Nsang ‘con­fi­dent’ ahead of fight

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

MYAN­MAR MMA star Aung La Nsang ap­peared cool, calm and col­lected yes­ter­day at a press con­fer­ence with up­com­ing op­po­nent Michal Paster­nak. The Kachin fighter, who boasts a record of 18-9, said he will en­ter the ring on Oc­to­ber 7 with plenty of con­fi­dence, de­spite Paster­nak’s bet­ter record of 11-1.

“I know I can beat my Pol­ish op­po­nent be­cause Myan­mar is my home­land,” he told re­porters at Kan­daw­gyi Palace Ho­tel. “I’ll try my best to make my peo­ple proud.”

His best will be put to the test by the Pol­ish Paster­nak, a much taller fighter whose reach will cause prob­lems for Aung La Nsang. The up­com­ing fight will be the Burmese Python’s sec­ond bout in his home­land, but should prove more chal­leng­ing than the first, against Egyp­tian fighter Mo­hamed Ali in March.

If he can win, it will be his fourth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory, hav­ing most re­cently bested Rus­sian fighter Alek­sei Bu­torin in China on July 2. Both Bu­torin and Ali lacked the size that Paster­nak will bring to the ring, but Aung La Nsang – who stands about 2 inches shorter – re­mains un­phased.

“Michal is taller than me and his wrestling skills are amaz­ing,” he said, frankly. “But I’m al­ready watch­ing his videos and study­ing his strengths and weak­nesses. My train­ers and I will make sure I’m ready.”

He added that he will re­turn to the Golden Land in three weeks, en­cour­ag­ing Myan­mar fans to buy up tick­ets and pro­vide a warm wel­come.

“Spec­ta­tors are a source of strength for me,” he said. “See you at the fight.”

Paster­nak had a dif­fer­ent mes­sage for the Myan­mar fans, say­ing that he would be happy to dis­ap­point them and their coun­try­man with a vic­tory in the ring.

“Spec­ta­tors won’t be left want­ing more,” he said. “I’ll come to fight, and I fight to win.”

He added that he was happy to come to Myan­mar with ONE Cham­pi­onship and hopes to help grow mixed mar­tial arts in a coun­try where leth­wei has long ruled.

“I’m proud to par­tic­i­pate in this fight,” he said.

Leth­wei fight­ers will also be listed on the card, with Ye Yint Aung, Saw Yan Paing, Phoe Thaw and Katpa Lei all climb­ing into the cage.

Ye Yint Aung will go toe to toe with Saw Yan Paing, while Phoe Thaw looks to face Katpa Lei in his third ca­reer MMA fight.

Pho­tos: Nyan Zay Htet

The two fight­ers met for the first time yes­ter­day at a press con­fer­ence in Kan­daw­gyi Palace Ho­tel.

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