GLORY News and Notes: Boyd, Grigorian, Gerges

GLORY Kickboxing was back in the news this week when the organization announced its next event for 17 May in the Netherlands.

Here’s some other recent happenings with a couple of GLORY fighters, and a popular former GLORY contender.

Boyd Injured

GLORY welterweight contender Omari Boyd announced on social media he was recently involved in a car accident. According to Boyd, the accident was serious and he was “pretty banged up”, so he has to take time off from training and rehab his injuries.

Boyd said he will “indulge in some of my less physical hobbies” while he recovers.

The Tennessee fighter is one of the top American talents in GLORY, and currently ranked tenth in the 77 kg weight category.

Boyd has won five of six bouts in GLORY competition, but lost a unanimous decision to Troy Jones at GLORY 63 in February.

Grigorian Re-Signs With Hemmers Gym

Trainer Nick Hemmers, son of legendary trainer Cor Hemmers, announced top GLORY lightweight contender Marat Grigorian extended his contract with the Hemmers Gym.

Grigorian has trained with the team for a while. He previously trained in Belgium.

Grigorian has had a great run with the Hemmers team-he’s won a K-1 title and also the 2018 Kunlun Fight World Max 70 kg title, when he knocked out Superbon Banchamek in spectacular fashion.

The Armenian warrior hasn’t been as lucky against GLORY Lightweight Champion Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong. The Thai master has defeated Grigorian on four occasions by decision.

Grigorian gets the chance for revenge on 17 May when he challenges Sitsongpeenong for his title at GLORY 65 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Gerges to Discuss Doping Controversy on Dutch TV Show

In other GLORY related news, former GLORY fighter Hesdy Gerges announced he’ll appear on a Dutch TV show to give “an extensive exclusive interview” (translated) regarding recent doping allegations against the fighter.

Gerges, as was previously reported here, was named in Dutch media reports as one of four GLORY fighters who failed doping tests and faced suspension.

The fighter maintains his innocence, and said in his Instagram post that “I’m going to play an open card about all the parties involved and I will stay in the facts above all.”(translated)

Gerges was scheduled to conduct the interview with the show Thursday, and said he’ll alert his followers when the interview will be broadcast.

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