Headline heavyweights Tyrone Spong (68-6-1 42 KO’s) and Remy Bonjasky (77-15, 40 KO’s) got nose-to-nose at today’s official weigh-ins for GLORY 5 London.
Their face-off had an extra level of intensity added to it as Spong arrived late for the weigh-in and kept Bonjasky standing around waiting. The decorated veteran felt he had not been afforded the respect he deserved and Spong received a good dose of evil eye as he finally strolled in to take the scales.
Also on the scales were top British talents Liam Harrison (67-13-2, 38 KO’s) and Jordan Watson (29-5-1, 14 KO’s), who were bang on weight for their main card clashes tomorrow night. Harrison’s Dutch-Moroccan opponent Mosab Amrani (48-7-4, 14 KO’s) made weight with no issues but Australian KO artist Steve Moxon (29-4-1, 16 KO’s) was 100 grams over and had to go for a short jog around the block to get rid of the excess. “I should have cut my hair,” he quipped.
Bonjasky wasn’t the only fighter initially left solo beside the scales. Top lightweight (70 kilos/155lbs) contender Albert Kraus (72-15-3, 43 KO’s) weighed in but had nobody to stare down with because scheduled opponent Andy Ristie (36-2-1, 20 KO’s), a Suriname national based in the Netherlands, hit last-minute visa problems and had to withdraw.
Kraus now faces Warren Stevelmans (64-16-4, 20 KO’s), who had been set to face French prodigy Johann Fauveau (26-2-1, 16 KO’s) on the undercard. Fauveau will now make his GLORY debut against London-based Romanian import Pasniciuc Constantin.
Less than two months after he pulled off a miraculous victory in the inaugural development Road To GLORY USA light heavyweight (209 pounds) tournament, Dustin Jacoby (3-0, 3 KO’s) of Arenzville, Illinois has been added to the highly anticipated GLORY 5 London kickboxing mega-card at ExCel Arena on Saturday, March 23, and will face fellow rising star Michael Duut (36-3, 16 KOs) of Amsterdam, Holland, Glory Sports International announced today.
Jacoby shocked the kickboxing world by winning the first-ever development Road To GLORY USA tournament at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Okla. on Feb. 1, after accepting the offer to compete as a last-minute replacement for one of the eight original tournament fighters, on just 36 hours’ notice. Jacoby steamrolled his way through the field, stopping all three of his opponents – Randy Blake, Roy Boughton and Brian Collette – inside the distance in the one-night, single-elimination playoff.
To date, Jacoby has primarily competed under MMA rules. Seven of his eight career MMA wins have come by (T)KO and he has yet to be stopped.
“Dustin Jacoby’s performance in the development Road To GLORY USA tournament was really something special and is what earned him a place on GLORY’s big stage,” said Glory Sports International CEO Andrew Whitaker . “Of course, now he will be tasked with competing against an opponent with a great deal more experience in the kickboxing ring than he has faced yet, so it will be very interesting to see how he fares against this stiffer challenge in Michael Duut.”
Like Jacoby, Duut has demonstrated tremendous striking power. His decimation of former Dutch amateur boxing champion Ricardo van den Bos last November was nominated for the 2012 ‘KO of the Year’ award by kickboxing media outlet Liverkick.com.
Glory Sports International also confirmed today that U.S. karate sensation Raymond Daniels has been removed from the GLORY 5 London card and will be rescheduled to compete soon.
In the highly-anticipated heavyweight main event, all-time great and three-time K-1 World Grand Prix tournament champion Remy Bonjasky (77-15, 40 KO’s) of Netherlands will take on ferocious, surging superstar Tyrone Spong (68-6-1 42 KO’s) of Boca Raton, Fla. via Netherlands.
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