GLORY 53 Adds Lightweight Title Fight
GLORY has announced not only a lightweight title match for GLORY 53 Lille, but also more fights for the event and the GLORY 53 SuperFight Series, taking place at the Zénith de Lille on Saturday, May 12th.
“Killer Kid” Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong will headline GLORY 53 Lille, looking for his record setting fourth defense of his GLORY lightweight championship against 20-year-old Tyjani Beztati.
In his three years in the GLORY ring, Sitthichai has racked up an impressive 8-1 record, with wins over former champions Robin van Roosmalen and Davit Kiria, as well as title contenders Marat Grigorian, Dylan Salvador and Christian Baya.
Beztati has also only lost one of his fights since making his GLORY debut towards the end of 2016, with his sixth win coming at GLORY 51 SuperFight Sereis when he defeated Anil Cabri via TKO.
After his loss to Rico Verhoeven at GLORY Redemption, Jamal Ben Saddik returns to GLORY, in the semi-main event against Jahfarr Wilnis.
Wilnis holds a victory over Ben Saddik in their only confrontation at GLORY 2 Brussels in 2012.
The complete five-fight card for GLORY 53 Lille can be found below:
GLORY 53 Lille
Lightweight Title Headline Bout: Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (c) vs. Tyjani Beztati
Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Jamal Ben Saddik vs. Jahfarr Wilnis
Super Bantamweight Title Bout: Anissa Meksen (c) vs. Amel Dehby
Light Heavyweight Bout: Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Michael Duut
Featherweight Bout: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Abdellah Ezbiri
For the GLORY 53 SuperFight Series, Cédric Doumbé will battle Aruba’s Eyevan “Mister Cool” Danenberg in that card’s main event.
Doumbé is looking to return to the championship conversation with a win over the fifth ranked welterweight, Danenberg, who is coming off welterweight contender tournament wins over Jimmy Vienot and Thongchai Sitsongpeenong at GLORY 51 Rotterdam in March.
Yousri Belgaroui and No. 3-ranked Jason “Psycho” Wilnis will now square off in the GLORY 53 SuperFight Series co-headline bout, after their bout for GLORY 52 was postponed. The winner of this bout will earn a title shot, facing GLORY middleweight champion Alex Pereira on an upcoming fight card.
GLORY 53 SuperFight Series will also feature the previously announced one-night, four-man featherweight contender tournament.
One half of the tournament bracket remains intact, as former featherweight title-holder Serhii Adamchuk takes on French-Moroccan fighter Azize “The Magician” Hliali.
Featherweights Anvar Boynazarov and Zakaria Zouggary have been replaced by French-born Victor “Leo” Pinto and Turkish newcomer Buray Bozaryilmaz, who will meet in the other tournament semifinal bout.
The complete six-fight card for GLORY 53 SuperFight Series can be found below:
GLORY 53 SuperFight Series
Welterweight Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Eyevan Danenberg
Middleweight No. 1 Contender Co-Headline Bout: Yousri Belgaroui vs. Jason Wilnis
Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Welterweight Bout: Alan Scheinson vs. Mohammed Jaraya
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Serhii Adamchuk vs. Azize Hlali
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Victor Pinto vs. Buray Bozaryilmaz