GLORY Kickboxing announced this morning that GLORY 55 will take place on Friday July 20 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. A pair of title fight rematches will headline the card.
Robin van Roosmalen, the reigning featherweight champion and a former lightweight champion, defends his title against top Thai contender Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao. It’s a rematch of their May 2017 encounter. van Roosmalen beat Kiatmookao by majority decision to retain his title. Kiatmookao has looked good in recent fights and earned another shot with impressive stoppage wins in his last two fights. van Roosmalen is one of the top fighters in the world, and it will be interesting to see how both fighters adapt after their first fight.
In the other title bout, Alex Pereira returns to defend his GLORY Middleweight Title against number one contender Yousri Belgaroui. It will be the third encounter between the two fighters. Belgaroui beat Pereira and former champ Jason Wilnis to win the middleweight contender tourament at GLORY 40. After beating Simon Marcus to win the middleweight title, Pereira successfully defended the crown with a fourth round stoppage win over Belgaroui last December. Pereira has been inactive since. Belgaroui demolished Dawid Kasperski in two rounds at GLORY 53 on May 12.
Additional fights for the GLORY 55 main card and the GLORY 55 Superfight Series will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for GLORY 55 go on sale Monday May 28.
Kunlun Russia an MMA Show
We mistakenly reported that the Kunlun Fight show scheduled for May 26 in Russia appeared to be cancelled or postponed.
Kunlun World Fight Tour Russia is indeed taking place on May 26 in Khabarovsk, Russia. The event is a mixed martial arts show, and features two title fights as well as a number of super fights. There are no kickboxing bouts scheduled.
Kunlun World Fight Tour Russia will be broadcast on the Elite Boxing website.
KOK Adds Show to Fall Schedule
KOK added another show in Lithuania to their fall schedule. The promotion now has four events scheduled for September through November. KOK 59/Dream Boxing will take place on September 21 in Kaunas, Lithuania. KOK also has events scheduled for October in Estonia and Riga, Latvia, and a show in Vilnius, Lithuania in November. KOK returns with their Summer Special Edition June 23 in Cyprus.