Glory returns to the “Big Apple” of New York City Friday for its penultimate event of 2018. A pair of rematches highlight the Glory 62 main card, with Anissa Meksen receiving an opportunity to avenge her highly controversial decision defeat to Jady Menezes.
In the co-main event, Menezes and Meksen meet less than three months after their title fight at Glory 56 in Denver. Menezes prevailed by five round split decision with scores of 48-47 (twice) and 45-50 in a fight that appeared to be dominated by Meksen. Meksen repeatedly connected with jabs and right hands, mixed in some front kicks to the face, and worked knees to the body on the inside. Menezes was the aggressor and did land more punches according to the statisticians, but seemed to have been outpointed in every round. Glory commentators Todd Grisham and “Bazooka” Joe Valtellini were amazed two judges scored the fight for Menezes, and even CEO Marshall Zelaznik admitted he scored it 5-0 for Meksen.
The question is what can Menezes do differently in this fight to silence the critics and show she’s the real champion? The Brazilian spent time in the Netherlands training with the Hemmers Gym team for this fight. Can she improve enough defensively and technically in a couple of months to beat France’s Meksen, widely regarded as one of the world’s best female kickboxers? It will also be interesting to see if Meksen fights more aggressively for fear of getting robbed a second straight time by the judges.
Sitthichai Makes Sixth Defense of Glory Lightweight Title in Main Event
Sitthichai “The Killer Kid” Sitsongpeenong seems untouchable at the moment. Who hasn’t the Muay Thai maestro beaten in Glory at 70 kg? The opponents he’s defeated include former two-time champion Robin van Roosmalen, top ranked Marat Grigorian, rising young contender Tyjani Beztati, and number three rated Josh Jauncey, who he faces again Friday night. Sitthichai defeated Jauncey by unanimous decision in 2015.
Jauncey’s had his share of ups and downs since then, losing to Anatoly Moiseev and Chris Baya, before a surprising stoppage defeat to Elvis Gashii. The Canadian has had a resurgence of late. He’s beaten talented Bulgarian Stoyan Koprivlenski and avenged his decision loss to Baya, both by split decision. Jauncey was only 22 when he first fought Sitthichai, and he’s matured and improved in recent fights. He’ll be facing an uphill battle. The Thai is not only excellent technically, but he’s shown an outstanding ability to adapt to opponent’s styles. If Team Jauncey has figured out weaknesses in Sitthichai’s kickboxing and are able to exploit them en route to victory, it will be a huge upset.
Camozzi vs Dennis: Battle of the MMA Fighters
Two MMA fighters turned kickboxers also meet on the Glory 61 main card. Chris Camozzi is a UFC veteran making his fourth appearance for Glory. His most notable bout was against Glory and WCK veteran Mike “French Rock” Lemaire. Lemaire schooled the newbie and won a clear decision victory. Camozzi since moved up in weight, and this is his second bout at 95 kg.
Dennis, also a UFC veteran, is the more experienced kickboxer, cutting his teeth on the Oklahoma circuit. “Light Skin Dynamite” has shown some skills, outpointing the bigger Haze Wilson in a heavyweight fight at an XFN event last year.
Apparently, the two fighters have exchanged some barbs on social media in the lead up to their fight Friday night. Let’s hope the fight lives up to the hype.
In the other bout on the main card, Omari Boyd looks to continue his rise up the Glory ranks against Argentinian welterweight Alan Scheinson. Boyd is 4-0 in Glory, but has yet to face a high rated contender. Scheinson currently holds the number six ranking. Scheinson is 2-4 in Glory, but his record is misleading. His four losses came against former champions Cedric Doumbe and Murthel Groenhart, decorated Muay Thai fighter Thongchai, and Karim Benmansour.
If Boyd is going to be a legitimate welterweight contender, he needs to get past Scheinson. The Argentine is playing a gatekeeper’s role for this bout.
Glory 61 will be broadcast live in the United States on the ESPN 3 streaming service. The start time is 9:30 pm ET/6:30 pm PT, which is 01:30 a.m. Saturday in London.
For country viewing information, click here for the link to the Glory 61 “How to Watch” page.
GLORY 61 New York
-Lightweight Title Bout (70 kg): Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (c) (THA) vs. Josh Jauncey (CAN)
-Super Bantamweight Title Bout (55.5 kg): Jady Menezes (c) (BRA) vs. Anissa Meksen (FRA)
-Light Heavyweight Bout (95 kg): Chris Camozzi (USA) vs. Myron Dennis (USA)
-Welterweight Bout (77 kg): Alan Scheinson (ARG) vs. Omari Boyd (USA)
Glory 61 Superfight Series
The scheduled Glory 61 Superfight Series bout between Joe Taylor of New York and Chile’s Ivan Galaz has been scrapped because of “visa issues”,a Glory representative informed Kickboxing Z today.
Here is the official fight card as of Wednesday. The headline bout pits former interim featherweight champion Kevin Vannostrand, currently number two in the Glory rankings, against Massaro Glunder. With Robin van Roosmalen moving back up to the lightweight division, Vannostrand is near the front of the line for a title shot at champion Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao.
The Glory 61 Superfight Series streams on UFC Fight Pass at 730 pm ET/430 pm PT, which is 1130 pm London time.
GLORY 61 SuperFight Series
-Featherweight Headline Bout (65 kg): Kevin Vannostrand (USA) vs. Massaro Glunder (Moluccan Republic)
-Featherweight Co-Headline Bout (65 kg): Asa Ten Pow (USA) vs. Niko Tsigaras (GRC)
-Lightweight Bout (70 kg): Justin Houghton (USA) vs. Vince McGuinness (USA)
-Super Bantamweight Bout: Ashley Nichols (CAN) vs. Chommanee Sor Taehiran (THA)
Glory 61 Prelims
The Glory 61 Prelims take place before the Superfight Series, and stream live and free on the Glory Kickboxing YouTube channel, Pluto TV (Channel 215), and also the Glory Kickboxing Facebook page.
Only the final four will be streamed, per the Glory press release.
GLORY 61 Prelims (Start Time: 6pm ET/3pm PT, 10 pm London time)
Featherweight Bout: Nate Richardson vs. Justin Greskiewicz
Welterweight Bout: Malik Watson-Smith vs. Charles Rodriguez
Featherweight Bout: Houssam El Kasri vs. Abraham Vidales
Catchweight (125 lb) Bout: Jonathan Di Bella vs. Mohamed Lemjerdine
Catchweight (179 lb) Bout: Harry Germain vs. Iskander Usmonov
Catchweight (135 lb) Bout: John Pena vs. Joe Miller
(Meksen-Menezes photo courtesy of James Law/Glory Sports International)