Glory Head of Talent Operations Cor Hemmers was pleased with Saturday night’s main event between Badr Hari and Hesdy Gerges at Glory 51. The two old rivals slugged it out before a sold out crowd in Rotterdam, with the better conditioned Hari winning a unanimous decision.
“The main event was an event to dream about. I think both guys showed they still belong to the top 5 of the world. It was a great fight,” Hemmers said in an interview with the GLORY Kickboxing YouTube channel.
“I’m so happy also for Badr Hari because there were a lot of comments, you know,” he continued. “He was the lighter guy. He’s a great skilled guy. When he was 19-20 years old, he was among all those guys like Ernesto Hoost, Semmy Schilt, Peter Aerts, and let’s not forget that. He was already there when he was 21 years old and he’s still there.”
Hemmers also had respect for Gerges, who took some big body blows and punches, and kept battling for all three rounds.
“My respect for Hesdy Gerges who did a great job and made it a very exciting fight,” he said.
“What we said in the beginning, it was a matter of honor today and it was a great fight.”
In the aftermath of Hari’s victory, talk immediately began of a rematch between Hari and GLORY heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven. Verhoeven defeated Hari by second round TKO in December 2016 after Hari injured his arm during the contest. Hemmers said the rematch talk is a little early.
“We just finished this fight. Badr-Rico Rematch-I think everybody have to sit down, cool down,” he said. “Enjoy this great victory of Badr and a great main event, and then let’s discuss internal with both parties what’s coming up.”
Meksen, Zhuravlev Opponents Named for GLORY 52
GLORY announced opponents for super bantamweight champion Anissa Meksen and interim light heavyweight champion Pavel Zhuravlev last week. Both titlists had been scheduled to fight non-title bouts at the GLORY 52 event March 31 in California, with their opponents to be announced later.
Meksen, who won the title with a unanimous decision over Tiffany van Soest last December, faces Ashley “AK-47” Nichols of Canada. It’s a rematch of a 2014 bout won on points by France’s Meksen. The Meksen-Nichols bout will be fought at a catchweight of 53kg. Meksen is also scheduled to defend her title at Glory 53 on May 12 in Lille, France against Amel Debhy.
Zhuravlev will face Myron “The Future” Dennis. Dennis is best known for competing in MMA and appeared on “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show. He’s also a pretty good kickboxer, and beat GLORY fighter Haze Wilson in Oklahoma last year.
Here are the current cards for GLORY 52 and the GLORY 52 Superfight Series events March 31 in Long Beach, California. One more fight will be added to the Glory 52 Superfight Series card, according to the press release.
GLORY 52 Los Angeles(Saturday March 31, Pacific Room at the Long Beach Arena)
Featherweight Unification Bout:Robin van Roosmalen (c) vs. Kevin VanNostrand
Middleweight Tournament Final Bout:Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Catchweight (53 kg) Bout: Anissa Meksen vs. Ashley Nichols
Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Jason Wilnis vs. Robert Thomas
Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Yousri Belgaroui vs. Simon Marcus
GLORY 52 SuperFight Series
Light Heavyweight Headline Bout:Pavel Zhuravlev vs. Myron Dennis
Middleweight Bout:Mike Lemaire vs. Chris Camozzi
Lightweight Bout: Stoyan Koprivlenski vs. Josh Jauncey
Featherweight Bout:Zakaria Zouggary vs. Bailey Sugden