Top lightweight talent Amir Khan of Singapore is heading into his next matchup looking to put another solid win in the books. After stopping Rahul Raju last October, the 26-year-old Circle veteran is back in action, and wants to put on another epic performance.
Khan faces South Korea’s “Crazy Dog” Dae Sung Park at ONE: COLLISION COURSE II, a previously recorded event from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore scheduled for broadcast this Friday, 25 December.
Riding a wave of confidence from his last outing, Khan is excited to get back in the Circle to showcase his skills once again.
“I hadn’t gotten a KO in a while. It’s definitely a good feeling to get that killer instinct back. I knew I had it deep down within, I just had to get it back. Sometimes you know you have it, but you have to show it to yourself,” Khan said of the win over Raju, before sharing his thoughts on Park.
“It’s a good matchup. Me and my coach accepted the fight right away and created a game plan. He (Park) a very well-rounded fighter. He has his strong points. He’s southpaw, so we’ve got to be careful of his left side attacks.”
Park is a ONE Warrior Series graduate under the legendary Rich Franklin. The South Korean is riding a four-bout win streak. He’s won 9 of his last 10 fights.
Khan, considered one of the best lightweights in the promotion, has studied Park’s particular style, and has come up with a solid game plan with his coach at Evolve MMA, Siyar Bahadurzada. The Singaporean star is confident he can pull off another spectacular victory to move himself further up the ranks.
“[Park] overuses his energy in the first round, so we’re going to capitalize on that. We know we have to go through a storm in the first round because he comes in hot, and once we go through it, then we can take him out,” said Khan.
“He’s going to come out strong in the first round and then get a bit tired, a bit lethargic. But I’m not going to go for the kill. I’m just going to have fun, pick my shots, pick him apart, and stay loose. I’m going to keep on the offense, and I believe the knockout will come, but I will not look for it.”
ONE: COLLISION COURSE II is ONE Championship’s final broadcast of the year. The previously recorded show features a main event classic between #2 ranked Muay Thai featherweight Jamal Yusupov and #4 ranked Samy Sana. It’s expected to be one of the most exciting Muay Thai clashes in recent memory.
Khan, who aims to move up the lightweight ladder, realizes how important this fight is against Park. The 26-year-old Singaporean even believes a victory here could position him for a handful of significant matches in 2021.
“Park has three wins in ONE Championship. He’s a good name. So if I get another good win, another dominant finish, that will set me up for going against one of the top contenders in 2021,” Khan concluded.
“Then after, maybe I can eventually fight for a belt. But one fight at a time. I’m just going to get through Park first, focus on him, and the rest will come later. I’m giving my full attention to Park because he’s equally as dangerous, and I don’t want to underestimate him.”
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