Muay Thai prodigy Nabil Anane, who was only 19 years old at the time, was determined to compete in ONE Championship after watching his friends compete within the Circle and find early success.
On Friday, the much anticipated promotional debut of Anane will take place when ONE returns to its home away from home, the illustrious Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, for a show that features a number of exciting bouts on the ONE Friday Fights 22 card. The event will be headlined by a heavyweight championship unification match, which will feature Arjan Bhullar making his return to face Anatoly Malykhin, a fan favorite from Russia. The event will emanate from the Mecca of Muay Thai.
Before the two behemoths collide beneath the brilliant lights of the east’s most famous arena, Nabil Anane will aim to start off his ONE Championship career by taking off one of the finest attackers in the sport, Superlek Kiatmoo9. This match will take place before the fight between the two behemoths will take place. Anane talked about the motivation he gained from watching his comrades at the Venum Training Camp in Pattaya make their own step to the largest stage in martial arts before he made his first walk to the ring.
In a recent interview with the promotion, Anane said the following: “When I saw that a lot of fighters from my camp started to join ONE Championship, that’s when I dreamed of joining too, like Alaverdi [Ramazanov] and Samy [Sana],” Anane said. “I was there for the ONE and saw them fight.”
Nabil Anane, who is still a teenager, has already made history by being the youngest-ever Muay Thai world champion. He won the titles at 126 and 135 pounds in a little over a year’s time, making him the youngest champion in the history of the WBC. Anane already has 33 wins to his name in his career, but he is hoping to achieve his biggest triumph to yet and prove to the rest of the world that he can compete with the very best in the industry.
On June 23, viewers in North America will be able to watch Superlek vs. Anane at ONE Friday Fights 22 live and without charge on the YouTube channel of ONE Championship.