Hisyam “Zephyrus” Samsudin, 27, of Malaysia experienced major success in the sport of boxing in February 2016. He replaced an injured Thai athlete in a four-man tourney in Singapore to determine the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Asia-Pacific light heavyweight champion.
Despite being several kilograms underweight, Samsudin won the whole tournament, becoming the first Malaysian to hold a WBF title. He remembered, “My parents, especially my father, were really nervous at that time.”
“I am glad that I came home unharmed and as a champion,” Samsudin recalled. “I celebrated with my family, friends and teammates when I got back. It was such a memorable moment.”
After capturing the WBF Asia-Pacific light heavyweight belt, Samsudin elected to hang up his boxing gloves and turned his attention to the ONE Championship cage. As a mixed martial arts competitor, he holds a professional record of 2-2 with a pair of wins by way of knockout and submission.
In Samsudin’s second outing as a ONE Championship athlete, he defeated Jeremy “The Predator” Meciaz, 26, of Indonesia at “ONE: Total Victory.” The Malaysian fighter dedicated his triumph to his father, who passed away just 24 hours prior to the bout.
Samsudin came on strong and weathered the storm, strutting his wares in front of a partisan crowd and with the passing of his father at the back of his mind. He recalled, “I was ready to throw in the towel, but my family gave me the motivation and the drive to enter the cage.”
“Even though my father is gone, I still have them,” Samsudin stated. “My friends and family are now the source of my strength.”
On March 24, 2018, Samsudin will have his third ONE Championship bout facing “The Terminator” Sunoto of Indonesia in Bangkok, Thailand “ONE: Iron Will,” which will be headlined by ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Vietnam and ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 37, of Brazil. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring the reigning ONE Championship champions: