Glory 17: Los Angeles will be the first event from the prominent kickboxing promotion to be available on PPV. The showcase will feature an 8 man middleweight tournament for the Glory Middleweight title, a Glory Heavyweight title fight pitting Daniel Ghita against Rico Verhoeven and a Glory Welterweight title match-up between Joe Valtellini (11-2) and Marc De Bonte (83-9-1).
“Bazooka” Joe Valtellini will look to blast back after suffering a defeat in his last apperance at Glory: 13 Tokyo. He lost to Nieky Holzken via TKO in the 3rd round in his second fight and main event of the night for the Glory Welterweight Tournament Championship.
But like Gamma radiation on Bruce Banner, Joe feels the loss made him more powerful.
“It only made me stronger after the fight I improved my boxing game and just improved other minor aspects, I’m confident in my game. I was close to being Number 1, I was so close to accomplishing my dream and being world champ. I know the fight will happen again and I will meet him in the near future. I beat Raymond Daniels and had a nice highlight reel KO. The tournament format is harder, if it was a single fight, I think things would be alot different.”
Joe defeated Raymond via right high kick in the 3rd round and unlike actor Leonardo Dicaprio, Valtellinni won accolades for his accomplishments.
“I won Welterweight Break-Through fighter of the year and the bout with Holzken won Fight of the Night on a ton of websites”
Valtellinni is highly passionate about the growing sport of Kickboxing.
“Early there was a lot of pressure for me before Glory to be an MMA fighter but Kickboxing is my true love. It’s the most exciting, most knockouts and it’s an incredibly fan friendly sport. I’m confident it’ll be the biggest combat sport in the world and I’m happy to be apart of the ride.”
The ride will take him to Los Angeles next where his opponent, De Bonte is vastly more experienced.
Joe couldn’t be less worried.
“Marc is really talented, younger and more experienced than me, and this will be his 100th fight. But his style works well with me and after watching his last fight, I wasn’t impressed. I can fight my fight and make it go my way. My hand will be raised and I’ll have a Glory welterweight Title around my waist. On June 21st I’m going to get the job done and realize my dream. I will definitely win by KO, it’s what I’m known for and how I train.”
It’s also how he got his nickname.
“When I first started my career, I didn’t have a light and hard transition in training. They would tell me I’d hit like a bazooka and a alot of guys hated sparring with me. The last thing I want is to leave my dreams and destiny in the judges hands.”
Be sure to check out Bazooka Joe as he vie for the Glory Welterweight Title on June 21st live from Los Angeles on PPV.