GLORY 53 LILLE ANNOUNCED FOR SATURDAY, MAY 12
AMSTERDAM – GLORY, the world’s premier stand-up combat league, today announced additional bouts for GLORY 53 Lille and GLORY 53 SuperFight Series, to take place at Zénith de Lilleon Saturday, May 12.
"Killer Kid" Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (119-30-5, 32 KO, fighting out of Thailand) will headline GLORY 53 Lille, attempting to defend the GLORY lightweight championship for a record fourth time.
Sittichai’s opponent is one of GLORY’s brightest young stars, as 20-year-old Tyjani “The Wonderboy” Beztati (16-2, 6 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) looks to dethrone the dominant champion.
Since debuting at GLORY 22 Lille in 2015, Sitthichai has compiled an 8-1 record within the organization, including wins over former champions Robin van Roosmalen and Davit Kiria, as well as title contenders Marat Grigorian, Dylan Salvador and Christian Baya.
Beztati has been busy since his GLORY debut in December of 2016, fighting seven times and winning six against increasingly tough competition. The Moroccan-Dutch phenom’s most recent victory came last month at GLORY 51 SuperFight Series in Rotterdam, where he defeated Anil Cabri via TKO.
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. Dawid Kasperski
Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Welterweight Bout: Alan Scheinson vs. Anghel Cardos
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Serhii Adamchuk vs. Azize Hlali
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Victor Pinto vs. Buray Bozaryilmaz
In the GLORY 53 Lille co-headline bout, No. 4-ranked heavyweight Jamal “The Goliath” Ben Saddik (32-6, 26 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) faces Jahfarr Wilnis (30-9-1, 8 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands), ranked No. 9.
Ben Saddik and Wilnis have met once before, with the Dutch-Surinamese striker Wilnis winning by unanimous decision at GLORY 2 Brussels in 2012. Ben Saddik is coming off a memorable pay-per-view showdown with reigning heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven in December. Winis last appeared for the promotion at GLORY 35 Nice in November of 2016.
Plus, the world’s best female strikers square off as Anissa Meksen (94-3, 30 KO, fighting out of France) makes the first defense of her super bantamweight championship, facing countrywoman Amel “HuchHuch” Debhy (29-1, 11 KO, fighting out of France).
Tickets for GLORY 53 Lille and GLORY 53 SuperFight Series are on sale now and available for purchase online at tickets.glorykickboxing.com and Ticketmaster.fr, as well as Ticketmaster retail locations such as Auchan, Cora, Cultura, E. leclerc and Furet du Nord.
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1 Boulevard des Cités Unies
Lille, Hauts-de-France 59777
Doors open: 05:00 p.m. CET
Undercard starts: 05:30 p.m. CET
Superfight Series starts: 07:00 p.m. CET
GLORY 53 Lille starts: 09:30 p.m. CET