van Roosmalen-Petchpanomrung planned for GLORY card in U.S
GLORY Head of Talent Operations Cor Hemmers confirmed that Thai star Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao is next in line for a title shot at featherweight king Robin van Roosmalen. Kiatmookao impressively dispatched
of Abdellah Ezbiri with a high kick knockout at GLORY 53 Saturday in Lille, France. The Thai fighter has won three straight fights since losing a majority decision to van Roosmalen in Holland last May, and is 6-1 overall with the promotion.
“The fight with Petchpanomrung was a challenger fight. He did actually already a challenger fight with (Zakaria) Zouggary. So now he’s the challenger for Robin van Roosmalen,” Hemmers said in an interview with the GLORY YouTube channel. “We will confirm and announce it soon. It will be in America. That is our plan. We have to confirm with the fighters first, and then Glory will give an official announcement.”
van Roosmalen Ready for Rematch
van Roosmalen also gave an interview to the GLORY YouTube channel, and expressed a willingness to face Petchpanomrung again.
“I didn’t saw the fight. I was with Tyjani (Beztati) in the dressing room so I was preparing him for his fight with Sitthichai. But I saw the highlights. It was a nice KO. We have to do it all over again, I think,.” van Roosmalen said when asked for his thoughts on the fight.
Petchpanomrung has close to 200 bouts in Muay Thai and kickboxing, and has scored back to back knockout wins over Zouggary and Ezbiri. Van Roosmalen is equally accomplished. He’s the first two weight division champion in GLORY history (featherweight and lightweight), and coming off his second successful featherweight title defense. van Roosmalen expressed respect for his opponent, but believes his abilities will again lead him to victory.
“I think he’s very dangerous. He has a really good middle kick, and a good high kick as you can see. But those opponents are not on my level. I think I can adjust better like I showed in the last fight already. I don’t know. I just go there and do my thing. Fight my fight. I always do. We’ll see what happens.”
Bates Profiled in Local Newspaper
GLORY Welterweight Jamie Bates, who fights out of County Durham in England, was profiled in local newspaper Chronicle Live this week. Bates will compete in a four man tournament at the GLORY 54 Superfight Series on June 2 in Birmingham, England. Bates briefly discusses his start in the sport, his unusual job, and fighting in England.
You can find the interview and and a short video at the Chronicle Live website.
“French Rock” Lemaire Dropping Down in Weight
GLORY middleweight contender Mike “French Rock” Lemaire announced he is moving down in weight in a social media post Tuesday night. Lemaire, ranked eight in the 85kg/187lb division, will now compete in the welterweight division at 77kg/170lb.
The San Diego fighter, who is originally from France, is 5-5 in GLORY, and 20-5 overall as a pro. Lemaire defeated MMA fighter Chris Camozzi by unanimous decision at GLORY 52 in Long Beach, California in March.
“Me and my team have decided it is time to drop DOWN in weight class,” Lemaire said in his post. “For the last few years I have fought much bigger opponents, often 15-20+ lbs heavier and taller than me. Coming from a Muay Thai background I do not cut a lot of weight for a fight compare to my opponents which gives them a definite advantage fight night.”
Lemaire went on to say he has already started reducing his weight and is “looking leaner and warned “to all the best 170 to 175lbs in the world, I am coming for you.”