On July 27th ONE Championship heads to Manilla for Reign of Kings, featuring ONE SuperSeries bouts in kickboxing and muay thai. The big, feature bout is between Armen Petrosyan and Chris Ngimbi. Armen’s brother, Giorgio, has defeated Ngimbi in the past, making this an interesting, familial bout and another chance for Ngimbi to prove himself. Ngimbi is the former It’s Showtime 70kg champion and was, at a time, one of the best in the world at 70kg. He retired briefly in 2012, but has been active ever since, trotting the globe and fighting some of the best in the world.
They’ll be fighting at a catchweight of 72.5, which is a weight that Armen is more comfortable at than 70kg. For combat sports fans in general this is an interesting event, considering the main event for the Interim Bantamweight Championship between Kevin Belingon and Martin Nguyen, the legendary Shinya Aoki in action at lightweight against Shannon Wiratchai and a really strange, awesome legends bout between former Pancrase star Yuki Kondo and grappling legend Renzo Gracie.
This is all live on July 27th on the ONE Championship App, for free, at 7pm Manilla local time. If you’ve been following LiverKick for a while, you understand that I’m not great at figuring out time zones, so please don’t ask me to do that. It’ll air on Friday morning in the US.
ONE Championship: Reign of Kings
SuperSeries Kickboxing: Armen Petrosyan vs. Chris Ngimbi
SuperSeries Muay Thai: Panicos Yusef vs. Han Zi Hao
SuperSeries Muay Thai: Chamuaktong FighterMuayThai vs. Brown Pinas