GLORY 13 TOKYO : results
By Glory , Sunday December 22, 2013
Words can never do justice to the status Peter Aerts has in the sport of kickboxing. In soccer terms, he is Pele. In basketball, maybe akin to Michael Jordan in terms of prominence. Had he played in the NFL, he would be one of the Hall of Fame’s most glittering stars, a great among greats.
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Peter Aerts 103-31-1 (78 KO's) is 43 years old and has been fighting at the very top level of kickboxing since 1993. Two decades of experience, accomplishments and memories came into the ring with him at GLORY 13 TOKYO tonight, and the Japanese audience recognized that. He might be a huge European heavyweight, but the people of Tokyo consider him one of their own
Even the brightest stars must fade one day. Aerts’ career has encompassed more highs than the careers of ten fellow heavyweights will ever know, but this fight with Rico Verhoeven 43-9-0 (10 KO's) showed that the time is right for The Dutch Lumberjack to hang up the gloves.
It was a passing of the torch. The 24-year-old Verhoeven dominated the fight and took a unanimous decision win. He did so using perfect tactics, taking Aerts’ legs out from under him with kick after kick, underlining the fact that the new generation of kickboxers is a mixture of heart and mind.
Aerts saluted the crowd at the end of the fight and received a standing ovation. His retirement bout ended in a loss but his name is one that will live forever in the sport. Verhoeven’s challenge now is to try and match the achievements of the man he outclassed in Tokyo tonight.
Daniel Ghita vs. Errol Zimmerman
Ghita (49-10-0, 39 KO's) has a reputation for being an intelligent, clinical fighter, so Zimmerman (101-11-1, 42 KO's) was probably expecting the first round to be some sort of feeling-out process in which the Romanian wouldn’t leave many openings while probing for gaps in Zimmerman’s own defense.
Instead Ghita cleverly flipped the script, going straight at Zimmerman in one of the most aggressive starts of any GLORY fight this year. There was no feeling-out; Ghita went straight for the finish and he nearly got it in seconds with his infamous left head-kick.
Zimmerman survived that one but was forced into a desperate rearguard action. As Ghita piled on the pressure he forced Zimmerman onto the ropes and had the Curacao man swinging wildly in return. Ghita’s devastating left hook snapped out and that was it, the fight was over. Zimmerman hit the canvas hard and had no idea what happened.
In pre-fight interviews, Ghita had declared 2013 to have been a bad year for him and said that in 2014 he would prove himself to be “the best heavyweight in the world”. On tonight’s showing, especially over an Errol Zimmerman who has been training harder than ever, that looks like a promise he might be able to keep.
GLORY 13 TOKYO Welterweight Championship Tournament
‘Bazooka’ Joe Valtellini (10-1-0, 9 KO's) came close in the GLORY 13 TOKYO Welterweight Championship Tournament, but in the end he learned why Nieky ‘The Natural’ Holzken (84-11-0, 44 KO's) is the world’s number one kickboxer in this weight class.
He brought the fight to the Dutch master but found that he was facing a sharper version of himself. Holzken quickly neutralized Valtellini’s leg-kicks and used his straight left to keep the fight at the distance he wanted it.
Murderous body-shots are a key part of the Holzken arsenal. They ended the fight in the third round when Holzken landed two in close succession. The first came at the end of a combination and staggered Valtellini backwards. The second came in the same fashion and sealed the deal.
The win secured Holzken the grand prize of $100,000 and underlines his position as the welterweight division’s #1. But the tournament final did show that Valtellini is a talent to be watched and a serious contender to Holzken’s throne for 2014. He didn’t win the tournament but he did learn some invaluable lessons.
Presently Valtellini occupies Canada’s top spot and the Toronto native got his campaign off to a good start by stopping the previously undefeated Raymond ‘The Real Deal’ Daniels (24-1-0, 14 KO's) in the semi-finals. The American karate master has outfoxed all his opposition until now, but Valtellini had the perfect gameplan.
Daniels’ game relies on mobility and evasion. Leg-kicks are the cornerstone of the Valtellini game and he used them to chop away at Daniels’ lead leg relentlessly. Damage was done in the first round; Daniels was in agony by the third and his efforts to defend the leg opened up him up for the head kick which finished the fight.
Holzken’s semi-final fight with Karapet Karapetyan (42-9-2, 4 KO's) was a clinic. Karapetyan has consistently proven to be one of the most tough and durable fighters in the division but Holzken knocked him down in the first round and then again in the second, utilizing the laser-accurate left hook which has earned him the reputation as one of the sport’s best boxing stylists.
Karapetyan wisely didn’t want to match hands with Holzken, preferring to employ a kicking-based game. But Holzken has a lot of experience and, isolated successes aside, Karapetyan took the worst of most exchanges and suffered some of the most one-sided rounds of his career. Holzken utterly dominated the first two rounds then cruised the third to take the unanimous decision
Dustin Jacoby vs. Makoto Uehara
UFC veteran Jacoby (4-3-0, 3 KO's) came into kickboxing via three consecutive KO wins in a ‘Road to Glory’ talent-discovery tournament in Oklahoma. In GLORY proper he has enjoyed mixed results, beating US opposition but losing to higher-ranked European opponents.
Tonight he made his Japanese debut against the karate stylist Makoto Uehara 16-4-1 (9 KO's) and showed a much-improved kickboxing game. Jacoby’s timing was better than previous fights and he showed a wider variety of techniques, but the wily Uehara still proved too tricky for him.
This was a good example of a hard-to-judge fight. To the untrained eye Jacoby looked busier and was throwing the more eye-catching shots. However, most of it landed harmlessly on Uehara’s guard and the CompuStrike analysis after the fight clearly showed Uehara landing more strikes.
Uehara won a split-decision but would have a good argument for it being a unanimous decision. Jacoby suffered another loss but looked much improved following his move to fellow UFC veteran - and former opponent - Chris Camozzi’s team. 2014 will be an interesting year for him.
GLORY 13 TOKYO: Official Results
- Rico Verhoeven defeats Peter Aerts via split decision (29-28) (29-28) (27-30)
- Daniel Ghita defeats Errol Zimmerman via KO, R1 at 35 sec.
Glory Welterweight Tournament Final
- Nieky Holzken defeats Joseph Valtellini via KO, R3 at 3:00 min.
Glory Welterweight Tournament Semi Final
- Nieky Holzken defeats Karapet Karapetyan via unanimous decision (30-25) 30-25) (29-26)
- Joseph Valtellini defeats Raymond Daniels via KO, R3 at 1:20 min.
Super Fights :
- Makoto Uehara defeats Dustin Jacoby via split decision (29-28) (28-29) (30-27)
Mosab Amrani defeats Yuta Kubo via Unanimous Decision
Artur Kyshenko defeats Masayuki Kenmun via Unanimous Decision
Aleksandr Stetcurenko defeats Karim Ghajji via Unanimous Decision
Anderson Silva defeats Remy Bonjasky via Unanimous Decision
Hesdy Gerges defeats Ewerton Teixeira via Unanimous Decision
Sergei Kharitonov defeats Jerome LeBanner via Unanimous Decision