Rico Verhoeven will defend his heavyweight crown at Glory 22. | Glory International
Glory 22 “France”, which takes place Friday, June 5 in the city of Lille, France, will air live in the United States on Spike TV, the organization confirmed Friday.
The broadcast commences at 4 p.m. ET, marking the first occasion that a Glory event taking place outside of the U.S. will air live in the United States.
“Previously we have aired non-U.S. events via tape delay, but for June 5 there was space in the timetable to allow for a live broadcast so we took the opportunity,” Glory CEO Jon Franklin said.
“What better way to start the weekend than with an all-action show like Glory 22? It is one of the most stacked cards we have ever put together. You’ve got world heavyweight championship fight plus a tournament and co-main which look likely to deliver big finishes.”
Glory 22 “France” is headlined by Rico “The Prince” Verhoeven defending his heavyweight title against Benjamin Adegbuyi of Romania. “Mr. Gentleman,” as he is known back home, has won three fights in a row to earn the title shot.
In the co-main, power-punching boxer Zack Mwekassa returns to action for the first time since coming runner-up in the light heavyweight contender tournament at Glory 18 late last year. He faces karate stylist Carlos Brooks, a veteran of the Chuck Norris World Combat League and a fighter with a style not entirely unlike that of Glory welterweight Raymond Daniels.
Centerpiece of the card is a four-man lightweight contender tournament, featuring one of the strongest lineups in the history of Glory’s four-man tournament events.
Former champion Davit Kiria is one participant; he faces Thai standout Sitthichai in the semi-finals. Kiria is looking to get back to the championship, Sitthichai is looking to mark his debut with a bang and start his own championship journey.
In the other semifinal, hotly-tipped young Canadian prospect Josh Jauncey takes on Denmark’s Niclas Larsen. Three wins in three fights have rocketed Jauncey up the rankings. Larsen, a muay Thai champion in his homeland, is also a top prospect and represents the stiffest challenge of Jauncey’s Glory career thus far.