Glory 19 Results
Glory 19 was held tonight at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va, Feb. 6. Photo gallery here: https://www.mymmanews.com/glory-19-glory-superfight-series-photo-gallery/
As I sit there, I began watching people just flow into the arena. The energy started to rumble as people begin to chant “USA”.
The opening fight pitted Stephen Richards (10-2-1) against hometown favorite Francois Ambang (12-4). This bout was contested at 170lbs (77kg).
The opening round showed sporadic action by both fighters, but neither jumped out to take a definite advantage. It was obvious both fighters were looking to mix it up with punches and establish leg kicks early.
Unlike the first round, the second round brought fireworks. Richards stalked down Ambang, unleashing punches every time he cornered him. Ambang stuck with his leg kick game plan then at 2:14 in the round, he landed a monstrous overhand right hand that instantaneously stopped Richards in his tracks. Richards laid still on the mat for nearly 2 minutes.
Ambang by KO 2:14 in the second round
The second fight of the night was a grueling match between Brian Collette and Myron Dennis. These guys fought at a consistent pace with neither fighter taking a step back. Halfway through the second round, Collette found a combo that he landed at will (right hand body shot, left hand body shot, right leg Thai kick). Collette systematically chopped away at Dennis which lead to a head kick knock down. That sealed the victory.
The fight went to the judges and all three had it the same 29-27 Collette
After a short intermission, the action returned in the 154lb (70kg) division. Josh Jauncey (21-4) squared off against German native Max Baumert (13-4).
From the opening bell it was nonstop action. Jauncey found a home for his left body shot / Thai kick combo. It looked as though his intensity could overwhelm the German. However in the second round Max came out guns blazing. He countered and attacked at an incredible pace. He finished the round by landing a punch causing a last second (possibly after the bell) punch dropping Jauncey.
In only 0:37 into the third and final round, Jauncey landed a pinpoint right knee to the brow of Baumert. The ref stepped in, the doctor made the call to stop the fight.
Josh Jauncey by TKO 0:37 Round 3
Fight number four brought the heavyweights. At 6’4″ and 6’8″, no one expected this to go the distance. Everett “Wolverine” Sims went toe to toe with Xavier “X-Man” Vigney. Everett started with body shots while Xavier was head hunting. It didn’t take long for this fight to end. Several violent blows planted Sims twice causing the ref to stop the contest at 1:44 in the 1st round.
The final super fight of the night was between Steven Moxon and 2013 Glory Tournament winner Andy Ristie. At 154lbs, these fighters have very different frames and they both used their build to drive their style. Moxon, the shorter more stout fighter, bulldozed ahead throwing leather with nearly wreckless abandon.
Throughout the barrage of punches, Ristie remained calm and picked his punches. Several times he lead with a knee followed by a straight punch. When Ristie pinned Moxon on the ropes, he let loose with technical flurries. Punch combos appear to come at ease; Ristie didn’t seem to breathe hard or break a sweat. After 2 quick knock downs, the end was all but sealed. With one clean right hand, it was over.
Andy Ristie by TKO 2:43 Round 1
Glory 19 Main Card continued where the super fights stopped. With thousands in attendance, Jonatan Oliveira and Raymond Daniels made their way to the ring. Oliveira sporting a 20-3 record and Daniels with an even more impressive 25-1 record. It was announced that Daniels holds more karate tournament wins than any other person in the USA. Well the bell rung, Daniels showcased his karate style to a T. As Oliveira charged over and over landing punches in bunches, Daniels danced around, landing less powerful but very accumulative strikes. He threw what seemed to be dozens of spinning attacks. It was only fitting that he finished the fight by TKO in the second by spin kick to the sternum.
Daniels by TKO at 2:15 in Round 2
The next fight comes with high expectations. Aleksandr Stetcurenko is a 2x TNA Cup champ. His opponent, Nieky Holzken is 85-11 with 45KOs. After a back and forth fight, Nieky won via unanimous decision 29-28
Glory’s next bout is a special feature containing 2 military members. Representing the Air Force is Cedric Smith and James Hurley is representing the Navy. These two warriors have very different styles which is obvious from the opening bell. Smith stands and moves like a Kickboxer while Hurley is a traditional boxer. Hurley came out strong winging punches when he saw openings but Smith is just too much. Cedric strategically used punches, kicks and knees to confuse the brawling Hurley.
TKO stoppage for Cedric Smith
Going into the co-headliner, most fans I spoke with didn’t give Robert Thomas a chance against the veteran Joe Schilling. I finally caught up with one fan who told me that win, lose or draw, Thomas would not back down. With a record of 18-6 with 11KOs, Schilling had almost 3x the amount of fights as his opponent Thomas. Just as the Canadian fan told me, Thomas did not back down a step. Despite his constant pressure and willingness to trade, Thomas was dropped once as Schilling used his skills and experience to outclass his counterpart. Despite the loss, I expect big thing from Robert Thomas in the future
Joe Schilling 30-26 unanimous decision
The tournament final saw the American fan favorite, Raymond Daniels come against the menacing Nieky Holzken. Both men admitted they were tired from their first fights, but everyone knew this was going to still have fireworks. Early in the first, Daniels used his movement and length to attempt to keep distance while using spinning kicks to the body. Nieky held his place, guard up and slowly closed the distance. Both fighters showcased their skills, but in the third round, Nieky made it a dogfight and used pressure and power to fold Raymond 3 times.
Nieky Holzken 1:25 in the 3rd (max TKOs)
Glory’s main event was a Heavyweight Title Fight between Rico Verhoeven vs Errol Zimmerman. Errol holds a win over Rico via KO and Rico holds a win in their most recent bout leading into tonight. Zimmerman has over 110 wins and Rico is 44-10. When these two collide, don’t blink cause it may end quick. Errol came out fast slinging leather and looks to have Rico hurt early. Rico battles back and now has the upper hand. Both fighters are trying to end it fast. Rico landed a hard shot dropping Errol. As he went down, Rico hit him again. Looked like a late shot but no warning from the ref. Rico landed a leg kick, Errol goes down and the ref gives him an 8-count. Now the ref is asking the doctor to come in. Doctor checks him out and the ref stops the fight.
Rico Verhoeven defends his heavyweight title 2:17 in the 2nd by ref stoppage
GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES QUOTES
“The plan was to finish this quick and get to the next fight – van Roosmalen has got my belt and I want it, it belongs to me.”
“I want the title shot next. That belt has to be mine. Robin, I am coming for you. Be ready.”
“I was just planning on using my boxing to pick him apart and really take my time but I managed to catch him early and take advantage of that.”
“Whoever GLORY want to match me up with next is fine. I never stop training. I have fought tough guys before so whatever they want to do, whenever they want to do it, I am ready.”
“My corner said if I didn’t win round three I wouldn’t even get a draw. So they told me to go for the knee. My brother said it was there and it was. I threw it and that is what cut him.”
“He can’t fight with a flap of skin over his eye because I am going to keep punching it, so it was good thing they stopped it!”
“I saw he was trying to push the fight and pressure me so I wanted to take his gas away via the body and the legs.”
“That head kick was my goal throughout the fight. I just had to lay the foundations to set it up.”
“It felt so good to win like this in my home state of Virginia. I want to thank God, my family and my training partners. It was hard for me to lose to Raymond Daniels the way I did, to see that replay all the time everywhere, but now I am back.”
“I am ready to fight anyone. I am here to be a contender and get into title contention so whoever GLORY want to give me next, I am ready.”
GLORY 19 QUOTES
Nieky Holzken, GLORY Welterweight Contender Tournament Winner
“I consider the welterweight title belt to be mine. I beat Valtellini and then I had to take 2014 off because I got injured in a car accident in January. So he’s got the belt right now but I am coming for it. Valtellini is good and it is going to be a good fight but the belt belongs to me and it will be coming home with me.”
Raymond Daniels, GLORY Welterweight Contender Tournament Runner-Up
“It was a tough tournament and Nieky is a really tough opponent. I have now fought the division’s champion and the division’s number one contender so I think I’m right up there and that I’ve proved a point. But at the same time the fight with Nieky has showed me that there are a lot of things I need to work on so it’s a case of get back to the gym and get to working on those things. I am always looking to improve and become the best I can be. I’ll be back.”
“I’m not entirely satisfied with my performance because I wanted to put him away but Robert Thomas is a really tough kid and I think he’s got a bright future in the sport. He took some big shots from me and kept coming. I was surprised he was able to beat the count after that knockdown in the third round.”
“It’s no secret that me and Artem Levin are rivals. He actually recently moved to California and we’re friendly, but inside the ring it’s all business. He’s got the middleweight title belt and I think I can take it from him.”
“GLORY has put a Middleweight Contender Tournament together for Dubai in April but I am ranked above all those guys and I’m not in the tournament. So I think either I should get a title shot or maybe Filip Verlinden, who is ranked #2 and also not in that tournament, could fight me and the winner fights Levin. I don’t know; we’ll see what happens.”
“I really got carried away in the first round because there was just so much emotion behind the fight. When I hurt Errol early and got him in trouble I just wanted to finish him. But my corner were going crazy and shouting for me to stick to the gameplan because when you rush in on someone you open yourself up and make it into a 50-50 fight when there is no need to.”
“I would have liked to get the KO because it would have nice, both to answer critics who say I don’t knock people out enough and also because it would have been good to knock Errol out with the same combination he knocked me out with in our first fight.”
“That wasn’t the way that I wanted the fight to end and even though me and Errol are professional rivals you never want to see anyone get an injury like that. So I hope that he recovers well from it and gets back to competition. But certainly I think that if the injury didn’t happen he wouldn’t have made it to the fifth round. The fight wouldn’t have gone to the fifth, absolutely not, I am sure of that. I would have finished it.”
“Next, I don’t know. I think Benjamin Adegbuyi is emerging as a contender but he didn’t fight any really top-level guys yet so I don’t know if we could call him a contender right now. First things first I am going back home to the Netherlands to see my family and relax for a few days, then we will see what comes next.”