GLORY 19 was announced back in November, at the press conference following a hard-hitting GLORY 18 event in Oklahoma.
Kickboxing fans were excited to see another event in just about a month’s time. But sadly the show, which was scheduled to include a heavyweight title bout in its main event, was pushed back.
Yesterday, the promotion announced that GLORY 19, which has been rescheduled for February 6 in Hampton, VA, will also feature the return of Nieky Holzken.
Holzken, whose kickboxing record stands at 84-11 (with 44 knockouts to his credit), will face Murthel ‘The Predator’ Groenhart (55-16-3, 31 KO’s) at the semi-final stage of a welterweight tournament at GLORY 19.
The other semifinal bracket has yet to be revealed.
“Holzken finished 2013 as GLORY’s top welterweight but then had a frustrating period of inactivity in 2014 because of his shoulder. Now he’s coming back to action and he is aiming to win this tournament and remind people what he is about,” remarked Cor Hemmers, GLORY Head of Talent Operations.
“Holzken and Groenhart have fought once before. It was in 2010 and it went to the extra round before Holzken won a decision. It was a very close fight and there was a lot of discussion about it afterwards. So this fight in February is a rematch that people have wanted to see for a long time, and of course it is a very important fight for their careers.”
GLORY 19 is headlined by a heavyweight title bout between the promotion’s champion, Rico Verhoeven (44-9-10, 23 KOs) and Errol ‘The Bonecrusher’ Zimmerman (103-11-1, 44 KOs). The two have met twice before, splitting bouts at GLORY and It’s Showtime events in 2013 and 2012.