Malaysian be­lieves his best will be enough to down Askren

New Straits Times - - Sport - FARAH AZHARIE fara­

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.

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