RECAP: GLORY 48 IN PHOTOS
GLORY 48 returned to Madison Square Garden in New York with ten electrifying bouts and two title belts on the line. The event featured two former UFC veterans making their kickboxing debuts, as well as a headline fight featuring a local favorite in the New York area.
KEVIN VANNOSTRAND vs. ANVAR BOYZNAZAROV
Anvar was coming off of a stunning knockout win over Fabio Pinca and took the fight against VanNostrand on short notice.
After an early knockdown, VanNostrand landed a straight knee to Boynazarov’s midsection. This would end the fight just over a minute into the action. With this win, VanNostrand earned the GLORY featherweight title belt.
MIKE LEMAIRE vs. MATT BAKER (Middleweight Tournament)
The first match in the four-man middleweight tournament would need a fourth round to decide the winner. It was a constant battle of back-and-forth strikes interspersed with attempts at a quick clinch.
Lemaire came out firing in the extra round and despite the obvious fatigue would best Baker to head to the final in the middleweight tournament.
WAYNE BARRETT vs. ROBERT THOMAS (Middleweight Tournament)
Thomas would win unanimously, but Barrett made it interesting with a flurry in the third. The knockdown on Barrett in the first round was ultimately all that Thomas would need to move onto the middleweight final.
ROBERT THOMAS vs. MIKE LEMAIRE (Tournament Final)
Both fighters were tested to their limits in this tournament. Lemaire was coming off of a sudden victory tie-breaking round win. Thomas was in survival mode in his previous bout.
The fatigue would show first for Lemaire. Thomas would get him on the ropes in the third round and belt him with an overhand for a resounding knockout to win the four-man middleweight tournament.
THIAGO SILVA vs. JOHN KING
Silva was making his kickboxing debut and would win this bout against King unanimously.
More than 80 percent of Silva’s strikes went for King’s head. King was technically more skilled in this bout, but Silva simply pressured King for the entire fight. He never allowed King to find a rhythm to take advantage of the lack of experience Silva had in K-1.
TIFFANY VAN SOEST vs. ANISSA MEKSEN
The fight for the Super Bantamweight title was possibly the most anticipated in quite some time.
Meksen’s experience would show as she used a variety of strikes and selective aggression to take away any advantages that van Soest would attempt to exploit. Meksen would take the bout unanimously and continue her unbeaten streak that has lasted for four years plus.
CHRIS CAMOZZI vs. KYLE WEICKHARDT
Camozzi was making his kickboxing debut against Weickhardt and took this bout easily. Weickhardt simply had no answer for the barrage of strikes from Camozzi.
Weickhardt was bloodied up and beaten terribly over the first two rounds. His corner would not let him come out for the third round, handing Camozzi the win.
ELVIS GASHI vs. NATE RICHARDSON
Gashi was coming off of an impressive win at GLORY 43 against Josh Jouncey and would continue that momentum at GLORY 48 against Richardson.
He would knock down Richardson in the first and attempt to go for the knockout, but Richardson would tough it out and remain standing. He put up a good fight and was pushing Gashi back in the third round. It simply wasn’t enough as Gashi would win unanimously.
IVAN GALAZ vs. PAUL BANASIAK
This was one of the most intriguing fights of the night. Banasiak took the fight on short notice against a fighter in Galaz with over ten times the number of fights. Banasiak more than held his own but, likely due to a knockdown in the second, lost the fight.
I had the fight scored as a draw, with Banasiak taking the first and third rounds. He was the more active striker, firing off almost 50 percent more often and keeping Galaz guessing. However, Galaz would take the fight by majority decision.
ITAY GERSHON vs. JUSTIN HOUGHTON
Gershon impressed me with his composure in this bout. Houghton would constantly go for the flashy strikes like flying knees but Gershon remained steady and won unanimously by sticking to the basics. Expect to see Gershon in future Glory bouts. He won’t wow you with highlight reel moves but he’s a technically sound fighter and tough as nails.
- Walt has been involved in Muay Thai since 2013, having two in-ring fights under his belt. His main passion, though, is photography. See more of Walt's work at www.instagram.com/walt_zink_photography.