Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang is planning to defy odds once again as she makes her first defense of the ONE Kickboxing Atomweight World Championship on Saturday, 6 October.
The 23-year-old Chinese champion puts her intricately-crafted hardware on the line against Thailand’s Stamp Fairtex in the co-main event of ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES, which takes place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
Chuang is taking the most extreme gamble of her budding professional kickboxing career when she crosses paths with Stamp in the promotion’s return trip to Bangkok, which is headlined by a 12-round boxing bout between WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Mexican challenger Iran Diaz.
Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds, Chuang believes that great risks result to greater rewards as she has an opportunity to establish herself as one of the premier strikers on the planet by claiming a victory over a highly-touted Muay Thai practitioner such as Stamp.
“It’s a huge honor, but it also means a huge responsibility. I can do better, and I feel like I can still make a lot of progress. I am looking forward to the next challenge and defending my golden belt,” she said.
Stamp, a two-division Northeastern Thailand Champion, jumped at the opportunity to challenge for the ONE Kickboxing Atomweight World Championship, opting to return to her striking roots after her brief foray into mixed martial arts.
Coincidentally, it was her move into mixed martial arts that helped bring about her chance to compete for ONE Championship gold as she was recently featured on Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series.
A fantastic 19-second knockout at the ONE Warrior Series Mid-Season 2 Finale revealed her Muay Thai excellence, and with Chuang needing a fresh challenger, Stamp’s return to stand-up competition seemed like an obvious choice.
Although her Thai opponent boasts an outstanding curriculum vitae as a kickboxer, Chuang is not overly concerned.
“I see many ways that this fight could go. Fighters always need to be prepared for a variety of different outcomes. I have to get ready to beat under any circumstance. This will be a long fight, and I need to prepare for it,” she said.
Aside from the experience advantage, Chuang also knows that she will be conceding home advantage to Stamp, who will be challenging for the title in front of her home crowd in Bangkok
However, Chuang stressed that the cheers for her opponent will only serve to spur her on to success on what promises to be a memorable night in Thailand.
“There will be many Thais in the audience, but I’m pretty sure I can’t understand anything they will be saying, so I will take it as them cheering for me,” she joked. “I want to give a wonderful fight, and add surprises every time, so that people remember me.”
Her profile as a competitor might not be as imposing as Stamp’s standing in the sport, but Chuang believes that she will raise her stock as a competitor if she gets her hand raised against the razzle-dazzle Thai dynamo.
“I believe in myself more, I have more confidence, and I feel like I am where I am supposed to be. I always knew I had potential, and now I am starting to show it,” she declared.
Chuang acknowledges Stamp’s talent as a kickboxer, but she assures all and sundry that she will walk into the ONE Championship ring on Saturday with an uncompromising faith in her abilities.
“I believe in my team, I am going to listen to my team, and we are going to get it done,” she mentioned. “I enjoy training when I have big obstacles. I enjoy the fire inside me. I want a challenge. I want people to really think it is impossible for me to win because that is when I am going to show them wrong.”