Last night GLORY 62 took place in Rotterdam, Ahoy and Hemmers Gym was well represented.
Marat Grigorian and Miles Simson started the night in the Superfights.
Marat Grigorian fought against Baya. Marat Grigorian is the #1 lightweight in the glory ranking and has a professional record of 59-11-1 (31 KO) and fights from Armenia. Baya is the #5 lightweight in the ranking and has a professional record of 60-8-1 (35 KO) and fights from Angola. The first round was won by Baya, 4 out of 5 judges give him the win. Baya got more exhausted in the second round, while Marat was pressuring him and kept coming forward. The second round was won by Grigorian, 4 out of 5 judges give him the win. Grigorian kept pressuring Baya and knocked him down during the last round. Grigorian was more dominant with the number of strikes during the fight. Marat Grigorian won the fight by split decision.
Check out the fight here:
Miles Simson fought against Hamicha in the Superfights. Miles Simson is the #10 welterweight in the glory ranking and has a professional record of 65-13-0 (26 KO) and fights from Suriname. Hamicha is new to glory and has a professional record of 36-2-0 (26 KO) and fights from Marocco. The fight started off good for Simson, but Hamicha soon striked back and ended up knocking out Miles in the first round after 1:53minutes. Unfortunately Miles couldn't move on and lost the fight.
Check out the fight here:
The main event of the night was the 8 man heavyweight tournament. Jamal Ben Saddik fought in this 8 man heavyweight tournament. The tournament consisted out of the 4 top ranked in the division versus 4 hungry challengers. The four top ranked are: Benjamin Adegubyi, Jamal Ben Saddik, Guto Inocente and Jahfarr Wilnis. Jamal is the #2 heavyweight in the Glory Ranking and has a professional record of 32-7-0 (26 KO) and fight from Marocco.
Jamal started his first fight against Junior Tafa, who is the #4 heavyweight in the ranking. This was a really quick fight and ended in the first round after 2 knock downs of Junior Tafa. Jamal Ben Saddik won the fight after 2:55minutes in the first round with a TKO (technical knock out).
The second fight, semi-finals, Jamal fought against Guto Inocente, who is the #3 heavyweight in the ranking. Jamal started really strong and kept pressuring Inocente. The judges scored him the first two rounds. The last round Jamal was more preserved, they people assumed he was saving his strenght for the finals. But even then he also won the last round. Making him the winner of the semi-finals by unanimous decision.
The last fight, the finals, he fought against Benjamin Adegubyi, who is the #1 in the glory ranking. Jamal Ben Saddik came strong and was determined to win, but changed up his fighting style and fought with left in stead of right as he normally does. He won the fight with a spectacular left punch that knocked out Adegubyi. Jamal Ben Saddik is the winner of the 8 man heavyweight tournament and won the belt! We later found out that Jamal broke his right hand during the fight against Incocente, but he is a true champion and continued the tournament and won!
Check out his interview after his win here: