Nabiyev: “I Know I’ll Be Back Stronger”

GLORY Welterweight contender Alim Nabiyev vows he’ll bounce back stronger from his disappointing defeat to champion Cedric Doumbe Saturday in Paris.

Nabiyev suffered a devastating second-round knockout to defeat to Doumbe in the main event of the GLORY 66 gala held at the Zenith Paris arena.

After losing the first round on all judges’ scorecards to Doumbe, the Azerbaijani challenger was hurt before being knocked down by a counter-right hand from the champion after he threw a knee. Nabiyev arose but was soon felled again by a barrage of punches from the Frenchman. The referee waved off the bout without a count.

The manner in which Doumbe won surprised many. Nabiyev previously defeated Doumbe via close split decision in 2018, and hadn’t lost by stoppage in six years.

According to the fighter, he plans to learn from mistakes made in yesterday’s bout, and he is still determined to win the GLORY Welterweight Title.

“A little rest and work again and learn from the bugs. I know, I’ll be back stronger! So that you didn’t say, I’ll take my belt exactly, this is my goal and I love to achieve my goals! Yesterday was not my day, I was overwhelmed, and I didn’t do what we did with the team in training! It’s a shame. But, we study, and higher nose and only forward! thanks for all the support!,” he wrote in a social media post (translated).

Photo Credit: James Law/GLORY Sports International

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