Heading into his Glory 59 Superfight Series showdown Saturday with former champion Murthel Groenhart, welterweight contender Mohamed Jaraya believes his foe’s best days are behind him.
“Murthel’s days are over. What I say, he’s too old,” said Jaraya, speaking with the Glory YouTube channel. “Harut knocks him out (Harut Grigorian stopped Groenhart in the first round at Glory 50 to win the title). I will knock him out, and I think everyone’s gonna knock him out cause he’s too old for this shit.”
The Groenhart fight will be the second in Glory for the 21-year-old Jaraya, who signed with the organization earlier this year after having a successful career with other promotions. At Glory 51 in March, Jaraya made an unspectacular debut against Miles Simson. Simson landed frequently on Jaraya, who began to tire in the second round and looked sloppy at times, although carrying the heavier artillery. According to Jaraya, his less than stellar performance can be attributed to injury.
“I fought that fight with one hand. I had a bad injury in my right hand,” he said.
“I did a good job. I won on a unanimous decision, and I did what I had to do.”
Against an experienced opponent like Groenhart, a former K-1 tournament winner and Glory champion, Jaraya will have to do better. It’s a big fight for both men-a battle between different generations. Jaraya knows he’s in for a battle.
“With Murthel, (it’s) gonna be another fight. Gonna be a real war, and everyone knows that.”