Today we were granted a sneak peak of the firestorm to come this Friday, May 8th in San Diego, also known as GLORY 21. The location was The Boxing Club, the current training home of middleweight champion Artem Levin and the event was open workouts.
The first participant on deck for today's event was one of GLORY's newest finds, Andre Walker. Walker who is set to face another newcomer to the GLORY stage, Manny Mancha, exuded confidence in the ring demonstrating high energy with kicks and punches that may just surprise his opponent. The second fighter up was the always exciting, "Human Highlight Reel", Raymond Daniels. Despite having suffered a loss at GLORY 19 in Virginia, Daniels came to the ring to show that he remains in it to win it! High flying as ever, Daniels demonstrated the determination to, if nothing else, make it exciting and keep his opponent guessing! The final two participants at the open workout event were the two men scheduled to bring the house down as the finale of GLORY 21 card in a battle for the middleweight title, Artem Levin and Simon Marcus. Marcus, who was without his trainer, gave attendees a taste of what a work-out is like in his world! STAMINA is what he's obviously about in training. Marcus took the crowd through a series of sit-ups, push-ups, kicks and other combinations that left us all sweating as we watched. Levin then took center ring in the finale of the open workouts and gave the crowd a taste of his ever increasing agility, power and flexibility. Levin also gave the crowd a sneak peak at some of his combinations as well as how he maintains his reputation for not only throwing a punch, but evading the strikes of his opponents. The outcome of this bout will be very interesting as it will not be the first time these two have faced off in the ring. Marcus has previously defeated Levin in a Muay Thai rules bout. So, may the best man win on Friday night!
While the event was short but sweet, Tim Hughes kept the crowd entertained with his amazing commentary and introductions. Also on deck for weigh ins was the newest member of GLORY's commentary team, Goldberg!
Look out folks!! It's happening in San Diego, Friday, May 8th at the Valley View Casino Center! Watch it on Spike or see the event live, GLORY always aims to please and match-ups feature here will keep fans satisfied!