On Saturday, March 23, GLORY held its fifth event from the ExCel Arena in London, England.

The main event featured a heavyweight clash between three-time K-1 World Grand Prix champion Remy Bonjasky against rising superstar Tyrone Spong. Both fighters are of Surinamese decent, but moved to the Netherlands at a young age. Each looked to cement their place as the best fighter from the small South American country. The weigh-ins on Friday produced added animosity between the two, as Spong arrived late to the scales. The 37-year-old Bonjasky said he felt disrespected by his fellow countryman.

Also on the main card, the UK’s Jordan Watson, took on Australia’s Steve Moxon. K-1 veteran Albert Kraus clashed with last-minute opponent Warren Stevelmans at lightweight after original opponent Andy Ristie faced visa issues and was forced to withdraw. Another UK talent, Liam Harrison locked horns with Mosab Armani in a featherweight affair. American and Road to Glory USA competitor Eddie Walker battled highly touted Stephen Wakeling. While former UFC fighter and Road to Glory USA winner Dustin Jacoby met Dutch standout Michael Duut.

The event streamed live on the promotion’s website for $20 beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Main Card Summary

In the main event, the changing of the guard in the heavyweight division continued as Tyrone Spong knocked out kickboxing legend Remy Bonjasky. The first round saw Spong use his aggression to back Bonjasky against the ropes frequently, unleashing a barrage of kicks and body shots. Bonjasky opened round two with multiple head kicks, looking to surprise his younger foe, but Spong remained patient. At the two-minute mark, Spong delivered a right hook through the guard of Bonjasky, dropping his countryman and scoring the knockout win.

The co-main event featured a competitive lightweight affair between England’s Jordan Watson and Australia’s Steve Moxon. Watson’s kicking arsenal and length were the deciding factor, as he successfully avoided Moxon’s punching barrage. Watson was strong in the first two frames, with Moxon showing desperation in the final stanza, but ultimately it wasn’t enough. The hometown fighter Watson earned the decision win.

If there was any doubt that Albert Kraus is still in the upper echelon of the kickboxing world, he proved it handedly against Warren Stevelmans. Kraus landed body shot after body shot over the course of the three-round bout, forcing Stevelmans to back up and defend throughout. There was no doubt when the scorecards were read, giving Kraus the lopsided decision win.

There was a huge talent discrepancy when England’s Stephan Wakeling took on American Eddie Walker. Much like Walker’s last outing, the American did not check his opponent’s leg kicks, absorbing an absolute beating. Walker barely survived the first round, and was battered in the second round, succumbing to the onslaught.

In an exciting 95 kg battle, Congo’s Danyo Ilunga knocked out Frenchman Stephane Susperregui with a brutal knee to the chin. Susperregui started strong, but Ilunga hit his stride midway through round way to take the round. Then, in round two, Ilunga delivered the fight-ending knee along the ropes.

Dutchman Michael Duut dominated UFC veteran Dustin Jacoby, scoring a first-round knockout. Duut knocked the Road to Glory winner down three times in just 2 minutes and 25 seconds, prompting the three-knockdown rule to halt the contest.

Featherweight Mosab Armani upset local favorite Liam Harrison with a vicious, first-round knockout. Armani pressured Harrison from the opening bell, forcing the Brit against the ropes. From there, Armani unloaded, delivering a nasty body shot that put Harrison down for the 10-count and handing Armani the knockout win.

England’s Daniel Sam edged India’s Jaideep Singh in a heavyweight slugfest. Sam put Singh on rubber legs in both the first and third rounds with heavy shots. Singh took the second round after recovering from the first-round onslaught, but again fell victim to Sam’s power in the third round, ultimately falling on the scorecards.

Frenchman Johann Fauveau bested last-minute opponent Constantin Pasniciuc by decision using crisp technique and combinations. The southpaw scored frequently in the opening rounds, using his length to frustrate Pasniciuc. The Romanian battled back and tried to turn the fight into a brawl, but Fauveau’s skill proved the difference on the scorecards.

Reece McAllister used a size and reach advantage to best fellow UK fighter Tim Thomas by decision. McAllister stifled Thomas’ attack early in the opening round and then poured it on in the second round, landing crisp combinations. Thomas came out aggressive in the final round, but McAllister was simply too much, claiming all three rounds on all five scorecards.

Brazilian Jhonata Oliveira scored two knockdowns in the opening round against Nicola Gallo, allowing him to take home a decision win. Oliveria gassed badly after the opening round, allowing Gallo to make it competitive with an onslaught of kicks, but his rally fell short on the scorecards.

FULL RESULTS
Tyrone Spong def. Remy Bonjasky by knockout (punch). Round 2, 2:02
Jordan Watson def, Steve Moxon by decision (147-139)
Albert Kraus def. Warren Stevelmans by decision (150-136)
Stephen Wakeling def. Eddie Walker by knockout (leg kicks). Round 2, 1:38
Danyo Ilunga def. Stephane Susperregui by knockout (knee). Round 2, 0:21
Michael Duut def. Dustin Jacoby by knockout (three-knockdown rule). Round 1, 2:25
Mosab Armani def. Liam Harrison by knockout (body punch). Round 1, 1:20
Daniel Sam def. Jaideep Singh by decision (145-130)
Johann Fauveau def. Constantin Pasniciuc by decision (148-137)
Reece McAllister def. Tim Thomas by decision (150-135)
Jhonata Oliveira def. Nicola Gallo by unanimous decision (140-135)
Marlon Hunt def. Andrei Manzolo by decision
Chad Sugden def. Sam Wilson by decision
Kerrith Bhella def. Sam Omomogbe by decision
Boris Uhlik def. Fraser Weightman by decision

Photo: Tyrone Spong celebrates (Ben Pontier/GLORY)