This week, the ONE Championship promotion announced matches for the 08 March ONE: REIGN OF VALOR show taking place in Yangon, Myanmar. The card is headlined by an MMA title bout, and also includes four ONE Super Series bouts to be contested under kickboxing rules.
Enriko “The Hurricane” Kehl, the top German fighter and 2014 K-1 Max champion, faces Liam Nolan of the U.K. in a featherweight clash. It’s the Super Series debut for the German standout, who defeated Mohammed El Mir by second round stoppage in a bout in Frankfurt in December.
Thai champion Petchmorrakot, coming off an elbow KO win over Liam Harrison, opposes former Krush champion Kenta Yamada of Japan. Yamada recently competed in the Kunlun Fight 79 tournament, but lost a decision in the opening round to Sun Zhixiang.
In a Japan vs Portugal match up, Yuta Watanbe meets Rui Botelho. Botelho is 0-1 in ONE Super Series competition. Botelho lost a unanimous decision to Panpayak Jitmuangnon at ONE: Destiny of Champions in December.
In the other kickboxing bout scheduled, Kenny Tse of China will look to rebound from a first round stoppage loss to Petchdam Kaiyanghadao last October. Tse faces Momotaro of Japan in a flyweight contest.
Dutch website Vechtsport Info NL reported Moroccan-Dutch tough guy Tarik Khbabez (2-0 in OSS competition) will face former SUPERKOMBAT champion Andrei “Mr KO” Stoica of Romania at the event. The promotion has yet to officially announce the Khbabez-Stoica match. The Romanian signed with ONE recently, but has yet to make his debut.
ONE: Reign of Valor
Thuwunna Indoor Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar
Start Time: 19:00 Local Time
Kickboxing Bout Schedule
-featherweight: Enriko Kehl (Germany) vs Liam Nolan (Great Britain)
-featherweight: Petchmorrakot Petchyindee Academy (Thailand) vs Kenta Yamada (Japan)
-flyweight: Yuta Watanbe (Japan) vs Rui Botelho (Portugal)
-flyweight: Momotaro (Japan) vs Kenny Tse (China)