GLORY 63 took place in Houston, Texas on Friday night. Here are results.
-Featherweight: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao (THA) def. Serhii Adamchuk (UKR)-Unanimous Decision (Retains GLORY Featherweight Title)
Petch scored with the body kick effectively in outpointing Adamchuk in a fight that featured its fair share of clinching. There were no knockdowns in the bout. Scores were 50-45, all for the Thai champion.
-Welterweight: Troy Jones (USA) def. Omari Boyd (USA)-Unanimous Decision
Jones had Boyd on shaky legs early after scoring with a left-right combination. Boyd regrouped and landed some solid shots during the bout, but Jones is the harder hitter and his blows had more impact. All three judges gave Jones every round, as all scored the bout 30-27. It was Boyd’s first loss in GLORY, and the Tennessee fighter is now 13-1 overall. Jones improves to 12-1 (10 KOs). The tough Boyd is only the second fighter to last the distance with the hard-hitting Jones.
-Welterweight: Richard Abraham (USA) def. Charles Rodriguez (USA)-Unanimous Decision
Abraham got the better of Rodriguez in an entertaining, well-matched battle. Rodriguez seemed to edge round one, but Abraham seemed to win rounds two and three, scoring effectively with punches. Scores were 30-27 and 29-28 twice for Abraham, the popular Chicago fighter who went to Holland to train for this fight. Abraham improves to 14-7 with the win. Rodriguez, who suffered his first loss as a professional, slips to 9-1.
-Lightweight: Wensheng Zhang (CHN) def. Lorawnt-t Nelson (ZAF)-Split Decision
Zhang ruined Nelson’s undefeated record, knocking down and winning a split verdict over the South African. Zhang started to find a home for his punches in round one, and seemed to hurt Nelson with a knee to the body. In round two, the Chinese southpaw threw a right-left combo that dropped Nelson. Nelson rallied in round three, as his knees to the body on the inside had Zhang holding and exhausted. Nelson couldn’t land the big shot to drop or stop Zhang, and Zhang was able to survive until the final bell. Scores were 29-27,29-27, and 27-28. Nelson is now 7-1. Zhang is 46-6 overall and 3-1 in Glory. Zhang competed in last year’s 8 man tournament at Glory 57 in China.
-Featherweight: Asa Ten Pow (USA) def. Nate Richardson (USA)-Unanimous Decision
Ten Pow improved to 4-0 in Glory with a unanimous points win over the scrappy Richardson. Ten Pow’s superior firepower was the difference-he had Richardson on rubber legs briefly in round one and dropped his foe with another right hand in round two. Richardson kept up the pressure, and had success with his left jab and some low kicks, but Ten Pow’s right hands were the more effective blows. Scores were 30-26 across the board for Ten Pow.
GLORY 63 Superfight Series
-Middleweight: Jason Wilnis (NLD) Jacob Rodriguez (USA)-KO Round 3 (Low Kick)
Former champion Wilnis broke down hometown fighter Rodriguez, finishing the fight with a low kick early in round three. Rodriguez had success early, pawing with the jab and throwing low kicks as Wilnis advanced behind his customary high guard. In round two, the Dutch fighter’s low kicks began to take a toll on the American. A couple of times, Wilnis caught a Rodriguez low kick, then fired a nasty low kick of his own. Rodriguez’s left leg was noticeably red. Early in round three, a Wilnis low kick dropped Rodriguez to the canvas. He was not going to beat the count and the bout was waved off. Wilnis is now 31-9-1(9). Rodriguez evens out at 3-3.
Middleweight: Matt Baker (USA) def. Ryot Waller (USA)-TKO Round 2 (Punches)
Eighth-ranked Baker had little difficulty with the less experienced Waller. Waller started quickly, but his mouth was already open by halfway through round one. It seemed like just a matter of time. Baker patiently applied pressure in round one, and worked the low kick. He went up high a couple of times but nothing scored cleanly. In round two, Baker picked up his work rate, and scored a knockdown with a right hand before winning by TKO by punches. Baker is now 23-6 with 1 No Contest. Waller’s ledger dips to 2-1.
-Featherweight: Bailey Sugden (GBR) def. Quade Taranaki (NZL)-Unanimous Decision
Sugden was too sharp for the New Zealander. Bailey used his legs to move out of range when Taranaki came forward. When the two exchanged, the British fighter had the edge with quickness. Sugden also landed a couple of good knees and low kicks. Taranaki landed a clean shot here and there, but was outgunned. Scores of 30-27 on all three cards. Sugden improves to 12-3. Taranaki is now 8-7.
-Super Bantamweight: Bekah Irwin (USA) def. Stephanie Skinner (USA)-Unanimous Decision
Irwin looked to keep the fight at distance against the shorter Skinner, an MMA fighter making her pro debut. Irwin looked to score with front and body kicks early. In round two, the Texas teenager stunned Skinner with a high kick and tried to follow up. Irwin continued to score effectively in round three, and won the bout by scores of 30-27 across the board. Irwin improves to 5-2(1). Skinner is now 0-1.
Abraham Vidales (MEX) def. Dimitre Ivy (USA)-TKO Round 2
Vidales knocked down Ivy three times and got a TKO win. The Mexican fighter picked up his second win in GLORY, and improved to 13-0. Ivy, who has 14 MMA bouts, is now 1-2 as a kickboxer.
-Middleweight: Joe Taylor (USA) def. Ivan Galaz (CHI)-Split Decision
Taylor outlanded Chile’s Galaz to pick up the decision win. The New York fighter came forward looking to punch and land knees on the inside. Galaz had success with the low kick, but Taylor pressed the action and outscored the WGP veteran to earn the win. Scores were 30-27, 29-28, and 28-29 for Galaz. Taylor improves to 6-2(3). Galaz’s record is now listed at 58-9(15 KO).
GLORY 63 Prelims Results
-Heavyweight: Demoreo Dennis def. James Chapman-TKO Round 2
Dennis was too much for Chapman, knocking him down three times in round two before the referee intervened. A flurry of punches set up a high kick for knockdown number one. After Chapman got up, Dennis dropped him with a series of punches. Chapman went down again shortly after, and the referee waved off the bout with Chapman in trouble moments later. Dennis had gotten the better of Chapman in the first round with pressure and low kicks.
-Featherweight: Kou Lee def. Sovenkesa Som-Unanimous Decision
Lee’s pressure and output earned him a unanimous points win. Lee was able to get inside on the Muay Thai stylist, and scored with punches and looked for the knee to the body. Lee landed a right uppercut that dropped Som in the third round. Som landed a jump knee with around a minute left, and tried to follow up with a flurry, but Lee took the blows and kept marching forward. Scores: 30-26 twice and 29-27.
-Lightweight: Peter Stanonik def. Keemaan Diop-Split Decision
-Welterweight: Sean Choice def. Justin Moss-Majority Decision