SINGAPORE (March 20, 2013) -- Less than two months after he pulled off a miraculous victory in the inaugural development Road To GLORY USA light heavyweight (209 pounds) tournament, Dustin Jacoby (3-0, 3 KO’s) of Arenzville, Illinois has been added to the highly anticipated GLORY 5 London kickboxing mega-card at ExCel Arena on Saturday, March 23, and will face fellow rising star Michael Duut (36-3, 16 KOs) of Amsterdam, Holland, Glory Sports International announced today.
Jacoby shocked the kickboxing world by winning the first-ever development Road To GLORY USA tournament at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Okla. on Feb. 1, after accepting the offer to compete as a last-minute replacement for one of the eight original tournament fighters, on just 36 hours’ notice. Jacoby steamrolled his way through the field, stopping all three of his opponents – Randy Blake, Roy Boughton and Brian Collette - inside the distance in the one-night, single-elimination playoff.
To date, Jacoby has primarily competed under MMA rules. Seven of his eight career MMA wins have come by (T)KO and he has yet to be stopped.
"Dustin Jacoby’s performance in the development Road To GLORY USA tournament was really something special and is what earned him a place on GLORY’s big stage," said Glory Sports International CEO Andrew Whitaker. "Of course, now he will be tasked with competing against an opponent with a great deal more experience in the kickboxing ring than he has faced yet, so it will be very interesting to see how he fares against this stiffer challenge in Michael Duut."
Like Jacoby, Duut has demonstrated tremendous striking power. His decimation of former Dutch amateur boxing champion Ricardo van den Bos last November was nominated for the 2012 ‘KO of the Year’ award by kickboxing media outlet Liverkick.com.
Glory Sports International also confirmed today that U.S. karate sensation Raymond Daniels has been removed from the GLORY 5 London card and will be rescheduled to compete soon.
Tickets for GLORY 5 London, priced from £45, can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by phone at 0844 847 2543.
The live stream of the GLORY 5 London event, in its entirety on www.gloryworldseries.com, is available for purchase for $20.
In the highly-anticipated heavyweight main event, all-time great and three-time K-1 World Grand Prix tournament champion Remy Bonjasky (77-15, 40 KO’s) of Netherlands will take on ferocious, surging superstar Tyrone Spong (68-6-1 42 KO’s) of Boca Raton, Fla. via Netherlands.
All GLORY 5 London bouts are comprised of three, three-minute rounds. The complete fight card is as follows:
Heavyweight Main Event (Above 95 kilograms/209 pounds)
Tyrone Spong (Netherlands) vs. Remy Bonjasky (Netherlands)
Lightweight (70 kilograms/154 pounds)
Andy Ristie (Suriname) vs. Albert Kraus (Netherlands)
Light Heavyweight (95 kilograms/209 pounds)
Stephane Susperregui (France) vs. Danyo Ilunga (Congo)
Featherweight (65 kilograms/143 pounds)
Liam Harrison (UK) vs. Mosab Armani (Morocco)
Jordan Watson (UK) vs. Steve Moxon (Australia)
Dustin Jacoby (USA) vs. Michael Duut (Holland)
Jaideep Singh (UK/India) vs. Daniel Sam (UK)
Middleweight (85 kilograms/187 pounds)
Stephen Wakeling (UK) vs. Eddie Walker (USA)
Welterweight (77 kilograms/170 pounds)
Maxim Vorovski (Russia) vs. Nicola Gallo (Italy)
Johann Fauveau (France) vs. Warren Stevelmans (South Africa)
Catchweight (67 kilograms/148 pounds)
Reece McAllister (UK) vs. Tim Thomas (UK)