“He deserves to have the next shot” – Jonathan Haggerty says Hiroki Akimoto is a clear contender for his kickboxing gold

Jonathan Haggerty is conserving a shut tab on the high contender in the kickboxing division regardless of his next Muay Thai task quick approaching on the world stage of ONE Championship.

The ONE bantamweight Muay Thai and kickboxing world champion defends his ‘Art of Eight Limbs’ crown towards Felipe Lobo in the foremost occasion of ONE Fight Night 19, which airs dwell in American primetime on February 16.

However, as an athlete on high of two stacked brackets, ‘The General’ is aware of he has to keep a steadiness between each, and that is the place No.1-ranked bantamweight kickboxing contender Hiroki Akimoto comes into the image.

Speaking on the Japanese athlete throughout his battle camp for Lobo in Koh Samui, Thailand, Jonathan Haggerty informed the South China Morning Post:

“I’d say out loud like he does deserve to be the primary. He’s the primary contender. He deserves to have the next shot at the kickboxing world title, and yeah, simply know that once we are coming collectively, I’ll be effectively ready.”

Watch the full interview right here:


The Evolve MMA expertise has all the time been certainly one of the most enjoyable stars in the division, in spite of everything.

Across six victories towards Capitan Petchyindee, Qiu Jianliang, Zhang Chenglong, Kenny Tse, and Josh Tonna, he actually showcased his all-around arsenal as he claimed the bantamweight kickboxing world title.

But since shedding his gold, the 31-year-old has been clamoring for one other shot at the coveted strap, and a battle towards Jonathan Haggerty appears to be one to make in 2024.

Jonathan Haggerty vs. Felipe Lobo at ONE Fight Night 19

Before that feisty Jonathan Haggerty-Hiroki Akimoto kickboxing warfare can go down, the Englishman should clear his next job underneath the ONE banner in the type of Felipe Lobo.

The Brazilian has been entangled in a confrontation alongside ‘The General’ after his knockout win over Saemapetch Fairtex at ONE Fight Night 9, and now it’s time for him to again his speak inside the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

Thus far, ‘Demolition Man’ has left the circle with three victories throughout 4 bouts, his solely defeat coming to Nong-O Hama at ONE X.

Meanwhile, the London striker has been on a path of resurgence after transferring up from the flyweight division after back-to-back losses versus Rodtang Jitmuangnon.

Jonathan Haggerty has picked up 5 wins in a row, knocking out Fabricio Andrade and Nong-O final 12 months to reign supreme as a two-sport world champion.

ONE Fight Night 19 will air dwell and free in U.S. primetime for North American viewers with an lively Prime Video subscription.

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