Newark's Suggy's Gym fighter Bailey Sugden stuns crowd with incredible first round TKO against John Morehouse at GLORY 72 Chicago
In the run-up to GLORY 72 Chicago, Bailey Sugden made no secret of his determination to ensure the outcome of his latest appearance on the world’s leading kickboxing promotion would be down to him alone.
“I told everyone there’d be no judges needed this time around and I delivered,” said the Suggy’s Gym professional, who defeated Florida’s John Morehouse by TKO in the first round of the contest on Saturday.
The only UK fighter to walk out nine times for GLORY, Newark’s Sugden staked his claim to regain his top ten world ranking with an impressive and aggressive performance in front of a sell-out crowd at the Wintrust Arena.
Still brooding after a controversial points loss to Asa Ten Pow in Miami in September, he vowed to stop Morehouse, something no one else had been able to do in the American’s 20 previous pro fights.
“John has fought in the lightweight division and has never been wobbled or stopped in his three GLORY outings,” said Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden.
“He went on record saying that if no lightweight could hurt him, how would Bailey be able to do so at the lower Featherweight division?
“But nobody could have foreseen what was about to happen when the two of them stepped into the ring.
“Both men weighed in under the 143lbs limit and, faced with a 6ft tall opponent, it was vital for the us to get things right tactically.
“In the training camp, we’d been working on reducing our speed but increasing our power in every attack, being patient but aggressive the whole time.
“That may sound like a contradiction, but the important thing was that Bailey knew exactly what was expected of him.”
Going on the attack from the opening bell, The British Bulldog delivered a quick left hook counter to a low kick from Morehouse, following it up with a thunderous right hand which sent his opponent reeling towards the ropes before going on to land a series a ferocious hooks and an inside low kick which dropped Morehouse for an 8-count just 90 seconds into the round.
Although Morehouse attempted to prevent the onslaught by tying the Newarker up, Sugden was in no mood to let him off the hook and, after the referee split the two fighters, he pushed forward calmly and patiently with some great body shots, feints and level changes.
Sending Morehouse reeling again with some big head shots, he kept up a non-stop attack until the referee stepped in to wave it off with just 45 seconds to go till the end of the first round.
“Am I happy with my performance? You bet I am,” said Bailey.
“I said that my fate would be in my hands tonight and I lived up to my promise.”
Dean said: “There’s a lot of love for Bailey in the US and his performance and aggressive style against a very tough and durable opponent will surely have lifted him back into the top ten in the featherweight division.
“He showed what you can achieve when you execute a perfect game plan and proved that he’s the biggest showman on the GLORY roster.
“There’s talk of another show early next year in Vegas but, if Zakaria Zouggary or Asa Ten Pow are injured before the one in Arnhem on Saturday, December 21, he would jump at the chance to step in with either of them.
“And obviously there’s nothing he’d love more than a rematch with Ten Pow, especially in front of 25,000 Dutch Moroccans.”
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