GLORY 42 takes place in Paris and features a rematch of one of last year’s most surprising upsets.
In December, dominant welterweight champion Nieky Holzken was dethroned by Cedric Doumbe at GLORY: Collision. Now Holzken will have his chance at redemption when he gets another shot at Doumbe at GLORY 42.
The card takes place on Saturday June 10th, and on Thursday GLORY put out a press release announcing the rest of the five-fight card.
Read the press release below:
|AMSTERDAM – GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the finalized fight cards for GLORY 42 Paris and GLORY 42 SuperFight Series, live from France’s AccorHotels Arena on Saturday June 10.
GLORY welterweight world champion Ce´dric "The Best" Doumbe´ (66-4-1, 39 KO, fighting out of France) defends his title on home soil, headlining GLORY 42 Paris with rival Nieky "The Natural" Holzken (90-12, 46 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands).
Doumbe´, just 24 years old, captured GLORY gold in remarkable fashion, ending Holzken’s four-year unbeaten streak at GLORY: COLLISION in December. That effort was followed by a near-flawless victory over No. 1 contender Yoann Kongolo at GLORY 39 Brussels, bringing his winning streak to 11 fights in a row.
Holzken, now ranked No. 3 in the division, has not competed since his first meeting with Doumbe´. In the rematch, he looks to return to the winning ways that established him as one of the most dominant champions in kickboxing history.
An injury to Armenian-Belgian striker Harut Grigorian (44-10, 32 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) delayed his bout with No. 4 ranked welterweight Murthel "The Predator" Groenhart (65-22-3, 37 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands). Initially booked for GLORY 41 SuperFight Series earlier this month, this rematch from 2012 features bad blood and championship implications, as the GLORY 42 Paris co-headline bout winner will be next in line for a welterweight title opportunity.
GLORY 42 Paris will also feature a one-night, four-man lightweight contender tournament, with the battle-tested winner earning their opportunity to disrupt the dominance of GLORY lightweight world champion Sitthichai later this year.
Later in the evening, the Moiseev-Baya winner will enter the ring once again, meeting the winner of the other tournament semifinal match-up between high-octane lightweight prospects. 26-year-old Danish dynamo Niclas “The Destroyer” Larsen (46-8-2, 24 KO, fighting out of Denmark) offers Bulgarian newcomer Stoyan Koprivlenski a tough test for his GLORY debut. Undefeated so far this year, the opening round bout will be Larsen’s third fight in five months.