GLORY heavyweight contender Benjamin Adegbuyi posted a statement on social media regarding his performance at Saturday’s GLORY 62 heavyweight tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The top-ranked Adegbuyi won his first two tournament bouts. He defeated Polish fighter Arkadiusz Wrzosek by decsion in the quarterfinals, and then knocked out rival Jahfarr Wilnis with a spectacular head kick in the next round.
In the final, Adegbuyi was stunned by left hands from the bigger Jamal Ben Saddik and defeated by first round knockout. The win is a setback for Adegbuyi, who likely would have been the next title challenger to champion Rico Verhoeven if he had won.
Adegbuyi said he made a “mistake” in the finals, that led to Ben Saddik’s victory. The Romanian fighter didn’t say what the mistake was, but he may be alluding to a tactical error that led him to get caught.
Victory with Arkadiusz Wrzosek in the quarter-finals, in which we had two counts, KO with Jahffar Wilnis in the semi-finals and defeat in the first half with Ben Saddik in the grand finals. That’s kind of like that was my short night at the Glory Rotterdam tournament.
I was very motivated, well prepared and decided to win the tournament, but sometimes an inattention can cost you everything. It took a single mistake and the fate of the final was decided, but this is the sport and I congratulate Jamal for victory.
Thank you all for your support, I am proud to have led the tricolor to the grand final and I will surely come back stronger.
I thank my sponsors for being and being with me every time!
(Translated from Romanian)
Photo Courtesy of James Law/Glory Sports International