Sam-a Gaiyanghadao vs. Jonathan Haggerty headlines ONE: For Honor
Sam-a Gaiyanghadao in Muay Thai action / Pic: ONE Championship

Sam-a Gaiyanghadao vs. Jonathan Haggerty headlines ONE: For Honor

Following a sensational debut in Japan made this past weekend, Asian promotion ONE Championship announced its return to Indonesia scheduled for May 3. The event bill as “ONE: For Honor” takes place at Istora Senayan in Jakarta featuring the defending flyweight Muay Thai champion Sam-a Gaiyanghadao up against Jonathan Haggerty.

“Over the course of a stellar 25-year career spanning more than 400 bouts, multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Sam-A has captured titles across several weight classes, and is now known as one of the very best Muay Thai kickboxers of all time,” reads the announcement sent out by the promotion.

“Born to a family of farmers in Buriram, a province in northeastern Thailand, Sam-A began his competitive Muay Thai career at the young age of 9. Seeking to take his career to the next level, Sam-A moved to Bangkok when he was 15 years old, and he began training at the famed Petchyindee Muay Thai academy before making his debut at the prestigious Rajadamnern and Lumpinee stadiums. His hard work and dedication soon paid off as he blazed a trail in the sport to emerge as a living legend in the ring.

The challenger, Haggerty, is already an accomplished martial artist, despite his relative youth. He began training in Muay Thai at the age of 7 under the watchful eye of his father, John, who was himself an active competitor.

Haggerty quickly racked up multiple accolades in the sport of Muay Thai as an amateur becoming a three-time English Champion, three-time British Champion, and winning a European title as well. As a professional, his resume is still growing, but he has dominated almost everyone he has faced to date, winning almost all of his bouts via knockout while facing the sport’s elite. Now he gets the chance to challenge Muay Thai legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao for the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Title.”

The Sam-a Gaiyanghadao vs. Jonathan Haggerty championship bout is scheduled for five rounds with the fighters battling it out in MMA gloves, traditional for ONE Championship. Other matchups featured on the card are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.