Cedric Doumbe was just a pinch better than rival Nieky Holzken on Saturday night as he edged the former champion via split decision in the main event of Glory 42: Paris to retain his welterweight title.
Doumbe fought tooth and nail with Holzken in what was a drama-filled tactical affair. Both men landed their fair share of crisp counters and thudding leads, but it was Doumbe’s precision that was the difference. Neither fighter ever seized complete control of the action as the majority of the rounds could have been awarded one way or the other, but Doumbe was the one who landed the cleaner, more telling blows throughout.
In the end, one judge favored the Dutch fighter 49-46, but the four other ringside officials saw it for Doumbe, who gave him tallies of 48-47 and 49-46 (thrice) to win via split decision. It was the second successful defense of the welterweight crown for Doumbe, to thrill his hometown fans inside AccorHotels Arena in Paris. Doumbe captured the title by edging Holzken via decision at Glory: Collision last December.
Murthel Groenhart knocked out Harut Grigorian in thrilling -- albeit controversial -- fashion in their Glory 42 co-featured bout. The end came late in the second when Groenhart cracked his foe with a knee. For reasons unknown, Grigorian dropped his guard, turned his back and walked slowly back to his corner. With the referee not intervening, Groenhart chased after him from behind and levelled him with a sinister right hook, knocking him completely out.
Unidentified persons immediately stormed into the ring and attacked Groenhart as they trapped him in a corner and wailed on him. All hell broke loose for a few moments, but once security and other officials climbed into the ring, the chaos subsided. The referee never signaled that it was an illegal blow; the official time of the knockout was not given.
Christian Baya had his work cut out for him in the lightweight contender tournament as he beat two men -- barely -- to earn a chance at the Glory world championship. Baya opened the bracket by edging Anatoly Moiseev by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29 x2, 30-27) to advance to the finals. From there, he fought tooth and nail with Massaro Glunder and toppled him via split nod as well. The scores in the tourney final were 29-28 (three times), 30-27 and 28-29 for Baya. Glunder stopped Niclas Larsen in his semifinal bout by knocking Larsen down twice in the first. The time of the TKO was 2:18.
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