Glory heavyweight kickboxing champion Rico Verhoeven squares off against Jamal Ben Saddik end of the year.
Dutch Rico Verhoeven (51-10, 14 KO) and Moroccan-Belgian Jamal Ben Saddik (32-5, 26 KO) have previously fought at kickboxing promotion It’s Showtime Amsterdam in 2011. Back then the latter earned the victory via the second-round TKO (corner stoppage).
In March Ben Saddik challenged Verhoeven after emerging victorious against Guto Inocente at Glory 39 Brussels. Verhoeven accepted the challenge and the bout was expected in May. It fell off due to an injury suffered by Ben Saddik, that forced him to withdraw from the card.
Verhoeven is the current Glory heavyweight champion. He is unbeaten in seven bouts since 2015, after suffering a defeat against Belarusian Andrey Gerasimchuk at Kunlun Fight 15 in Nanjing. Verhoeven’s most recent contest was a five rounds decision win against Ismael Lazaar at Glory 41 Holland in May.
Ben Saddik is ranked No. 4 in the Glory heavyweight class. Riding a four-fight winning streak his resume includes victories against such names as Ismael Londt, Anderson Silva as well as the three-time K-1 World Grand Prix winner Remy Bonjasky, among others.
The date, location and broadcast details for the upcoming Rico Verhoeven vs Jamal Ben Saddik bout have not yet been announced. We will have more information as soon as it becomes available.
In addition, several reports have recently suggested that the rematch between Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari is expected in 2018 at the future GLORY events. To date the organization have neither formally confirmed nor discredited such information.