This time there was no controversy.
Badr Hari avenged his controversial disqualification loss to Hesdy Gerges by outslugging the tough Egyptian to win a unanimous decision Saturday night in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The bout headlined the Glory 51 event at the Rotterdam Ahoy arena.
Hari came out moving, working his jab and landing some hard kicks to the body. Gerges was cautious early, keeping his guard high and seemed to be waiting for Hari to punch himself out. Late in the round, Gerges landed a couple of solid low kicks. In the second, Gerges had Hari on the ropes, but Hari blocked a lot of the punches with his gloves. Badr landed some solid body punches. In the third, Hari was the one coming forward, ripping body shots and landed a right uppercut followed by a good right hand. A tired Gerges took some big body punches, and his nose was bloody but he kept trying until the final bell. Official scores were 30-27 on four cards and 29-28 once.
“We’ve been waiting for a long time. I don’t lose rematches, my friend. He did a good job. Tonight my heart was bigger. You win some, you lose some,” Hari said afterward.
Hari improves to 107-13(92). Gerges is now 50-20-1(23).
Eyevan Danenberg UD3 Thongchai Sitsongpeenong (Welterweight Contender Tournament Final)
The taller Danenberg came out trying to use his reach, and landed a couple of good one-twos at distance in the first round. The second round was close. Thongchai landed some short knees in close. Danenberg came forward in the third and was the more active fighter. Another fight with a lot of holding and clinching. Danenberg is now 28-6 (4-1 in Glory). Thongchai is 137-36 (2-2).
Tomas Mozny Daniel Skvor (Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout)
The bigger Mozny likes to fight off the back foot, and was busier than his former sparring partner Skvor. Skvor came forward and seemed to have some chances to land, but simply did not throw enough. “The Slovakian Giant” Mozny improves to 20-6-1 (2-1 Glory). Skvor, who made his Glory debut, is now 25-7-2.
Eyevan Danenberg SD3 Jimmy Vienot (Welterweight Contender Tournament Semifinal Bout)
Danenberg outhustled Vienot in the final round to pick up the win and advance to the tournament final. The fight was even after two rounds. In the third, Danenberg pressured Vienot and landed more than the tiring Vienot. Vienot is now 61-15 (0-2 in Glory).
Thongchai Sitsongpeenong SD3 Alan Scheinson (Welterweight Contender Tournament Semifinal Bout)
Thongchai won a narrow decision to advance to the tournament final. The fight featured a lot of clinching, and Thongchai was warned in the second round. In the last round, Thongchai landed some good knees to the body. Scheinson was hurt, and kept his left arm low to protect his midsection for the duration of the bout. Scheinson is now 50-6(1-3 in Glory).
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