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Glory 19

GLORY Sports International, parent company of the GLORY World Series premier kickboxing league, today confirmed that GLORY 19: VERHOEVEN vs. ZIMMERMAN will take place Friday, February 6 at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia, USA.

Rico Verhoeven (44-9-10, 23 KO’s) will defend the GLORY WORLD Heavyweight Championship against Errol Zimmerman (103-11-1, 44 KO’s) in the headline slot.

The card also features a four-man Welterweight Contender Tournament plus a co-headline event, details of which will be announced in the near future. All main card fights air live in the US on Spike TV.

Tickets for the event go on sale Christmas Eve, Wednesday December 24, via Ticketmaster.com

Verhoeven will be defending the World Heavyweight Championship for the first time, but his opponent is one he is familiar with - he and Zimmerman have faced off twice before and are 1-1 against each other.

Their first meeting in January 2012 ended in a Zimmerman win by knockout. Their rematch at GLORY 9 NEW YORK saw Verhoeven walk away with a one-sided unanimous decision victory which marked the start of his title run.

A bitter rivalry has simmered between the two over the past year. Those tensions will explode when they face on February 6 in what is both a title fight and a rubber match. The winner walks away with the bragging rights and the World Heavyweight Championship.

Verhoeven is the new breed of heavyweight kickboxer. At 24 years old he weighs 260lbs (117kgs) at 6‘5” (196cm), yet moves with the lightness and fluidity of a middleweight. Verhoeven has one of the most intelligent games in kickboxing today and is able to deconstruct his opponents and pick them apart with precision combinations.

In contrast, Zimmerman is an old-school brawler. With 43% of his 103 career victories ending by knockout, nearly half his wins leave opponents lying in a crumpled heap on the floor. Zimmerman is pound-for-pound one of the hardest-hitting fighters in any discipline, packing frightening power into every blow.

Verhoeven won the GLORY 11 CHICAGO Heavyweight Championship Tournament by beating Daniel Ghita in a thrilling finale match. He then beat Ghita again in a rematch at GLORY 17 LOS ANGELES to take the vacant GLORY World Heavyweight Championship.

Zimmerman was one half of the first ever GLORY Heavyweight Championship fight, facing Semmy Schilt at GLORY 1 STOCKHOLM back in 2012. Schilt won the fight inside the distance to take the belt, but ill health kept him from competition and led to the belt being vacated in accordance with GLORY rules.

He finds himself in his second GLORY Heavyweight Championship title fight after winning the four-man Heavyweight Contender Tournament at GLORY 16 DENVER with back-to-back knockouts of Ben Edwards and Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva.




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