After some movement, GLORY has cobbled together the full card for the upcoming GLORY 53 event, featuring Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong defending his Lightweight Championship against Tyjani Beztati. It’s an interesting choice and a new fight for Sitthichai, although it’ll be interesting to see if Beztati is ready for this level of challenge just yet in his young career. Stoyan Koprivienski defeated him in December in a contender tournament and was slated to fight Sitthichai if he could get by Josh Jauncey, which he couldn’t, and now Beztati, who’s only loss in GLORY is to Kopri, steps in.
The Lightweight division is hungry for new challengers with Marat Grigorian perhaps holding the strongest claim to a title shot, but having lost to Sitthichai an astounding three times already that fight isn’t exactly jumping off the page at anyone right now. Jauncey could have a claim, but would perhaps need to pick up at least another win in the division first. What else is interesting is that the main card is once again tournament-free. Jamal Ben Saddik fights Jahfarr Wilnis in a very good heavyweight bout, Anissa Meksen defends the GLORY Super Bantamweight Championship against Amel Dehby, Zinedine Hameur-Lain fights Michael Duut and Petchpanomrung fights LiverKick’s top featherweight in Abdellah Ezbiri.
That’s a very good main card.
Instead the SuperFight Series bears the weight of a tournament, with Serhii Adamchuk fighting Aziz Hlali and Victor Pinto fighting Buray Bozaryilmaz. Mohammed Jaraya returns against Alan Scheinson, Yousri Belgaroui fights Jason Wilnis for middleweight contention and Cedric Doumbe fights Eyevan Danenberg.
GLORY 53 Lille
Lightweight Title Headline Bout: Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (c) vs. Tyjani Beztati
Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Jamal Ben Saddik vs. Jahfarr Wilnis
Super Bantamweight Title Bout: Anissa Meksen (c) vs. Amel Dehby
Light Heavyweight Bout: Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Michael Duut
Featherweight Bout: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Abdellah Ezbiri
GLORY 53 SuperFight Series
Welterweight Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Thongchai Sitsongpeenong
Middleweight No. 1 Contender Co-Headline Bout: Yousri Belgaroui vs. Jason Wilnis
Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Welterweight Bout: Alan Scheinson vs. Mohammed Jaraya
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Serhii Adamchuk vs. Azize Hlali
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Victor Pinto vs. Buray Bozaryilmaz