Young heavyweight contender Junior “The Juggernaut” Tafa signed a new deal with GLORY Kickboxing, and will face Cihad Kepenek at GLORY 65 on 17 May. The promotion made the announcement on social media Tuesday.
The 21-year-old Tafa is currently the fifth-ranked contender in the GLORY heavyweight rankings, and 3-3 in six bouts with the promotion. His wins over Haze Wilson, Quanchao Luo, and Anthony McDonald were all by first round KO.
Tafa’s last outing was in the GLORY 62 heavyweight tournament. He lost via stoppage to tournament winner Jamal Ben Saddik. His other defeats were by TKO to second-ranked Benjamin Adegbuyi, and a decision defeat to third rated Guto Inocente.
Both those losses came on the same night. After Inocente couldn’t continue in the four-man heavyweight tournament at GLORY 50 after beating Tafa, the tough Tafa stepped in to face Adegbuyi in the tournament final.
Kepenek’s management previously announced the bout on social media, but GLORY did not confirm the bout until today.
Kepenek’s ledger is listed at 11-4. The Turkish fighter lost his GLORY debut to Tomas Mozny by decision in 2016, and returns to the organization after a three year absence.
Here are the bouts confirmed for GLORY 65 thus far:
17 May, 2019
Central Studios, Utrecht, Netherlands
GLORY 65 Main Card
-85 kg: Alex Pereira (Brazil) vs Jason Wilnis (Netherlands)-For Pereira’s GLORY World Middleweight Title
-70 kg: Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) vs Marat Grigorian (Armenia)-For Sitthichai’s GLORY World Lightweight Title
-85 kg: Yousri Belgaroui (Tunisia) vs Donovan Wisse (Suriname)
-65 kg: Bailey Sugden (Great Britain) vs Thong Fairtex (Thailand)
-HW: Junior Tafa (Australia) vs Cihad Kepenek (Turkey)
GLORY 65 Superfight Series
-70 kg: Tyjani Beztati (Morocco) vs Josh Jauncey (Canada)
-85 kg: Eyevan Danenberg (Netherlands) vs Yassine Ahaggan (France)
GLORY 65 Prelims
-85 kg: Kevin Van Heeckeren (Netherlands) vs Matt Baker (United States)-Headline Bout
-85 kg: Ammari Diedrick (Great Britain) vs Dani Traore (Germany)
-70 kg: Jos Van Belzen (Netherlands) vs Percy de Maeyer (Belgium)