April 30, 2004. Sapp stopped Glanville at the 33 second mark of the bout’s first round.

    Before relocating to Nevada and turning to the fight game where he would amass a professional record of 19 wins and 7 losses, Glanville, a native of San Francisco, California, played football for Golden West College in California.

    Glanville is survived by his son, Billy Monahan; his parents, George T. and Norma Glanville; two sisters, Lisa Cabalona and Linda Lewis; and a grandmother, Theresa Glanville.

    Glanville’s death comes only two years after K-1 and the world of martial arts fighting lost one of its greatest pound for pound superstars, Alex “F14” Gong. The reigning International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) World Junior Middleweight Muay Thai Champion, the 32-year-old Gong was gunned down by a hit-and-run driver who had slammed into Gong’s parked jeep moments earlier outside of the San Francisco-based Fairtex Combat Sports Camp that the champion and trainer had opened in 1996. After Gong pursued the fleeing driver on foot and caught up with him at a stop light, the driver pulled out a handgun and shot and killed Gong.




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