Heading into his all-France showdown with Jimmy Vienot Saturday at Glory 60, Cedric Doumbe’s plan was to knock out the Muay Thai stylist.
“That was my game plan. I tried to knock him out cause I knew that his chin was very weak,” Doumbe said to Glory’s YouTube channel. “That’s why I touched him in the first round. I tried to finish him but he’s tall, he’s southpaw. He’s a good fighter and he’s smart also.”
Doumbe knocked Vienot down in both the first and third rounds, and ended up winning a wide unanimous decision. The former welterweight champion was pleased with his performance, but realizes there’s room for improvement.
““I thought I knock him out in the first round. Only a knockdown. But I’m a little bit happy with my performance,” he said.
“Not that happy because I was a little bit dirty in my kickboxing. But that’s it, you know? When you try something, the theory’s not the same as the fact. So, I need to learn again.”
Doumbe was supposed to fight reigning welterweight champion Harut Grigorian Saturday, but Grigorian withdrew from the match due to illness. Against Vienot, Doumbe may have injured his rib, according to the interview. Doumbe says the rib isn’t an issue, and he’s available to fight Harut whenever the champion’s ready.
“ 24 hour and I’m good,” Doumbe said. “Tomorrow, I can fight Harut. I don’t care. I’m serious. I can fight Harut anytime, anyplace, anywhere,” he said.
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