Glory 26 took place today in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the event featured two Glory title fights and the featherweight contender tournament.
In the night’s main event welterweight champion Nieky Holzken (@niekyholzken) put his title on the line against Murthel Groenhart (@MurthelG). Groenhart was clearly on a mission as he came out firing on all cylinders. Known for gassing out at times, the Mike’s Gym fighter paced himself throughout the fight and kept a consistent flow of punches, knees and low kicks throughout the fight. Holzken controlled the center of the ring throughout the bout, but was not as active as Groenhart. He was accurate when he let his punches fly, and delivered the occasional knee.
Holzken was able too match Groenhart’s work rate in the last two rounds, but when the fight was over it seemed a new champion might be crowned. Groenhart and his camp seemed extremely confident they had won the fight, but when the decision came in Holzken remained the champion. It was a close fight, but many thought Gorenhart won although Holzken took home the split decision win to retain his belt.
In the co-main event heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven (@RicoVerhoeven) made sure he walked out with his belt when he destroyed Benjamin Adegbuyi (@AdegBenny). Verhoeven worked his boxing early in the bout. With about a minute left in the first round, Verhoeven connected with a crushing right that laid out Adegbuyi and ended the bout. This fight was all Verhoeven from the beginning as Adegbuyi offered little in terms of offense.
The featherweight contender tournament saw Mosab Amrani earn another crack at the Glory belt. He scored a fantastic knockout over Chi Bin Lim in the first round of their semi-final bout. A left hook to the body of Bin Lim secured his spot in the final.
Facing Amrani in the final was Maykol Yurk (@MaykolYurk) who won his semi-final bout over Shane Oblonsky (@shaneoblonsky) in controversial fashion. Yurk scored a knockdown with a knee in the second round. Oblonsky recovered and in the middle of their next exchange Oblonsky blocked a knee, but was pushed to the canvas by Yurk. The referee counted it as a knockdown and stopped the bout. Oblonsky protested, but the bout was over and Yurk advanced.
In the tournament final Amrani controlled the fight from the start. His boxing was on point as he delivered fast and furious strikes. Yurk tried to fire back strikes of his own, but Amrani controlled the pace of the fight and eventually delivered a left kick to the body that sent Yurk down. He tried to get back up but did not beat the referee’s count. With the win Amrani is now set to fight current featherweight champion serhiy Adamchuk.