Zhang Peimian, well known by his ring name “Fighting Rooster,” is aware that he is the betting favorite for his bout against Rui Botelho at ONE Fight Night 16. But the Chinese athlete is not going to let that get to him. He is determined.
On Friday, November 3, the Shengli Fight Club athlete will make his fifth professional appearance when he competes in a key strawweight kickboxing match. This match has the potential to provide him another opportunity to win the championship for his division.
However, before the 20-year-old sensation can even dream of walking out of the legendary Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, with his hand raised, he must first realize that he cannot afford to play games against an athlete with the level of expertise that Botelho possesses.
This is what the Chinese phenom had to say about the strength of the Portuguese striker while he was speaking to ONE Championship.
According to Zhang Peimian:
“He is considerably older and more experienced than I am. He has a solid technique, and the people he has competed against in the past have been quite good. A further disadvantage for me is that he is both taller and heavier than I am.
The 28-year-old kickboxer from Mafra, Botelho, may not have had the most successful run on the global stage of ONE, but he has only been in the ring with some of the best kickboxers in the world.
In addition, the European kickboxing champion’s years of expertise at the top of the striking mountain mean that he is only prepared with a more full arsenal against an opponent who is over ten years younger than him.
When Zhang Peimian and Botelho clash inside the renowned venue on Friday, November 3, during primetime in the United States, the fans are in for a real treat no matter how the match turns out. Botelho and Zhang Peimian are sure to put on a show.
At the very least for the Chinese sensation, a victory might solidify his standing as the next in line to challenge Jonathan Di Bella for his world title in the strawweight division of kickboxing.
Fans in the United States and Canada who have an active subscription to Amazon Prime Video will not have to pay anything extra to see the entirety of the ONE Fight Night 16 card live and online.