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[PHOTOS] Netherlands vs Nigeria: Regian Eersel, Anthony Njokuani fight at ‘ONE: Call to Greatness’ in Singapore

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The Netherlands and Nigeria 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 fourth bout of the evening, Regian “The Immortal” Eersel, 26, of the Netherlands faced Anthony “The Assassin” Njokuani, 38, of Nigeria.

Eersel was one of the two fighters who represented the Netherlands at “ONE: Call to Greatness.” Njokuani was the sole representative of Nigeria.

Blue Corner

Originally from Nigeria, Njokuani currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. He is training out of One Kick’s Gym in Las Vegas.

“ONE: Call to Greatness” marked Njokuani’s second ONE Super Series bout. When he made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” on October 6, 2018 at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, he defeated Andy “The Destroyer” Souwer, 35, of Amsterdam, Netherlands via split decision.

Red Corner

Originally from Suriname, Eersel was 4 years old when he and his family moved to Amsterdam, Netherlands. When he was 8 years old, he started his martial arts training with taekwondo.

Training out of Sityodtong Amsterdam, Eersel made his successful ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 20, 2018 by defeating Brad “Quake” Riddell, 26, of New Zealand. “ONE: Call to Greatness” marked the Surinamese-Dutch kickboxers second bout in ONE Championship’s striking-only league.

Fight Result

Eersel and Njokuani competed in a kickboxing bout in the lightweight division at “ONE: Call to Greatness” with Yuji Shimada as the referee. The Surinamese-Dutch kickboxer patiently waited for the right moment to pounce on his hard-hitting Nigerian-American opponent.

When Eersel saw a good opening to strike in the second round, he delivered a hard right hand and a follow-up knee to the midsection to send Njokuani to the canvas. The Nigerian-American kickboxer failed to answer the count of ten.

This compelled Shimada to halt the bout after 1 minute and 3 seconds in the second round. He raised the hand of Eersel, who was declared the winner via knockout.

Winning at “ONE: Call to Greatness” improved Eersel’s professional kickboxing and Muay Thai record to 53 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Njokuani now has 26 wins and 2 losses.

“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, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, 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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