5 Reasons to Watch ONE 163: Akimoto Vs. Petchtanong

  • Iran’s Azizpour is chasing Grand Slam glory
  • A spectacular three-match set will be played this weekend when Iranians Iraj Azizpour and Roman Kryklia go head-to-head with one win each. The pair will now meet in the heavyweight kickboxing World Grand Prix finals in an attempt to settle the rivalry once and for all. Kryklia is the reigning ONE heavyweight kickboxing champion of the world and neither man has lost since their defeat to the other – this will be a clash for the ages.

    • Explosive world title fight

    Continuing with the kickboxers, ONE 163 headlines an outstanding fight for ONE bantamweight world kickboxing title between current champion Hiroki Akimoto and Petchtanong Petchfergus. Petchtanong from Thailand is 37 years old and has had more than 400 fights in a long career and is now looking for the last cherry on the cake. Standing in his way is Japan’s Akimoto, the 30-year-old is on a five-fight winning streak and will be looking to make his first successful defense of the title he won in March.

    What a fight Yushin Okami vs. Aung La N Sang is. Japan’s Okami has made a name for himself around the world – taking on some of the best in the business and fighting for world titles everywhere he’s been. After a rough start to his ONE career, starting with two losses before his last win, he now finds himself moving up to 205 pounds – a weight he’s been comfortable at in the past. His opponent, Aung La N Sang, is a superstar in his native Myanmar – and beyond. Former ONE World Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Champion, this is a clash not to be missed.

    • Next in line for atomic weight?

    This intriguing clash of styles could reveal the next challenger to Angela Lee’s world atomweight title. Hirata is 2-1 in ONE, but even at just 23 years old, he could get into the title picture with a win over 35-year-old Ham Seo Hee. Hee is 25-8 overall and is riding an impressive eight-fight winning streak with an aggressive type of striking honed from his kickboxing days. Judoka Hirata will look to avoid standing fights and enforce his dominance on the ground in this crucial fight.

    • Will Mark Abelardo go into ‘Beast Mode’ again?

    Born in New Zealand to Filipino parents, there is never a dull moment with Abelardo around. He may not have the recent record he’d like having lost three of his last four, but he always puts on a show – and starting the main card against Kwon Won Il, who has won three of his last four, we’re sure that there will be plenty of action to get fans excited.

    ONE 163: Akimoto vs. Petchtonong: takes place on Saturday, November 19 at 14:00 GST at Singapore Indoor Stadium Arena, Singapore. This is a night not to be missed so mark your calendars, download the ONE Super app and visit watch.onefc.com now!

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