Glory World Lightweight Champion Marat Grigorian will defend for the first time against streaking young contender Tyjani Beztati at GLORY 69 on 12 October in Dusseldorf, Germany, the promotion announced today.
Grigorian, fighting out of Belgium by way of Armenia, won the title in May by unanimous decision over longtime champion Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong. The win was Grigorian’s first against the Thai in five attempts-Grigorian had lost their first four bouts by decision.
Beztati, 21, enters the bout on a three-fight win streak, defeating Chris Baya, Stoyan Koprivienski, and Josh Jauncey. The unanimous points win over Koprivienski avenged a previous defeat, and the young phenom’s only other loss in Glory is a decision loss to Sitthichai in a previous title challenge. “The Wonderboy” gets his second opportunity at championship gold against new division kingpin Grigorian, regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound kickboxers in the world.
Also announced was an all-German heavyweight clash between Mohamed Abdallah and newcomer Michael Smolik.
Smolik carries a sterling record of 31-0 (23 KOs) into his GLORY debut, and there appears to be bad blood between him and Abdallah after the two exchanged words on social media.
Bragging rights will be on the line, as the two big men will meet to decide who is Germany’s top heavyweight with a victory elevating either man in the heavyweight rankings.
More bouts for GLORY 69 will be announced soon.
Tickets go on sale next week, with a pre-sale taking place on 11 September for fans who registered on Glory’s website. Tickets will be available to the general public on 12 September.