D’Angelo Marshall Wins Glory 41 Heavyweight Tournament

By Mike Sloan May 20, 2017
D'Angelo Marshall came into the Glory 41: Holland heavyweight contender tournament with not a ton of kickboxing experience under his belt but that didn’t matter. The Curacao native tore through Mohamed Abdallah (12-2, 5 KOs) in just 48 seconds to make it to the finals, where he used superb ring generalship and movement to win the whole thing.

Marshall faced longtime Brazilian veteran Anderson “Braddock” Silva in the tourney’s final round and though Silva had much more experience, it didn’t make a difference. Marshall was brilliant for the three allotted rounds as he picked Silva apart from the outside, using timely counters and swift leads to his advantage. Silva plodded along, looking for the one-punch knockout but Marshall was too poised and determined to allow that.

Silva (41-17-1, 26 KOs) slowed down considerably down the stretch, allowing Marshall (16-2, 9 KOs) to coast to a surprisingly easy win, where he won a unanimous decision. The judges favored the younger man vi tallies of 29-28 and 30-27 (four times) to take the tournament and hopefully land a shot at Glory heavyweight champ Rico Verhoeven down the road. Silva knocked out Giannis Stoforidis (19-6, 11 KOs) at 2:26 of the second to reach the finals.

In the heavyweight co-feature, Hesdy Gerges was far too much for Tomas Hron to handle. The Egyptian did whatever he wanted against Hron (81-18-3, 30 KOs) as he dropped him twice in the first with short punches to the head on the inside. Gerges (50-18-1, 23 KOs) wasn’t to put the Czech fighter away, but he dominated him for three rounds and won a lopsided unanimous nod. All five ringside judges favored Gerges via scores of 30-24.

In a featherweight special attraction, China’s Chenglong Zhang floored Wilson Sanches Mendes in the second and nearly decapitated him in the third with a perfect head kick. The Cape Verde fighter somehow was able to not only remain conscious, but he climbed back to his feet and finished the fight, though Zhang won the unanimous decision. Two judges had it 29-28 and the other three saw it 30-25 for Zhang, who improved to 39-5 with 11 KOs. Mendes fell to 5-3-1.

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