MMA, martial arts

‘ONE: Quest for Gold’ fight card: Singapore’s Amir Khan takes on Russia’s Timofey Nastyukhin

Amir Khan, Yuji Shimada, Adrian Pang

Amir Khan, Yuji Shimada, Adrian Pang

Amir Khan’s most recent trip to the ONE Championship cage took place in November 2017. In his most impressive performance yet, he overwhelmed lightweight veteran Adrian “The Hunter” Pang with a showcase of impeccable striking and great takedown defense.

On February 23, 2018, Khan will once again strut his wares on the global stage. He will take on Russian wrecking machine Timofey Nastyukhin at “ONE: Quest for Gold,” which will take place at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

While Khan admitted his decision to choose a path less travelled has earned him the derision of his naysayers, he is determined to prove them wrong by carving a successful career in the sport. He stressed, “I try to stay positive, but then sometimes people will talk and negative thoughts go into your head.”

“Some of them are sarcastic and mock me for taking the sport so seriously,” Khan added. “They question if I can make a living out of it, and ask what happens when I’m old and have no other skills, so I tell them to watch me.”

“In ten years, let’s see who’s successful,” Khan continued. “I have my long-term goals in the sport and I’ll remain focused on achieving them. That’s the best way to prove my critics wrong.”

Among Khan’s goals is to inspire others to pursue their dreams and passion wholeheartedly. In order to champion that cause, he knows that he will first have to show that he can reach the top and win a ONE Championship world title.

“My current goal is to be a world champion on a big global promotion like ONE Championship,” the Singaporean fighter stated. “What I hope to do is inspire people to chase what they love. I want my martial arts career to be proof that if you have the passion for something, and if you’re good at it, you’ll be able to make a living out of it.”

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