GLORY Kickboxing officially added three more bouts to the GLORY 65 fight card.
GLORY 65 takes place on 17 May at Central Studios in Utrecht, Netherlands.
The event is headlined by a pair of title bouts featuring middleweight champion Alex Pereira against former titlist Jason Wilnis, and lightweight king Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong versus top contender Marat Grigorian.
Today, the organization announced lightweight contenders Tyjani Beztati and Josh Jauncey will meet on the GLORY 65 Superfight Series part of the card.
Beztati, fighting out of the Colosseum Gym in the Netherlands, is on a two fight win streak since he unsuccessfully challenged Sitthichai for the title last year. The young Moroccan-Dutch fighter acquitted himself well in the decision loss, and rebounded with wins over fellow contenders Chris Baya and Stoyan Koprivienski. The win over Koprivienski avenged a previous defeat. Beztati, 21, is currently rated second at 70 kg, and 8-2 in bouts in GLORY.
Jauncey, fighting out of Canada by way of Great Britain, also lost his title challenge to Sitthichai last year. The veteran gave a spirited effort in the unanimous decision defeat. Jauncey is currently the fourth ranked lightweight in the GLORY rankings, and a win over Beztati puts him close to a second title challenge.
Belgaroui vs Wisse
In a main card bout, former title challenger Yousri Belgaroui meets Donovan Wisse. Belgaroui was sparked in the first round by middleweight king Alex Pereira last summer, but rebounded with a TKO win over Yassine Ahaggan. The Mike’s Gym fighter is currently the top rated contender at 85 kg.
Wisse made an impressive debut against Kevin Van Heeckeren, but lost his next bout against Turkish warrior Ertugrul Bayrak. The young Suriname fighter is coming off a stoppage win against Matej Penaz at GLORY 64. Facing Belgaroui is a big step up for Wisse, who’s only had 12 pro bouts (11-1) compared to 30 for Tunisia’s Belgaroui (25-5). With great risk often comes great reward, and Wisse could be next in line for a shot at the title if he wins.
Danenberg Moves Up to Middleweight
In another bout taking place on the Superfight Series card, young contender Eyevan Danenberg makes his debut as a middleweight (85 kg) against France’s Ahaggan.
Danenberg competed at welterweight in the past, but moves up to middleweight because of an “increasingly difficult” weight cut. He’s 5-2 overall in GLORY, and lost a split decision to top welterweight contender Alim Nabiyev at GLORY 59 last September.
Ehaggan is 1-1 in GLORY. He defeated Maxim Vorovski of Estonia by decision at GLORY 47, but was stopped in the first round by Belgaroui last October.