GLORY 67: Petch Defends, van Soest Meets Menezes

GLORY Featherweight Champion Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao will defend his title against challenger Anvar Boynazarov of Uzbekistan in the main event at GLORY 67 on 5 July in Orlando, Florida. The promotion announced the bout Thursday.

Kiatmookao, also known as “Petch”, is making the second defense of the title he won from Robin van Roosmalen last September. The Thai outpointed former champion Serhii Adamchuk in his first defense at GLORY 63 in February. A former Muay Thai champion, Petch has been almost unstoppable since debuting with the organization in 2016, posting a 9-1 record overall. His only GLORY loss was a majority decision to van Roosmalen, avenged at GLORY 59.

Boynazarov is currently ranked second in the official GLORY ratings. The Uzbek is on a two-fight win streak, with decision wins over fellow contenders Bailey Sugden and Abdellah Ezbiri in his last two appearances. Boynazarov’s overall ledger in GLORY is 4-4. He avenged a previous loss with the victory over France’s Ezbiri in March.

Former Champions van Soest, Menezes Clash

In a super bantamweight bout with title fight repercussions, Tiffany van Soest and Jady Menezes will do battle.

Both women are former champions. van Soest, currently the top-ranked contender, was the inaugural GLORY Super Bantamweight Champion before she lost the belt to current champ Anissa Meksen in 2017. Menezes defeated Meksen on points in a decision widely regarded as one of the worst in GLORY kickboxing history. In the rematch, France’s Meksen pummeled the Brazilian to regain the title by TKO and avenge the controversial defeat.

Meksen is slated to defend against the winner of tomorrow’s title elimination bout between Sofia Olofsson and Christi Brereton at GLORY 66 in June. The van Soest-Menezes winner should be in line to face the winner of whoever prevails at GLORY 66 later in the year.

GLORY 67 takes place on 5 July at the Silver Spurs Arena in Orlando. It’s the promotion’s debut in the city.

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