ONE Championship To Promote Kickboxing
ONE Championship has announced its new ONE Championship Kickboxing brand.
Per a report from the Tiebreak Times, the new league will be looking to showcase a variety of Asia’s striking arts including Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, Wushu, Sanda, Silat, Lethwei, and more.
“Over the years, ONE Championship has earned its reputation as the Home of Martial Arts by showcasing the most exciting authentic martial arts action on the planet,” said Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship.
“Asia has been the home of martial arts for 5,000 years, and we will now showcase Asia’s striking arts to fans from around the world. Featuring the best martial arts talent across the globe, ONE Championship Kickboxing aims to showcase Asia’s striking arts front and center as part of our ONE Championship live events.
In January 2017, ONE showcased a kickboxing exhibition during its Global Superheroes events, that featured Sam-A Gaiyanghadao taking an upset victory over reigning WBA Super Bantamweight, then interim WBC Super Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Joseph “Hurricane” Lasiri.
The first event, ONE Heroes of Honor will be held on April 20th in the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
Already signed for the event include multiple-time Muay Thai world champions Petchboonchu FA Group, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, Yodsaenklai Fairtex, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, Singtongnoi Por Telakun, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, Sagetdao Petpayathai, Kwankhao Mor. Rattanabandit, Yodcherry Sityodtong, as well as international superstar world champions Giorgio Petrosyan, Fabio Pinca, Alain Ngalani, Regian Ersel, and Sergej Maslobojev.
“ONE Championship is dedicated to giving fans an authentic martial arts experience. We are proud to announce that the absolute best strikers in the world have chosen to continue their professional careers under the ONE banner,” continued Sityodtong.
“Fans will be treated to the most exciting kickboxing matches where the best face the best inside of both our ring and our cage. Some matches will be under standard international kickboxing rules in our ring, and other matches will be under modified hybrid striking rules in our cage.
The company’s first ever fight has been announced as Italian Giorgio Petrosyan takes on Thai Jo Nattawut.