Ilunga & Duut Stage Potential Fight of the Year
Michael Duut and Danyo Ilunga have staged what may well turn out to be the Fight of the Year. The two rematched in the headline slot of the GLORY COLLISION PRELIMS card on Saturday night, two years on from their GLORY 11 CHICAGO meeting. That first encounter ended in the first round when Duut suffered an arm injury; the rematch would be quite different.
They went toe-to-toe early in the fight and stayed there for most it, slugging it out. Duut shot an overhand right through Ilunga’s guard during an early exchange and Ilunga dropped to his knees. Ilunga survived the count and came back into the fight. Ilunga changed momentum by landing a massive blow of his own which staggered Duut and put in him on shaky legs. Duut regained his composure and the second round went much like the first, big shots and legs kicks that had the crowd on their feet for most of the fight.
The third and final round was where things got really crazy. They came out of their corners and almost immediately Ilunga scored the knockdown he needed. Duut beat the count but looked wobbly as the fight restarted. Duut ate another right hand which knocked him down for a second time. And for a second time he beat the count. Duut landed a bomb of his own on Ilunga to knock him down, making for two knockdowns each in the fight, three of the total four coming in just one round.
The judges scored the fight a draw after three rounds which meant it went to an extra fourth round. Both were tired but dug deep and went in search of the knockout to seal the win. Thundering blows were traded back and forth before Duut heard the ten-second clapper go off. Right then, in the dying seconds of the fight, he landed a right hand which dropped Ilunga for the third time, won him the round and won him the fight. Duut won by unanimous decision. It also surely sealed the deal on a Fight of the Year nomination.