Former light-heavyweight champion, Saulo Cavalari will be fighting Pavel Zhuravlev in a five round title fight for the interim GLORY light-heavyweight title in the headline bout of GLORY 43 SuperFight Series. The upgrade comes courtesy of current light-heavyweight champion, Artem Vakihtov, being currently injured from a broken hand/arm following his TKO win over Cavalari at GLORY 38 Chicago in February.
GLORY matchmaker and Managing Sports Director, Cor Hemmers, explained his reasoning for making the headline bout an interm title fight:
“With what is sure to be an incredible fight between two top-three light heavyweights [in Cavalari and Zhuravlev], we wanted to create stakes fitting of their ranking and the prestige of Madison Square Garden.”
“Our champion Vakhitov injured his hand following GLORY 38 Chicago and is working hard toward returning later this year. In the meantime, Cavalari or Zhuravlev will be established as interim champion.”
One other change to the previously announced main card is, Chenchen Li vs. Mo Abdurahman has been scrapped; Abdurahman replaced injured Matt Embree in the GLORY 43 New York featherweight contender tournament and Li will now fight Justin Houghton in a reserve bout for the 4-man tournament instead.
GLORY 43 SuperFight Series – Updated main card:
Pavel Zhuravlev vs. Saulo Cavalari – Interim light-heavyweight title fight
Arthur Sorsor vs. Bailey Sugden – Featherweight
Ariel Sepulveda vs. Joe Taylor – Middleweight
Anissa Meksen vs. Jady Menezes – Women’s super-bantamweight
Itay Gershon vs. Rafal Dudek – Lightweight