Jonathan Haggerty faces Rodtang Jitmuangnon in defense of his ONE Flyweight Muay Thai title
Jonathan Haggerty defends his ONE Flyweight Muay Thai title against Rodtang Jitmuangnon on August 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. The pair squares off in the scheduled for five rounds bout serving as a co-headliner of the event billed as “Dawn of Heroes”.
Haggerty won title by unanimous decision against former champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao in May. At the official press conference conducted on July 30 the champion thanked everyone in attendance and stated that he was going go stay champion.
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“I want to thank everyone for coming out today. Ever since I was a little boy, this has been my dream, being up here on the big stage among legends like Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez,” Jonathan Haggerty said. “I’m fighting Rodtang Jitmuangnon. He’s a very come-forward fighter. I’ve been training hard. I know what I’m going to expect and I have a game plan which I always do. Last May, I defeated Sam-A Gaiyanghadao for the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai world title. This title is going to be staying with me. This is what I do. This is what I love. I’m here to stay champion.”
In his previous bout also in May, Rodtang stopped Sok Thy in the second round. The challenger makes his second appearance in front of the Filipino crowd, battling it out in the “most important bout of his career”.
“This is my second time to compete in Manila and this is the biggest card ever in Philippine history. This is also the most important bout of my career,” Rodtang Jitmuangnon said. “Fighting for a world title in ONE Championship is something every fighter dreams of. To all my fans around the world, please support me this coming Friday. I will do my best.”
In the main event of ONE: Dawn of Heroes Martin Nguyen defends his featherweight title against Koyomi Matsushima. The complete fight card can be found here.