Muay Thai star Yodsanklai Fairtex takes on Russian competitor Jamal Yusupov this Saturday, November 16 in Beijing, China. The contest is featured on the fight card billed as ONE Age of Dragons. The pair squares off in a three-round Muay Thai bout at 73 kg catchweight, battling it out in small MMA gloves.
The official open workout was held earlier today (November 13). Talking to media Yodsanklai said he remains committed to reaching his goal of becoming a ONE world champion.
Earlier in his career “The Boxing Computer” won prestigious Lumpinee Boxing Stadium championship in flyweight and welterweight classes, as well as held WBC Super Welterweight, WMC and Lion Fight Middleweight titles, among others. In addition, the famed Thai fighter is the winner of The Contender Asia (2008).
“It’s such a huge challenge to compete here in ONE Super Series. Everyone is very high level and you really cannot dwell too much on losses,” said Yodsanklai Fairtex
“Jamal Yusupov is a lot like me. We have similar styles. He is very strong and aggressive. It will be an interesting fight. Let us see what happens. I expect nothing for myself but victory, and of course, I’m always looking for the finish.”
ONE Age of Dragons is headlined by Ilias Ennahachi in defense of his flyweight kickboxing title against Wang Wenfeng. The champion said he is familiar with his opponent. The pair meets for the third time.
“I think we know each other very well. I’ve fought against him twice already. I’m ready to put this rivalry behind me,” said Ennahachi.
“I know the Chinese people will be cheering for their athlete. I’m prepared for that and I’m honored to be competing here in Beijing. But a fight is a fight. It does not matter where it takes place. I am more than ready to show the world what I am capable of. The feeling is indeed different because when I challenged for the title, I had nothing to lose. And now that I am the champion, I have my belt on the line. All preparations for this fight have gone according to plan. Now the only thing left is to execute.”
Wangfeng said that “challenging for the ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship is such a huge honor and I will seize it. I also want to thank all the Chinese fans for the support. I look forward to putting on a show this Saturday night. Ilias Ennahachi is a tough warrior. He’s a worthy champion. But now, it’s my time and I’m coming to take the belt.”
The co-main event is a battle for the inaugural ONE light heavyweight kickboxing belt between Tarik Khbabez and Roman Kryklia. The rest of the card features a series of kickboxing, Muay Thai and MMA bouts.