GLORY Kickboxing returned to the Netherlands on Saturday, Feb. 29, touching down in Utrecht for its 75th event. The action kicked off with a two-fight preliminary card.
The top-billing of the prelims took place in the Featherweight division as Spanish veteran Antonio Campoy (21-2-4, 4 KO’s) took Holland’s Bowie Zonneveld (3-4). Zonneveld came forward with pressure at the opening bell. Campoy employed his kicking arsenal to back up the Dutch fighter. A right hand from Campoy was followed with a head kick that surprised Zonneveld. Campoy was relentless with his low kicks keeping Zonneveld on the defensive.
A spinning backfist from Campoy was partially blocked by Zonneveld, but a follow-up kick to the body found a home. The variety of Campoy’s attacks continued in the second frame. Zonneveld tried to stay in the face of his Spanish opponent, leaving him open to more combinations from Campoy. A left hook from Campoy landed and he scored with knees in the clinch.
Zonneveld started to wear damage after a right knee from Campoy connected. The final round featured Zonneveld picking up his aggression. However, he could not match the output of Campoy, whose combinations landed at will. Zonneveld delivered a heavy right hand in the last minute of the fight, but it was not enough to hurt Campoy. The fight saw the scorecards with Campoy earning a clean sweep from the judges.
“I’m very happy. Everything my coach told me, I did,” explained Campoy. “I’m a perfectionist and I want to train more and do even better.”
Action began in the women’s Super Bantamweight ranks as Dutch-Colombian fighter Lorena Klijn (30-12, 4 KO’s) faced off with Russian prospect Almira Tinchurina (0-1), who was making her pro debut after a decorated amateur career. A superwoman punch from Klijn clipped Tinchurina early. Tinchurina settled in and began firing combinations at range. Klijn responded with body punches to her taller foe. The experience of Klijn was evident as she changed levels with her attacks.
A front kick from Tinchurina kept Klijn from getting inside late in the opening stanza. Tinchurina came out aggressive in the second round, firing straight punches with volume. Klijn answered with an overhand right that stunned Tinchurina. Klijn again looked for the superwoman punch, but Tinchurina was wise to it. Tinchurina continued to score with volume as the round came to a close.
Klijn popped the head of Tinchurina early in round three with a powerful right hand. Tinchurina was unfazed, marching forward with straight punches. The right hand of Klijn repeatedly found its mark as the round progressed. The pair fired until the final bell, but the judges were called upon to render a verdict, handing Klijn the victory.
“I trained really hard for this fight,” said Klijn. “I told myself before this fight that I deserved to be here. I’m really happy.”
GLORY 75 PRELIMINARY CARD: Results
Antonio Campoy def. Bowie Zonneveld by unanimous decision (30-27 x5)
Lorena Klijn def. Almira Tinchurina by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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