GLORY 45: Zouggary and Glunder tipped to stage ‘Fight of the Year’ contender

GLORY 45: Zouggary and Glunder tipped to stage ‘Fight of the Year’ contender

Monday, Sep 18 2017 by John O'Regan

Dynamic featherweights Zakaria “ZZ" Zouggary (29-3-1, 15 KO’s) and Massaro “The Project” Glunder (30-9-4, 20 KO’s) are set to meet at GLORY 45 AMSTERDAM in what is being tipped as a potential ‘Fight of the Year’ contender.
 
Zougarry already likely has one ‘Fight of the Year’ nomination to his name. He debuted against Turkish veteran Yetkin Ozkul at GLORY 41 in a thrilling three-round fight which won plaudits from fans and fight media alike. 
 
Glunder’s route into GLORY was no less spectacular. 
 
He entered the GLORY 42 PARIS Lightweight Contender Tournament on 48 hours’ notice and stopped tournament favorite Niclas Larsen in the semi-finals before dropping a close decision to his own team mate Christian Baya in the final.
 
The performance earned Glunder a contract from GLORY to fight in the featherweight division, which is his preferred competition weight and where most of his fights have taken place.
 
In fact he only entered the lightweight tournament in Paris because with it being at such short notice, he was already walking around at the lightweight limit and thus had no problems making weight.
 
Zougarry trains and fights out of Team Souwer, headed by two-time K-1 MAX champion and four-time Shootboxing world champion Andy Souwer. GLORY lightweight Josh Jauncey is also a member of the team.
 
Glunder trains at Mike’s Gym, under eponymous head coach Mike Passenier, where he numbers GLORY welterweight champion Murthel Groenhart and former GLORY featherweight champion Serhiy Adamchuk among his training partners.