Billel Dib eyes Andrew Cancio ahead of March 30 collision

World rated Super Featherweight Billel “Baby Face” Dib (22 wins – 3 loss) will return to the ring on March 30 at the Seagulls Stadium in Tweeds Heads, NSW Australia.

Dib is the current WBA Oceania Super Featherweight Champion and World number 10.

“I’m fighting Rey Juntilla (23 wins – 8 loss) from the Phillipines. I haven’t really watched much footage on him at this stage. I have faith in my abilities as well as my management team in Tony Tolj and my dad and who they put in front of me. I’ve been told he’s durable and will give me the rounds I need to keep moving up the ranks.” – States Dib

Dib will fight for the second time under World renowned trainer of Champions Angelo “H” Hyder of Australia. Hyder known for being the head trainer of Danny Green and Vic Darchinyan and the chief second of WBA Fighter of the decade Chris “The Dragon” John

“I love every minute of training with Angelo. Not only is he a good man, but his knowledge is unbelievable. He isn’t a trainer, he is a teacher and that’s what is lacking in modern boxing. Im learning more and every every day, you can never stop learning in this game and I’m only getting better.”

“Baby Face” has endured a brutal training regime to get his opportunity of boxing immortality by edging close to a World title shot.

Just like my last camp, training has been second to none. Sparring is great, we have great sparring in our team, Moloney twins, (Jason and Andrew Moloney) Bruno Vifuaviwili (Tanzanian) and also our new team mate Furkan who is going to do big things in the sport. I’m working hard day in and day out to become world champion.

It’s an honour to be apart of the WBA, the WBA has been around since the days of Muhammad Ali, when I’m crowned WBA world champion God willing, my name will be up there with the greats”

Dib gives his thoughts on the newly crowned WBA Super Featherweight Champion Andrew Cancio

“Cancio shocked me like he shocked the rest of the world. I think it’s time for Machado to move up a weight division. Cancio (📷Hogan Photos) looked great but if he wants to keep that belt he needs to stay far away from me.”

Manager Tony Tolj gave his take on the March 30 Promotion and his plans for Dib going forward. “We have a great card full of WBA title fights that include WBA World #3 Jason “The Smooth” One defending his WBA Oceania Title and “The Captain Kerry Foley contesting WBA & WBC regional titles in our block buster card as well as a stacked undercard as part of our Boxing Mania 5 event.

“It’s going to be a massive event, and Billel Dib is looking like a new fighter he has elevated in ring knowledge and dedication to new level and I’m confident on him making a statement on March 30 and Andrew Cancio and the WBA Super Featherweight, don’t let the “Baby Face” fool you, this man is ready!”

Tickets available on Monday from megatix.com.au

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Marcos Hernandez talks forthcoming bout on Dirrell v Yildirim

Once-beaten contender “Mad Man” Marcos Hernandez will look to continue his winning streak from “The Contender Season Five”, when he rematches Jeison Rosario live on FS1 and FOX Deportes Saturday, February 23 from the Armory in Minneapolis and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Coverage on FS1 and FOX Deportes begins live at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT and is headlined by former WBC super-middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell facing Avni Yildirim for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight Championship.

The 25-year-old from Fresno, California is looking to continue his journey to a world title as he has beaten four well-regarded prospects in only fifteen fights. Hernandez is currently training with Henry Ramirez in Riverside, California, and looking forward to his rematch with Rosario, who he fought to a draw last February in Texas.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing and TGB Promotions, are on sale now, and can be purchased at the Armory at http://ArmoryMN.com/ and through Ticketmaster.

Here is what Hernandez had to say about his upcoming matchup and more:

On his rematch against Jeison Rosario:
“I fought Jeison Rosario almost one year ago exactly. I have a lot of respect for him because we fought to a draw, but that being said, I felt I got the better of him. This not a six-round bout like our first match, this is a ten-round fight, and I know what needs to be done to further my career with my performance in this fight.”

On his recent training camp:
“I really like training with Henry Ramirez in Riverside, California. Henry is a cool guy who’s trained a lot of top fighters and knows what it takes to get the job done. In Fresno there were many distractions, so moving away from my family, my wife and kids, it is a sacrifice that I make to go to the next level. This is a job and I treat it like a job. I am doing everything possible to be a contender.”

On fighting on this PBC event on FS1 and FOX Deportes:
“I’m very excited as this is my third time on FS1. I love what Premier Boxing Champions is doing for the sport of boxing, bringing fights to network television. FS1 has been good to me and I am excited that one of my biggest wins will be on FS1 so everyone can watch it.”

On his goals for 2019:
“I want to stay active, but my focus is solely on Rosario and getting that win. My hopes are to get in with a fighter with a big name. I’ve fought a lot of tough fighters, but not a lot of big-name fighters yet. I am hoping that by the end of this year I can fight one of those fighters’ people have seen on television for years.”

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Bellator 215: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov weigh-in results

Bellator 215: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov takes place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. on February 16 (AEDT). MMA event is the kick off of doubleheader held over this weekend.

Top of the bill features a heavyweight battle between Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitonov. At the official weigh-in ceremony conducted the day before the fight show, Mitrione tipped the scales at 258.25. Kharitonov declared 265.

The co-main event is a welterweight matchup between Logan Storley and Ion Pascu. Storley weighed-in at 169.25, while Pascu was 170.25.

Also on the card a pair of bantamweights, Eduardo Dantas and Toby Misech. Both fighters showed 135.5.

The main card features five bouts following the eight-fight preliminary card. The complete results and full lineup can be found below.

Main card
Matt Mitrione (258.25) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (265)
Logan Storley (169.25) vs. Ion Pascu (170.25)
Eduardo Dantas (135.5) vs. Toby Misech (135.5)
Mike Kimbel (136) vs. John Douma (136)
Austin Vanderford (174.25) vs. Cody Jones (174)

Preliminary card
Amber Leibrock (145) vs. Amanda Bell (145.5)
Pat McCrohan (184.75) vs. Jason Markland (185.75)
Tabatha Watkins (106) vs. Lindsay Van Zandt (105)
Pete Rogers (145) vs. Jason Rine (141)
Steve Mowry (246.5) vs. Darion Abbey (264)
Matt Probin (145.75) vs. Ali Zebian (146)
Zarrukh Adashev (125) vs. Ronie Arana (126)
Billy Goff (168) vs. Ryan Hardy (169.5)

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Fan responses to the Joshua v Miller announcement have been brutal

Anthony Joshua finally announced his next move this week as the four-belt heavyweight ruler heads stateside to fight Jarrell Miller.

In one of the most long-awaited moves in UK boxing, Joshua is finally ready to dip his toes into the American market.

On June 1, Joshua will take a bite out of the ‘Big Apple’ when he defends his belts against Miller at Madison Square Garden.

Promoters at Matchroom and streamers DAZN are already in the midst of doing the groundwork to secure a sell-out.

Whilst Sky Sports Box Office are to broadcast the fight on British shores in the early hours of the morning.

Upon making the confirmation though, some fans chose to use the social media platform to protest the fight completely.

Others made it clear they don’t think UK punters should have to fork out almost £20 for a clash taking place potentially at around 3am.

Looking through the responses, the vast majority were negative towards Joshua v Miller.

To the Matchroom confirmation:

The least anticipated fight ever.

AJ 1st round KO. Number 1 bulls***

“We wont have to go to the United States anymore, everyone will have to come and fight us here” hmmmmmm…suuuurrreeee.

But wheres the fights that the fans want? FURY, WILDER? More will watch a rematch with Fury and Wilder, too many fans getting fed up with the circus and the obvious avoidance of the better fighters.

And fact that every single fight is PPV – got bored with it a long time ago.

Wouldn’t go to America to fight Wilder but will go to America to fight Miller.

Mugging the British fans here surly you should do this on sky sports and not box office to say it could be his first and only fight in U.S

100% will not watching this walkover

Shocker of a fight.

To the Sky Sports Box Office announcement:

First time in 10 years i will be looking at teletext to see the result

There’s no wonder people are resorting to illegal streaming sites. £20 for a 4am fight against a guy who’s only got the fight because he’s American!

Better be one hell of an undercard considering the circumstances.

Surely this nonsense isn’t gonna be pay-per-view?

I can honestly say I will not be paying for this! What a bum fight. Surely if your that confident of winning a fight then agree a winner takes all v wilder or fury. 1st AJ fight I’m not bothered about.

More excited about next episode of eastenders.

To Eddie Hearn:

I won’t even stream this illegally it’s that much of a farce.

Absolute stinker of a fight.

Money Snatching Git?

I pay £80 a month for sky, no danger I’ll be forking out another £20 to watch an out of shape 30 stone heavyweight get sparked in about 3 rounds!

Could be in my back garden Eddie and I’d close the curtains… Stop robbing the public and ruining the sport with lies.

I only came to see Hearn get roasted in the comments, they didn’t disappoint.

Wembley sales have dropped since Klitschko through to Povetkin so don’t wanna be seen to only sell out half the stadium this time. No risk in moving it to America and attempting to crack the market there which is smart, however AJ and Matchrooms UK bubble has finally burst.

The fight nobody wanted. Well done Eddie.

Embarrassing Eddie.

Cheating the fans. Lucky this fight is at MSG, the honeymoon period is well over and your not filling Wembley with the likes of Miller. Give the fans the fights they want. AJ slipping down the pecking. Fury & Whyte giving better value for money.



COMMENTS

Those mentioned are just from the first scroll of the Twitter feed. Around one in ten were positive with the rest in the same vein.

It’s obvious the fans aren’t happy and won’t be until a bigger name is secured.

But whilst Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury continue their saga, there’s not much Joshua or Hearn can do.

Any slight slip-ups against Miller will now result in an even bigger backlash. Joshua has to win and he has to win well on June 1.

The turnaround in the perception of Joshua since the Wladimir Klitschko, and even Joseph Parker fight has been astonishing.

Joshua is now under immense pressure to excite the US audience. And in the process, keep his hopes of facing the winner of Wilder v Fury alive.

In stark contrast, Miller has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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Cage 46 Arrives with Walls, Mäntykivi, Santalahti, Salmimies, Urholin, and More

Edward Walls will go for his 5th straight win in his headlining bout on Saturday’s Cage 46. “Don’t blink” says the Ivory Coast born Finn that will face experienced Brazilian black belt Denis Silva. Additional Finnish fighters featured include Aleksi Mäntykivi, Olli Santalahti, Suvi Salmimies, Jesse Urholin, Aleksi Savolainen, Tuomas Grönvall, and Ville Mankinen, plus Swede Renato […]

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Mayweather says he’s fighting again in July

By TMZSports.com

Floyd Mayweather says the exhibition fight business will be VERY good to him in 2019 — with 4 or 5 bouts lined up this year, which will pay him around $80 MILLION!!! Remember, Floyd says he got $9 mil for tuning up Tenshin Nasukawa during a New Year’s Eve exhibition match in Japan … and he’s going BACK to Japan to fight again in July.

This time, Floyd says he’s fighting a former Japanese boxer (he’s not 100% sure who the guy is) — but tells us he’ll cash a $10 million check to go 3 rounds with his mystery opponent.

And, that’s just the beginning … Floyd says he’s got more fights lined up too. So, why not book another full 12-round pro fight with a real contender? Floyd says he can make real money doing the exhibition fights with much less risk to his health.

“It’s all about being smart. My faculties are very important.”

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Michael ‘Venom’ Page vows to ‘torment’ Paul Daley in Bellator grudge match

Michael ‘Venom’ Page finally steps into the Bellator cage against long-time rival Paul Daley this weekend.

It is a grudge match a long time in the making, with the British rivals firing shots at each other from a distance, and up close, in the last three years.

A post-fight brawl at Bellator 179 solidified their bitter rivalry, but it took another 21 months to bring the pair together in the cage. Page competes against Daley at Bellator 216 in Connecticut in the first round of the promotion’s highly-anticipated welterweight grand prix.

Bellator Press conference with Paul Daley, Scott Coker and Michael Venom Page-33aa

(Picture: Getty)

The chance to prove his mettle against his fiercest rival is a challenge MVP embraces, and the 31-year-old wants it to be a complete masterclass.

‘My style is perfectly suited to him,’ Page told Metro.co.uk. ‘It’s very difficult to predict this one because I want to torment him in all these different areas.

‘Every aspect of my game is so strong and I want to drag him into the deep end in every aspect.

‘Let him know that I am complete better fighter than him. I might hold off the finish a little bit.’

Page and Daley have been kept at arms lengths from each other during fight week, as tempers flared during the London press conference.

After the cameras stopped rolling, Daley and Page were ushered away from confronting one another. Page, 13-0, stayed in the media huddle with other fighters, while Daley was given a private setting in another room to speak to the media.

Paul Daley at the Bellator Press Conference-5717

Daley says there is no ill feelings between him and Page (Picture: Getty)

MVP vs Daley will be the first Bellator event aired live on Sky Sports. Signing a deal with the broadcaster giant is a massive step forward for Bellator and MMA in the UK.

But, there is a conscious effort to ensure there is not a repeat of the May 2017 melee, which saw Semtex lunge for a cageside Page, just moments after his defeat to Rory MacDonald.

That night was when things officially turned sour, as Page hit out at Daley for turning down a fight with him at Bellator London in favour of facing MacDonald.

The tension between the two fighters is obvious, but Daley played down the animosity between him and his opponent.

‘They would like it to be a grudge match, and maybe he wants it to be too,’ Daley explained.

‘He needs that fire maybe, he needs that anger to disguise his fear and his insecurity. I don’t need that.

Paul Daley celebrates his win over Larkin

(Picture: Bellator)

‘The fire I need is just to crack the illusion. And I think it’s going to be very easy to do because I don’t think he is half of what he believes he is. February 16th will display that.’

The winner of the contest not only takes the bragging rights, but moves into the semi-finals of the welterweight tournament with the chance to claim the title in the final.

Defeat, although not fatal for either man, will force the loser to effectively sit on the sidelines of the welterweight title picture for the rest of the year. The final is pencilled in for the end of the year, but could run into early 2020.

Michael Venom Page vs David Rickels (Picture: Bellator)

Page likes to showboat off during fights (Picture: Bellator)

With bragging rights and a shot at the championship on the line, Page thinks the mindgames will play a crucial part in how he beats Daley on Saturday night inside the Mohegan Sun Arena.

‘I feel even without anything like this build-up, I can get into his head on a normal day,’ Page said.

‘While I’m already living there, I’m definitely in his head and I think in the first 30 seconds of our fight, you’ll see that.’

MORE: Sky Sports to broadcast Bellator 216 card headlined by Michael Page vs Paul Daley

Two-Weight World Champ Hekkie “The Hexecutioner” Budler Signs up With Mtk Global

MTK Global is proud to confirm the signing of two-weight world champion Hekkie Budler, who joins the MTK Africa team under Colin Nathan.

The South African star (32-4, 10 KOs) – nicknamed ‘The Hexecutioner’ – has unified world titles at both minimumweight and light-flyweight and racked up an astonishing 17 world title fights.

Still just 30 years of age, Budler is eager to begin a new chapter of his illustrious career.

Budler said: “I am so happy to have a powerful brand like MTK behind me. With the best in the business guiding my career, the big fights will be rolling in and my profile will rise.

“It is also great that Colin, who has been with me from the beginning of my professional career, is now involved with MTK Global in heading up the African continent.

“I’m more hungry than ever to win back a world title as soon as possible and despite having achieved what I’ve achieved already, I firmly believe the best days of my career are still ahead of me.”

Nathan added: “This is a fantastic statement of intent for MTK Global and for MTK Africa. Hekkie has been one of the most underrated fighters in the world up to this point.

“Having won and defended multiple world titles, Hekkie is a shining example to all African boxers and with MTK Global now in his corner, we believe there’s so much more to come.”

News of Budler’s first assignment as an MTK Global fighter will be forthcoming in due course.

Stay up to date at mtkglobal.com and on social media @mtkglobal

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Shohjahon Ergashev vs. Mykal Fox Official Weights, Quotes and Photos

SHOHJAHON ERGASHEV vs. MYKAL FOX OFFICIAL WEIGHTS, QUOTES AND PHOTOS FOR SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION TOMORROW LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

Rising Prospect Ergashev To Face Fellow Unbeaten Fox at 10 p.m. ET/PT

MULVANE, Kan. – February 14, 2019 – Unbeaten super lightweight and rising star Shohjahon Ergashev and fellow undefeated Mykal Fox made weight just a day before their ShoBox: The New Generation main event headlines a doubleheader live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kan.

The 10-round clash between Uzbekistan’s power-puncher Ergashev (16-0, 15 KOs) and Fox (19-0, 5 KOs) will follow the 10-round co-featured super bantamweight fight pitting 28-year-old ShoBox veteran Jesse Hernandez (11-1, 7 KOs) against WBO No. 4-ranked Thomas Ward (25-0, 4 KOs) in what will be the toughest test of Hernandez’s career.

Here is what the fighters had to say on Thursday from the Kansas Star Casino.

FINAL WEIGHTS, REFEREES AND JUDGES

Super Lightweight 10-Round Bout

Shohjahon Ergashev – 142* lbs.

Mykal Fox – 142* lbs.

Referee: Bill Clancy (North Carolina); Judges: David Sutherland (Oklahoma), Karen Holderfield (Arkansas), Mike Contreras (Nebraska)

*–Fight contracted at a catchweight of 142 pounds.

Super Bantamweight 10-Round Bout

Jesse Hernandez – 121 lbs.

Thomas Ward – 121 ¾ lbs.

Referee: Kevin Champion (Missouri); Judges: David Sutherland (Oklahoma), Karen Holderfield (Arkansas), Jeff Sinnett (Nebraska)

FINAL QUOTES:

SHOHJAHON ERGASHEV:

“I know the odds are against me because of his height. He says he’s 6-foot-4 and the tallest fighter I’ve fought was 6-foot-1.

“I just have to be the smarter fighter tomorrow. My limited English skills has never hurt me in the ring and communicating with my corner. Fighting is a universal language. My English is a little bit better; it’s getting better.

“I trained for this fight both in Detroit and some in Florida and sparred with bigger guys like Anthony Dirrell and Leon Lawson at the Big Time Boxing Gym in Boca Raton. I had my conditioning coach B.B. Hudson in Florida with me too. So we are more than ready to go come fight night.

“I’m not eyeing one particular fighter; I just want to fight for a title. It’s been a year since my ShoBox debut against Sonny Fredrickson and I’ve improved a lot. I can’t wait to show my skills tomorrow night.

“I have some surprises that I’ll show on my way into the ring. I like to make it fun, and the fans will see that when I enter the ring.”

MYKAL FOX:

“This is the best shape I’ve ever been in. We’ve been trying to put this fight on for a long time. We tried to do it last year, but it didn’t work out. I decided to fight someone the caliber of Ergashev because he’s undefeated, and I’m undefeated. We have similar records, so why not?

“I’ve been watching [Ergashev] fights every day on YouTube. There is some danger in that, but I feel like I the more I can study what he does in the ring, the better prepared I will be.

“I don’t know what comes next for me. I’m still young. I’m just focused on tomorrow night.

“Right now, my brother [ShoBox alumnus Alantez Fox] thinks I’m the better fighter than him, but that’s only because I’m fighting tomorrow. I bet after the fight he will go back to thinking there’s no one better than him.”

JESSE HERNANDEZ

“Eventually, I’ll be a featherweight, but I think I can make this weight [122 pounds] for another year, year and a half.

“I’ve studied him on YouTube. I know what to do tomorrow night. I know how to exploit my advantage. He has a No. 4 ranking by the WBO so if we get the win we can get his rating, if not better.

“He’s never seen a fighter like me; never fought in the States, or against a Mexican fighter. So I know I have the advantage. I have the ring IQ, and am the smarter fighter.

“I have 10 rounds as my mindset. Last time I was on ShoBox I wanted to get my opponent out of there. But not this time. Of course, if I hurt him in the first round I will try to get him out of there. But it’s OK to win by decision too.”

THOMAS WARD

“I was offered this fight and it’s a nice opportunity for me. It’s live on SHOWTIME, so why not? This is a great stage and it’s a very winnable fight for me.

“Eventually we will get a world title shot. I just have to keep winning. I know I have the ability and the time is now. If the opportunity is right, we will take whatever is put in front of us.

“He’s supposed to be an aggressive fighter and I’m a boxer so it will be a good mix of styles. I know that he’s a good, strong fighter, but I’ll be ready to handle whatever he gives me.

“Of all the rounds I’ve boxed in 25 victories, I’ve only lost four or five rounds. If you’re not getting hit, you’re not losing.

“I’m a family man and don’t go out. I’ve just been focused 100 percent on my boxing career.

“I’ve been in the States since February 6. We stopped in New York on our way here and trained for a few days. I trained at Mendez Boxing in Manhattan and also trained at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn.”

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Teofimo Lopez in Mexico to ask WBC for title shot

By Aragon Garcia: Unbeaten Teofimo Lopez traveled to Mexico on Thursday to meet with World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman to ask him to be moved from #5 to #1 in the WBC’s rankings in order to get a title shot at the WBC lightweight title should champion Mikey Garcia vacate the title in the […]

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Shohjahon Ergashev vs. Mykal Fox – weights & quotes

Unbeaten super lightweight and rising star Shohjahon Ergashev and fellow undefeated Mykal Fox made weight just a day before their ShoBox: The New Generation main event headlines a doubleheader live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kan. (Photo credit: Rosie Cohe/SHOWTIME) The 10-round clash between Uzbekistan’s power-puncher Ergashev (16-0, 15 […]

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Santa Cruz-Rivera Final Press Conference

There was no love lost on Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles as fighters competing on Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes exchanged words and went face-to-face at the final press conference before their respective showdowns this Saturday night at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live.

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Photo: Sean Michael Ham/TGB Promotions

WBA featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz will defend his title against Rafael Rivera in the main event of the show. The telecast will also feature contenders Omar Figueroa and John Molina Jr., plus unbeaten prospects Sebastian Fundora and Donnie Marshall going toe-to-toe.

Leo Santa Cruz: “If I can get this win, we want to unify the belts or make the third fight against Carl Frampton. If not, we will go to 130 pounds and seek a title in a new weight class.”

Rafael Rivera: “I’ve stepped in late before to a big fight. I’m always ready when it comes. Expect a surprise come Saturday night. I know that I have everything it takes to bring this title back to Tijuana.”

Omar Figueroa: “Given our styles, there’s no way this is going to go the distance. I think this is going to be an early night and I’m planning on having my hand raised.”

John Molina Jr: “It’s time to fight. The hard work is done and the time is now. Talk is cheap. On Saturday night, we’ll get down.”

Sebastian Fundora: “Hopefully we’re going to display a lot more boxing and technique in this fight. I think Marshall is going to come inside and attack the body. I think if I’m able to stop him, it will be from the boxing skills that I show.”

Donnie Marshall: “I’m ready to dominate the fight like I always do. That’s the only thing on my mind. I don’t care about his height, record or anything else. I’m coming to dominate.”

Promoter Richard Schaefer: “We are committed to continuing to bring the best and biggest fights to the fans here in Los Angeles because Los Angeles is the fight capital of the world again.”

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Nong-O Gaiyanghadao Ready To Fulfill His Dream In Bangkok

Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao (257-54-1) has only one dream he has left to fulfill, and that is to capture another belt.

He has the chance to do that at ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, 16 February.

In the main event, he will face China’s Han Zi Hao (60-15) for the inaugural ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title in a five-round battle at the Impact Arena.

“I have one goal, it is to become the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion, and to defend that belt,” the 32-year-old said.

“I’m training hard for this World Title bout, and it feels great to be competing back in Thailand — especially for the ONE World Title.”

Nong-O has experienced quite a lot of success at the Impact Arena. In fact, he claimed victory in his last appearance there in October.

The Thailand hero, who is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound Muay Thai athlete, delivered a top-notch striking display to defeat Mehdi “Diamond Heart” Zatout via unanimous decision.

That victory came after another striking clinic against Fabio Pinca during his ONE Super Series debut last April. He displayed nerves of steel, landing heavy strikes, body kicks, and head kicks on his French opponent before walking away with the unanimous decision victory.

“My experience so far with ONE Championship has been great,” the Thai elaborated.

“ONE Championship is a world-class promotion with a global audience, and this is huge for me. I’m very excited. I can’t wait for my upcoming bout.”

Han, his opponent, has also had a tremendous year with the world’s largest martial arts organization.

The Mad Muay Thai Gym athlete was ONE Super Series’ most active competitor in 2018 with three victories on the trot.

First, he earned a unanimous decision victory over Stergos “Greek Dynamite” Mikkios in September, and then he bettered that achievement a month later with a first-round knockout of Ryan “The Filipino Assassin” Jakiri.

Han’s last appearance showed his perfect technique, as he secured a 99-second TKO of Malaysia’s Azwan Che Wil.

Still only 23 years old, the Chinese Muay Thai specialist will be a tough test for Nong-O, who seeks another World Title and victory number 258.

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Lao Chetra Reflects On His Brothers Ahead Of ONE Debut

Kun Khmer star Lao Chetra is ready to take another big step in his career, and he will do so with the full support of his family.

This coming Saturday, 16 February, Chetra will take on multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Superlek Kiatmoo9 in his ONE Super Series debut at the action-packed ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Muay Thai flyweight battle is one of the most anticipated bouts of the card, and Chetra will enter the Impact Arena with his oldest brother Lao Sinat by his side.

“My brothers Chantrea and Sinat are always there for me and help me whenever I need something,” Chetra explains.

“Not only when it comes to martial arts, but with everything!”

The youngest of the three brothers, Chetra says he never felt pressured to follow in his sibling’s footsteps, even when they reached Kun Khmer stardom in Cambodia.

As a young kid, Chetra’s childhood was much like other Cambodians as he went to school and studied in his province, Kompong Speu.

In the back of his mind, however, he always had a longing to step into the ring and compete.

“Nobody chose this career for me, I’ve been interested in [martial arts] since I was a young kid,” he explains.

“When my brother Sinat started competing, I got even more fascinated. It was maybe 15 years ago.

“The love for martial arts has always been there when I was young. Even when I started competing and lost a lot, I would cry all the time, but I kept training!”

Early in his career, the young Kun Khmer star suffered a severe knockout loss while competing in Phnom Penh, something that forced him to take a close look at his chosen path.

“During my seventh bout, I got hit and ended up with eleven stitches,” he explains.

“My sister and mother told me to stop fighting, but I all I had to say was: ‘At this point, there is absolutely no way I will stop!’ If I start something, I have to finish it.”

Even though he is the youngest, he gets the full support of his older brothers Chantrea and Sinat.

Both of his brothers are martial artists in their own right, but Chetra is the first to reach the global stage and now, he has the chance to represent Cambodia and his family.

Even if there was a time when the young Kun Khmer combatant did not have the support of his mother and sister, he now says they are all fully supportive of his passion.

Come Saturday, he will have the chance to show why he is widely regarded as one of Cambodia’s most prominent Kun Khmer practitioners.

As Chetra is about to step into the bright lights of ONE Championship, the talented debutant says he will never forget where he came from, or who helped him get there.

“My two brothers are very important to me,” Chetra states.

“They’ve helped me so much. Without them, I would not be where I am today!”

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