Harut Grigorian: “I am the Real Animal”
GLORY Welterweight champion Harat Grigorian is not concerned with who the promotion picks as his next challenger. The Belgian-Armenian champion is willing to face any top ranked opponent.
“The guys are all good,” Grigorian told the GLORY Kickboxing YouTube channel, speaking through trainer/interpreter Nick Hemmers. “But just as I said in my previous interview, I’m more determined. I really come to fight. Not like those guys. I am the real animal here.”
Grigorian successfully defended his title for the first time at GLORY 54 Saturday with a win over top ranked Alim Nabiyev. Griorian’s heavy hands were the difference in the fight, as the Belgian-Armenian rocked Nabiyev in the second round and built him an early lead en route to a clear unanimous decision.
“It was actually pretty easy,” he said about the fight. “We trained for two months. We trained on evading his knees, making the pressure. It worked because I won all rounds. I stunned him two times. It was my fight.”
“To me, it doesn’t really matter,” he said, when asked about his next opponent. “I just stay focused. The whole top five is welcome. They’re all good. I just keep training. I follow my path. Whoever they give me, I’m gonna send back home again.”
Jauncey Hopes to Avenge Other Defeats
Lightweight contender Josh Jauncey also spoke with the channel, and said he would like to rematch other opponents who hold wins over him in GLORY. Jauncey defeated Chris Baya by split decision at GLORY 54. Baya previously knocked down Jauncey and won a majority decision over the Canadian at GLORY 35 in 2016.
“I’m glad I got the revenge against Baya. I hope I can get revenge against some other guys. (Anatoly) Moiseev. (Elvis)Gashi, and then Sitthichai (lightweight champion Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong). I don’t care what one comes first but obviously Sitthichai, that would be the top.”
Summer of GLORY
In other big GLORY Kickboxing news, the promotion announced during Saturday’s event they will be holding five events from July through September. “The Summer of GLORY 2018” Campaign will see the promotion hold events in Amsterdam, China, and Chicago, New York, and Denver, Colorado. Here are the event dates and locations.
July 20-GLORY 55 Hulu Theatre, New York City. Robin van Roosmalen vs Petchpanomrung for featherweight title and Alex Pereira against Yousri Belgaroui for middleweight championship.
August 10-GLORY 56 Denver. Light heavyweight champion Artem Vakhitov scheduled to return after layoff after hand surgery against an opponent to be announced.
August 25-GLORY 57 Shenzhen, China. Lightweight champion Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong scheduled to defend lightweight title, plus an eight man lightweight tournament featuring Chinese fighters competing for a GLORY ranking.
September 15-GLORY 58 Chicago. Bennie Adegbuyi against Jamal Ben Saddik.
September 29-GLORY 59 Amsterdam. Rico Verhoeven, Mohamed Jaraya, and Murthel Groenhart all scheduled to fight on the card.
Harut Grigorian photo courtesy of James Law/GLORY Sports International