GLORY 27 Receives Giga Chikadze vs. Anvar Boynazarov
By Press Release
New York, NY – GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the co-headline bout and one-night, four-man North American Middleweight Contender Tournament participants to round out the fight card for the organization’s return to the Chicago area on Friday, Feb. 26.
GLORY 27 Chicago, airing live on ESPN3 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT from Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., will be co-headlined by a pivotal clash in the featherweight division. Representing a rematch of their first meeting at GLORY 23 in Las Vegas, Georgian kickboxing and mixed martial arts prospect Giga Chikadze (33-4, 20 KO), fighting out of Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, Calif., looks to avenge last year’s loss to muay thai world champion Anvar “The Uzbek” Boynazarov (80-21-2, 45 KO), coming from Stockton, Calif. by way of Uzbekistan.
Headlining GLORY 27 Chicago is the highly anticipated grudge match between reigning GLORY Middleweight World Champion Artem “The Lion” Levin (51-4-2, 34 KO) and red-hot No. 1 contender Simon “Bad Bwoy” Marcus (42-2-2, 24 KO), the rubber match of a championship trilogy that began in 2013. In order to find the next challenger for GLORY’s middleweight title, earning the right to face the winner of Levin vs. Marcus later this year, GLORY is hosting a one-night, four-man North American Middleweight Contender Tournament on the same card.
In the first of two semi-final bouts at middleweight, heavy handed New Yorker (No. 4) Wayne Barrett (5-4, 4 KO) takes on rising Canadian star (No. 6) Robert “White Dragon” Thomas (8-3, 5 KO). The second semi-final scrap features a rematch between Colorado native (No. 3) Dustin “The Hanyak” Jacoby (7-6, 5 KO), currently riding a three-fight winning streak, and Mike Lemaire (17-2, 8 KO), fighting of of California.
The five fight card for GLORY 27 Chicago can be found below:
GLORY 27 CHICAGO
Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Artem Levin (c) vs. Simon Marcus
Middleweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Featherweight Co-Headline Bout: Giga Chikadze vs. Anvar Boynazarov
Middleweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Dustin Jacoby vs. Mike Lemaire
Middleweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Wayne Barrett vs. Robert Thomas
A replay of GLORY 27 Chicago will air on ESPN2 on Sunday, Feb. 28.
Additional match-ups for GLORY SuperFight Series Chicago, taking place the same night as GLORY 27 Chicago and aired on CBS Sports Network, will be announced at a later date.