Heavyweight Slugger Tafa Looking for a Fight

GLORY heavyweight contender Junior Tafa is looking for a fight.

The hard-hitting Samoan, who fights out of Brisbane, Australia, has taken to social media to issue challenges to fellow GLORY big men Jamal “The Goliath” Ben Saddik and American Demoreo Dennis.

Tafa faced the number-one ranked Ben Saddik in the quarterfinal round of the GLORY 62 eight-man heavyweight tournament last December. He was downed twice in a first-round TKO defeat, but was visbily distracted at times by problems with his protective cup.

It seemed a Ben Saddik front kick may have broken Tafa’s cup, and twice time was called for Tafa’s corner to put the protector back in place. Referee Paul Nicholls threatened Tafa with disqualification after the second timeout, and it seemed to affect Tafa’s focus during the remainder of the match.

Dennis fights out of Oklahoma, and is the brother of GLORY light heavyweight fighter Myron Dennis. Demoreo is 1-2 in GLORY competition. He was stopped in his first two bouts by Chi Lewis-Parry and Guto Inocente, but rebounded with a second-round TKO over James Chapman at GLORY 63 in February.

Tafa may have more of a chance in luring Dennis into the ring. Ben Saddik should be next in line for the winner of the 21 December Rico Verhoeven-Badr Hari rematch, and “The Goliath” has little incentive to face the tenth-ranked Tafa.

Regardless of who’s next for Tafa, the power-puncher will be hungry for a victory. He’s in the midst of a two-fight losing streak, with a unanimous decision loss to Turkey’s Cihad Kepenek that followed the defeat to Ben Saddik.

Photo Credit: James Law/GLORY Sports International

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