Last night Croatian legend  Mirko Cro Cop won his first major Kickboxing title, 17 years after his professional debut. In one night, in his home country of Croatia, the professional Kickboxer and Mixed Martial Artist was crowned the 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix Final tournament champion.

The Croatian went into the tournament as one of the favorites, and defeated a newcomer to the K-1 World, Jarrell Miller in the quarter finals. The fight was contested mostly with Cro Cop on the back foot, weathering a lot of knees from the American and was crowded many times in the fight which prevented him from really unleashing his trade mark “left leg cemetery” high kick.

Cro Cop was handed the victory in a very close fight. Muay Thai veteran Pavel Zhuravlev stood in front of Cro Cop in the Semi Finals. In a more competitive fight, Mirko was deducted a point in the second round for clinching. Though he had more success in the fight than his last bout there was still some doubt over who had won the fight. Again Mirko was given the nod, and went on to face a veteran of the European circuit, Ismael Londt.

This time there was no confusion over who had won the fight, with Cro Cop landing his trade mark left high kick in the second round, dropping his opponent for an eight count. The home country fighter continued to be the aggressor during the fight and without any doubt, won the fight and with it the Crown of K-1 World Grand Prix Champion.

Mirko truly showed what was left in the legend after switching to MMA in 2001, back to K-1 in 2012 and having to face many injuries along the way. However the real thought is, after achieving what the 38-year-old could not achieve in his 20’s, is it time for Cro Cop to call it a day?

There is no doubt, considering the injuries the man has sustained over his long career that he looked great… but not overly spectacular. While it was a treat to see him unleash his trade mark kick against Londt in the finals, it was also a bit unfortunate to watch him fight on against an opponent he would have demolished back in his hay days. There was also some controversy over his victories against Miller and Zhuravlev, though controversy has always been around in K-1. But we know that the old Cro Cop would have managed to do so much more against those opponents. It was particularly discouraging to see Cro Cop struggle in his three round fight against Miller, who had only had three professional kickboxing fights before that fight.

Now we already knew that Mirko was well past his prime. We saw that in his return to Kickboxing, where he dominated two of the three rounds against Ray Sefo but not in the way we had seen him do so before his transition to MMA.

We also knew that K-1, due to their financial difficulties and inactivity for two years, was not going to have the greatest talent the kickboxing world has to offer. The likes of Gokhan Saki, Tyrone Spong, Semmy Schilt, Daniel Ghita, Remy Bonjasky and many more are fighting over in Glory, which seems to have replaced K-1 as the top organization of the kickboxing world.

So we knew that Mirko would not be able to prove himself against the “best” fighters in the world, which unfortunately does not make his win last night as awesome as it would have been 15 years ago. Never the less we saw him win against three much younger and fresher fighters in one night, which for an old lion like Mirko is always tough to do.

Although since he has proven himself in a eight man tournament, regardless of the opposition it is definitely time to call it a day. The alternative is that Mirko continues to fight on, and try and earn his way into the Glory organization; however even if he made it in you would have to say that after his first two performances last night that he would most likely not stand a chance at winning their tournament, or beating their top guys.

Unfortunately time catches up to everyone and it is always important to know that not everyone can fight into their mid 40’s. Randy Couture was able to do it against some of the best fighters out there at 44 to 47; but Ken Shamrock (who is almost equal in age) was unable to look overly spectacular at age 40 and since then, to age 47 he has looked everything but great.

There is no doubt that regardless of the opposition last night, that Cro Cop achieved a monumental goal that he can be proud of. The next thing to realize is that he has achieved many great things in his career, given us some unforgettable moments, and should now retire at the end of a legendary career.

On March 15th, one of the worlds’ most exciting kickboxers will return to the ring, after a ten-month lay off, and will fight to be the champion of the returning Kickboxing organization K-1.

Badr Hari has been one of the most prominent figures in kickboxing since he started his career back in 2005. He has come ever so close to winning the K-1 World Grand Prix title twice in his life: once in 2008, where he was Disqualified against Remy Bonjasky, and again in 2009, where he was finished in one round against Semmy Schilt. In March he will return to the ring to make his fourth go at becoming K-1 World Champion.

Although for the first time, in a long time, many have started to question whether he is ready for the eight-man tournament. He has been out of the ring since May of 2012, where he won a unanimous decision against Anderson Silva. Though the fight was very close in the end, with Silva managing to come back in the 2nd and 3rd rounds after suffering a knock down in round 1 and narrowly loosing the 3rd to Hari.

Hari, who known for his great conditioning as well as his incredible KO power, was not only unable to finish his opponent, but he actually got tired in round 2 and even appeared to be hurt on one occasion. He has been known to have a suspect chin from time to time, but the fact that an opponent he knocked down in round one managed to come back and almost win the fight in the last two rounds was a shock to most. Very few fighters manage to hurt Badr Hari after getting knocked down by the Morrocan.

Not only is Hari coming off the worst win of his K-1 career, but he is also coming off multiple arrests and problems with the law; after his win against Silva, he was chased by a “SWAT” team, after a business man had claimed he had been assaulted by Hari, and a night club owner had made a similar claim. After being released, he was quickly put in prison again, after violating his release conditions, and was released in January of this year. So not only has Hari spent more time in jail, in the last 5 months (when the other men in the tournament have been preparing for the event) but he scheduled to have his trial, sometime in March, where he faces charges for assault and attempted man slaughter.

When you take all of that into account, Hari has had no more than three months to train properly, after again coming off the worst win of his K-1 career. Although Hari was in a similar situation earlier in his career in 2008 when he defended his K-1 Heavyweight Title against Glaube Feitosa. He lost most of his training time, due to being convicted of crime and was detained for two months before the fight. Hari still won the fight impressively in the first round. However that was a one-off fight, where as this is a tournament, which requires you to win against three opponents in one night (a tough task for anybody) and he has spent a total of seven months in jail in his ten-month layoff.

So whether the “Golden Boy” will be ready for the K-1 Grand Prix we will have to wait and see. The man who has managed to provide many amazing results in his career, none more so than his 49-second win over Semmy Schilt, his amazing spinning high kick KO over Stefan Leko and the fact that only four of his wins in the last seven years have not been by (T)KO.  Should he win the K-1 tournament it will truly be one to remember. But again with all the personal hardships he has had over the last ten months, a potentially fractured training camp and the fact that Hesdy Gerges will most meet him in the semi finals, a man who gave him trouble in their fight two years ago, before Hari was disqualified; you really do wonder does the Morrocan Bad Boy have what it takes to produce what could potentially be the toughest task of his entire career?

(PRESS RELEASE) SINGAPORE (Feb. 19, 2013) – Glory Sports International (GSI), the parent company of the world’s new premiere kickboxing league, announced today that it will bring it’s ROAD TO GLORY USA development fight series designed to identify America’s next great kickboxing superstars, to Capitale in New York, N.Y., on Friday, March 22.

The winner of the eight-man,! single-elimination welterweight (170 pounds/77 kilograms) tournament featuring a host of prolific, up-and-coming competitors, will be awarded a $20,000 grand prize and a multi-year contract with GLORY, home of the world’s elite kickboxing champions and superstars.

Tickets for the event are priced from $40 and can be purchased by phone at 516-458-4989.  The tournament is being held as part of a kickboxing fight card being promoted by former world champion Louis Neglia.

 “We are thrilled to bring our all-new ROAD TO GLORY development tournament series to fight fans in New York City, one of the world’s greatest sports and entertainment epicenters,” said GLORY CEO Andrew Whitaker.

“With the two ROAD TO GLORY tournaments we’ve held in the U.S. thus far,” continued Whitaker, “we’ve been able to discover treme! ndously bright and promising young kickboxers who could be developed to one day compete on GLORY’s championship stage, which is exactly what ROAD TO GLORY was created for.  We are confident that we will continue to unearth all kinds of new talent across the country, beginning with the upcoming event in New York.”

Undefeated rising stars Ryan Parker (14-0, 3 KOs) of Rochester, N.Y. and Brett Hlavacek (6-0, 2 KOs) of New York will be joined in the tournament draw by KO artists Anthony Nieves (10-4, 8 KOs) of Atlanta, Ga. and Jeremy Carper (5-1, 5 KOs) of Martinsburg, W. Va., battle-tested star Tarek Rached (24-3, 11 KOs) of New York, road warrior Marcus Fisher (16-9, 3 KOs) of Pittsburg, Pa. and promising upstarts Eric Utsch (5-1, 1 KO) of Breinigsville, Pa. and Francois Ambang (6-2, 2 KOs) of Mechanicsvill! e, Va.

Tae Kwon Do black belt and Muay Thai champion Cyrus Washington (52-21-1, 48 KOs) of Macallen, Texas will square off with Chris Clodfelter (7-3-1, 3 KOs) of King, N.C. in a tournament “reserve” bout on the card.  Should any of the tournament’s quarterfinal round fight winners be unable to return to the ring for semifinal round action due to injury sustained en route to victory, the winner of the matchup between Washington and Clodfelter will take the injured fighter’s place in the tournament.

A draw to determine the ROAD TO GLORY USA welterweight tournament’s quarterfinal round matchups will take place on a date and at a location to be announced soon.

Doors at Capitale will open for the event at 7 p.m. EST and the first preliminary bout begins at 8 p.m.

For more information, visit www.gloryworldseries.com.

(PRESS RELEASE) SINGAPORE – Glory Sports International, the parent company of the world’s new premiere kickboxing league, GLORY World Series, today announced the appointment of former WWE Executive VP Andrew Whitaker to the position of global CEO of Glory Sports International.

“We are excited that Andrew has agreed to assume the leadership mantel at GLORY in the pivotal role of CEO, on the front lines of our fast-growing organization,” said GLORY Sports International Chairman, co-founder, and award-winning hedge fund investor Pierre Andurand. “Andrew’s breadth of global experience in the media space is a tremendous asset to GLORY’s day-to-day business.”

“Andrew joining as CEO is an imp! ortant milestone in the development of GLORY as a company and kickboxing as a sport. We’ve had an incredible first year – we have over 40 of the world’s top kickboxing athletes signed to us exclusively, we’ve staged four amazing events, achieved TV distribution in 200 countries and trended No. 1 globally on Twitter on New Year’s Eve 2012 – GLORY and kickboxing are for real. As we start a new season in 2013, we have a calendar of over 10 events on 3 continents, an active global standard for athlete rankings, and we are rolling out a successful global format for kickboxing tournaments with our Grand Slams, Slams and Road to GLORY events. In addition, we are fully committed to entering the US market, and we are delighted Andrew has joined GLORY to oversee all this growth.”

Marcus Luer, co-founder of Glory Sports International, who has spearheaded GLORY’s rapid global expansion as interim-CEO over the last ! year since its inception, will resume the title Managing Director, allowing him to drive many of GLORY’s initiatives in Asia where he continues as CEO and founder of Asia’s leading, full-service sports marketing agency, TSA.

“At the same time,” Andurand continued, “this move will free up Marcus to focus on building the GLORY brand in the territories where his experience and business relationships are greatest.”

Whitaker will be spearheading the opening of a new GLORY office in the tri-state region of the United States.

“I am looking forward to taking a hands-on approach to driving the growth of what I have believed, for months, is an incredible combat sports entertainment product with tremendous global appeal,” said Whitaker, who previously served on the GLORY Sports International Board of Directors as Non-Executive Director.

“Our kickboxing rules distinguish our sport by requiring elite athleticism, skill, and! honor, from GLORY kickboxers, and produce some of the most exciting knockouts ever seen in combat sports. Our martial artists define the word ‘warrior,’, and our superb level of production makes our live events one of the most fan-friendly entertainment experiences in the world. GLORY has already redefined the standard for kickboxing, and has all the elements necessary to become a major player in the global sports industry,” continued Whitaker.

“I look forward to working with Andrew again and continuing our successful partnership which began over 10 years ago while he was with WWE. Together, we ushered the wrestling brand into Asia,” said Luer.  “GLORY is truly a global product now, which operates on a 24/7 basis with events and offices across three different continents – the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Prior to joining GLORY Sports International, Whitaker was the Managing Partner of Kings Highway Media, a global brand and media distribution advisory that serves sports and entertainment IP rightsholders, private equity and venture capital.

Whitaker also served as the Executive Vice President of International for NYSE-listed WWE Inc. where he was responsible for establishing and growing the leading professional wrestling entertainment company’s business via sales, marketing, promotion and public and government relations across television, digital media, live events, licensing and PPV/VOD.

Last week, GLORY debuted its new ROAD TO GLORY development fight series uniquely designed to identify and develop future kickboxing champions and other superstars in the U.S. and elsewhere, with an eight-man light heavyweight tournament (209 pounds/95 kilograms) at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Okla.  On Saturday, Feb. 9, the ROAD TO GLORY series heads to Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles, Calif. with an eight-man middleweight (187 pounds/85 kilograms) tournament.

The next stop for GLORY’s championship series, home to the world’s greatest kickboxers, will be Excel Arena in London, England, where a stacked fight card, headlined by a heavyweight showdown between superstar Tyrone Spong (68-6-1 42 KO’s) and decorated, all-time great Remy “The Flying Gentleman” Bonjasky (77-15, 40 KO’s), will take place on Saturday, March 23.

(PRESS RELEASE) TULSA, Okla. – After accepting the opportunity to fight just one day before the event, 24-year-old Dustin Jacoby (9-3) of Arenzville, Illin. rose to the occasion, defeating three consecutive opponents, all by way of (T)KO, in one night to capture the inaugural ROAD TO GLORY USA light heavyweight (209 pounds/95 kilograms) tournament championship at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on Friday, Feb. 1.

Jacoby was called on to compete just 48 hours in advance of the event and drove to Tulsa from Arenzville, after Manuel Quezada, one of the original eight entrants, suddenly withdrew from the tournament for unknown reasons.

In the tournament’s quarterfinal stage, reigning ISKA world champion Randy “Boom Boom” Blake (25-2, 17 KOs) of Tulsa, a local superstar and favorite to win the tournament, battered the left leg of Jacoby and hammered Jacoby with punching combinations for over two rounds.  In the third stanza, though, Jacoby suddenly countered with a flurry that put Blake down and forced the referee to intervene and stop the bout at the 1:43 mark of the final scheduled round.

In the semifinal stage, Jacoby faced off with Roy “Wreckin’ Ball” Boughton (9-4, 8 KOs), who had defeated Daniel “Sandman” Brison (9-3, 6 KOs) by way of unanimous decision to advance past the quarterfinal stage.  After eating a right h! and, Jacoby responded with a series of stiff jabs that snapped Boughton’s head back.

Jacoby exploded with a knee strike to the head that sent Boughton to the canvas.  Boughton beat the referee’s 10 count, but was put down for the second time with a Jacoby left hook to the body.  The tournament’s “two knockdown rule” took effect, giving Jacoby the TKO victory at the 2:47 mark of the second round.

With a considerable amount of momentum behind him, Jacoby came out the aggressor in the tournament’s championship round, against previously undefeated Brian Collette(19-1, 16 KOs), who had scored a second round (:14) KO on Jeremy Freitag in the quarterfinal round of the event and a first round (1:29) TKO on Kyle Martin in the semifinal stage of the tournament.

Jacoby began connecting with a series of stiff jabs and a left hook to Collette’s body.  With ! less than 10 seconds remaining in the opening round of action, Jacoby unloaded a barrage that put Collette on the mat face first, unable to recover.  Jacoby was declared the victor of the bout by way of first round (3:00) KO.

COMPLETE ROAD TO GLORY USA LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT RESULTS:

Tournament Reserve Fight:

John King def. Jason Bloom via unanimous decision – 29-28, 29-28, 30-27

Quarterfinal Round:

Roy Boughton def. Daniel Brison via unanimous decision – 30-26, 29-27, 29-27
Dustin Jacoby def. Randy Blake via TKO – Round 3 (1:43)
Kyle Martin def. Myron Dennis via unanimous decision – 28-29, 29-28, 29-28
Brian Collette def. Jeremy Freitag via KO – Round 2 (:14)

Semifinal Round:

Dustin Jacoby def. Roy Boughton via TKO – Round 1 (2:47)
Brian Collette def. Kyle Martin via TKO – Round 1 (1:29)

Championship Round:

Dustin Jacoby def. Brian Collette via KO – Round 1 (3:00)

(PRESS RELEASE) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – GLORY, the world’s new premiere kickboxing league, will bring it’s ROAD TO GLORY USA fight series, intent on discovering America’s next great fighting superstars, to Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles with a stacked, one-night, eight-man middleweight (187 pounds) tournament on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Tickets for the event, headlined by the ROAD TO GLORY USA single-elimination tournament, are priced from $40 and can be purchased by phone at 877-446-7962.  The tournament is being held as part of a Dennis Warner-promoted WCK fight card also featuring five Muay Thai bouts.

 “We are excited to showcase our new ROAD TO GLORY development series for prospective future superstars in the sports and entertainment mecca of Los Angeles,” said GLORY CEO Marcus Luer.  “Our fight team headed by legendary trainer Cor Hemmers has hand-picked a group of eight hungry, aspiring world champions from various parts of the U.S., looking to make it to the global stage that GLORY’s championship level events take place on.  To get there, though, they will have to show they have what it takes by persevering in this highly-competitive tournament.&rd! quo;

Enlisted for the eight-man tournament are red-hot prospect Eddie “Showtime” Walker (9-1-1, 7 KOs) of Atlanta, Ga., hard-hitting Andrew Kapel (11-3, 10 KOs) of Minneapolis, Minn., seven-time South African kickboxing champion Van “The General” Wyk Povey (32-3-1, 22 KOs) of Dublin, Calif. via Pretoria, South Africa.; California State ChampionEdgar Del Fierro (18-4, 14 KOs) of Fresno, Calif.; former Karate and Sambo champion Evgeny Zotov (5-2, 3 KOs) of Knoxville, Tenn.; undefeated upstart Mike Lemaire (6-0) of San Diego, Calif.; Casey Green (5-5) of Santa Monica, Calif.; and Jonarth Junio (8-4, 1 KO) of Bellflower, Calif.

The winner of the ROAD TO GLORY USA middleweight tournament will be awarded a grand prize of $20,000 and a one-year contract with GLORY where he will have th! e opportunity to compete in the world’s most prestigious one-nigh! t GLORY kickboxing tournaments that award up to $600,000 in prize money.

A tournament “alternate” bout on the card will pit Afram Egbochuku (2-0, 2 KOs) of San Diego against Jacob “King Cobra” Poss (9-1, 4 KOs) of Los Angeles.  Should any of the tournament’s quarterfinal round fight winners be unable to return to the ring for semifinal round action due to injury sustained en route to victory, the winner of the matchup between Egbochuku and Poss will take the injured fighter’s place in the tournament.

A draw to determine the ROAD TO GLORY USA middleweight tournament’s quarterfinal round matchups will take place on a date and at a location to be announced soon.

Doors at the first floor showroom at Hollywood Park Casino will open for the event at 5 p.m. PST and the first preliminary bout begins at 6 p.m.

(PRESS RELEASE) TULSA, Okla. – GLORY, the world’s new premiere kickboxing league, will kick off it’s highly-anticipated ROAD TO GLORY USA fight series to discover America’s next great fighting superstars, with an eight-man, single-elimination light heavyweight (209 pounds) tournament at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Okla. on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Tickets for the event, headlined by the ROAD TO GLORY USA tournament, are priced from $42 and can be purchased at www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com.  The one-night tournament is being promoted in conjunction with retired world kickboxing champion Dale “Apollo” Cook’s Xtreme Fight Night 11 card.

Reigning ISKA Kickboxing Champion Randy “Boom Boom” Blake (25-1, 17 KOs) of Owasso, Okla. has been tabbed for action in the eight-man tournament affair and will be joined by dangerous, undefeated rising stars Brian “The Lion” Collette (17-0, 14 KOs) of Norfolk, Va.  and Kyle “The Ragin’ Cajun” Martin (7-0, 4 KOs) of New Orleans, La. as well as by KO artist Roy “Wreckin’ Ball” Boughton (8-3, 8 KOs) of Concord, Calif., Muay Thai standout Myron “The Future” Dennis (10-2, 4 KOs) of Oklahoma City, Okla., Urijah Faber-protégé  Jeremy “The Freak” Freitag (8-3, 1 KO) of Sacramento, Calif., tournament savvy Daniel “Sandman” Brison (9-2, 6 KOs) of Greenville, W. Va. and WBC world-ranked professional boxer and kickboxer Manuel “El Toro” Quezada (10-2, 8 KOs) of Wasco, Calif.

“This event marks the beginning of an intensive mission to identify and develop young up and coming fighters into future GLORY superstars and world champions,” said GLORY CEO Marcus Luer.

“ROAD TO GLORY is our development series. This is where you have to first show us that you have what it takes to be a GLORY fighter. Only the winner is guaranteed a chance to fight in our main GLORY shows which are held all over the world.

“We realize that there is a significant pool of aspiring kickboxing champions in The United States but, to date, a lack of opportunity has been a major barrier, prohibiting Stand up fighters here from fulfilling their dreams of becoming the best in the world in what they do.  GLORY is committed to changing this with our ROAD TO GLORY USA fight series.”

The winner of the ROAD TO GLORY USA light heavyweight tournament will be awarded a grand prize of $20,000 and a one-year contract with GLORY where he will have the opportunity to compete in the world’s most prestigious one-night GLORY kickboxing tournaments that award up to $600,000 in prize money.

A tournament “alternate” bout on the card will pit Jason “The Scorpion” Broom (2-0, 2 KOs) of Sapulpa, Okla. against John King (3-1, 2 KOs) of Amarillo, Tex.  Should any of the tournament’s quarterfinal round fight winners be unable to return to the ring for semifinal round action due to injury sustained en route to victory, the winner of the matchup between Broom and King will take the injured fighter’s place in the tournament.

A draw to determine the tournament’s quarterfinal round matchups will take place on a date and at a location to be announced soon.

Doors at The Joint open for the event at 7 p.m. CST and the first preliminary bout begins at 7:15 p.m.  The main card headlined by the tournament begins at 8 p.m.

(PRESS RELEASE) LONDON, England – Tickets,  priced from £45, for the highly-anticipated GLORY 5 London: Spong vs. Bonjasky star-studded kickboxing event, taking place at Excel Arena on Saturday, March 23, are on sale and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by telephone at 0844 847 2543.

Headlined by a heavyweight showdown between superstars Remy Bonjasky (77-15, 40 KO’s) and Tyrone Spong (68-6-1 42 KO’s), the first-ever GLORY show in the UK brings together a host of additional icons for the most stacked kickboxing card ever to grace a British venue.

“When GLORY decided to stage a show in London, we knew we would have to put together a special card for the British capital. Fans have wanted to see a fight between Remy Bonjasky and Tyrone Spong for some time, but the two have never met in the ring – until now,” says Marcus Luer, GLORY CEO.

“Bonjasky is an idol to fight fans around the world and Spong has been on a steady rise to the top – he’s a fighter that everybody is talking about right now. They are both incredible athletes with explosive power. Bonjasky’s flying knees and Spong’s hands are capable of stopping a fight in an instant.  Don’t blink.”

Known as ‘The Flying Gentleman’, the 1.93 meter/6-foot-3, 108 kilogram/238 pound Bonjasky is a household name among kickboxing fans. His illustrious career has seen him win numerous top honors, including three K-1 Grand Prix championships, but thi! s will be the first time that British fans have the opportunity to see him fight live.

One of the most athletic fighters ever to step into the ring, Bonjasky has provided some of the most enduring images of the sport with his flying knee attacks and wide range of dynamic kicks. Among his career achievements are wins over superstar rivals Badr HariPeter AertsAlistair Overeem and Jerome LeBanner.

Like Bonjasky, Spong, a native of Amsterdam who recently relocated to Boca Raton, Fla. to train with the famed ‘Blackzilians’ fight squad, is a stellar athlete. The 1.88 meter/6-foot-2, 103.5 kilogram/228 pound Spong started his career as a middleweight and has retained his speed and fluidity while gradually moving up to heavyweight.

With explosive power in his hands, nearly two-thirds of Spong’s wins have been by stoppage, including his June KO of the legendary Aerts, also a three-time winner of the old K-1 ! Grand Prix tournament series. Prior to moving up to heavyweight, Spong held the light-heavyweight (95 kilograms/210 pounds) title in top European organization It’s Showtime, which GLORY purchased in October 2012.

Jordan Watson (29-5-1, 14 KO’s) and Liam Harrison (67-13-2, 38 KO’s), two of the best kickboxers the UK has ever produced, will both see action on the card.  Hailing from the Bad Company gym in Leeds, England, they have fought all over the world and have been among the few foreigners to find success in the fighting rings of Thailand.

Harrisonfaces Mosab ‘Jaguar’ Amrani (48-7-4, 14 KO’s), a Dutch-Moroccan fighter who combines ferocity with exceptional technicality, in a featherweight bout (65 kilograms/143 pounds). Amrani’s skills will provide the toughest test of Harrison’s career to date. Watson f! aces an equally tough test in the shape of Australia’s ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Moxon (29-4-1, 16 KO’s), a KO machine with a sky-high finishing ratio, in a lightweight contest

In other action on the star-studded, 11-bout GLORY 5 London kickboxing card, all-time great Albert Kraus (66-16-3, 39 KO’s), winner of the first ever K-1 MAX tournament, will face the sensational Andy Ristie (43-2, 16 KO’s) in a bout that will help determine a top lightweight (70 kilograms/154 pounds) contender.

Light-heavyweight (95 kilograms/209 pounds) Bonjasky protégé Danyo Ilunga (41-4, 34 KOs) will make his UK debut against top French talent and fellow power striker Stephane Susperregui (32-4-1, 27 KOs) in a fight that is very unlikely to go the distance.

All GLORY 5 London bouts are comprised of three, three-minute rounds.  The complete fight card is as follows:

 

Heavyweight

Tyrone Spong (Suriname) vs. Remy Bonjasky (Netherlands)

Lightweight

Andy Ristie (Suriname) vs. Albert Kraus (Netherlands)

Light-Heavyweight

Stephane Susperregui (France) vs. Danyo Ilunga (Congo)

Featherweight

Liam Harrison (UK) vs. Mosab Armani (Morocco)

Lightweight

Jordan Watson (UK) vs. Steve Moxon (Australia)

Light-Heavyweight

Raymond Daniels (USA) vs. TBC

Heavyweight

Singh Jaideep (UK/India) vs. Yong Soo Park (South Korea)

Middleweight

Steve Wakeling (UK) vs. Simon Marcus (Canada)

Welterweight

Maxim Vyrovski (Russia) vs. Duoli Chen (China)

Lightweight

Johann Fauveau (France) vs. Warren Stevelmans (South Africa)

Catchweight

Reece McAllister (UK) vs. Tim Thomas (UK)