GLORY 20’s main card, televised live this past Saturday night on SPIKE TV in the US, was highlighted by a stunning welterweight tournament victory by Dutch Muay Thai standout Nieky Holzken.
The performance was made all the more impressive considering Holzken’s recent absence from kickboxing, stemming from a shoulder injury sustained in a car accident last year.
But the GLORY 20 undercard, which will be televised later as a a part of the GLORY: Superfight Series, featured another stunning performance, by another Holland-based star.
Andy “The Machine” Ristie, the lightweight Muay Thai specialist from Suriname who makes his home in Amsterdam, earned a big first round TKO victory over Australian Steve Moxon in the final bout before the SPIKE broadcast — and will be rewarded with a lightweight title shot at the next GLORY event.
Ristie knocked Moxon to the canvas with a flying knee early in the round, then finished with punches as he struggled to recover.
At the press conference after the event, it was announced that Ristie, now 47-4-1, will face GLORY Lightweight Champion Robin van Roosmalen at GLORY 20.
This will mark Ristie’s second opportunity to win the GLORY Lightweight Championship. Last March, “The Machine” seemed well on his way to securing the vacant title in a bout with Georgia’s Davit Kira at GLORY 14 in Croatia. But Kira, of Georgia, mounted a shocking comeback late in the bout — eventually shocking Ristie with a fifth round knockout.
Van Roosmalen, whose kickboxing record stands at 43-14-3 as a professional, is also of Holland. He defeated Kira for the GLORY title back in November.
Ristie and van Roosmalen met previously at GLORY 12 in New York, with Ristie earning a round two TKO victory. The loss was the only defeat on van Roosmalen’s record in his last seven bouts.
GLORY 20 is set for April 3 in Dubai.