The fight ended in the second round when Boukhidous sustained a bad cut near his eye, prompting the doctor to step in and call an end to the bout. As Boukhidous – now 34-3-1, 12 KO’s – was in his corner being tended to, an animated Iermano came over and began shouting something at him.
It wasn’t quite clear what Iermano was shouting, but Boukhidos’ friend and team mate Filip Verlinden didn’t care. The show of disrespect made him furious and he fired back angrily at the triumphant Italian.
Iermano went away and then came back moments later on the totally opposite tack, offering his apologies and bowing down on the canvas to express his regret.
But it cut no ice with Verlinden; he gave Iermano a cold stare and a few more harsh words – “Next time you can fight me and we see what happens!” – before accompanying Boukidous backstage.
Verlinden later posted a series of angry tweets about Iermano and reaffirmed his invitation to the Italian to meet him in the ring to settle the beef.
he was being a disrespectful ass ! Acting all tough before cameras, he can fight me if he dares c how tough he is @GLORY_WS
— Filip Verlinden (@Filip_Verlinden) November 8, 2015
“Lucky he got the win through the cut [but then he was] acting like he destroyed him. Fake ass!! First acting nice and friendly and then do [something] so disrespectful just gets my blood boiling , that’s all,” he added.
Whether Iermano will respond to the challenge remains to be seen. The 30-year-old rises to 28-5, 13 KO’s after the Boukhidous stoppage but is not ranked by Glory or by leading kickboxing media such as Liverkick.
Verlinden (44-13-1, 16 KO’s) has faced some of the biggest and best names in the sport, having fought at heavyweight, light-heavyweight and middleweight, and would represent a significant step-up for the Italian. But if he won the fight, he would crash into the middleweight rankings in a big way.
GLORY’s next event takes place Friday, December 4 at the RAI Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Netherlands and is headlined by heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven and welterweight champion Nieky Holzken, facing Benjamin Adegbuyi and Murthel Groenhart respectively.
Belgium’s Verlinden is not on the Amsterdam card but is rumored to have a spot on the France card rumored for February of 2016. His last GLORY appearance was also in France; he took a light-heavyweight fight against Mourad Bouzidi and lost a decision at GLORY 22 LILLE in June.
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