GLORY Kickboxing unleashed a bombshell Tuesday with the news the promotion is returning to the United Kingdom. GLORY 54 will take place on Saturday June 2 at Genting Arena in Birmingham. This is GLORY’s first event outside of London, and two title bouts are scheduled for the GLORY 54 main card.
Rico Verhoeven returns to face Mladen Brestovac of Croatia in a three round non-title heavyweight affair. Verhoeven previously defeated Brestovac by decision, but since that time Croatia’s Brestovac has won 5 out of 6 bouts, including a highlight reel head kick knockout of tough Hesdy Gerges.
Harut Grigorian will make the first defense of the GLORY Welterweight Title since his shocking first round knockout win over Murthel Groenhart at Glory 50 in Chicago in February. Grigorian faces Azerbaijan’s Alim Nabiyev. Nabiyev earned his way into a title shot with upset wins over former champions Nieky Holzken and Cedric Doumbe. British standout Bailey Sugden, a member of the fighting Sugden family, will face tough Uzbek Anvar Boynazarov as part of the main GLORY 54 card.
The GLORY 54 Superfight Series card includes a light heavyweight headline bout between veteran Danyo Ilunga and England’s Fraser Weightman. Weightman brings an impressive 21-1 record into the bout with 15 knockouts. Former title challenger Chris Baya will face Canadian Josh Jauncey, and there is a four man welterweight tournament on tap.
Not to mention Marut Grigorian, the Kunlun Fight 70kg World Super Max Tournament winner, returns to GLORY and faces China’s Lu Xu in a lightweight bout. Grigorian was scheduled to compete at GLORY 52 in March but suffered an injury.
Full fight cards are below. Tickets go on sale Wednesday April 18 and can be purchased online at theticketfactory.com.
GLORY 54 Birmingham
Heavyweight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Mladen Brestovac
Welterweight Title Co-Headline Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Alim Nabiyev
Lightweight Bout: Elvis Gashi vs. William Goldie-Galloway
Featherweight Bout: Bailey Sugden vs. Anvar Boynazarov
Featherweight Bout: Adrian Maxim vs. Chenglong Zhang
GLORY 54 SuperFight Series
Light Heavyweight Headline Bout: Danyo Ilunga vs. Fraser Weightman
Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Christian Baya vs. Josh Jauncey
Welterweight Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Adam Hadfield
Lightweight Bout: Marat Grigorian vs. Liu Xu
Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout 2: Mark Timms vs. Dawid Blaszke
Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout 1: Jamie Bates vs. Tommie King