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LUIS TAVARES

CAPE VERDE

GLORY
RECORD

  • 0
    WIN
  • 1
    LOSS
  • 0
    DRAW

WINNING STREAK

FIGHTER INFORMATION

  • WEIGHTCLASS: LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
  • HEIGHT: 192 CM / 6"4
  • WEIGHT: 95.00 KG / 209 LBS
  • STANCE: ORTHODOX

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GLORY STATISTICS BY CompuStrike

Total Strikes Landed / Thrown
Total Punches Landed / Thrown
Total Kicks Landed / Thrown
Total Knees Landed / Thrown
Knockdowns Landed
Total Fight Time
Average Fight Time
6 / 21 (29%)
4 / 14 (29%)
2 / 7 (29%)
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N/A
N/A
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OVERALL RECORD : 35 - 6 - 1

  • 42%
    KO RATIO
  • 15
    (T)KO
  • 20
    DECISION

TITLES

European IRO Champion


OFFICIAL GLORY FIGHTER PHOTOS

FIGHTER BIO

BIO LUIS TAVARES

Luis Tavares fights under the flag of Cape Verde, the small island nation off the coast of Africa which both his parents come from. The islands used to be a Portuguese colony - hence Tavares’ name - but the talented young fighter grew up in the Netherlands.

As a youngster, Tavares’ football skills were prodigious and he was scouted by several clubs. He eventually ended up with Feyenoord, a powerhouse of the Dutch and European soccer world, and was on his way to becoming a highly-paid professional football player.

But the teenage Tavares had his mind on other things.

He had come across kickboxing and fallen in love. From then on, nothing else interested him. Every spare hour was spent in training and eventually he decided he wanted to be a professional fighter rather than a footballer.

Initially his decision was met with disbelief - the US equivalent would be somebody turning their back on an NBA or NFL contract. Tavares recalls telling his father what he decided to do with his life. His father looked at him for a long time before concluding, “You must be out of your mind.”

Several years on and Tavares’ decision has been justified. He earned a solid record on the European circuit including fights for Its Showtime, the top European organization bought out by Glory Sports International last year. Now he is getting the chance to fight in the sport’s top international league and is widely considered one to watch.

His team mates and sparring partners jokingly call him Muhammad Ali, partly because of a faint physical resemblance but also because his fighting style is rather unorthodox for a kickboxer and includes a lot of evasive head movement and defensive work. At 21 years of age and with nearly 40 wins to Tavares’ name, soccer’s loss has been kickboxing’s gain. 

LUIS TAVARES RECORD

RESULT OPPONENT EVENT METHOD
loss Artem Vakhitov GLORY 9 / New York
June 22 2013
KO
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