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[PHOTOS] China vs Australia: Zhang Chenglong, Tyler Hardcastle fight at ‘ONE: Legendary Quest’ in Shanghai

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China and Australia were among the 15 countries represented at “ONE: Legendary Quest.” On the card were both mixed martial arts matches and ONE Super Series contests, featuring both kickboxing and Muay Thai.

ONE Championship held “ONE: Legendary Quest” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on June 15, 2019. The 12th bout of the evening was between  “Muay Thai Boy” Zhang Chenglong, 21, of Shengli, Shandong, China and Tyler Hardcastle, 22, of Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

Zhang was one of the five hometown heroes who competed at “ONE: Legendary Quest” while Hardcastle was one of the two representatives of Australia. Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Scotland, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented.

On June 12, 2019, Zhang and Hardcastle had their official face-off during the press conference at Yunspace in Shanghai. The event was graced by ONE Championship Greater China chairman Hua Fung Teh and reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, of China.

Blue Corner

Born in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England on July 17, 1996, Hardcastle was 5 years old when he started his Muay Thai training. He eventually moved to Australia with his family and he is now training out of Riddler’s Gym in Perth.

When Hardcastle made his ONE Super Series debut on May 4, 2019, he lost to Yodpanomrung “The Lightning Knee” Jitmuangnon, 24, of Thailand. “ONE: Legendary Quest” marked the English-Australian fighter’s second bout in the league.

Red Corner

Born in Beijing, China on October 17, 1997, Zhang was 12 years when he started his training in sanda and Muay Thai. When he was 17, he went to Thailand to continue his martial arts training.

“ONE: Legendary Quest” marked Zhang’s third ONE Super Series bout. Training out of Shengli Fight Club, he is a former Top King Muay Thai World Champion, won the MAX Muaythai 63 kg Silver Belt in 2016 and the Glory Featherweight Qualification Tournament in 2017.

Fight Result

Zhang and Hardcastle competed in a kickboxing match in the bantamweight division. Atsushi Onari served as the referee.

Onari put a stop to the contest after 1 minute and 54 seconds in the first round. Zhang knocked out Hardcastle.

Winning at “ONE: Legendary Quest” improved the professional kickboxing record of Zhang to 48 wins, 12 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Hardcastle now has 24 wins and 10 losses.

“ONE: Legendary Quest” Main Events

Agilan “Alligator” Thani, 23, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia faced ONE Championship debutante Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama, 43, of Osaka, Japan in an MMA match in the welterweight division. The Malaysian contender won via unanimous decision.

ONE Super Series debutante Alma Juniku, 18, of Australia challenged reigning ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex, 27, of Thailand in the main event. The Thai defending champion won via unanimous decision.

Check all “ONE: Legendary Quest” results on Conan Daily.

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