Whereas he believed that the unification bout between heavyweights Anatoly Malykhin and Arjan Bhullar may have given extra, ONE CEO and Chairman Chatri Sityodtong nonetheless praised the 2 fighters for placing up a enjoyable battle.
The 2 high heavyweights lastly met to unify the division belt on June 23 at ONE Friday Fights 22 on the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok.
Former ONE interim heavyweight world champion Anatoly Malykhin despatched erstwhile titleholder Arjan Bhullar to a third-round technical knockout (punches) loss to turn into the undisputed king of the division.
Regardless of an injured leg, the Russian fighter was dominant proper from the get-go, steadily tearing down Arjan Bhullar with highly effective strikes. It will definitely got here to an finish on the 2:42 mark of the third spherical with ‘Singh’ Bhullar down on the mat, unable to search out an escape from the pounding of ‘Sladkiy’ which prompted the referee to wave off the competition.
Chatting with the South China Morning Publish following ONE Friday Fights 22, Chatri Sityodtong mentioned that the heavyweight unification bout didn’t go the thunderous route he was anticipating, nevertheless it was nonetheless a very good and enjoyable battle.
The ONE govt mentioned:
“Hats off to each of them for giving a very good battle, regardless of them not acting at their finest ranges in my view. I believed it was nonetheless a enjoyable battle. It simply wasn’t the extent that they usually function at or compete at.”
Watch the interview under:
The victory made Anatoly Malykhin, who can be the sunshine heavyweight king, a bona-fide double ONE world champion. It additionally prolonged his undefeated skilled blended martial arts report to 13-0, with the final 5 coming underneath ONE Championship.
He’s now focusing on a 3rd world title, setting his sights on Dutch champion Reinier de Ridder and his ONE middleweight world title.
Replay of ONE Friday Fights 22 is offered on ONE Championship’s YouTube web page.
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