A heavyweight clash between Hesdy Gerges and Nicolas Wamba is slated to feature on GLORY Kickboxing’s first European show of 2017, reported to be in Belgium.
Gerges’s head coach Thom Harinck reported on Twitter that GLORY 39 is set to take place on Saturday, March 25 in Brussels, after false reports of a Paris show were squashed by GLORY. Further reports from a source close to MMA Plus indicated that the Vorst Nationaal in Brussels, Belgium will serve as the official venue.
News of the fight was announced by coach Harinck yesterday afternoon in a tweet that said [translated from Dutch]: “Rock hard liver shot of Hesdy Gerges. Training for @Glory_WS in March 25 organized in Brussels.”
— Thom Harinck (@chakurikikancho) February 1, 2017
The fight is rumored to be the event’s co-headline bout and will see the former It’s Showtime World champion make his first appearance since a unanimous decision loss to Benjamin Adegbuyi at GLORY 35 in Nice, France last November. This was his fourth defeat in a row under the kickboxing promotion’s banner.
That defeat was the Egyptian-born fighters third in 2016 alone after being on the wrong end of decision losses to Ismael Londt and Guto Inocente at GLORY 31 and GLORY 33 respectively.
The 32-year-old will be keen to get back to winning ways when he faces his GLORY 38 opponent and will be looking to avoid five Glory defeats on the bounce by earning his first win for the promotion since November 2014 against Jhonata Diniz.
Wamba (47-7-0) will be looking to record back-to-back victories inside the GLORY ring after bouncing back from a TKO defeat on his promotional debut against Jamal Ben Saddik at GLORY 16. He rallied to defeat Nordine Mahieddine on the same GLORY 35 card as his opponent in Brussels.
The heavy hitting Frenchman has also dabbled in the professional boxing ranks where he has amassed a respectable record of 6-2. Wamba has been in a rich vain of form during 2016, winning both WKN European and World championships at super-heavyweight.
A win next month will further enhance his reputation as one of the emerging forces in the GLORY heavyweight division and a loss for Gerges could bring an end to his time with the promotion, at least for the time being.