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Tyrone Spong vs Remy Bonjasky !! ! 16 Feb. for Glory

Taken from mixfight article made by rollermanskunk


HEAVYWEIGHT KICKBOXING SUPERSTARS TYRONE SPONG AND REMY BONJASKY COLLIDE IN GLORY 5 LONDON MAIN EVENT FEBRUARY 16, 2013

HISTORIC FIRST MEETING HEADLINES BIGGEST KICKBOXING CARD EVER STAGED IN THE UK

UK LIGHTWEIGHT STANDOUTS JORDAN WATSON AND LIAM HARRISON TO SEE ACTION ON THE CARD

London, England (Nov. 19, 2012) – Heavyweight superstars Remy Bonjasky (77-14, 40 KO’s) and Tyrone Spong (68-6-1 42 KO’s) will collide in the main event of GLORY 5 London at the British capital’s Excel Arena on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.

Also confirmed for the kickboxing mega-card are lightweight (70 kilograms/154 pounds) British standouts Jordan Watson (29-5-1, 14 KO’s) and Liam Harrison (67-13-2, 38 KO’s). Both have tough tests ahead of them – Watson faces the hard-hitting ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Moxon of Australia (29-4-1, 16 KO’s) while Harrison faces the aggressive Moroccan lightweight Mosab ‘Jaguar’ Amrani (48-7-4, 14 KO’s).

Tickets for the event go on sale in December. Pricing and vendors will be announced in the coming weeks.

‘The Flying Gentleman’ Bonjasky is a household name among kickboxing fans and this will be the first time that British fight fans have the opportunity to see him fight live. One of the most athletic fighters ever to step into the ring, Bonjasky’s flying knees and kicks have provided some of the most thrilling images of the sport and helped propel him to victory in three Grand Prix tournaments in the old K-1 fight series.

An eye ailment forced a temporary retirement on him for nearly three years but, after undergoing surgery, the 1.93 meter (6-foot-4), 108 kilogram (240 pound) fighter was ready to put the gloves back on.

At GLORY 2 Brussels on Oct. 6, he made a triumphant return with a decision win over No. 1 ranked Brazilian heavyweight Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva. Bonjasky demonstrated superior conditioning and reflexes in the fight, showing his rivals that all the old magic is still there.

Like Bonjasky, Amsterdam native Spong, who recently relocated to Boca Raton, Fla. to train with the famed ‘Blackzilians’ fight squad, is a world-class athlete. Standing 1.88 meters (6-foot-2) and weighing 103.5 kilograms (228 pounds), he started his career as a middleweight and has retained that speed and fluidity as he has moved up through the weight classes to heavyweight.

With explosive power in his hands, nearly two-thirds of Spong’s wins have been by stoppage, including his June KO of legend Peter Aerts. Spong was the last reigning 95 kilogram (210 pound) champion in world championship kickboxing league It’s Showtime which GLORY purchased in October.

“This is a dream fight that kickboxing fans around the world have been wanting to see for some time. Bonjasky is one of the sport’s all-time greats and anybody who watched him fight in Brussels could see immediately that he was as sharp as ever. He had the same dynamic fighting style that earned him tremendous success and acclaim in the sport before he went on hiatus three years ago,” said GLORY Managing Director Marcus Luer.

“As for Spong, his speed and technicality are just amazing. He is unbelievably agile for a heavyweight and he makes fighting look like ballet. He also has plenty of power and a real killer instinct, which we saw in his win over Peter Aerts earlier this year. Bonjasky and Spong are two of the most natural athletes the sport of kickboxing has ever seen. They are going to thrill the London fight fans in February.”

GLORY Chairman Pierre Andurand remarked, “I live in London and I am very proud to be bringing these two world-class fighters to the British capital. Bonjasky and Spong are at the top of their games right now and the winner will take a step closer to a shot at the GLORY heavyweight title.”

Both fighting out of the Bad Company gym in Leeds, England, Watson and Harrison have carved out solid reputations on the international Muay Thai circuit and have a legion of fans in their native northern city. Watson made his GLORY debut in November with a win over Mustapha Haida of Belgium.

Harrison is a four-time world champion in kickboxing and Muay Thai. He has faced elite Thai champions such as Saenchai Sor Kingstar and Anuwat Kaewsamrit and has competed extensively in Thailand with some of the nation’s top fighters. Among the titles Harrison has held are the prestigious WAKO and WMC belts, the latter being arguably the top honor in the Muay Thai world.

Additional matchups for GLORY 5 London will be announced soon. Visit www.gloryworldseries.com for more information.

About GLORY:

The GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world’s premier kickboxing, or stand-up fighting league, staging events across the globe and offering up to $1,000,000 in prize money to the winners of 16-man ‘Grand Prix’ tournaments, which are open to only the best fighters in each weight class. The fight series also includes 8-man tournaments and events with traditional, single bouts.

With television deals spanning every continent, plus a groundbreaking online video streaming system and the world’s largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world’s most widely-broadcast sporting organizations.

Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in Holland, the UK, Tokyo, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Its personnel includes a diverse mix of award-winning hedge-fund and private equity investors; principals from pioneering sports marketing agency Total Sport Asia; and senior level executives from several leading sports franchises, including WWE, FIFA, Golden Glory, Champions League and It’s Showtime.




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Rishi (1321 posts)
Posted: 2012-11-19 at: 08:54
Holly im sorry to call your name in vain shit !!

i dont know who to cheer for :(

Let alone make a prediction on who is gonna win i like them both mather a fact they up there in my all time favorite kickboxers list (lol)

Spong is in his element he is in shape and he is better than he ever bin plus he has a goal and thats become sucsesfull in kickboxing and mma .he is fast technical but yey still powerfull training with animals likes of overeem rashad anthony johnson ectra
and spongs hands are still to me the best in kickboxing so technicall and precise

In his last fights he looked impressive oke that mma bout not included cus his oponent was a douch (i dont care about the guys boxing record.)

Remy is a all time legend a k 1 vet and a 3 times champ but in his come-back fight
he showed bad timing bad conditioning and he seemd less powerfull with his kicks
So if remy did not work on his cardio and timing he is in for a cold shower


JonnieSunshine (664 posts)
Posted: 2012-11-19 at: 09:02
@Rishi I'm a Bonjasky fan and hope he can win this, but if Bonjasky fights like he did against Silva, than Spong will probably take the win. Spong looks razor sharpe and love how he handled Aerts and his MMA fight.
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2012-11-19 at: 09:09
Will be a very interesting fight.

This probably means that Spong will not be in the Glory Grand Slam of NYE
stark (1143 posts)
Posted: 2012-11-19 at: 09:36
@D-rop Why not? Bonjasky is fighting on NYE too

I root for Spong. He was allways my favorite fighter (besides Aerts offcourse). Finaly he is in position and shape to stand up against anyone in heavyweight division

BTW this artice is from glorysportsinternational.com
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2012-11-19 at: 11:02
@stark I just don't think that GG would make a match-up like this in february, if there was a possibility that they would fight each other at the Grand Slam on NYE.

But maybe I am wrong.
Rishi (1321 posts)
Posted: 2012-11-20 at: 01:24
@D-rop i think GG is gonna let spong fight as many big names as he can if im not wrong he singt a contract for 3 fights .

Since he is not on the GP card he will probally fight more superfight
lets just be posetive and hope bonjasky is the first followed by 2 others :)
Rishi (1321 posts)
Posted: 2012-11-20 at: 01:27
@stark
yeah he is in shape en def in position to fight anyone in the HW kickboxing scene
thats why it sucks that he aint on the GP lets just hope remy is the first big hw on the list to fight

like i said i taugh i read somewhere he singt a contract for 3 fights so maybe remy is the first of 2 more to come
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