He’s only 20-years-old and his career is just beginning but we recognized the unique talent of Montreal’s Jonathan Di Bella when he was an amateur and are now following closely his progress in the professional kickboxing ranks. Tonight Jonathan reaches a new milestone by having his first match at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York on the undercard of Glory 43.
“It’s amazing,” says Jonathan. “I’ve been going there since I was a kid to watch fights, so to compete there is a dream come true.”
This is only the young man’s fourth pro match but we’re talking about a fighter who has never tasted defeat, in both boxing and kickboxing, amateur or pro. So it’s a testament to his talent and reputation that Glory is not putting Jonathan in the ring with a fellow novice or an “opponent” with more losses than wins on his record. Instead Di Bella has been matched with “Super” Lennox Chance who holds a record of 47-5-1 with 17 knockouts.
It would seem to be a huge disparity in terms of experience but according to Jonathan this is not out of the ordinary. “This is the way it is in kickboxing,” he says. “I have to be ready to fight anyone. And I am. I’m always ready to fight.”
It may be only Jonathan’s fourth pro bout, but already he’s facing a major challenge in his debut for Glory Kickboxing and his fans in Montreal have risen to the occasion with literally hundreds making the journey to New York City to give him their support. When you’re a young prospect gifted with loads of natural talent, you inspire that kind of enthusiasm, especially when you just might be in for a very tough battle with an opponent who is desperate for a victory.
Check out the new promo video and catch Glory 43 on The Fight Network.