ONE Championship held a press conference in Manila on Tuesday to announce more details for its April 24 event, which takes place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. It will be headlined by a welterweight title bout between Ben Askren and Luis Santos.
Two more fights were announced for the “ONE: Valor of Champions” card, as Manila based Ukrainian Igor Subora (5-2) takes on Taiwan’s Paul Cheng (5-1) in a heavyweight match-up and Filipino Geje Eustaquio (6-3) faces Thailand’s Anatpong Bunrad (4-1) in flyweight action.
ONE Championship also announced a partnership with the newly opened City of Dreams Casino, where the press conference was held, and gaming website W666.com for what will be the promotion’s sixth card to take place in the Philippines.
ONE Championship was represented at the press conference by Vice President and former UFC champion Rich Franklin, who had this to say about the latest bouts to be added to the April 24 card:
“These are two fights I’m really looking forward to. Geje Eustaquio and Anatpong Bunrad figure in a clash of two of the top flyweights in the division. They are both fast and devastating with their strikes and it will be an interesting contrast of styles as Wushu takes on Muay Thai. Paul Cheng and Igor Subora are also two of the best heavyweights and are determined to show they belong in the top tier in their division.”
Also in attendance at the press conference was Filipino bantamweight Mark Striegl, who will be making his promotional debut at “ONE: Valor of Champions,” when he faces Casey Suire in the co-main event. The only other match-up to have been revealed at the time of publication is a flyweight fight between Eugene Toquero and Brianata Rosadhi.
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