Things have been quiet on the GLORY front, which to many has been a bad sign, but we've been hearing reports from within the company about "big things" happening, including some shifts. The first of those shifts was announced today when GLORY unveiled that Jon J. Franklin has been appointed as the new CEO for the organization, replacing Andrew Whitaker. Whitaker will remain with the organization in an advisory role, working mostly with the television aspect of the brand.
Jon J. Franklin, based out of Denver, has been working with GLORY for a while now with his company, The Sports Entertainment Company. Franklin has also served in senior roles for IMG-Media, was President of Golden Gloves Boxing and worked with AP-X. His extensive history within the realm of boxing can only help GLORY further at this point.
Some might be concerned over the change at this point, especially after a period of relative silence, but this is actually a good thing. This shows that GLORY is thinking to the future and that they are looking to revise their direction for the future. As someone who worked previously within the world of corporate PR and IR, CEO changes are a very common occurrence in many organizations, with the idea being to keep fresh ideas and direction for organizations.
Also, according to an interview given to MMAMania, Franklin stated that they would be returning in October, which aligns with a statement we received from within GLORY about a month ago.
Dževad Poturak came out of retirement this past weekend to win a WAKO Pro World Low Kick Championship in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on the event No Limit 7. He knocked out Abdarhmane Coulibaly from France with a vicious overhand right once again showing us the power he has in his right hand.
Poturak retired last year after an exhibition bout with Mamoudou Keta at No Limit 1. He was on a three fight losing streak but it only took 8 months for the sport to pull him back in and I'm sure after this knockout he will be fighting again in the near future. Poturak landed a perfectly timed overhand right on Coulibaly's chin in the second round which caused his legs to go stiff as a board and just fall straight backwards. These type of knockouts are always very scary but the fans love them and this video has been getting a lot of attention.