GLORY 70 Lyon: Troy Jones vs Murthel Groenhart for interim welterweight title
GLORY 70 Lyon: Troy Jones faces Murthel Groenhart for interim welterweight title | Pic: James Law, Glory Sports International

GLORY 70 Lyon: Troy Jones steps in to face Murthel Groenhart for interim welterweight title

Kickboxing event GLORY 70 suffered a blow. The reigning welterweight champion Cedric Doumbe was forced to withdraw from his championship defense against Murthel Groenhart due to elbow injury. He was replaced by Troy Jones, who took a fight on a short notice, and now faces Groenhart for the interim belt. The contest tops the fight card held at Palais des Sports de Gerland in Lyon, France on October 26.

In his previous bout at GLORY 68 Miami late last month Troy Jones (13-1-0, 11 KO) scored the third-round TKO against Ammari Diedrick. Before that ranked No. 4 welterweight defeated Omari Boyd, Casey Greene and Paul Bansiak.

Former welterweight champion Murthel Groenhart (68-24-3, 39 KO) was scheduled to face Doumbe in their third encounter. He is coming off the defeat suffered by split decision against Alim Nabiyev in March. Prior to that he stopped Mohammed Jaraya in the second round.

In the co-main event Abdellah Ezbiri faces Zakaria Zougarry in a three-round battle at featherweight. Also on the card, former middleweight champion Jason Wilnis squares off against Donovan Wisse.

The current GLORY 70 fight card can be found below.

GLORY 70 Lyon
Welterweight Troy Jones vs. Murthel Groenhart
Featherweight Abdellah Ezbiri vs. Zakaria Zougarry
Middleweight Donovan Wisse vs. Jason Wilnis
Lightweight Michael Palandre vs. Bruno Gazani

Super Fight Series
Heavyweight Kirill Kornilov vs. Nordine Mahieddine
Middleweight Matej Penaz vs. Yassine Ahaggan
Welterweight Jamie Bates vs. Vedat Hoduk
Lightweight Guerric Billet vs. Mohammed Hendouf
Featherweight Thong Fairtex vs. Masaya Kubo

Preliminary card
Welterweight Cedric Do vs. Mehdi Kada
Women’s Bantamweight Anaelle Angerville vs. Maria Lobo
Featherweight Yoann Mermoux vs. Said Ahamada