With the entire international martial arts community agog over ONE Championship’s star-studded card in Singapore on May 18, 2018, the promotion struck a monumental deal ahead of its much-awaited live event by announcing its partnership with Singapore Exchange (SGX). The joint venture between the two companies was formally announced at a press conference on May 16, 2018 at the SGX Centre in Singapore.
SGX welcomed ONE Championship as its official fitness partner for its Bull Charge charity initiative this 2018. SGX Bull Charge, a flagship corporate charity initiative by the investment holding enterprise, was launched in 2004 to bring together the country’s financial community and listed companies to support the needs of underprivileged children and families, persons with disabilities as well as the elderly.
“We are delighted to welcome ONE Championship on this meaningful journey,” SGX Bull Charge Chairman and Head of Equities and Fixed Income Chew Sutat said. “Through martial arts, they have captured the imagination of millions and inspired young people to become champions in their own way.”
Since the inception of SGX Bull Charge, it has raised more than $30 million for over 50 charities. Sutat stated, “We are also excited about the mentoring programme, which will offer youths from our beneficiaries a unique opportunity to channel their energy positively and pick up life values such as integrity, discipline and courage.”
“ONE Championship takes pride and joy in working with today’s youth, and we have executed many initiatives towards this cause,” ONE Championship chief financial officer Hua Fung Teh said. “This latest collaboration with SGX Bull Charge will allow ONE to further expand on our efforts to bring martial arts closer to the fans, by working with the youth.”
As Asia’s largest global sports media property, ONE Championship is a celebration of martial arts, the continent’s greatest cultural treasure. The organization engages millions of people across the continent by building local martial arts superheroes, telling their inspirational stories of perseverance and triumph through martial arts, which has been home in the continent for the past 5,000 years.
“The mentoring program can motivate low-income or troubled youth and keep them off the streets, providing them an avenue towards learning through martial arts,” Teh explained. “Even more, the youth have a unique opportunity to pick up martial arts and learn all of its amazing lessons and values. This is a tremendous opportunity for all of us to give back to the community and to have fun through sports at the same time.”
MMA fighters Christian Lee and Amir Khan participated in the launching of the partnership between ONE Championship and SGX. They conducted an introductory martial arts workshop on the sidelines of the partnership launch with youths who were selected from SGX Bull Charge beneficiaries.
Lee is slated to vie for the coveted ONE Featherweight World Championship against two-division titleholder Martin Nguyen in a rematch at “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. On the other hand, Khan will square off with Korean newcomer Sung Jong Lee on the undercard.
“ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” will be headlined by a women’s atomweight world title rematch between longtime division queen Angela Lee and Mei Yamaguchi. Also booked at the live event is Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, who competes for inaugural ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight World Championship opposite Sergio Wielzen.
Moreover, Filipino superstar Eduard Folayang makes his highly-anticipated return to action at “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams.” He will take on unbeaten Russian prospect Kharun Atlangeriev in a three-round lightweight encounter.
“Make sure to watch the event on Friday,” Christian said. “It’s stacked from top to bottom. My sister Angela and I are competing in separate world title bouts.”
“Eduard Folayang makes his return,” Christian continued. “My brother-in-arms Amir Khan is also slated to compete. There will be fireworks! Don’t miss it.”