Next week ONE Championship is back with a solid fight card featuring four Muay Thai wars. The promotion has been putting on events during the COVID-19 pandemic at the Singapore Indoor Stadium only. With ONE On Prime Video 3, the travelling show is back on the road with a return to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
On the lead card former Florida State Golden Gloves Champion US fighter Asa Ten Pow takes on Mehdi Zatout of Algeria in a Bantamweight contest. Pow, nicknamed “The American Ninja” hails from Florida Kickboxing Academy and is a seven time Glory Kickboxing veteran with six wins under his belt for Glory Kickboxing.
Asa Ten Pow wins via knock out at the infamous Lumpinee Boxing stadium, Bangkok, Thailand
The opponent of Pow is no slouch either. Zatout is a ISKA and WBC Muay Thai world Champion. He started Muay Thai when he was ten years old, and was instantly hooked. Only two years later he was on his way to Thailand, to train at the Sit-Or camp in Pattaya, Thailand.
Zatout’s grit at full display versus Capitan
This will be a typical Thai style vs. US style type of Muay Thai battle. If Zatout has adopted the Thai way of fighting, it’s going to be a tough night for “The American Ninja”. His advantage, though, is that Thais are normally susceptible to fast boxing, so this will probably end up being a kicker vs. a boxer fight. Expect cracking Middle-kicks and jaw breaking hooks for this one!
Amir Naseri fighting the pound-for-pound best Muay Thai fighter Saenchai
Former karateka, Shoot Boxing Super Bantamweight champion Naito, nicknamed “Silent Sniper” now trains at Bell Wood Fight Team alongside former ONE Championship Bantamweight Muay Thai world title challenger Hiroaki Suzuki. Naito has officially expressed his ambition to become the ONE Championship world champion, so he will be extremely determined to put on his best performance in this fight – and he’s Japanese….. Fighters from the land of the rising sun are notoriously known for not backing down, and never staying down!
Taiki Naito Highlight
Naseri played football (soccer) in his youth, but when his family moved to Kuala Lumpur, he came across Muay Thai when he was a young teenager. The athletic Naseri quickly realized, that if he wanted to take his new passion to the next level, he would have to move to Thailand. As with many foreign MMA superstars, Thai- and Kickboxers he ended up training at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket.
We are once again witnessing two very different fighting styles clash in the second Muay Thai fight of the lead card: Thai style vs. Japanese Samurai spirit. A combination that guarantees a fast paced, technical and gritty battle to take the fans to the edge of their seats. Guaranteed.
Superlek Kiatmoo9 Highlight
On the main card Superlek Kiatmoo9 takes on Panpayak Jitmuangnon in an all Thai Muay Thai contest: it is the Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix Final and national pride is on the line, and the two Nak Muays (Muay Thai fighters) have met before. The first encounter ended with Superlek winning by decision.
Panpayak Jitmuangnon vs. Masahide Kudo
Expect an all out elbow and knee war from the first bell, since the fighters are not hampered by the typical gambling environment in Thailand, where fighters typically use the first two to three rounds to analyze each other, and get instructions in their corner on bets.
Regian Eersel defends his Lion Fight world title
The fourth fight is between two fighters, who have both beat Dutch Kickboxing phenom Nieky “The Natural” Holzken.
The Thai Sinsamut Klinmee burst on to the ONE Championship stage on March 26 this year by knocking out Holzken in round two.
Sinsamut Klinmee knocks out Nieky Holzken in his debut for ONE Championship
My close relatives like my uncles are all Muay Thai Champions. My uncles are famous Muay Thai fighters. You may have heard the names Yokthai Sit-Or, Rambaa Somdet, and Tappaya Sit-Or. We have WBC and WBA Boxing world champions in our family.
I admired them and always dreamed of becoming like them. I was always excited to watch them fight.
– Sinsamut Klinmee
Klinmee comes out of a family full of fighting traditions AND champions. Not only is he defending the pride of his entire family, but he is also the representative of Thailand, presenting their national sport on the global stage against a farang (Thai for foreigner). He will leave it all on the line, and is either leaving the ring on his legs in a triumphant state, or carried out on a stretch by the event medics!
FIGHT SPORTS sat down and talked to “The Immortal” a few weeks back. Training out of the Sityodtong Amsterdam camp, he is surrounded by a crew of tremendously skillful people, who mixes the Dutch style Kickboxing with authentic Muay Thai – some would even dare say Muay Boran. Regian Eersel is known for his flying attacks: knees, punches and kicks, and he is no stranger to elbow fighting, as he is the former Lion Fight Muay Thai world champion.
This fight could be the main event of the evening: it’s a typical Thai vs. Dutch style with a little twist – Sinsamut can box and Eersel can knee and elbow.