On Saturday at the One: Kingdom of Heroes event in Bangkok, Dutch kickboxing legend Andy Souwer will make his first appearance in the One Super Series. Souwer, now almost 36, faces Anthony Njoukani in a match to be held under kickboxing rules.
According to Souwer, these are the final challenges of a long and illustrious career.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 years since Souwer won his first K-1 Max World Championship, a feat he duplicated in 2007. Souwer has been a great ambassador for the sport, carrying himself like a champion while always giving great effort inside the ring.
The opponents “Souwer Power” has defeated include Buakaw Banchamek, Masato, Albert Kraus, Nieky Holzken, Yodsanklai Fairtex, current Glory champion Harut Grigorian, and Artur Kyshenko. He wasn’t able to decipher the style of Giorgio Petrosyan, losing twice to the elusive Italian.
In Souwer’s most recent kickboxing bout, the legend was stopped by “The Turkish Turbine” Tayfun Ozcan at Enfusion 62 in February.
Souwer should be too much for Njoukani, an ex UFC fighter who has also competed in Muay Thai. With One Championship planning shows for Japan next year, it’s likely we’ll see the popular Souwer compete in front of his Japanese fans again. Regardless, longtime fans will watch and appreciate the final chapter of a legend’s career.
One: Kingdom of Heroes Fight Card and Viewing Information
One: Kingdom of Heroes features a WBC world title boxing match, bouts held under kickboxing and Muay Thai rules as part of the One Super Series, and also MMA matches.
The prelims are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. local Bangkok time, which is 11:30 a.m. London time, 6:30 a.m. in New York, and 3:30 a.m. in Los Angeles.
The prelims will be streamed live on Twitter and Facebook via the One Championship accounts, while the main card is broadcast free on the One Super App. The One Super App is available free of charge in the Apple and Google Play stores.
It was also recently announced the entire event will also be available free of charge on the One Championship YouTube channel.
Here is the fight card. There are seven total Super Series bouts scheduled, plus the boxing match, and six MMA bouts.
One Championship: Kingdom of Heroes
Saturday 06 October, 2018
Impact Stadium, Bangkok Thailand
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (THA) vs Iran Diaz (MEX)-WBC Super Flyweight Title (Boxing)
Kai Ting Chuang (CHN) vs Stamp Fairtex (THA)-One Atomweight Kickboxing Title
Shinya Aoki (JPN) vs Ev Ting (MYS)-MMA
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao (THA) vs Mehdi Zatout (FRA)-One Super Series (Muay Thai)
Andy “Souwer Pouwer” Souwer (NLD) vs Anthony Njokuani (NGA)-One Super Series (Kickboxing)
Leandro Issa (BRA) vs Muin Gafurov (TJK)-MMA
Alain Ngalani (HKG) vs Andre Meunier (AUS)-One Super Series (Kickboxing)
Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai (THA) vs Alaverdi Ramazanov (RUS)-One Super Series (Muay Thai)
Hayato Suzuki (JPN) vs Robin Catalan (PHL)-MMA
Singtongnoi Por Telakun (THA) vs Masahide Kudo (JPN)-One Super Series (Kickboxing)
Rika Ishige (THA) vs Bozhena Antoniyar (MMR)-MMA
Petchdam Kaiyanghadao (THA) vs Kenny Tse (CHN)-One Super Series (Muay Thai)
Fu Chang Xin (CHN) vs Rin Saroth (KHM)-MMA
Dodi Mardian (IDN) vs Ramon Gonzales (PHL)-MMA