The main reason for pushing the bout back is to allow Bonjasky proper time to heal any injuries that may occur during his participation in the GLORY TOKYO: GRAND SLAM 16-man mega-tournament on New Year’s Eve.
“Remy was more than happy to take part in the tournament and then fight again in February,” explains GLORY Chairman Pierre Andurand. “But this is the first time that he and Spong will have fought and there was such huge interest in the match when we announced it that we decided to move the date and give him some time to rest up. It means that he and Spong will be in peak condition when they face each other.”
An eye injury forced Bonjasky to retire for nearly three years before making a return to the ring after having successful surgery. He defeated Anderson “Braddock” Silva in his return via unanimous decision.
Spong is a decorated kickboxer who has a KO win over the legendary Peter Aerts. However, Spong has also made the transition into MMA after training with the “Blackzilian” training camp in Boca Raton, Florida.
Also on the card will be Jordan Watson (29-5-1, 14 KO’s) and Liam Harrison (67-13-2, 38 KO’s), of the Bad Company team in Leeds. In March, Watson will face ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Moxon (29-4-1, 16 KO’s) while his team mate Harrison faces the Dutch-Moroccan fighter Mosab ‘Jaguar’ Amrani (48-7-4, 14 KO’s).
Tickets for the March 23 event will go on sale soon and the full card will be announced in the near future.