Indonesia’s Eko Roni Saputra from the Evolve Fight Team is a multiple-time Indonesian national wrestling champion. He’s dominated on the canvas most of his athletic career. But that doesn’t mean he can’t appreciate some good, striking action.
In fact, Saputra is currently honing his skills at Evolve MMA in Singapore, learning from some of the best strikers in the game such as ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, and WBA Boxing World Champion Drian Francisco, among others.
Looking at the ONE: A NEW BREED II card, a pre-recorded event held in Bangkok, Thailand set for broadcast on Friday, 11 September, Saputra has his eye on a handful of interesting matchups which he feels fans shouldn’t miss.
Here are Eko Roni Saputra’s must-watch bouts at ONE: A NEW BREED II:
Pongsiri PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym vs Sean Clancy
In the main event of the evening, 4-time Muay Thai World Champion Pongsiri PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym of Thailand takes on WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Sean “Clubber” Clancy of Ireland.
It’s a battle of striking veterans ready to advance to the next stage in their careers, all in search of the elusive ONE World Title. ONE Super Series features the absolute best striking talents in the world, and the bantamweight division is stacked with talent, including Saputra’s teammate Nong-O, who holds the division’s title.
“Fantastic main event. I’ve long appreciated the striking arts, and this one between Pongsiri and Sean Clancy is going to be absolutely epic,” said Saputra.
“I think fans are going to love the action in this fight. Both men are at the top of a very deep bantamweight division, and whoever wins here is going to advance forward. ONE Super Series has so many amazing fighters and it’s so entertaining to watch everyone jockey for top position.”
Pongsiri already challenged for the ONE World Title just recently, and he wants nothing more than to get right back into title contention. A win over Clancy could get him there.
Superlek Kiatmoo9 vs Fahdi Khaled
2-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion Superlek Kiatmoo9, also known as “The Kicking Machine” for his ability to rail off multiple kicks in succession, is one of Thailand’s most prolific Muay Thai fighters. He is widely considered one of the very best strikers in the world.
Fahdi “The Gladiator” Khaled, on the other hand, is a WMC Intercontinental Muay Thai Champion and a man on a mission. With heavy hands and a fearless, forward-moving style, Khaled is determined to make a name for himself on the world’s biggest stage.
Saputra can’t wait to witness the action this fight promises to bring.
“This is another fantastic fight. Obviously, Superlek is one of the most beloved Muay Thai fighters in Thailand. He’s young and still going very strong in his career,” said Saputra.
“On the other hand, Fahdi Khaled is carrying incredible momentum heading into this fight. He’s so aggressive but accurate with his strikes. It’s just a beauty to watch. I want to see what he does in this fight, and how he will be able to handle Superlek’s unique style. Whoever connects with something big here first, wins.”
Khaled is coming off a fantastic victory over China’s Huang Ding, and he looks to add another victory over one of the biggest names in ONE Super Series.
Supergirl Jaroonsak Muaythai vs Milagros Lopez
Rounding out ONE: A NEW BREED II, is a bout between PBA Thailand Champion Supergirl Jaroonsak Muaythai of Thailand and Argentinian Muay Thai Champion Milagros Lopez. It’s a debut for Supergirl, the younger sister of phenom Wondergirl Fairtex.
Saputra has a close eye on this fight, because of the elder Wondergirl’s spectacular performances inside the ONE Championship ring.
“I have my eye out on this one because Supergirl is the younger sister of Wondergirl Fairtex. And we all know just how impressive Wondergirl is so far in ONE Super Series. There are whispers that Supergirl is even better!” said Saputra.
“I want to see just how good she really is. If she’s at least as good as her older sister, that’s going to be huge. We will have two sisters ruling the ONE Super Series ranks soon, and to me, that’s very exciting.”
Saputra asks all Indonesian fans of ONE Championship to tune in to ONE: A NEW BREED II, broadcasting this Friday, 11 September.
Watch the previously recorded ONE: A NEW BREED II this Friday, 11 September, at 8:30 p.m. Singapore Standard Time (SGT) on meWATCH or by downloading the ONE Super App. Also, Channel 5 will provide a same-day delay at 10 p.m. SGT.
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