Lightweight Bouts Added to GLORY 73

Vlad Tuinov

More bouts have been added to the GLORY 73 event taking place on 7 December in Shenzhen, China.

GLORY 73 is headlined by a title bout between GLORY World Lightweight Champion Marat Grigorian and third-ranked contender Elvis Gashi. It’s the second defense for Armenia’s Grigorian, who won the title from longtime champion Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong in May.

Two more bouts are now finalized, both in the lightweight division (70 kg).

Russian phenom Vladislav “Diamond” Tuinov will face Bruno Gazani of Brazil, per GLORY Kickboxing Brazil.

The 21-year-old Tuinov is 1-1 in GLORY competition since signing with the organization earlier this year. He lost a close split decision to France’s Michael Palandre at GLORY 66 in June, then rebounded with a unanimous decison over Artur Saladiak of Poland at GLORY 69 last month.

Gazani got his GLORY campaign off to a good start at GLORY 70 on 26 October in Lyon, France. The Brazilian handed Palandre his first GLORY loss after three consecutive victories, defeating the Frenchman by split decision. Palandre is currently the ninth-ranked lightweight contender.

Also added is another 70 kg match up between Canada’s Josh Jauncey and Stoyan Koprivlenski of Bulgaria. Dutch website Vechtsport Info NL reported the news Saturday.

Jauncey and Koprivlenski previously met at GLORY 52 in Los Angeles in March 2018. Jauncey won a three-round split decision over the Bulgarian in a bout that was nominated for Fight of the Year.

Jauncey enters the rematch off a unanimous points win over Lowrant-t Nelson at GLORY 68 in September. The win snapped a two-fight losing streak for the Canadian, who was outclassed by Sitthichai in an unsuccessful title bid before a unanimous decision loss to Tyjani Beztati in May.

In his last bout, Koprivlenski won a second-round TKO against Mohammed Jaraya when the Moroccan couldn’t continue because of a cut. He’s won 2 of his last 3 bouts in GLORY, with a decision loss to common opponent Beztati sandwiched between wins over Jaraya and Anil Cabri.

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