ONE Championship launches kickboxing league
ONE Championship, the Singapore-based event and media rights promotion company involved in mixed martial arts, has announced that it is launching a kickboxing league.
ONE Championship Kickboxing will feature “the absolute best in local and international” talent and will provide a global platform for fighters to showcase martial arts, according to the promoter.
The inaugural fight will take place in Manila, Philippines alongside ONE’s Heroes of Honour event on 20 April.
Fighters that have already signed up to take part in the series include Thailand’s Petchboonchu FA Group and Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, Italy’s Giorgio Petrosyan, France’s Fabio Pinca, Cameroon’s Alain Ngalani, and Lithuania’s Sergej Maslobojev.
Chatri Sityodtong, chairman and chief executive of ONE Championship, said: “Featuring the best martial arts talent across the globe, ONE Championship Kickboxing aims to showcase Asia's striking arts front and centre as part of our ONE Championship live events. As a fan, you will see an array of Asia's martial arts in action such as Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kung Fu, Lethwei, and many others.”
He added: “Fans will be treated to the most exciting kickboxing matches where the best face the best inside of both our ring and our cage. Some matches will be under standard international kickboxing rules in our ring, and other matches will be under modified hybrid striking rules in our cage.”
Last month, ONE Championship revealed that it would be live-streaming content from all 24 of its events on Twitter this year, after it struck a deal with the social media platform.
ONE Championship has rapidly increased its social media following over the last year, achieving more than 2.6 billion video views and 14 billion social media impressions in 2017.