While Kyshenko had remained one of the top 70kg kickboxers outside of Glory, he has chosen to move up a weight class to compete in Glory’s 77kg welterweight class.
This looks to be a good move as Kyshenko seemed to have hit a plateau at 70kg, quite possibly as a result of having to boil his frame down to make the weight cut.
No date or opponent has been announced for Kyshenko’s debut at this stage.
Full copy of the Glory press release below:
Artur Kyshenko has signed a multi-fight deal with the GLORY World Series.
The ferocious Ukrainian has a string of knockout victories to his name and is a firm fan favorite. His relentless attacking style has resulted in a knockout ratio of 51%.
“GLORY is the world’s best organization now. I consider myself to be the best fighter in my weight class and so it was natural that I come here to be among the best fighters in the world,” he says.
Kyshenko (54-11-1, 28 KO’s) has fought most of his career at lightweight (70kgs/155lbs) but has increasingly gained size as his career has progressed. He was the 2006 K-1 East Europe MAX champion and was a finalist in the 2008 K-1 World MAX tournament.
But he has decided to move up in weight to join the GLORY welterweight division and is sure to make an immediate impact.
“Lightweight is boring for me now. I want something new – new competitors, new challenges,” he says.
“One big difference at [77kgs/170lbs] is that I can eat more and I can be a lot bigger. This has an effect on power and force. My first fight in this weight class will be a surprise for the public and fans I think,” he says.
Kyshenko started his career with the Captain Odessa gym in his native Ukraine but made the switch to Mike’s Gym in Amsterdam three years ago.
“Training and sparring at Mike’s Gym in Amsterdam I’m surrounded by many stars,” he says.
Among Kyshenko’s career victories are wins over two-time K-1 MAX champion Andy Souwer, Muay Thai legend Yodsaenklai Fairtex and current world #1 welterweight Nieky Holzken.
“Nieky Holzken is now ranked at #1 in the GLORY welterweight category, I have a win over him from our time at lightweight,” Kyshenko smiles.
“So I think he and the other guys at 77kg won’t be happy that I am coming over because for sure I am going to be #1. That’s the thing I am coming for.”
A debut date and opponent will be announced in the near future.
“Watch out for me in GLORY,” Kyshenko tells fans. “I will show a high level and put on some great fights. You will never be bored when Artur Kyshenko is in the ring.”