But if there’s one fighter who can end Russian dominance, it’s Chinese kickboxing prodigy Zhang Pimien. The 18-year-old striker from Shengli Fight Club has an impressive career record of 15-1-1. In his ONE debut, he defeated former ONE world title challenger Josh Tona.
Zhang came up with a brilliant game plan to lighten up his legs with heavy kicks against Tona. “The Fighting Rooster” received a major shock after scoring a knockout in the second round and a US$50,000 performance assist from Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.
July 22 at ONE 159: De Ridder vs. Singapore Indoor Stadium. Fighting Pride of Shenzhen will take on Zikri in a strawweight kickboxing swing on the main card of BigDash.
A win against Russia would make him a serious contender. But while he knows his foe’s advantages, Zhang has no doubts he can beat the 2021 IFMA World Championships gold medalist.
“Zhikriev is in second place [in Muay Thai]With extensive skill and flexible footwork. He has advantages in height, weight and age, but I will not be pressured,” Zhang said.
“I want to fight the best opponents. i can’t wait I am confident of beating him [ONE Strawweight Kickboxing] World title shot.”
But Zhikriev feels that he has the physical advantages, Zhang’s speed and power can intimidate his more experienced opponent. Hence, it promises an exciting showdown that could lead to a world championship.
However, he does not do anything special to prepare for Zikriev. Zhang has been going through his regular training at Tiger Muay Thai to polish his arsenal. These tools will be necessary to adjust his approach, especially when Zhikriev makes a mistake.
“After the last match [against Tonna], I still focused on basic training as before. Solid foundational skills help a lot with my engaging style. My physical fitness, heavy hitting and body conditioning have improved,” Zhang said.
“The game plan is still based on my usual fighting style. I am ready to perform at any time and can quickly adjust my strategy in the circle. I will give an impressive performance and challenge for the World Championship.”
ONE 159: De Ridder Vs. on Lead Card on Disney+ Hotstar or Star Sports Select 1 Check out BigDash, starting Friday, July 22 at 3:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the main card broadcasts live on Disney+ Hotstar and Star Sports Select 1. 6 PM IST.
Source: Media Release
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