Glory World Series Announces The Return of Kickboxing Legend Remy Bonjasky
All-time heavyweight great will face Anderson “Braddock” Silva after a three-year hiatus, in the main event of Glory’s upcoming event in Brussels, Belgium on Oct. 6.
By FCF Staff
Three years ago, three-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion Remy Bonjasky (75-14, 40 KO’s) suddenly disappeared from the stand-up fighting scene due to an eye injury. Today, world championship kickboxing promotion Glory World Series announced the long-awaited return of “The Flying Gentleman” in the main event of its upcoming card in at Vorst National Arena in Brussels, Belgium on Sat., Oct. 6. His opponent will be rising star and Amsterdam, Netherlands resident Anderson “Braddock” Silva (32-7, 22 KO’s).
The promotion also announced the participation of several other stars on the card – Gokhan Saki (76-15, 53 KO’s) of Breda, Netherlands; Nieky Holzken (77-10, 33 KO’s) of Breda; Filip Verlinden (38-6,17 KO’s) of Berlaar, Belgium and Andy Ristie (34-2, 26 KO’s) of Surinam. Each of these fighters opponents’ will be announced soon, according to Glory.
“I’ve been eager for a while now to re-enter the ring and do what I love again,” said Bonjasky, who recently signed an exclusive, multi-fight contract with Glory. “Everything is in place – my health, the support of my team and a place in the world’s top kickboxing league. Glory has put together a roster of the best heavyweights on the planet – the timing for my return and making another run at becoming a world champion is perfect.”
The 36-year-old, 1.93 m (6-foot-4), 108 kilogram (240 pound) Bonjasky is one of the most dynamic athletes in the sport’s history and has thrilled fans all over the globe with his signature flying kicks and knee strikes. He has faced and defeated nearly every major rival of his time, including Alistair ‘The Demolition Man’ Overeem, Badr Hari, Jerome LeBanner, Melvin Manhoef, Stefan Leko and Gokhan Saki.
The 25-year-old, 1.92 m (6-foot-3 ½), 105 kilogram (230 pound) Silva is a native of Brazil who relocated to Amsterdam to train amongst some of the finest heavyweight kickboxers, including iconic champion Peter Aerts. Silva’s performances this year have marked him as one to watch and he is a very stiff challenge for Bonjasky’s return to the ring.
“This fight with Remy is a dream come true for me,” said Silva. “Remy was one of the great world champions I looked up to when I was younger. To now have the opportunity to stand opposite him in the Glory ring and show the world what I’m made of and how far I’ve come in this sport is an honor. I will be at my best when we fight – and I will win.”