Aung La N Sang eyes a world ti­tle de­fense in Ja­pan

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

THE Burmese Python, the two-di­vi­sion ONE World Cham­pion Aung La N Sang is look­ing to­wards the fu­ture. Af­ter im­pres­sively de­fend­ing his mid­dleweight belt against Le­banon’s Mo­ham­mad Karaki on 26 Oc­to­ber in Yan­gon, the 33-year-old is ready for his next as­sign­ment, which could hap­pen in “The Land Of The Ris­ing Sun.”

Last Au­gust, ONE Cham­pi­onship Chair­man and CEO Cha­tri Si­ty­o­d­tong an­nounced that the world’s largest mar­tial arts or­ga­ni­za­tion will host its first show in Tokyo, Ja­pan in March 2019, and the Myan­mar sports icon wants to get in on the ac­tion.

“It’s a big event not just for ONE Cham­pi­onship, but also for mixed mar­tial arts it­self,” Aung La N Sang says.

“I’m ready to de­fend my ti­tles on that night. I’m look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of that mas­sive card.”

Aung La N Sang, who reigns as the ONE Mid­dleweight and Light Heavy­weight World Cham­pion, is revered as a na­tional hero in Myan­mar. He is also the coun­try’s first world cham­pion in sport­ing his­tory.

While “The Burmese Python” plans to con­tinue in­flu­enc­ing his com­pa­tri­ots, he also wants to ex­tend his reach and in­spire peo­ple all through­out the world.

“Other than mak­ing my coun­try­men proud ev­ery time I com­pete, I want to in­spire other in­di­vid­u­als from dif­fer­ent parts of the globe even in the sim­plest way pos­si­ble,” he said.

“I be­lieve that my role as a mar­tial arts am­bas­sador is not lim­ited to Myan­mar nor in Asia. These are hard times we live in, and if there’s the slight­est chance for me to touch the lives of peo­ple out there around the globe, then I will do it in a heart­beat.”

Aung La N Sang may get the chance to do that by show­cas­ing his im­mense tal­ent in front of the Ja­pa­nese crowd in March.

The Myan­mar icon cap­tured the light heavy­weight belt in the be­gin­ning of the year with a 56-sec­ond knock­out of Alexan­dre Machado, and then re­tained his mid­dleweight cham­pi­onship in back-to-back ti­tle de­fenses.

Though noth­ing has been fi­nal­ized in re­gards to his next bout, “The Burmese Python” hopes he will be in­volved with the pro­mo­tion’s in­au­gu­ral show in Ja­pan.

“I have suc­cess­fully de­fended my mid­dleweight ti­tle twice this year, and I’ll be more than happy to de­fend that belt or my light heavy­weight crown against a wor­thy chal­lenger,” he states. “Hope­fully, my next ti­tle de­fense will be in Tokyo.”

Photo: Sup­plied

Burmese Python greets his fans be­fore a fight.

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