Mourad Bouzidi has his eye on GLORY title
Mourad ‘The Silent Power’ Bouzidi (78-22-2,34 KOs) has a strap in his sights.
The veteran kickboxer is in good form as of late, riding a three-fight winning streak heading into his fight with Michael Duut (38-6, 17 KOs) GLORY 26 AMSTERDAM. Should he defeat Duut, Bouzidi believes he should be in line for a title shot.
“I have a lot of motivation around this fight, I am planning to really kick his ass in Amsterdam just to really send a message: I want my title shot,” he said. “He is a good fighter, a dangerous opponent, you can see how he knocked Tyrone Spong down [in the GLORY 9 NEW YORK light-heavyweight contender tournament] and nearly knocked him out in the first round. Spong also had difficulties with Verlinden. Based on that fight I thought Verlinden would be more of a problem for me in my last fight [at GLORY 22 FRANCE in June], but really he wasn’t. So I am feeling confident. I thought with three wins in a row I would have the title shot already but instead they gave me Duut. So I will beat him in Amsterdam and then I have four wins in a row, surely they must give me a title shot?"
Bouzidi’s only losses at light heavyweight have been to current champion Saulo Cavalari and former #1 Danyo Ilunga.
GLORY 26 AMSTERDAM takes place Friday, December 4 in Amsterdam, Netherlands and is headlined by two world title fights.
Rico Verhoeven defends his world heavyweight championship against Benjamin Adegbuyi in the main event while in the co-main Nieky Holzken will defend his welterweight title against the winner of next months’s Welterweight Contender Tournament at GLORY 25 MILAN.