Tyrone Spong broke his leg at Glory 15. |
Gokhan Saki captured the Glory gentle heavyweight championshipSaturday in Turkey, the place the kickboxing promotion’s one-evening,4-man title match got here to a sudden and surprising finish.
Saki squared off towards TyroneSpong in the tourney closing at Istanbul’s Ulker Arena, a rematchof their 2009 Okay-1 World Grand Prix heavyweight bout which Saki wonvia knockout in an extension spherical.
This day trip, the top-ranked strikers barely had an opportunity to getstarted earlier than Spong sustained a nasty, struggle-ending harm. Ninetyseconds into the opening spherical, Spong’s right leg bent at anunnatural angle below the knee as he had a low kick checked bySaki. The Surinamese fighter hit the ground in agony, and Sakiknelt beside his downed opponent as referee Al Wichgers known as anend to the bout after solely ninety seven seconds.
In addition to his new belt, Saki banked $200,000 for thetournament win, although it was clear after the bout that theTurkish-born champion’s thought were with his opponent.
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Spong severely injured his right leg.
“What happened with Tyrone, I feel actually sorry for him,” Saki saidin a subdued submit-fight interview as Spong was stretchered from thering. “I feel dangerous about it. Tyrone is an efficient man, a realprofessional, and I wish him good luck with his recovery.”
Earlier within the night time, Saki used his heavy left hand to punishAustralian Nathan Corbett’s body in their semifinal, but it was aleft hook behind the ear that sealed the deal. Blood started to leakfrom Corbett’s proper ear after the punch, main the ringsidephysician to advise referee Wichgers to halt the battle on the 2:35mark.
Tournament underdog Saulo Cavalari did not make issues easy forSpong, who needed all three rounds to advance to the final.Cavalari seemed to overwhelm Spong from the opening bell, blitzingthe “King of the Ring” with speedy combos within the pocket andlow kicks from the outside. Spong withstood the Brazilian’s assaultand walked ahead consistently in the last two frames, pumping hisjab and scoring with crushing proper crosses. In the end, the judgesfavored Spong’s power-punching over Cavalari’s high-quantity attack,awarding the Blackzilian
scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.
Within the tournament reserve bout, former It’s Showtime champion DanyoIlunga made a powerful case for a title shot by knocking out “Mr.KO,” AndreiStoica. A crushing overhand proper from “Dibuba” sent Stoica tothe floor late in the opening spherical. The bloodied Romanian made itto his ft throughout the 10-rely, only to show his again and retreatto his nook, prompting a stoppage from referee Stefano Valenti at2:33.
At light-weight, Robin van Roosmalen earned a tough-fought splitdecision over Marat Grigorian with scores of 30-27, 29-28 and28-29.
In other motion, heavyweight veteran Hesdy Gerges stopped JhonataDiniz with a second-round technical knockout; gentle heavyweightMouradBouzidi gained a lopsided unanimous decision in opposition to Randy Blakewith 30-25 scores across the board; middleweight Filip Verlindentopped Israel Adesanya with three scorecards of 30-27; JonatanOliveira earned a unanimous nod (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) in hiswelterweight tilt with Atakan Arslan; Niclas Larsen stopped SteveMoxon by way of TKO at 1:33 of spherical two of their light-weight bout; andYodkhunpon Sitmonchai took a majority choice (29-27, 29-27,28-28) in opposition to Raz Sarkisjan at featherweight.