Robin van Roosmalen (29-5) is looking to KO his opponent Shemsi Beqiri (72-8) at Glory 10 in Los Angeles, September 28 according to an article posted today on gloryworldseries.com.
Van Roosmalen believes a knockout result will gain him enough ranking points to put him in front of Giorgio Petrosyan (76-1-2-1), the current no. 1 ranked Glory lightweight. However, being ahead of Petrosyan in rankings won’t be enough for Van Roosmalen, who is still looking for a rematch with Petrosyan:
I’m just a few points away from being the leader in the rankings. If the ranking system makes me number one with a KO win then yes, good for me. At the same time, I’d still like to rematch Petrosyan soon. If I beat him then I am clearly the world number one
Van Roosmalen felt that his last encounter with Petrosyan, in the Glory Lightweight Tournament at Glory 3 in Rome, ended prematurely. Van Roosmalen felt he had done enough for the fight to go into an extension round:
But by the third round I was really giving him problems. I think that I should have gotten an extra round from the judges. The first round was his, the second I came back strong and the third round was definitely me.
“I think I deserved an extra round but, like they say, never leave it in the judge’s hands eh? When I get the rematch… well, you never know what would happen in any fight, but I think I learned a lot in the last one. I think I know enough now to beat him.
The winner of van Roosmalen vs Beqiri will book themselves a place in the upcoming Glory lightweight tournament (70kg) set to take place at Glory 12 in New York on the 9th November.