Kick-boxing : Glory 28
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Verhoeven wins again

In front of 5000 spectators, Rico Verhoeven kept his world champion belt at Glory 28 held in Paris on Saturday March 12th. But the Dutch fighter needed the 5 rounds to dominate Croatian Brestovac, who put up a credible performance.

By Ludovic Mauchien

 

Satisfied but not especially happy, that’s how we can define Rico Verhoeven’s state of mind following his world title defense at Glory 28 in Paris against Mladen Brestovac from Croatia.

The Dutch fighter is of course satisfied because he kept his crown for the 6th time on the row without great difficulties. But he is not so glad because he didn’t give his best performance.

Against the Glory n°4 ranked heavy weight, Rico Verhoeven was quite cautious, at least more than usual. We supposed, and he wished too, that he would take the fight in his hand from the very first seconds.

But, in fact, he had a wait-and-see attitude towards Brestovac, maybe too much. Because, even if the Croatian fighter is known is known for his hard hitting, he didn’t show enough abilities to create a surprise and get the title.

Was Rico Verhoeven waiting for the right moment to hit in order to put him KO ? We could think so. But, in fact, the Dutchman looked out his opponent because he is not used to fight southpaw boxers, which worried him a little.

Thus, the Croatian Scorpion’s Sting allowed himself to hit with a strong right jab on the face the world champion, which was the 1st round most Rico Verhoeven jumpstriking action, which curbed event more Rico Verhoeven.

Afterwards, the running champion intensified his game. Even if the 2nd round, where the Dutchman had to block several high kicks, was quite balanced between the 2 fighters, the 3 next ones were much more to the benefit of the title holder.

Taking advantage of Bestrovac’s drop of physical condition, Verhoeven fought with more fluidity, striking low kicks, knees and hooks which targeted twice his opponent on the 3rd and 5th round.

In front of the boxing heavyweight world champion, Tyson Fury, who came in paris to support his friend, the referees logically gave the decision to Rico Verhoeven (49-46, 50-45, 50-45), ending a gorgeous event punctuated with 15 fights in 7 hours.

 

See also Rico Verhoeven interview

 

Overall results

 

World championships

Heavyweight (+95 kg) : Rico Verhoeven (PB) beat Mladen Bretovac (Cro), decision

Featherweight (-65 kg) : Serhiy Adamchuck (Ukr) beat Mosab Amrani (Mor), decision

Light heavyweight (-95 kg) : Artem Vakhitov (Rus) beat Saulo Cavalari (Bra), decision

 

Tournoi contenders -70 kg

½ finale

Sittichai (Tha) beat Kiria (Geo), decision

Marat Grigorian (Arm) beat Anatoly Moiseev (Rus), decision

Finale

Sittichai beat Grigorian, decision

 

Glory Super Fights Series

-77 kg : Cedric Doumbe (Fra) beat Murtel Groenhart (NL), decision

-65 kg : Eddy Nait Slimani (Fra) beat Maykol Yurk (Bra), decision

-70 kg : Josh Jauncey (Can) beat Johnny Tkac (Fra), decision

-85 kg : Jason Wilnis (NL) beat Filip Verlinden (Bel), decision

+95 kg : Xavier Vigney (USA) beat Freddy Kemayo (Fra), decision

 

Preliminaries fights

 

Vang Moua beat Olivier Lagarrigue, decision

Cedric Tousch beat Cyril Benzaquen, decision

Nasir-Uddine Lahouichi beat Raphael Rizzi, decision

Nouh Chahboune beat Steve Magniez, decision

 

 

 

 

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