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Nigeria’s Anthony Njokuani earns 1st ONE Super Series win

Anthony Njokuani

Anthony Njokuani

On October 6, 2018, Anthony “The Assassin” Njokuani, 38, of Nigeria and the United States made his debut in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series. He was the only Nigerian athlete who competed at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok.

“ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” featured eight ONE Super Series contests and six mix martial arts bouts. In the 10th bout of the evening, Njokuani competed in a kickboxing bout in the lightweight division against Andy “The Destroyer” Souwer, 35, of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

After three three-minute rounds, the kickboxing lightweight bout between Njokuani and Souwer was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, referee Atsushi Onari raised the hand of the Nigerian-American contender as the winner via split decision.

The win at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” improved Njokuani’s professional record to 26 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Souwer now has  160 wins, 21 losses and 1 draw.

In the co-main event of the evening, Stamp Fairtex, 20, of Pattaya, Thailand became the new ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion by dethroning Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Chinese Taipei. The Thai challenger won via unanimous decision.

In the main event, reigning World Boxing Council Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Sisaket, Thailand and his challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 28, of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico competed in 12 rounds of boxing. The Thai defending champion retained his title by winning via unanimous decision.

Watch the “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” livestreaming here:

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