Yousri Belgaroui is on the verge of (re)securing his title-shot against GLORY middleweight champion, Simon Marcus. However, former champion, Jason Wilnis, is the last man standing before him come GLORY 45 Amsterdam tomorrow and the “Babyface Ninja” was in defiant mood after both fighters faced-off at the weigh-ins today.
“He looked fearful and smelt fearful. I feel that I’m now 1-0 in-front.” Belgaroui remarked. “I think I sense that in his eyes. I’m just gonna dominate him, three rounds, all night long; Lionel Ritchie style.”
“I’m gonna hit him from a distance, hit him hard when he try to come close, I’m gonna hit him even harder, see if my knee fits in his mouth.”
The 24 year old had been frustrated in past months after winning the 4-man Contender Tournament at GLORY 40 by defeating Alex Pereira in the final. Winning the tournament usually secures the winner with a title-fight against the champion in their next bout but not for Belgaroui who, was left disgruntled, after it was announced that Pereira would challenge Marcus next, for the title at GLORY 46 China.
“At first I didn’t like it but I set that aside because I think its a very logical step now to fight Wilnis. He’s number one ranked, I’m number two ranked. So not especially for me but for the fans, the fighting fans, for them it’s logical I think to see: Like ok, he can beat Wilnis and now he’s really ready for the title.”
Belgaroui’s rise over the last couple of years from, fighting domestically in the Netherlands to, competing in Europe and now for GLORY has been remarkable. Since signing for the promotion in 2016, Yousri has always been focused on dethroning Simon Marcus for the championship but before him stands the resilient and more experienced Jason Wilnis, in what will most certainly be the sternest test of the hometown fighter’s career to-date.
Photo credit: James Law/Glory Sports International.