AGILAN VOWS TO WIN
Malaysian believes his best will be enough to down Askren
AGILAN Thani wants to become the first Malaysian to win the One Championship belt and title as he faces One Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren in One: Dynasty of Heroes in Singapore tomorrow.
The 21-year old will become the second Malaysian to fight for a title, the first being Ev Ting in Manila in April where he lost to One Lightweight Champion, Eduard Folayang.
Agilan will walk into the Singapore Indoor Stadium with a perfect 7-0 professional record with five of his seven victories ending in the first round and is out to prove that his opponent is only human.
“I know Ben is very talented, strong, technical and a relentless wrestler.
“That said, no human is unbeatable, so he can think whatever he wants about beating me easily, I’m just going to do my thing and I believe I have what it takes to win.”
Nicknamed the Alligator, Agilan is well aware of the size of the task ahead as Askren has swept all opposition before him in One Championship, but he believes that anything is possible and that he can spring a big upset.
“Many have tried to beat Askren, but I’m just going to try to do my best.
“I don’t think I’m anything special and I never act like I am because I’m the same, just like everyone else, I just like fighting and I just feel that I can beat him if I perform my best.”
Askren is universally recognised as one of the best welterweights in MMA today.
The Agilan-Askren fight will be the coevent for the One: Dynasty of Heroes with the headline being the fight between homecrowd favourite Angela Lee and Brazil’s Istela Nunes.
One Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela walks into the fight against Istela with a 7-0 record in front of her home crowd.
The event will also feature former One Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki taking on American Garry Tonon in what the company is dubbing a grappling supermatch.