The GLORY World Heavyweight Title will be on the line when Rico Verhoven and Badr Hari do battle in their long-awaited rematch. The bout has been upgraded to a title fight. GLORY CEO Marshall Zelaznik made the announcement in an interview with Dutch media outlet De Telegraaf.
Verhoeven and Hari are scheduled to meet again at the GLORY: Collision 2 event in Arnhem, Netherlands on 21 December. It’s a rematch of a 2016 bout won by Verhoeven via TKO when Hari couldn’t continue due to an arm injury.
Originally, the bout was announced as a non-title bout scheduled for the championship distance of five rounds. Fans and media questioned why a bout would be scheduled for five rounds without a title at stake.
According to Zelaznik, public demand led to the rematch being upgraded to a battle for the belt.
“The first match between Rico and Badr was a meeting between two rivals, without a world title as a stake. The intention was to stick to this format, but all supporters kept screaming for a title fight. That is why we have decided to give fans what they want so much: a world heavyweight championship!,” he told the publication.