Ben Saddik Inks Contract Extension with GLORY
Heavyweight contender Jamal Ben Saddik has signed a multi-fight contract extension with GLORY Kickboxing. The promotion published a video on its YouTube channel chronicling the event, which took place in Breda, Netherlands.
“The heavyweights become very competitive. Let’s give the fans in the audience what they want-big fights, real knockouts. And I don’t fear any heavyweight so I’m available for everyone,” Ben Saddik said.
“Every fighter has his time. Well, now it’s me time,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it-to challenge every fighter and to challenge every heavyweight. My real target is to become world heavyweight champion.”
Ben Saddik, 27, has been competing for GLORY since the promotion’s second event way back in 2012. He lost a unanimous decision to Jahfarr Wilniss at GLORY 2 in Brussels, but has gone 7-5 overall in the promotion, including wins over former K-1 champion Remy Bonjasky, Errol Zimmerman, and Ismael Londt. Ben Saddik lost his last bout by stoppage to heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven. The Moroccan mountain, who is listed at 205 cm/6’8 in height and weighs in excess of 115 kilos, has an opportunity to avenge his earlier defeat against Wilnis this Saturday at GLORY 53. “Big Ben’s” return bout with Wilnis is the co-headline event to Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong’s lightweight title defense against Tyjani Beztati.
“With guys like Guto Inocente, Jamal Ben Saddik, D’Angelo Marshall, Badr Hari who’s back in the ring, Rico Verhoeven of course, I think we are close to a very good top ten selection in heavyweight. So it’s time to think about facing all those guys with each other. Maybe it’s an idea to think about a tournament,” said GLORY Head of Talent Operations Cor Hemmers.
Lion Fight Announces Next Events
Lion Fight Promotions, one of the top Muay Thai promoters in the U.S, announced its next three events. Lion Fight will return to London, England on Saturday July 7 for another event in conjunction with their UK partners Muay Thai Grand Prix. Muay Thai Grand Prix Presents Lion Fight 43 will take place at the Indigo at the O2 Arena. Carlton Lieu of the UK will defend his MTGP World Super Lightweight Title against American Chris Mauceri in the main event. More fights for the show will be announced in the coming weeks.
Muay Thai Grand Prix Presents Lion Fight 44 takes place two weeks later on July 21 in Samoens, France. Elias Mahmoudi meets Krobsud Fairtex for the MTGP and Lion Fight World Super Featherweight Titles in the main event. Mahmoudi won a four man MTGP tournament last year.
Finally, Lion Fight returns to the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, CT on Saturday July 28 for Lion Fight 45. The promotion already announced four title bouts scheduled for the card.
Chip Moraza-Pollard vs. Mark MacKinnon – Lion Fight World Cruiserweight Title
Rose Amorim vs. Angela Whitley – Lion Fight Women’s World Super Lightweight Title
Steve Walker vs. Joshua Todd – Lion Fight North American Super Cruiserweight Title
Brett Hlavacek vs. Tibor Nagy – Lion Fight North American Cruiserweight Title
Lion Fight will announce broadcast details and ticket sale info soon. More bouts will be added to all three events in the coming weeks.
Poland Defeats Ukraine in Team Challenge
Poland based promotion DSF Kickboxing Challenge announced that Poland defeated Ukraine 4-1 at the DSF Ukraine event held Saturday. The event was promoted in association with the Ukrainian Federation of Kickboxing.
The winning Polish fighters were Michal Krolik (65 kg), Adam “Polish Psycho” Gielata (71 kg), Piotr Zawodnik (75 kg), and Bartek Domalik (81 kg). Michal Polik lost on points at 67kg to prevent a clean sweep by the Polish contingent.