ONE Championship Honors Thai Superstar of the Past as Esteemed Guests at Upcoming Event

Known as the largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship will break new ground at the much-awaited ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES on Saturday, 6 October.

For the first time in the promotion’s history, a boxing match will take place in the main event, which features two of the best super flyweight pugilists on the planet.

Thai national hero Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is scheduled to defend his WBC Super Flyweight World Championship against Mexican challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

Ensuring a festive week heading to its highly-anticipated live event in Bangkok, Thailand, ONE Championship will roll out the red carpet for renowned Thai legends who will be sitting at ringside to witness the action.

Former boxing titleholder Chatchai Sasakul will join fellow Thai combat sports pillars like Rambaa Somdet, Manus Boonjumnong, Saen Sor Ploenchit, Muangchai Kittikasem and Dieselnoi Chor Thanasukarn as esteemed guests of ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES.

One of the most successful pugilists that well-entrenched Thai boxing scene has ever produced, Sasakul held the WBC Flyweight World Championship for nearly two years before relinquishing it to Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao in December 1998.

Recognized for his moniker “M-16” due to his lightning-fast striking ability, Somdet is a 44-year-old Thai kickboxer, who is known for his stints in mixed martial arts organizations such as Shooto, DEEP, Pacific Xtreme Combat and Palace Fighting Championship.

Meanwhile, Boonjumnong carved his niche on the amateur boxing stage by winning the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

After a bridesmaid finish at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Boonjumnong turned professional seven years later, piling up a record of 5-1 with three knockouts.

On the other hand, Saen gained prominence in the 1990’s due to his similarities in style with the legendary Pone Kingpetch, which paved the way for him to win the WBA Flyweight World Championship.

Another popular Thai boxing name to grace ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES is Kittikasem, who became the first pugilist to win world titles in two different weight classes.

Lastly, Dieselnoi played an important role in the period known as the “Golden Era of Muay Thai,” bolstering the sport’s popularity across the globe with his fan-friendly style in the ring.

ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES is set to take place at the state-of-the-art Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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