Alex Pereira faces Donegi Abena at GLORY 68 Miami
Alex Pereira, middleweight champ aspires to take light heavyweight belt | James Law, Glory Sports International

GLORY 68 Miami: Pereira vs. Abena

A nearly completed lineup has been announced for kickboxing event GLORY 68 taking place at James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida, USA on September 29 (AEST). In addition to the previously confirmed pair of bouts a series of other matchups has been set, including the top of the bill. The contest features Alex Pereira up against Donegi Abena in the scheduled for five rounds interim light heavyweight title fight.

Pereira was eyeing to face Artem Vakhitov. However, the current champion in the light heavyweight class is sidelined until next year due to hand breakage suffered in his most recent title defense against Abena in June.

Alex Pereira (30-6, 19 KO) of Brazil is a reigning middleweight champion. In his previous bout in May he successfully defended his belt by knockout in the first round against former champion Jason Wilnis. An upcoming contest against Abena marks Pereira’s attempt to become two-division titleholder.

Donegi Abena (24-6, 6 KO) of Suriname is former light heavyweight title challenger. He went a full five-round distance with Vakhitov, yet suffered the defeat by split decision, not being able to convince all judges in his superiority.

The winner of Pereira vs. Abena is expected to face Vakhitov in the championship unification at the future event in 2020.

The co-main event at GLORY 68 features Asa Ten Pow (10-1, 5 KO) of the US face off Bailey Sugden (12-4, 2 KO) of the UK. The pair meets in a three-round battle at featherweight.

Among other bouts featured on the card Tiffany van Soest (19-4-1, 6 KO) of the US meets Jady Menezes (13-3, 5 KO) of Brazil, and Chommanee (92-17-1, 15 KO) of Thailand takes on Aline Pereira (5-1, 1 KO) of Brazil. Both women’s kickboxing bouts are scheduled for three rounds at super bantamweight.

The current GLORY 68 fight card can be found below. The finalized lineup is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

GLORY 68 Miami
Light Heavyweight Alex Pereira vs. Donegi Abena
Featherweight Asa Ten Pow vs. Bailey Sugden
Welterweight Troy Jones vs. Ammari Diedrick
Welterweight Mike Lemaire vs. Richard Abraham
Lightweight Josh Jauncey vs. Itay Gershon

GLORY 68 SuperFight Series
Super Bantamweight Tiffany van Soest vs. Jady Menezes
Light Heavyweight Sergej Maslobojev vs. TBA
Middleweight Ivan Galaz vs. Matt Baker
Featherweight Abraham Vidales vs. TBA
Super Bantamweight Chommanee vs. Aline Pereira

GLORY 68 Prelims
Super Bantamweight Rebekah Irwin vs. Crystal Lawson
Welterweight Nick Chasteen vs. Keemaan Diop
Welterweight Ross Levine vs. Sean Choice
Lightweight Omari Boyd vs. Charles Rodriguez