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Hiroki Akimoto Targeting World Title Tilt In Return To ONE Championship



Following an inactive 2023, former ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Champion Hiroki Akimoto is hungry to start the upcoming year with a bid to reclaim the gold.

The Japanese jouster was last seen in action in November 2022 at ONE 163, where he lost the World Title to Petchtanong Petchfergus by a narrow split decision. The belt was later vacated by his Thai rival, however, and Akimoto watched closely when it was contested at ONE Fight Night 16 earlier this month.

On 4th November, reigning bantamweight Muay Thai king Jonathan Haggerty claimed the coveted strap with a second-round knockout of MMA titleholder Fabricio Andrade. Despite an enthralling battle, Akimoto was left unimpressed by both men’s output.

“I expected a fast fight because it was a bantamweight fight, but I didn’t see a lot of speed from both fighters,” he told South China Morning Post. 

“I think I have more speed [than them].”

Highly regarded as one of the best kickboxers on the planet, Hiroki Akimoto amassed an impressive 7-1 record in ONE Championship, which included winning the World Title against Capitan Petchyindee in March 2022, before parting ways with the crown.

Now keen to get back to work, the 31-year-old believes his credentials warrant an immediate shot at Haggerty’s newly acquired gold. 

He has been waiting for the perfect time to return, and with ONE Championship rumored to be visiting his homeland in early 2024, the Japanese star would love to challenge “The General” in front of his compatriots.

“My skills deserve a title shot. Haggerty versus Akimoto will be the most exciting fight for the fans. That’s why fans are talking about it. That’s the reason I should get the title shot,” Akimoto stated.

“If Haggerty goes to a different division, maybe it’s not me, but if Haggerty is fighting bantamweight kickboxing, the opponent has to be me. If there’s a Japan event, of course, I definitely want to fight there.”


Veronica Hardy “That’s Something That’s EXTREMELY DANGEROUS”



UFC athlete Veronica Hardy joins us ahead of her upcoming fight against Jamey-Lyn Horth on December 2nd for the UFC’s return to Austin, Texas!

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Walter Goncalves Aiming For Muay Thai Superstardom Before Returning To MMA



Following a short-lived venture into mixed martial arts, #2-ranked flyweight Muay Thai contender Walter Goncalves is returning to his bread and butter with a declared mission statement. 

“Iron Hands” is set to meet Jacob Smith on Saturday, 9th December, at ONE Fight Night 17: Kryklia vs. Roberts inside Bangkok, Thailand’s Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, and he’s planning to reassert himself in the stacked division.

Goncalves stepped into MMA for the first time against Banma Duoji this past June at ONE Fight Night 12. Though he was beaten by the Chinese prodigy that evening, he showcased his potential throughout the gritty affair. 

With his debut in the all-encompassing sport out of the way, the Brazilian star is now focused on winning the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship. That said, he fully expects to return to MMA down the line.

“As it was my first MMA fight, it was an incredible feeling. There’s no way to describe it. I just know that I want to fight MMA more often, and I’m going to train a lot more for that. One day, I want to be an MMA World Champion,” Goncalves said.

“I want to achieve my goal of becoming a Muay Thai World Champion. I feel like it’s something that’s closest to me as it’s where I feel most confident and comfortable.”

Goncalves’ last Muay Thai victory came at ONE 157 in May 2022, coincidentally the last time fans saw his upcoming foe Smith in action.

The British star’s lone outing in ONE saw him take flyweight Muay Thai king Rodtang Jitmuangnon all three rounds.

He’s been sidelined with injuries since, but Goncalves isn’t taking the Birkenhead banger lightly. He’s a student of the game and has been paying close attention to Smith’s skills ahead of their meeting. 

“I watched Jacob Smith’s fight against Rodtang, and I saw that he is a strong guy, that he moves forward all the time, that wherever he hits, he hurts his opponent, and that he also takes hits well,” he analyzed. 

“I believe that the strength of my blows will make a difference in this fight in my favor. I’ll try to explore the gaps in his game. I don’t know how it will play out, but I really hope that I can get a knockout victory.” 

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Seksan Dreams Of Fighting Around The World, Wants Sean Clancy Rematch



After six successful outings in ONE Championship’s Friday Fight series, Seksan Or Kwanmuang took his striking skills to the biggest stage the promotion has at ONE Fight Night 16, which went out live in U.S. primetime via Prime Video, this weekend and left with another decisive victory.

The Thai veteran kept his perfect record alive in ONE with a unanimous decision win over debuting star Karim Bennoui at Bangkok, Thailand’s Lumpinee Boxing Stadium on 4th November, having accepted a last-minute opponent change.

Seksan was originally set to take on Johan Estupinan, but he settled for Bennoui after the Colombian contender pulled out. 

And after all nine minutes had been fought, he was quick to credit his Algerian adversary. 

“Yes I was surprised. He’s an incredible fighter, he got kneed, he got kicked, but he was still standing,” Seksan said. 

“It was a bit difficult for me to make adjustments because as you know it’s a bit of short notice. I also watched some of his previous fights, and he seemed to be a very tough fighter. Today he was tough, and I’m happy I was able to win.”

The 34-year-old’s ultra-aggressive fighting style has seen him become one of the biggest stars to come out of the ONE Friday Fights series. 

And having brought that fire to his U.S. primetime debut, Seksan wants to take it one step further and showcase his talents worldwide. 

ONE has plans to conquer new markets in 2024, including a return to America for at least four shows next year, after the success of the inaugural show there in May. Should he feature on one of those cards, “The Man Who Yields To No One” would ideally like to rematch Sean Clancy. 

The gritty gunslingers met this past April at ONE Friday Fights 14, where Seksan’s clinical elbows opened up wounds on the durable Irishman and forced the doctor to stop the contest in the second round. 

Despite earning the victory, Seksan believes his battle with Clancy still had a ways to go. And he would like three more rounds to slug it out with him.

“Yes, I would love to go fight in the US or in other countries that would be one of my dreams. But for the next opponent, I’m not sure. It’s actually up to ONE Championship, up to my promoter, anyone I can face 140lbs,” he said.

“If possible I would like to get a rematch with Sean Clancy. Because he got an elbow and a TKO loss, but for me, I feel like he still had enough energy to keep going. If possible I would like to fight him.”

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