Although Glory lightweight champion Davit Kiria is gearing up for his title defense against Robin van Roosmalen, he’s already got his next opponent in mind. Kiria (22-9, 7 KOs) announced he wants a rematch with 2012 Glory lightweight Slam tournament winner and former title contender Giorgio Petrosyan. The two squared off in the slam tournament where Petrosyan (78-2-1, 35 KOs) eliminated him in the semi-finals. In an interview, Kiria said the loss to Petrosyan weighs on his mind.
“As to why I’m calling for Petrosyan, I would prefer to fight him, not only because I want a rematch but because he is the three-time world champion and remains the biggest name in the world of lightweight kickboxing. I know he lost his last fight, but I don’t think that matters – everybody loses at least once – and besides, Petrosyan has only two losses in his entire career.”
Petrosyan has been out of action for almost a year. His last fight was in November 2013 where he lost to Andy Ristie at Glory 12. Kiria finished Ristie to win the lightweight crown back in March. Although a lot of fighters were hoping to get that No. 1 contender spot, van Roosmalen got the title shot after he stopped Ky Hollenbeck back in June. In the same event where Ristie stopped Petrosyan, van Roosmalen eliminated Kiria from the world lightweight tournament. Kiria also said he would be open for a rematch with Ristie, who blamed poor conditioning for his loss. However, the champion remained confident, saying his boxing proved to be the victory on that March night. It will be interesting to see who Kiria gets matched with, assuming he gets past van Roosmalen. Petrosyan makes sense because he has a win over Kiria, however Ristie would also be in line for a title shot after his win over Hollenbeck. If van Roosmalen wins, then that’s another situation where Ristie could fight for the title. Who would you like to see Kiria face in the future? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @tldaylightsfs.