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Saroth looking to make an impact

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Cambodian Top Team fighter Rin Saroth will be targeting a second straight win. ONE Championship

Cambodian Top Team Mixed Martial Artist Rin Saroth will be looking to make his mark at Bangkok’s Impact Arena as he makes an appearance at ONE: Kingdom of Heroes on Saturday.

Saroth is matched up against Fu Chang Xin of China. They will compete in the 65kg division.

Saroth, of Cambodian Top Team in Phnom Penh, is a KWC 3 Featherweight Tournament Finalist with a Kun Khmer record of 110-22-0. He made his ONE Championship debut in December 2015 at ONE: Kingdom Of Khmer, winning by first-round armbar submission over Mission Ali. Since then, the 25-year-old has improved his skills and gained valuable experience.

In June’s ONE: Pinnacle of Power, Saroth put on a huge display of heart and skill to score a huge win.

He defeated Indonesia’s Mario Satya Wirawan via third-round TKO in the opening bout of ONE: Pinnacle of Power, at the Studio City Event Center in Macau.

Saroth leaned on his Kun Khmer expertise, and utilised his striking whenever an opportunity was presented.

In the opening seconds of the first round, he kept his Indonesian adversary at bay with a plethora of push kicks to the legs and stomach, but Wirawan ran through them with a left kick and right cross of his own. With Saroth in reach, the 28-year-old Indonesian secured a takedown.

Wirawan used this as a chance to display the vast wrestling improvements he made at Bali Mixed Martial Arts. He controlled the Cambodian Top Team product, and picked his shots with punches and elbows. Although Saroth returned to his feet on a couple of occasions, the Indonesian planted him back on the canvas every time.

The Bali Mixed Martial Arts representative continued to showcase his grappling in the second frame. He immediately took his rival to the floor, and patiently bided his time to advance his position and throw ground strikes.

Rika Ishiige punches pads at the ONE: Kingdom of Heroes open workout. ONE Championship

Saroth, however, did a masterful job of controlling Wirawan’s posture, and brilliantly attacked with elbows from the bottom.

Following a brief medical timeout late in the stanza to check a possible injury to Wirawan, the action resumed, and the 24-year-old Cambodian continued to cause damage with his sharp elbows.

By the time the third round began, it was clear the strikes had taken its toll on the Indonesian.

Saroth threw punches, and even an overhand elbow, to start the frame. A tiring Wirawan tried to avoid the Kun Khmer specialist’s strikes, and went for a double-leg takedown.

The Cambodian widened his stance to prevent the takedown, and began to unload fierce punches and elbows to Wirawan’s head. Wirawan absorbed the blows, doing little to protect himself.

At this point, ONE referee Kemp Cheng decided he had seen enough. He waved off the contest at the 2:30 mark of round three, and awarded the victory to Saroth.

Saroth’s previous two bouts were back-to-back defeats to Malaysia’s Muhammad Aiman and Sunoto of Indonesia.

Saturday’s competitor, Fu Chang Xin began training to compete in MMA in 2011, and took the plunge by making his professional debut just three years later. He has since experienced great success, winning the majority of his bouts via stoppage, even claiming the CKF Championship along the way. In his most recent bout, Fu made a successful ONE Championship debut when he stopped Rustem Ensebayev via first-round technical knockout.

In the main event, reigning The Ring and WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand will defend his title against Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz of Mexico.

Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “I am thrilled to introduce world-class boxing for the very first time to ONE Championship fans. You can all catch the action live from the Impact Arena this Saturday evening, or on the ONE Super App. As you can see from our athletes here today, everyone is primed and ready to showcase their amazing skills on the biggest global stage of martial arts competition. The most exciting sporting event in Thai history is going down and will feature your favourite martial arts superstars. Of course, in the main event is none other than, one of the best boxers in the world pound-for-pound, our very own Srisaket Sor Rungvisai! It’s going to be a wild night and I am excited for all the action that is to come!”

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