Thoughts on the GLORY 76 Cancellation
Man, 2020 has been something else hasn’t it?
The global pandemic of COVID 19 has affected so many people. Lives have been lost, businesses have closed, and much more.
The latest casualty in the Sports World due to COVID is the cancellation of GLORY 76 due to Kickboxing Great Badr Hari testing positive for the corona virus. In addition, his teammate and Kickboxing Hot Prospect Antonio Plazibat must quarantine due to potential exposure to the virus.
Before I say anything else, we here at Dynamite Kickboxing wish Badr Hari a quick and full recovery and that his teammate Antonio Plazibat is healthy as well. 🙏
With that said, it’s my humble opinion that this card should NOT have been cancelled. I understand that Badr is a huge star in Kickboxing, and he brings that star power to his main event clash with Benjamin Adegbuyi. However, I’m positive that a replacement opponent could have been found for Benny. Or, if Benny wanted to wait for Badr, there’s an entire GLORY roster of killers who are dying for an opportunity to compete!
The co-main event for the Welterweight Title between Cédric Doumbé and Murthel Groenhart could have been promoted to the Main Event. That is a huge grudge match/money fight that the world wants to see. That’s what the co-main event is for. If the Main Event is ever compromised, you have a backup headliner on deck. And it’s not like it would have affected ticket sales, and this was going to be a crowd less show.
In closing, I feel that GLORY should have kept the card in tact. They needed to keep the card on for the fans, for the fighters, and for the sport! It’s been a long time since we got to see a live GLORY event and the Kickboxing Community worldwide needed it.
Again, get well soon to Badr and we hope Antonio is healthy as well. We’ll be waiting for the rescheduled fight date.
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