The world’s premier kickboxing league brings featherweight fireworks and former champions to the Netherlands this fall, as Sporthallen Zuid hosts GLORY 45 Amsterdam and GLORY 45 SuperFight Series on Saturday, Sept. 30.
The promotion has held three previous events in the Netherlands: GLORY 26 (Dec. 2015), GLORY 31 (June 2016) and GLORY 41 (May 2017). GLORY 45 will mark the organization’s return to Amsterdam after a visit to Den Bosch earlier this year.
Headlining GLORY 45 Amsterdam is one of the most decorated fighters on the GLORY roster, reigning featherweight and former lightweight world champion Robin “Pokerface” van Roosmalen (38-7, 21 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands).
The Dutch champion will defend his featherweight title against Ukrainian-born No. 1 contender Serhiy Adamchuk (35-8, 14 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands), who impressively defeated Dylan Salvador at GLORY 42 Paris in June.
[YouTube Video] Serhiy Adamchuk calls out Robin van Roosmalen in post-fight interview
Van Roosmalen is the only GLORY fighter to capture a championship belt in two weight classes, going 3-0 since dropping down to featherweight, while Adamchuk has established himself as a perennial contender, defeating the likes of Mosab Amrani, Gabriel Varga and Marat Grigorian to amass a 7-3 record with the organization.
Long-standing welterweight kingpin Nieky “The Natural” Holzken (90-13, 46 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands), ranked No. 4, will rematch with Yoann Kongolo (65-9, 46 KO, fighting out Switzerland), ranked No. 2, in the GLORY 45 Amsterdam co-headline bout.
The pair met previously at GLORY 29 Copenhagen in a back-and-forth “Fight of the Year” contender, with Holzken winning by unanimous decision.
In a career spanning 15 years, Holzken has crafted a legendary resume, suffering only two defeats since the start of 2013, both to current GLORY welterweight world champion Cédric Doumbé. Kongolo, a former welterweight title challenger himself, has won four of his last five bouts, including three victories already in 2017.
GLORY 45 Amsterdam will also feature a one-night, four-man light heavyweight contender tournament in order to identify the division’s top challengers.
In the first of two semifinal match-ups, 19-year-old Dutch-Moroccan Imad “The Problem Child” Hadar (19-1, 7 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) looks to bounce back after suffering his first defeat, as he takes on powerful American Manny Mancha (5-2, 4 KO, fighting out of the United States), currently ranked No. 8.
Veteran light heavyweight Michael “Dreamcrusher” Duut (40-8, 17 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) will fight in the other tournament semifinal bout against an opponent to be named later.
The complete five-fight card for GLORY 45 Amsterdam can be found below:
Featherweight Title Headline Bout: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Serhiy Adamchuk
Light Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Welterweight Co-headline Bout: Nieky Holzken vs. Yoann Kongolo
Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Imad Hadar vs. Manny Mancha
Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Michael Duut vs. TBA
Before GLORY 45 Amsterdam, GLORY 45 SuperFight Series showcases some of GLORY’s up-and-coming talent.
Former GLORY middleweight world champion, now No. 1 contender Jason “Psycho” Wilnis (30-7-1, 8 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) begins his climb back to the belt in a showdown with 25-year-old Dutch-Tunisian Yousri Belgaroui (22-3, 10 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands), standing right behind Wilnis at No. 2 in the division.
A pair of 22-year-old featherweights square off when Zakaria Zouggary (29-3-1, 15 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) meets Massaro “The Project” Glunder (30-9-4, fighting out of the Netherlands), who represents the Moluccan Republic. Zouggary made his GLORY debut in May, defeating Yetkin Ozkul. In June, Glunder entered the GLORY 42 Paris lightweight contender tournament on short notice, upsetting prohibitive favorite Niclas Larsen in the first round before being narrowly edged by teammate Christian Baya in the tournament final.
Undefeated since joining the organization in December, 19-year-old Dutch-Moroccan lightweight Tyjani “The Wonderboy” Beztati (13-1, 5 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) will attempt to keep his winning streak alive against 22-year-old Yodkhunpon “Muu” Sitmonchai (89-28-1, 54 KO, fighting out of Thailand).
Representing Aruba, Hoorn-native Eyevan “Mister Cool” Danenberg (23-5, 11 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) welcomes Brazilian newcomer Wellington Uega to GLORY for a welterweight tilt.
The current fight card for GLORY 45 SuperFight Series can be found below:
Middleweight Bout: Jason Wilnis vs. Yousri Belgaroui
Featherweight Bout: Zakaria Zouggary vs. Massaro Glunder
Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati vs. Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai
Welterweight Bout: Eyevan Danenberg vs. Wellington Uega
An additional bout is expected to be added to the GLORY 45 SuperFight Series card.
Tickets for GLORY 45 Amsterdam and GLORY 45 SuperFight Series go on sale this Friday, July 21 at 6 p.m. CEST. Tickets will be available for online purchase at tickets.glorykickboxing.com.