Alma Juniku is ahead of the biggest challenge in her career to date. The Australian fighter goes up against the two-sport champion Nong “Stamp” Fairtex, aiming to steal ONE Atomweight Muay Thai title. The pair headlines the upcoming “Legendary Quest” event held on June 15 at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China.
Yet, for the Brisbane-based competitor the life is not all about heavy kicks and competition inside the ring. In a recent promo released by ONE Championship, Juniku shared several behind-the-scenes aspects of her personality, “so people can get to know me [her] not only as a fighter.
“I do such a manly sport, but I want people to see that I’m still sweet and feminine,” said Juniku, whose resume includes WBC World Super Flyweight Muay Thai title.
“I like to dress up and look pretty, because all the time I’m training, you’re sweaty and it just looks a bit rough. I like to mix it up and then have days where I look pretty.”
One can say Juniku joins the likes of “Muay Thai Barbie” Ekaterina Vandaryeva and MMA fighters Paige VanZant and Anastasia Yankova, who in addition to the world-class fighting bring “gloss and glamour” to the ring.
“I want people, females in particular, to know that they can do a tough sport, but still have that girly side, not being judged and looked at like they’re manly.”
Over the course of her career Alma Juniku defeated Brooke Farrell, Yolanda Schmidt, Zaza Sor Aree, among others. Although the challenger makes her first appearance at ONE Championship, she is aiming for Gold.
“I want to inspire, especially younger people, to train and make something out of it. I hope to inspire young women so they can chase after their dreams, whether it’s fighting or anything they want.”
The Nong “Stamp” Fairtex vs. Alma Juniku bout is scheduled for five rounds. ONE World Atomweight Muay Thai title is on the line.