ONE Championship is launching a kickboxing Grand Prix and some of the biggest names in the sport are on board.
Former K-1 Max champions Andy Souwer and Giorgio Petrosyan will be joined by multiple time Muay Thai champion Yodsaenklai Fairtex and five others in an eight man tournament that will get underway in 2019.
The other names on the list are Samy Sana, Dzhabar Askerov, Jo Nattawut, Petchmorrakot Wor Sangprapai and Charlie Peters. The tournament fights will take place at various ONE Championship events during 2019.
A quarterfinal fight between Yodsaenklai Fairtex and Andy Souwer has already been announced for ONE: “A New Era” in Tokyo. Japanese fans will be able to watch all the action on free to air television as part of a deal which was announced today.
ONE Championship has just announced an exclusive partnership in Japan with TV Tokyo which will see content, including live events, broadcast to viewers in Japan on a regular basis.
The promotion has 24 events on the calendar for 2018 including two shows in Tokyo. Next up is ONE: “Eternal Glory” which is set for Jakarta on January 19th and will be headlined by a strawweight title fight between Joshua Pacio and Yosuke Saruta.