Glory Kickboxing returned to New York City with a championship doubleheader headlining Glory 61. Thai maestro Sitthichai showed his sublime Muay Thai and improved boxing in winning a unanimous decision over game Josh Jauncey in their lightweight title showdown.
In the super bantamweight co-headliner, Anissa Meksen avenged her summer loss to Jady Menezes, stopping the overmatched Brazilian in two rounds.
-GLORY Lighweight Title (70 kg): Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (THA) def. Josh Jauncey (CAN)-Unanimous Decision (Sitthichai Retains GLORY Lightweight Title)
Sitsongpeenong retained his lightweight title for the sixth time, winning a unanimous decision over Jauncey by a wide margin. Scores were 49-45 (twice) and 50-44. Jauncey looked to stay at distance early, following left punches with inside low kicks. The champion cracked Jauncey a few times with his trademark left body kick and won the round. The Thai southpaw showcased his improving hands in round two, connecting with some good punches. An uppercut got Jauncey’s attention. Sitthichai was credited with a knockdown after landing a knee that landed to Jauncey’s arm followed by a shove. Jauncey had his best round in round three-even winning it on a judge’s card. In rounds four and five, Sitthichai was in control, landing the better quality punches and kicks.
Big shots from Sitthichai! #GLORY61
— GLORY Kickboxing (@GLORY_WS) November 3, 2018
It was win number 122 for the Thai master, who improves his record to 122 wins, 5 draws, 30 losses.
Jauncey’s record is now 29-0-9.
– GLORY Super Bantamweight Title (55.5 kg): Anissa Meksen (FRA) def. Jady Menezes (BRA)-TKO Round 2 (Meksen Regains GLORY Super Bantamweight Title)
-Meksen vowed before the fight that she would avenge her controversial decision loss to Menezes last August by stopping the Brazilian in the rematch. She kept her word.
Round one looked like a replay of the previous fight-Meksen catching her with jabs and right hands straight down the middle as Menezes looked to close the distance. The French fighter worked the knees inside, and also landed a good left body kick.
In round two, Meksen tagged Menezes with a big left hook that knocked her off balance. She kept throwing punches as she followed Menezes around the ring, and Chris Wagner stepped in to halt the bout.
“My training was amazing. I fought as hard as I could,” Meksen said to commentator Todd Grisham in the post fight interview.
ANISSA MEKSEN IS THE BADDEST WOMAN ALIVE! She takes back her belt with this EMPHATIC TKO! #GLORY61
— GLORY Kickboxing (@GLORY_WS) November 3, 2018
–-Light Heavyweight (95 kg): Chris Camozzi (USA) def. Myron Dennis (USA)-Unanimous Decision
Camozzi got the biggest win of his young kickboxing career, outpointing the more experienced Dennis over three rounds. Camozzi, a southpaw, looked to keep the fight at range, and stepped in and looked to score with knees on occasion. He landed some sharp punches and was able to slip Dennis’s shots. Camozzi also landed a few good low kicks. Dennis did connect with a few clean shots but nothing major. All three judges scored the bout 30-27 for Camozzi, who improves to 3-1(2). Dennis suffers his eighth loss to slip to 21-0-8(10).
-Welterweight (77 kg): Omari Boyd (USA) def. Alan Scheinson (ARG)-Unanimous Decision
In the opening bout of the main card, American Boyd remained unbeaten in the Glory ring, getting the better of the tough Scheinson over three rounds. Official scores were 30-27 (twice) and 29-28. Boyd improves to 13-1(1), and 5-0 in Glory. Scheinson is now 51-0-8(37). Scheinson was the number six ranked welterweight in Glory heading into the bout, so Boyd will likely rise in the ratings. He is currently ranked fourteen.
Glory 61 Superfight Series
-Featherweight (65 kg): Kevin Vannostrand (USA) def. Massaro Glunder (Moluccan Republic)-Unanimous Decision
In the headline bout of the Glory 61 Superfight Series, a controversial call by referee Dan Miragliotta put a damper on what was an entertaining fight between former interim champion Vannostrand and Glunder.
Vannostrand’s unorthodox style gave him the edge early, and a spinning back fist stunned Glunder in round one. Glunder’s approach was to wait and look for counter punches on the New York fighter. In round two, Glunder connected. A well-placed right hand dropped Vannostrand, who didn’t seem badly stunned by the shot. Vannostrand picked up his work rate in round three, while Glunder still looked to counter. With roughly seventeen seconds left in the round, Miragliotta deducted a point from Glunder for holding. While Glunder was clinching without working, it wasn’t a particularly egregious foul, and changed the outcome of the fight. If Glunder had lost the round 10-9, an extra round would have been required. Scores: 29-28 on all three cards for Vannostrand.
Vannostrand improves to 18-0-3(12). Glunder suffers his twelfth loss and is now 32-4-12(20).
-Featherweight (65 kg): Asa Ten Pow (USA) def. Niko Tsigaras (GRC)-Unanimous Decision
Ten Pow used movement and mixed up his techniques nicely against Greek pressure fighter Tsigaras. Ten Pow landed some nice inside low kicks and good punches on Tsigaras, who was able to connect from time to time with some clean shots on the prospect but never hurt him. Ten Pow has won three bouts in Glory this year, and has been a class above his opponents. He improves to 8-0-1(6). Tsigaras is now 21-0-5(15).
-Welterweight (77 kg): Charles Rodriguez (USA) def. Malik Watson-Smith (USA)-Technical Decision (eye injury)
Rodriguez improved his record to 9-0 with a TKO win over Watson-Smith, who could not continue because of an eye injury at the end of round 2. Rodriguez applied pressure while Watson-Smith looked to counter. Rodriguez connected with some good low kicks in round one. In round two, Watson-Smith’s eye was injured by an unintentional head butt. The fight continued, and Rodriguez was wearing down his opponent with the pressure, landing knees to the body and the better shots. The bout went to the scorecards and Rodriguez was up 20-18 on all three cards. Watson-Smith is now 59-0-25.
-Lighweight (70 kg): Justin Houghton (USA) def. Vince McGuinness (USA)-Unanimous Decision
Houghton outpointed McGuinness and was the aggressor in a tactical but entertaining match up. The taller McGuinness looked to use his reach. Houghton landed the better shots in a bout that was fought almost exclusively in the center of the ring. Houghton improves to 11-0-6(3). McGuinness slips to 1-0-2.
-Super Bantamweight (55.5 kg): Chommanee Sor Taehiran (THA) def. Ashley Nichols (CAN)-Split Decision
Chommanee, a decorated female Muay Thai fighter, made a successful kickboxing and Glory debut with a decision win over the scrappy Nichols. The Thai fought off the back foot, and scored regularly with lead left legs to the body as Nichols came forward. Nichols was able to connect with some good right hands. Nichols picked up the pace in round three, but she was down on two judges’ scorecards and couldn’t land a knockdown or knockout technique. Official scores were 29-28, 27-30, and 29-28 for the Thai. Chommanee improves to 92-1-17(15). Nichols slips to 12-0-6.
-Featherweight (65 kg): Nate Richardson (USA) def. Justin Greskiewicz (USA)-TKO Round 1 (3 knockdown rule)
-Featherweight (65 kg): Abraham Vidales (MEX) def. Houssam El Kasri-TKO Round 1 (Left Hook)
-Catchweight (125 lbs/56.6 kg): Jonathan Di Bella (CAN) def. Mohamed Lemjerdine (USA)-Unanimous Decision
-Catchweight (179 lbs/81.1 kg): Harry Germain (USA) def. Iskandar Usmonov-TKO Round 1 (Punches)