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[PHOTOS] Australia vs Japan: Josh Tonna, Hiroki Akimoto fight at ‘ONE: Hero’s Ascent’ in the Philippines

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Australia and Japan were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” It is the second ONE Championship event in 2019.

Featuring one kickboxing contest, four Muay Thai matches and nine mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the sixth bout of the evening, Josh “Time Bomb” Tonna, 30, of Canberra, Australia faced Hiroki Akimoto of Japan.

Blue Corner

Akimoto is training out of Evolve MMA. He is a multi-time champion in Kyokushin karate.

Red Corner

Tonna is training out of Stockdale Training Centre. He is the former World Muaythai Council International Muay Thai Champion.

Fight Result

Tonna faced Akimoto in a kickboxing bout in the flyweight division. Atsushi Onari served as the referee.

After three rounds, the kickboxing contest was left in the hands of the judges. Onari raised the hand of Akimoto, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Losing to Akimoto at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” downgraded Tonna’s professional record to 31 wins and 17 losses. On the other hand, the Japanese kickboxer maintained his undefeated kickboxing record and now has 20 wins and 0 loss.

“ONE: Hero’s Ascent” Main Events

In the co-main event, Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 29, of Benguet, Philippines and Lowen Tynanes, 28, of Hawaii, United States competed in the first bout of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarter-finals. The Hawaiian fighter knocked out his Filipino opponent in the first round.

In the main event, Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 30, of Brazil challenged reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines. The challenger dethroned the defending champion via unanimous decision.

Algeria, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” Check the complete results here.

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