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[PHOTOS] Cambodia vs China: Kong Sambo, Zhang Chenglong fight at ‘ONE: Call to Greatness’ in Singapore

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Cambodia and China were among the 17 countries represented at “ONE: Call to Greatness.” It was the first ONE Championship event in 2019 to be held in Singapore.

Featuring six mixed martial arts matches, four kickboxing contests and one Muay Thai bout, “ONE: Call to Greatness” took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on February 22, 2019. In the fifth bout of the evening, Kong “Little White Dragon” Sambo, 23, of Cambodia faced “Muay Thai Boy” Zhang Chenglong, 21, of China.

Sambo was one of the two fighters who represented Cambodia at “ONE: Call to Greatness” while Zhang was the sole representative of China. Both made their ONE Super Series debut.

Blue Corner

Born in Beijing, China on October 17, 1997, Zhang started his Muay Thai training when he was 13 years old. He is training out of Shengli Fight Club and is a Top King Muay Thai World Champion.

In 2016, Zhang held the MAX Muaythai 63kg Silver Belt. In 2017, he was the Glory Featherweight Qualification Tournament Champion.

Red Corner

Training out of Kingdom Fight Gym in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Sambo is a Bacchus Kun Khmer Champion. He has been a practitioner of the Cambodian martial arts since 2002.

When Sambo was young, he enjoyed watching Cambodian boxers like Eh Phouthong and Thun Sophea competing internationally on TV. Sambo wants to compete internationally so he could help introduce Kun Khmer to the world. 

Fight Result

Sambo and Zhang competed in a kickboxing bout in the bantamweight division at “ONE: Call to Greatness.” Atsushi Onari served as their referee.

The two world-class strikers stood toe-to-toe and went back-and-forth as they traded blistering combinations. After three three-minute rounds, the bout was left in the hands of the judges.

In the end, Onari raised the hand of Zhang. The Chinese kickboxer was declared the winner via split decision.

Winning at “ONE: Call to Greatness” improved Zhang’s professional kickboxing and Muay Thai record to 47 wins, 12 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Sambo’s Kun Khme record of 68 wins, 18 losses and 6 draws was disclosed but not his professional kickboxing record.

“ONE” Call to Greatness” Main Event

In the main event of the evening, Stamp Fairtex, 21, of Thailand and Janet Todd, 33 of the U.S. competed for the inaugural ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Championship title. The Thai contender won via unanimous decision.

Argentina, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Call to Greatness.” Check the complete results here.

Here are Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson giving a “ONE: Call to Greatness” recap:

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