Glory 17 – Preliminary Fights Review

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(Photo Credit: James Law, GLORY Sports International)

An exciting night of kickboxing came to The Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday night as Glory17 and Glory Last Man Standing put on their first live pay-per-view event. In the preliminary bouts fans were treated to an hour of fast, non-stop and exciting action as hopeful Glory contenders tried to make their names known.

Mike Lemaire v Dustin Jacoby
In the reserve bout for the Middleweight ‘Last Man Standing’ tournament, San Diego fighter, Mike Lemaire earned a hard-fought decision as he was able to battle back in the final round against veteran Dustin Jacoby.

Lemaire and Jacoby both showcased impressive skills in the first round as the action heated up quickly and never slowed down. After a close first round, Jacoby found his range and had Lemaire against the ropes for most of the second round. It appeared that Lemaire would be unable to get out of the round, however, Jacoby became fatigued and could not finish the fight.

Lemaire, sensing that he had to win the final round, became the more active fighter in the final round and began to touch Jacoby at will, sealing him the victory via judge’s decision.

Jay Alvarez v Chris Henry
Local fighter Jay Alvarez used a hometown crowd and a huge overhand right to earn a victory over Chris Henry in the first bout of the evening. The unanimous decision victory for Alvarez gave his fans something to cheer about as he controlled most of the fight and kept Henry at bay with solid jabs and kicks.

Spencer Mix v Jules Wallace
The first title fight of the evening, which was for the IAMTF Super Middleweight California, saw Spencer Mix and Jules Wallace in a heated back-and-forth battle that went to the scorecards. Big punches and accurate kicks were the story of the fight as both men showed serious skills. The difference in the fight was the pressure Mix was able to apply, which ultimately led to a unanimous decision victory for Spencer Mix.

Ron Cruz v Sonny Singh
In the second title fight of the night, Ron Cruz won the IAMTF Super Middleweight U.S. title by knocking Singh to the mat with a quick left hook in round three. Cruz and Singh traded big shots in the early going and the fight remained even until the knockdown by Cruz in the third.

Brian Bruns v Joe Davis
Two local fighters squared off as Brian Bruns out of nearby Riverside and Joe Davis from Costa Mesa brought the action in round one with non-stop striking that saw Bruns sending Davis to the mat in the later part of the round. The second round was more of the same as Bruns was incomplete control and was able to drop Davis two more times before the referee stopped the fight. Bruns gets the hard-earned victory.

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