As the current holder of the ONE bantamweight Muay Thai world championship, Jonathan Haggerty has no intention of extending the duration of his forthcoming title defense. Instead, he intends to finish challenger Felipe Lobo as quickly as possible.
At the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, on February 16, ‘The General’ will defend his world title against ‘The Demolition Man’ at ONE Fight Night 19, which will be broadcast on Prime Video.
It will be Haggerty’s first attempt to defend the championship belt that he won in April of the previous year by knocking out Nong-O Hama, who had previously held the title for a significant amount of time.
After adding the vacant bantamweight kickboxing gold back in November with a second-round knockout of the division’s MMA king Fabricio Andrade in an all-champion showdown, the British striker is looking to get a win at ONE Fight Night 19 that will keep him standing as a two-sport ONE world champion. He is hoping to keep his status as a world champion in all of these sports.
In an interview with ONE Championship, Jonathan Haggerty shared his mental state before to his title fight with Lobo, saying that he was thinking about the following:
“I’m going to come out of the blocks with a bang, find the shots early on in the first round, and hopefully find what I’m looking for to get the job done,” I said. I always make sure to get ready for a battle that lasts for five rounds, but if you can win in the first or second round, then there’s no reason not to.
Haggerty will face Lobo, who is competing for the ONE bantamweight Muay Thai world title for the second time after failing to win the title the first time around, at ONE Fight Night 19. Lobo will be Haggerty’s opponent.
In March of 2022, the Brazilian fighter, who was thirty years old at the time, battled Nong-O, a former champion, but he was knocked out in the third round. However, he was able to recover in his subsequent bout, which was against Thai Saemapetch Fairtex in April of the previous year. He knocked out Fairtex in the third round of the fight.
Existing Prime Video customers in North America will not be charged to watch ONE Fight Night 19, which will be broadcast live during primetime in the United States on February 16.
Jonathan Haggerty vows to make Felipe Lobo work at ONE Fight Night 19
From the beginning to the end of his defense of the ONE bantamweight Muay Thai world title, which will take place later this month, British champion striker Jonathan Haggerty is going to deliver the thunder at every turn. Furthermore, he desires that the challenger Felipe Lobo is fully aware of the fact.
On February 16, in Bangkok, Thailand, the two will be the features of ONE Fight Night 19, which will be broadcast on Prime Video.
As the headlining battle was about to begin, “The General” issued a warning that he has Lobo read as a fighter and that he would make full use of what he knows about him in order to force him to work throughout the fight and ultimately cause him to lose.
ONE Championship was informed by Jonathan Haggerty that:
“I have the impression that Felipe begins very slowly, and he has a boxing style that is extremely Thai; however, you can’t relax like that when you’re competing against me.Should you decide to put it on him, he will not be pleased with it, and he will fall apart.
Haggerty, who was born in Orpington, England, won the bantamweight Muay Thai world championship in April of the previous year. He did so by knocking out Nong-O Hama, who had been the champion for a long time, in the first round.
Following that, in November, he added the unclaimed gold in the bantamweight division of ONE Championship to his collection, thereby becoming a world champion in two different sports.