TI­TLE TILT FOR EV

Malaysian re­warded with bout against Fo­layang af­ter stun­ning win over Shalorus

New Straits Times - - Sport - RE­PORTS BY FARAH AZHARIE fara­hazharie@nst.com.my

MIXED mar­tial arts (MMA) ex­po­nent Ev Ting is set to be­come the first Malaysian to fight for the world ti­tle at ONE Cham­pi­onship’s Kings of Destiny on Apr 21 in Manila, Philip­pines.

Ev’s ti­tle fight comes af­ter he stunned Ka­mal Shalorus of Iran at last month’s ONE: Throne of Tigers to win by split de­ci­sion in the light­weight cat­e­gory, which is also the main event of the evening.

“I have worked tire­lessly to be where I am now, it has fi­nally paid off be­cause I will get an op­por­tu­nity to vie for the world ti­tle,” said Ev.

“It’s ev­ery mixed mar­tial artist’s dream to be­come a cham­pion and this is my chance to ful­fil that dream.”

The 27-year-old will take on home­town favourite Eduard “Land­slide” Fo­layang, who will be de­fend­ing his belt for the first time.

“Eduard Fo­layang is a great cham­pion and is ad­mired by many Filipinos, but he has what I want.

“I’m com­ing to Manila to get it from him and bring the belt home to Malaysia.”

Train­ing out of Auck­land, New Zealand, Ev is run­ning on a 13-3 win-loss record so far in his pro­fes­sional ca­reer, com­pared to Fo­layang’s 17-5 MMA record.

Fo­layang, 33, shocked the MMA world when he cap­tured the ti­tle last year fol­low­ing a vic­tory over Ja­panese leg­end Shinya Aoki but fight­ing in his home­town for the first time since 2014, has given him an ex­tra boost of con­fi­dence.

“I don’t want to let my coun­try­men down, I will make sure that the belt stays in the Philip­pines,” said Fo­layang.

Ev Ting (left) won by split de­ci­sion against Iran’s Ka­mal Shalorus in the light­weight cat­e­gory at last month’s ONE: Throne of Tigers at the Sta­dium Ne­gara.

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