GLORY 53 Announced for Lille, France
GLORY Kickboxing announced that GLORY 53 takes place on May 12 at the Zénith de Lille in Lille, France. It will be the promotion’s first stop in northern France since GLORY 22 in 2015.
French kickboxing star and former GLORY Welterweight Champion Cedric Doumbe will compete in the main event of GLORY 53, facing an opponent still to be announced.
In the co-main event, Anissa Meksen will defend her GLORY Women’s Super Bantamweight Title for the first time, facing Amel Dehby. Meksen is 3-0 in GLORY since debuting in July 2017. She defeated Tiffany Van Soset back in early December at the GLORY 48 SuperFight Series, in New York, to win the title. This will be Dehby’s return to GLORY since losing to Van Soset in the final of the first-ever women’s super bantamweight tournament in late 2016.
GLORY 53 will also hold a four-man lightweight contender’s tournament, featuring Serhii Adamchuk, Azize Hliali, Anvar Boynazarov, and Zakaria Zouggary.
The GLORY 53 SuperFight Series will feature Zinedine Hameur-Lain and Michael Duut. Four bouts are currently scheduled, with one more SuperFight Series bout still expected to be announced.
GLORY 53 Card:
Welterweight Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. TBD
Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Super Bantamweight Title Co-Headline Bout: Anissa Meksen (c) vs. Amel Dehby
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Anvar Boynazarov vs. Zakaria Zouggary
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Azize Hlali
GLORY 53 SuperFight Series Card:
Light Heavyweight Bout: Zinedine “Good Boy” Hameur-Lain vs. Michael Duut
Lightweight Bout: Yohann Drai vs. Vlad Tuinov
Featherweight Bout: Nafi Bilalovski vs. Chenchen Li
Featherweight Bout: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Abdellah Ezbiri