GLORY 53: Sitthichai & Meksen Retain

While he may have faced his toughest test yet, Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong successfully defended the GLORY Lightweight Championship against Tyjani Beztati in the main event of GLORY 53 in Lille, France.

Beztati was knocked hard in the groin early on in the first, and it was after the brief pause that Sitthichai saw what Beztati could do against him. Beztati made it a close opening round between the two, and three of the five judges even awarded the opening round to the challenger. The 20-year-old challenger continued his momentum into the second round, and while Sitthichai was not exactly doing bad, it was clear he was struggling and trying to figure out how to counter Beztati’s reach and movement.

Sittichai dominated the third round, bringing the fight even closer, but the turning point in the fight came in the fourth. The champion overwhelmed the challenger with a couple of hard strikes and a knee, sending Beztati through the ropes and out of the ring. The referee, however, rather than ruling a knockdown, ruled the knee was illegal and the knockdown did not count. Fortunately for Sittichai, the referee did not take a point away.

From that point on, the champion showed why he now has 120 wins, and while Beztati may have a long future ahead and gave Sittichai a run for his money, it wasn’t enough.

All five judges ruled the bout in favor of Sittichai — 48-47, 48-47, 49-46, 49-46, 50-45.

Anissa Meksen also successfully defend her GLORY Women’s Super Bantamweight Title on the main card, defeating Amel Dehby.

Meksen was the clear aggressor in the opening round of the bout, having a counter for just about everything Dehby threw. However, Dehby did land a hard combination of strikes towards the closing seconds of the round, which even convinced one judge to award the round to Dehby.

While Dehby was not as overwhelmed in the quieter second and third rounds, she did not apply enough pressure to Meksen, and the champion swept both rounds. The fight looked more like a brawl in the fourth, with both ladies unleashing several hard combinations and flurries. At one point, towards the end of the round, Dehby had Meksen’s back to the ropes. Meksen still landed in some strong strikes, however, and Dehby had not much left to offer in the final round.

Meksen retained the title, taking the judges’ scorecards 49-46, 49-46, 49-46, 50-45, 50-45.

GLORY 53 Lille
Lightweight Title Headline Bout: Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (c) def. Tyjani Beztati via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46, 49-46, 50-45)
Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Jahfarr Wilnis def. Jamal Ben Saddik via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Super Bantamweight Title Bout: Anissa Meksen (c) def. Amel Dehby via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Michael Duut via TKO (Rd. 2, 1:14)
Featherweight Bout: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao def. Abdellah Ezbiri via KO (Rd. 2, 1:40)

GLORY 53 SuperFight Series
Welterweight Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé def. Thongchai Sitsongpeenong via KO (Rd. 1, 0:33)
Middleweight No. 1 Contender Co-Headline Bout: Yousri Belgaroui def. Dawid Kasperski via TKO (Rd. 2, 1:37)
Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Serhii Adamchuk def. Victor Pinto via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Welterweight Bout: Alan Scheinson def. Mohammed Jaraya via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Serhii Adamchuk def. Azize Hlali via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Victor Pinto def. Buray Bozaryilmaz via majority decision (26-30, 28-28, 29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

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