ONE X: Chingiz Allazov, Filipino bets shine in lead card
SINGAPORE–A couple of thrilling stoppages and the crowning of a new Grand Prix champion highlighted the first part of the packed ONE X anniversary card at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Chingiz Allazov copped the ONE featherweight kickboxing Grand Prix title after a unanimous decision victory over Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong in the final bout of the lead card.
Senzo Ikeda kicked off the 20-fight event with a second round technical knockout of fellow Japanese fighter Ryuto Sawada in their strawweight bout.
Ikeda couldn’t help but heave a sigh of relief with the victory, having failed the initial hydration test on Friday ahead of the face-off.
South Korean’s Kang Jiwon also pulled off an impressive knockout of Paul Elliott in the heavyweight contest.
Kang sent Elliott crashing with a powerful right hook to the ching 58 seconds into the match, earning him a $50,000 bonus from ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong.
Thailand’s Sinsamut Klinmee also received the hefty bonus after his phenomenal knockout of Nieky Holzken 1:39 into the second round of their lightweight Muay Thai bout.
The returning hometown bet Amir Khan secured a split decision victory over Ryogo Takahashi in the featherweight.
“I know it was very close fight but last two rounds I just stuck to my game plan,” said Khan.
Both submission grappling matches between Danielle Kelly and Mei Yamaguchi (atomweight) and Reinier de Ridder and Andre Galvao (middleweight), meanwhile, ended in a draw as no fighter were able to submit their opponents in all 12 minutes.
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