According to Dmitry Menshikov, having a difficult childhood helped him become a more skilled fighter.

Dmitry Menshikov is one example of an athlete who attributes a significant part of their success to the environment in which they were raised. This is something that combat athletes throughout history have frequently cited as a significant contributor to their overall growth.

Menshikov spent his formative years in the frigid Russian city of Prokopyevsk. He attributes his current fighting prowess to the harsh life he endured, particularly the subzero winters he experienced as a boy.

The Russian slugger will bring that steely determination when he makes his ONE Championship debut this Friday, US primetime, against Regian Eersel, who is a world champion in two different sports. The fight will take place at ONE Fight Night 11: Eersel vs. Menshikov.

Menshikov explained to ONE Championship in an interview that he and his fellow fighters from Prokopyevsk have adapted to the severe winters by training in the gym until their arms fall off.

Even though we have a severe winter with temperatures that can drop as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit, we don’t get cold since we work out at the gym. Workouts and the yelling of our coach keep us nice and toasty.

Because of his dogged mentality, Menshikov is now considered to be one of the most terrifying strikers in the world today.

The 25-year-old boxer currently holds a career record of 27-1 and has knocked out 19 of his opponents. Menshikov also comes into ONE Championship riding a winning streak of 11 consecutive bouts.

Menshikov, on the other hand, will make his debut by going directly into the lions’ den.

The reigning world champion in lightweight kickboxing and Muay Thai for ONE Championship is Eersel, and his performance in the ONE Championship has been nothing short of remarkable so far. “The Immortal” has a perfect record of 10-0 in the organization, including a perfect record of 7-0 in battles for world titles.

ONE Fight Night 11 will take place in the illustrious Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, and will be shown live and without charge to all Prime Video users in North America.

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