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[PHOTOS] China vs Cyprus: Zhang Chenglong, Panicos Yusuf fight at ‘ONE: Warriors of Light’ in Thailand

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China and Cyprus were among the 15 countries represented at “ONE: Warriors of Light.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 held in Thailand.

Featuring three kickboxing contests, four Muay Thai matches and five mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on May 10, 2019. The seventh bout of the evening was between “Muay Thai Boy” Zhang Chenglong, 21, of China and Panicos Yusuf, 33, of Limassol, Cyprus.

While Zhang was one of the two fighters who represented China at “ONE: Warriors of Light,” Yusuf was one of the two representatives of Cyprus. Algeria, Australia, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Portugal, Thailand and the United States were also represented.

Blue Corner

A martial artist of Cypriot and Filipino descent, Yusuf moved to Manchester, England in 2005 to be with his wife and opened his own gym there named All Powers Gym. “ONE: Warriors of Light” marked his fourth ONE Super Series bout.

After defeating Han Zi Hao, 23, of China at “ONE: Reign of Kings” in Philippines on July 27, 2018, Yusuf lost to Muangthai P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym of Thailand at “ONE: Heart of the Lion” in Singapore on November 9, 2018. The Cypriot-Filipino martial artist defeated Mohammed “Jordan Boy” Bin Mahmoud, 22, of Malaysia at “ONE: A New Era” in Japan on March 31, 2019.

Red Corner

Born in Beijing, China on October 17, 1997, Zhang started his Muay Thai training when he was 13 years old. Training out of Shengli Fight Club, he is a Top King Muay Thai World Champion and held the MAX Muaythai 63kg Silver Belt in 2016 and the Glory Featherweight Qualification Tournament Championship title in 2017.

“ONE: Warriors of Light” marked Zhang’s second ONE Super Series bout. On February 22, 2019, he defeated Kong “Little White Dragon” Sambo, 23, of Cambodia  at “ONE: Call to Greatness” in Singapore.

Fight Result

Zhang and Yusuf competed in an kickboxing match in the bantamweight division. Elias Dolaptsis served as the referee.

After three three-minute rounds, the bantamweight contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Dolaptsis raised the hand of Zhang, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Warriors of Light” improved the professional kickboxing record of Zhang to 48 wins, 12 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Yusuf now has 38 wins and 8 losses.

“ONE: Warriors of Light” Main Events

Petchdam Petchyindee Academy, 20, of Thailand and Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi, 21, of Algeria competed for the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship in the co-main event. The Thai contender won via technical decision after an accidental groin attack in the fourth round.

Hiroaki “Kaibutsukun” Suzuki, 34, of Japan challenged reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-o Gaiyanghadao, 32, of Thailand in the main event. The Thai defending champion won via unanimous decision.

The official open workout for “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place in Bangkok on April 25, 2019. It featured NongO and Petchdam along with their fellow Thai ONE Championship athletes “The Iron Man” Rodtang Jitmuangnon, 21, Singtongnoi Por Telakun, 38, Superlek Kiatmoo9, 23, and Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 22.

Check the complete results for “ONE: Warriors of Light” on Conan Daily. Watch the recap here:

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