Boynazarov edges Sugden in main card opener

Boynazarov edges Sugden in Main Card opener

Saturday, Sep 15 2018 by Rob Tatum

The GLORY 58 main card in Chicago kicked off with an explosive featherweight contest between Anvar Boynazarov (94-26-2, 54 KO’s) and Bailey Sugden (11-3 with 1 NC, 2 KO’s).

 

England’s Sugden came out throwing with volume, following Boynazarov, a power-punching Uzbekistan native, around the ring. Sugden’s volume was apparent early, as he changed levels with his punches.

 

A flying knee from Boynazarov hurt Sugden along the ropes. A left hand appeared to put Sugden down, but the referee surprisingly called a slip. Sugden recovered and went back to firing combinations in closely contested opening frame.

 

Boynazarov sat back and looked to counter the forward advance of Sugden. He caught a kick from the 20-year-old Brit and was warned by the referee. A spinning back kick from Boynazarov just missed the mark.

 

A pair of left head kicks from Boynazarov were blocked by the high guard of Sugden. A wayward flying knee from Boynazarov was countered with a series of punches from Sugden. The round ended with a firefight in the center of the ring, with Boynazarov again wobbling Sugden with a right hand.

 

The final three minutes opened with a much more aggressive Boynazarov. He walked down Sugden and delivered a jumping knee along the ropes. The Uzbek cracked Sugden in the ribs with a pair of kicks, but the British fighter was unfazed. They traded short knees in the clinch and swung wildly to the final bell.

 

The judges were called on to award a victor and they were split in their verdict. Three of the judges rewarded Boynazarov for his work, snapping his three-fight skid.

 

“I like this fight so much. I want to be GLORY champion. I want to [rematch] Kevin VanNostrand,” said Boynazarov. “[Bailey is] a tough fighter. I’m so happy.”

 

 

Anvar Boynazarov def. Bailey Sugden by split decision (30-27, 27-30, 28-29, 29-28, 29-28)