Andrade and Haggerty’s Title Bout Pushed to November

September 8, 2023
From: Spartacus

The much-anticipated bantamweight kickboxing title fight between Brazilian sensation Fabricio Andrade and British powerhouse Jonathan Haggerty has undergone a scheduling shift. Initially slated to be the marquee attraction of ONE Fight Night 15 on October 7 in Bangkok, the title bout is now rescheduled to November 4. It will serve as the main event of ONE Fight Night 16, the location of which remains undisclosed at this time.

According to reliable sources, the fight was pushed back by four weeks. While official confirmation from ONE Championship is awaited, Jonathan Haggerty seemed to acknowledge the change via an Instagram post. Haggerty, who is rigorously training at Lamai Muay Thai Camp gym in Koh Samui, posted, “It’s you versus you! Eight weeks out. And new, 2-sport world champion.” The young Briton’s claim to fame was notably established when he clinched the title in April by delivering a stunning first-round knockout to Nong-O Hama, who was previously on a 10-fight winning streak within ONE Championship.

On the opposite end is 25-year-old Fabricio Andrade, who trains out of Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket. He has unambiguously set his sights not just on victory, but a knockout win. His ambition, however, doesn’t end with Haggerty’s title; Andrade aims to create history by pursuing an unprecedented “triple crown” in the sport. But it’s worth noting that Andrade, also known as “Wonder Boy,” might have an immediate challenge in his MMA division. A bout between former champion John Lineker and No. 2-ranked Stephen Loman is in the offing, and the winner is likely to be considered for a title shot.

While the rescheduling of the Andrade-Haggerty clash may have slightly dampened the enthusiasm, the October 7 card for ONE Fight Night 15 remains a compelling affair. Taking over the headliner role is another high-stakes duel, featuring featherweight Muay Thai champion Tawanchai P.K. Saenchai, who will be defending his title against former kickboxing champion Superbon Singha Mawynn. Adding lustre to the night, the co-main event at Bangkok’s storied Lumpinee Stadium will showcase strawweight kickboxing champion Jonathan Di Bella in a title defence against Danial Williams.

Further enriching the card are several intriguing matchups. Flyweight submission grappling champion Mikey Musumeci is set to face off against Japanese MMA legend Shinya Aoki in an openweight grappling contest. In the strawweight MMA division, former champion Joshua Pacio will engage with No. 5-ranked Mansur Malachiev. This bout offers an additional incentive: the winner is expected to secure a title opportunity against American champion Jarred Brooks.

Another rescheduled bout that garners attention features Anna “Supergirl” Jaroonsak pitted against Cristina Morales in an atomweight kickboxing matchup. A win here could potentially line up a championship clash with current titleholder Janet Todd.

Before all of this action unfolds, ONE Fight Night 15 will kick off in Singapore on September 30. The event is highlighted by an interim atomweight MMA title fight between Stamp Fairtex and Ham Seo-hee. Divisional champion Angela Lee, who has been away from the octagon since October 2022, will be in attendance at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Lee has expressed that she will “make a big statement” concerning her future, especially following a difficult period of personal loss, which included the passing of her sister Victoria Lee last December.

As it stands, the revised ONE Championship schedule remains a rich tapestry of gripping matchups and high-stakes contests that promise to keep fans at the edge of their seats. Whether it’s the postponed yet still thrilling bout between Andrade and Haggerty, or the array of other eagerly-awaited fights, the coming weeks in ONE Championship promise an enthralling narrative that every fight aficionado would do well to follow closely.

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