Earlier today Thai sources reported that former WBC Flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro (44-14-5, 31) would be returning to the ring on November 24th in Cancun, Mexico, as the next opponent of Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada (37-3, 25).
The bout is supposed to be a tune up for Estrada ahead of a rematch with WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], aka Wisaksil Wangek, with the two expected to fight early next year.
For Jaro, who actually beat Thai icon Pongsaklek Wonjongkam for the WBC Flyweight title back in 2012, this will be his first bout since beating Dondon Narvaez back in February in a bout fought around the Bantamweight division. As for Estrada the bout will be his first since since being given an unexpected test by Felipe Orucuta on the latest Superfly card.
For Jaro this will be his first bout in Mexico since since losing to Oscar Ibarra back in 2010 whilst Estrada returns to a Mexican ring for the first time since beating Anuar Salas in March 2017.
Press Release: SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI RETAINS WBC SUPER FLYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION OVER IRAN DIAZ
PLUS: STAMP FAIRTEX EARNS ONE KICKBOXING ATOMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION OVER KAI TING CHUANG
ALSO: SHINYA AOKI SUBMITS EV TING IN 57 SECONDS
6 October 2018 – Bangkok, Thailand:
The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), hosted the biggest martial arts spectacle in the history of Thailand as the best and the brightest from boxing, mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and kickboxing gathered under one banner to celebrate Asia’s greatest cultural treasure. ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES left an indelible legacy with 14 heart-pumping martial arts contests, punctuated by ONE Championship’s first-ever world-class boxing match that pitted two of the best super flyweight boxers in the world today. In the main event, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand dominated Mexico’s Iran Diaz over the course of 12 rounds to retain the WBC Super Flyweight World Championship. Meanwhile, hometown favorite Stamp Fairtex defeated Kai Ting Chuang of Chinese Taipei to capture the ONE Kickboxing Atomweight World Championship in front of her hometown crowd.
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In the main event of ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES, Thai boxing superstar Srisaket Sor Rungvisai sent the crowd into a rapturous chorus of cheers by clinching a unanimous decision win over Mexican challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz to retain the WBC Super Flyweight World Championship. Banking on his heavy hands and southpaw stance, Srisaket persistently hammered the taller Diaz with hard body shots from the opening bell. The consistent attack to the midsection paid dividends for Srisaket in the later rounds as Diaz dropped his defensive guard, prompting the Thai boxer to increase his offense that had his opponent reeling inside the ring. In the championship rounds, Srisaket unleashed a series of power shots, but Diaz amazingly withstood the blitz of punches from the hometown hero. In the end, the three judges unanimously awarded the victory in favor of Srisaket with the scores of 119-109, 120-108 and 119-109.
In the co-main event of the evening, Thailand’s own Stamp Fairtex turned in a debut to remember as she dethroned “Killer Bee” Kai Ting Chuang via unanimous decision to become the new ONE Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion. Beaming with confidence, Stamp used her range and movement to outstrike her counterpart throughout the fast-paced five-round contest. A flurry of strikes in the fifth round sealed the victory for Stamp, who takes home the prestigious title belt in only her first appearance on the ONE Super Series stage.
Japanese legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki made his case for a shot at the coveted ONE Lightweight World Championship with resounding clarity, submitting New Zealand-based Malaysian sensation Ev “E.T.” Ting in a title eliminator. From the get-go, Aoki immediately looked for a takedown and managed to effortlessly execute one against Ting’s will. On the canvas, Aoki smoothly passed Ting’s guard and locked in a deep arm triangle to put the Malaysian to sleep, clinching the victory in just 57 seconds.
Muay Thai legend Nong-O Gaiyanghadao put on a striking clinic in front of his home crowd as he punished ISKA and WBC World Champion Mehdi Zatout of France to earn a unanimous decision victory over three rounds in their ONE Super Series Muay Thai showdown. Nong-O weathered a spirited opening round from Zatout to impose his will and dominate the Frenchman with powerful kicks and precise elbows. After three rounds of action, Nong-O was declared the winner before the jubilant Thai fans inside the Impact Arena.
Nigeria’s Anthony “The Assassin” Njokuani scored the biggest win of his kickboxing career, defeating Dutch kickboxing legend Andy “The Destroyer” Souwer via split decision in a ONE Super Series Kickboxing contest. Njokuani and Souwer figured in a thrilling three-round affair as the two highly-experienced strikers went toe-to-toe, exchanging impactful blows and blistering combinations. After nine minutes of action, it was Njokuani who won on two of the three judges’ scorecards, emerging victorious in his ONE Super Series debut.
Tajikistan martial arts phenom Muin Gafurov made an astounding return to the most prestigious stage of global martial arts competition with a statement victory, knocking out top contender Leandro “Brodinho” Issa of Brazil in the first round. Gafurov turned the lights out on Issa with a thunderous right hand to keep his remarkable 100-percent finishing rate intact. His impressive performance earned him the GoDaddy Knockout of the Night.
In a ONE Super Series Kickboxing bout, Hong Kong-based Alain “The Panther” Ngalani of Cameroon and Andre “The Giant” Meunier of Australia battled to a No-Contest (NC) ruling after an inadvertent low blow rendered Ngalani unable to continue. Merely seconds into round two, Meunier threw a knee that accidentally landed low on Ngalani, forcing a pause in the action. Moments later, it was revealed that Ngalani could no longer continue, bringing the contest to an abrupt and unfortunate end.
Three-time IFMA Champion Alaverdi Ramazanov of Russia stunned the partisan Thai crowd after edging out hometown favorite Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai via unanimous decision in their ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest. From the opening bell, Ramazanov applied relentless pressure on Petchmorrakot as he outstruck and outworked the former Lumpinee Stadium World Champion with fiery combinations. Petchmorrakot effectively utilized his patented elbow strikes to fend off his opponent’s advances, but it was not enough to sway the attention of the three judges at ringside as Ramazanov emerged triumphant on their scorecards after three rounds of back-and-forth action.
Japanese grappling wizard Hayato Suzuki established his first winning streak in ONE Championship, pulling off a second-round submission victory over Robin Catalan of the Philippines. Right off the bat, Suzuki took matters to the mat and grinded out his Filipino opponent with his elite wrestling. Suzuki eventually sealed the deal in the second round as he fastened a wrenching rear naked choke to force the tap.
In a ONE Super Series Kickboxing contest, Muay Thai legend Singtongnoi Por Telakun of the Evolve Fight Team turned in a tremendous striking performance to defeat promotional newcomer Masahide Kudo of Japan. Behind pinpoint combinations and powerful kicks, Singtongnoi was confident of victory in the face of an aggressive opponent. A gruelling three round affair would end with all three judges scoring in favor of the 38-year-old former Lumpinee Stadium and WMC Muay Thai World Champion Singtongnoi.
Hometown favorite Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige of Thailand is back in the winner’s circle, following an impressive technical knockout victory over Bozhena “Toto” Antoniyar of Myanmar in the first round. Ishige had to overcome a fierce offensive from Antoniyar to start off, but once she was able to take the action to the ground, Ishige quickly took the back. From back mount position, Ishige began to unload elbows and punches until the referee called a halt to the contest.
In a ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest, Muay Thai superstar Petchdam Kaiyanghadao of Thailand made quick work of Kenny “The Pitbull” Tse of China, putting together a devastating showcase of his piston-like left roundhouse kick for fans in attendance. After a brief feeling out period, Petchdam began to unload his strongest weapon at will, and turned the lights out on Tse after he connected on one just over a minute into the bout.
China’s Fu Chang Xin turned in an impressive grappling performance, defeating Cambodia’s Rin Saroth in just two rounds. The Kun Khmer stylist Saroth tried to make it a standup contest early, but Fu used his grappling skills and took the action to the mat where he sunk in a deep rear naked choke to finish Saroth in the second round.
Setting the tone for an action-packed evening was a flyweight encounter between Ramon “The Bicolano” Gonzales of the Philippines and Dodi “Maung” Mardian of Indonesia. Driven to claim his second-straight victory on the ONE Championship stage, Gonzales put Mardian to sleep with a rear naked choke in the first round.
Official results for ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES
WBC Super Flyweight World Championship Bout bout: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai defeats Iran Diaz by Unanimous Decision (119-109, 120-108, 119-109) after 12 rounds
ONE Kickboxing Atomweight World Championship bout: Stamp Fairtex defeats Kai Ting Chuang by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds
Lightweight bout: Shinya Aoki defeats Ev Ting by Submission (Arm Triangle) at 0:57 minutes of round 1
ONE Super Series Kickboxing Lightweight bout: Anthony Njokuani defeats Andy Souwer by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
Catch Weight bout (67.4kgs): Muin Gafurov defeats Leandro Issa by Knockout (KO) at 2:24 minutes of round 1
ONE Super Series Kickboxing Heavyweight bout: Alain Ngalani vs. Andre Meunier ends in a No Contest (NC)
ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight bout: Alaverdi Ramazanov defeats Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai by Unanimous Decision (UD)
Strawweight bout: Hayato Suzuki defeats Robin Catalan by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:42 minutes of round 2
ONE Super Series Kickboxing Flyweight bout: Singtongnoi Por Telakun defeats Masahide Kudo by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Women’s Atomweight bout: Rika Ishige defeats Bozhena Antoniyar by Technical Knockout (TKO) at 2:48 minutes of round 1
ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight bout: Petchdam Kaiyanghadao defeats Kenny Tse by Knockout (KO) at 1:26 minutes of round 1
Bantamweight bout: Fu Chang Xin defeats Rin Saroth by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:04 minutes of round 2
Flyweight bout: Ramon Gonzales defeats Dodi Mardian by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:33 minutes of round 1
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On Saturday WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (46-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], aka Wisaksil Wangek, will defend his title against Mexican challenger Iran Diaz (14-2-3, 6) live on a major ONE Champion show in Bangkok.
Interestingly there is some gambling options on the bout, with bookmakers in the UK, US and Poland, among others, taking bets on the bout.
Essentially everywhere sees Srisaket as the favourite, with most sites having him at 1/20, or 1.25. That makes him close to unbackable. Diaz on the other hand is available 14/1 in the UK, which would be one of the biggest upsets of the year, but shows there is value in the Mexican.
Interestingly Polish bookies are carrying some additional markets. They have Srisaket priced at 1.15, or 3/20, to win by stoppage, whilst a decision win for the Thai is 4.75, or 15/4. A stoppage win for Diaz is a huge 11.00, or 10/1, and a decision for the Mexican is a huge 18.00, or 17/1.
The Polish also have the bout to last less than, or more than 4.5 rounds. The under has been priced at 1.75, or 3/4, whilst the over is 1.85, or 17/20.
Sadly neither the US bookies or UK ones appear to be carrying the additional markets for the bout.
Related Srisaket and Diaz clash at Kingdom of Heroes
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Tomorrow on the ONE Championship show in Bangkok fans will be able to see WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (46-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], aka Wisaksil Wangek, defending his title against Mexican challenger Iran Diaz (14-2-3, 6).
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in, and both men made the limit with room to spare, coming in comfortably under the 115lb limit.
On the scales the hard hitting champion was 114.6lbs and looked strong, powerful and mean. Diaz was slightly heavier, at 114.8lbs. Interestingly this is the lightest Diaz has been since December 2016, when he beat Hernan Marquez, and he clearly looked taller than Srisaket.
Notable the bout, and the entire Kingdom of Heroes show, will be streamed in certain markets on the ONE Championship youtube channel.
Related Srisaket and Diaz clash at Kingdom of Heroes
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This coming Saturday WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (46-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], aka Wisaksil Wangek, will defend his title against Mexican challenger Iran Diaz (14-2-3, 6) on the upcoming ONE Championship Kingdom of Heroes show.
Today the two men were involved in the build up to that event as they took part in a public work out and a face off, with Srisaket showing off a new look, having cut his hair since he beat Young Gil Bae earlier this year.
The Thai notably did his work out whilst fighting out of the orthodox stance. He looked as heavy handed as ever and very sharp. It's unclear why he didn't work out in his usual southpaw stance, though there is some suggestion that he was trying to confuse the Diaz camp or try to show there was more weapons in his arsenal than he has previous shown. Diaz also looked sharp though seemed more like a fighter who was excited by the occasion, rather than a fighter who believed he could score the biggest win of his career.
It's obvious this is set to be a huge occasion for the two fighters and today there was something to increase the significant of the fight a little bit more, with ONE Championship confirming that IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas would be ringside, with the intention likely being for him to challenge the winner.
Related - Srisaket and Diaz clash at Kingdom of Heroes
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