As the kickboxing world heads into the new year, it looks like Glory has made good use of the time off since November. Andy “The Machine” Ristie (43-4-1, 23 KO’s) has been added to Glory 19 against Australian “Stone Cold” Steve Moxon (38-10-1, 23 KO’s) in February’s “Superfight Series” of the Glory 19 card. Joining Verhoeven vs. Zimmerman III, Schilling vs. Thomas and the Welterweight 4-man tournament, Glory 19 will see the return of the #1 contender.
32 year-old Andy “The Machine” Ristie is a star athlete and one of the very best lightweights that Glory has to offer. He won 4 consecutive fights before facing kickboxing giant Giorgio Petrosyan at Glory 12. With a TKO victory, Ristie handed “The Doctor” one of only two losses he’s suffered in his career. He has gone on to knock out current lightweight champion Robin Van Roosmalen. His explosive, unorthodox exciting style is a forced to be reckoned with against the likes of someone like Moxon.
Steve Moxon is a notorious knockout artist much like Andy Ristie. With 23 career KO’s, 68% of his professional career victories have come by finish. He is coming off of a win over Aikpracha Meenayothin in China earlier this month, landing another signature bomb to end the fight ten seconds before the final bell sounded. He may only stand at 5’5″ tall, but his frame packs record-proven power.
“The fight matches two of the hardest-hitting fighters in the lightweight division and promises some explosive action… for as long as it lasts,” -Glory Matchmaker Cor Hemmers.
A win for Andy Ristie would put him back in title contention without question, putting two wins between “The Machine” and his only loss in Glory. Defeating the established #1 lightweight, on the other hand, would propel Moxon through the lightweight rankings in a big way.