Superlek Kiatmoo9 is certain that he already possesses an adequate response to Tagir Khalilov’s formidable knockout power.
After earning a first-round knockout against ONE debutant Nabil Anane at ONE Friday Fights 22 last month, ‘The Kicking Machine’ will make a rapid turnaround on July 14. When he faces off against the Russian superstar Tagir Khalilov at the illustrious Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, he will be looking to achieve another significant victory in the art of eight limbs.
It was originally planned for ‘Samingpri’ to compete against Elias Mahmoudi at ONE Fight Night 12 on Prime Video; however, a last-minute reshuffling of the card has placed him against one of the most well-known strikers in the history of all combat sports. Khalilov comes into the fight having knocked out Chorfah Tor Sangtiennoi and Black Panther in the first round in each of his last two fights, which took place between December and January.
As for how ‘The Kicking Machine’ intends to deal with Khalilov’s enormous power, Superlek revealed the following information to ONE Championship:
I will never be able to under estimate his power, so I am preparing myself for counterattacks.
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Following Superlek’s sensational victory at ONE Friday Fights 22, the flyweight Muay Thai clash between Superlek and Tagir Khalilov will take place at ONE Fight Night 12 on Prime Video.
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In 2021, Tagir Khalilov made his promotional debut by engaging in a kickboxing match against ‘The Iron Man’ Rodtang Jitmuangnon. Khalilov was defeated by a razor-thin margin, receiving the unfavorable side of a split decision; nonetheless, he has since earned victories in the flyweight division of kickboxing on two separate occasions, securing the fifth position overall in the rankings.
After defeating Daniel Puertes in January via a unanimous decision, Superlek is currently sitting as the reigning world champion in the flyweight division of ONE Kickboxing. When “The Kicking Machine” competes on Friday night, it will be his fourth bout of 2023, making him one of the most active fighters in ONE Championship (if not the most active fighter overall).
On July 14, U.S. primetime, Amazon Prime Video subscribers in North America will be able to watch the whole ONE Fight Night 12 event live and for free.