Glory 58 took place tonight in Chicago. Here are the results.
Alex Pereira (BRA) def. Simon Marcus (CAN)- Unanimous Decision (Pereira Retains Glory Middleweight Championship)
Pereira defeated Marcus on points last year to win the title, and once again the Brazilian knocked down and won a decision against the Canadian. There was a fair amount of clinching in the bout, with both men looking to work knees to the body. The referee warned both fighters for holding. Pereira was in the lead after three rounds, and then had a big fourth round, knocking down Marcus with a big left hook late in the round. Pereira followed up, but the bell prevented further damage to Marcus. Official scores were 50-44 once, 49-45 twice, and 48-46 twice. Pereira improves to 29-6(18 KOs). Marcus is now 48-2-5.
Benjamin Adegbuyi (ROU) def. Jahfarr Wilnis (NLD)-Unanimous Decision Heavyweights
This time there was no controversy. When Adegbuyi and Wilnis met back in 2015, some observers thought the Dutch fighter should have got the decision over Adegbuyi. Since that time, the Romanian has changed camps and also trained in boxing with trainer Peter Fury, and improved. Adegbuyi left no doubt this time. He landed a couple of good right uppercuts and a right hand in the first, as Wilnis pressed and tried to work the body. The referee blew a call in round two-he counted a knockdown against Wilnis after it appeared the fighters got tangled up. After the knockdown, Wilnis pressed and was dropped by a right hand that landed near the temple area. In round three, Wilnis pressed the action and won the round, but couldn’t find the knockout shot. All five judges scored the bout 29-26 for Adegbuyi.
Records: Adegbuyi 31-5 (18 KOs). Wilnis 31-1-10(8 KOs).
Omari Boyd (USA) def. Richard Abraham (USA)-Split Decision Welterweights/77 kg
Boyd got the better of hometown hero Abraham in an evenly matched welterweight clash. The bout was even on four judges’ scorecards after two rounds, and Boyd started round three well by being active with kicks. Both fighters landed some good shots in the bout, with Boyd the harder hitter. Scores were 29-28 four times for Boyd, with one judge dissenting with 29-28 Abraham. Boyd improves to 12-1(1). Abraham is now 13-7(4).
Anvar Boynazarov (UZB) def. Bailey Sugden (GBR)-Split Decision Featherweights/65 kg
Very close fight. Sugden started the bout using his boxing and moving in and out. A Boynazarov knee hurt Sugden, but he recovered later in the round. Sugden outworked Boynazarov in round two, as the Uzbek was patient and looked for openings. A Boynazarov right hand late in the round stunned Sugden. Boynazarov picked up his work rate in round three, and Bailey also worked hard and the round was very close. Scores were 30-27 (twice), 29-28, and 27-30 and 28-29.
Boynazarov improves to 94-2-26. Bailey Sugden is now 11-3(2).