GLORY 22 is this Friday and it's difficult not to feel excited in the buildup to the event. Rico Verhoeven vs. Benjamin Adegbuyi is perhaps the first real "new blood" Heavyweight championship fight in a great deal of years, we will be treated to some Zack Mwekassa violence and the GLORY Lightweight tournament is chock full of talent. Of course, Niclas Larsen was originally slated to meet Josh Jauncey in the tournament, but Larsen suffered from a rather painful looking infection in his foot that will keep him out of action.
We learned over the weekend that muay thai specialist Crice Boussoukou will be stepping in on late notice for Larsen and competing against Jauncey. This will be the GLORY debut for Crice, but we've seen him before in Thai Fight, Yokkao and competing against Sitthichai so we know that he's a very capable fighter ready to take this leap up in competition and prove himself. It should be an interesting fight for Jauncey, considering that there are some stylistic differences between the two fighters, but no matter what it should be an interesting fight.
The added incentive for Crice is that he lost to Sitthichai back in February of this year and one would have to think that if he could make it by Jauncey and Sitthichai by Kiria that he'd relish the rematch under kickboxing rules.
Another late replacement comes for B-Boy Karim Gajji who was forced to pull out of his bout with Yoann Kongolo. Filling in for him will be French slugger Cedric Doumbe. Doumbe might not be the wily veteran that Gajji is, but the man can throw some crazy punches and it should be an entertaining scrap to say the least.