‘The Vam­pire’ Saiful ready to strike

New Straits Times - - Sport -

of what was sup­posed to be One Cham­pi­onships’ in­au­gu­ral event in Surabaya. Due to lo­gis­ti­cal is­sues, the event has been post­poned un­til fur­ther no­tice.

None­the­less, Saiful, who ar­rived in Ma­cau on Tues­day, is ex­cited about his im­pend­ing fight against the un­beaten 28-year-old Chen Lei of Changsa who has five straight vic­to­ries on his belt.

“I haven’t met my op­po­nent yet but I am ready.”

Nick­named ‘The Vam­pire’, Saiful is ready to get back in the cage to draw some blood af­ter his last fight back in Fe­bru­ary where he stopped Filipino Bernard So­ri­ano by way of tech­ni­cal knock-out (TKO) in front of his home crowd in Kuala Lumpur.

Stand­ing in his way of an­other win is Chen Lei, who is a Brazil­ian ji­u­jitsu (BJJ) prac­ti­tioner and the Shang­hai Open BJJ cham­pion with im­pres­sive grap­pling skills.

But it is Chen Lei that Saiful is ex­cited about as he is go­ing to fight in the Ve­gas of Asia for the first time in his ca­reer at the Co­tai Arena of the Vene­tian Ma­cau.

“The place is very nice and I am su­per ex­cited to be here and to fight in the arena where box­ing leg­ends like Pac­quiao fought pre­vi­ously,” he said. Farah Azharie

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