With Aung La N Sang and Phoe Thaw spearheading Myanmar’s campaign in the forever-expanding landscape of mixed martial arts, Bozhena Antoniyar desires to follow in their footsteps by replicating their success in the sport.
The 23-year-old Yangon native is set to return to action on 6 October as she squares off with Thai martial arts darling Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige on the undercard of ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES, which emanates from the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
Bozhena Antoniyar promises another scintillating performance as she eyes a follow-up to her record-setting victory eight months ago. She believes that her self-confidence will be the key to success as she shares the ONE Championship ring with a more experienced mixed martial artist like Ishige.
“I know she is a good fighter with a good background in martial arts. Plus, she is more experienced than me. But one important key to success is self-confidence. That trait has always been with me in this journey. I look at things optimistically,” she stated.
Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds, Bozhena Antoniyar is confident that she could hoist Myanmar’s flag aloft at ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES.
A two-time national boxing champion, Bozhena Antoniyar made a sensational debut at ONE: QUEST FOR GOLD last February, defeating compatriot and fellow debutante Shwe Sin.
Bozhena Antoniyar made history on her first night as a ONE Championship competitor, not only that she became one of the first two Myanmar female athletes to compete in the promotion, but she also secured the fastest knockout and stoppage win in the organization’s atomweight bracket.
“The night when I made my ONE Championship debut is so memorable to me because I was given an opportunity to showcase my talent on a big stage. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance. It’s one of the main reasons that I strived to make a statement on my very first night,” she shared.
Bozhena Antoniyar needed only 24 seconds to finish Shwe Sin, easily converting a quick takedown attempt and then unloading a barrage of shots in rapid-fire succession to compel the referee to stop the contest.