MMA, martial arts

Roman Alvarez: Leandro Issa is tough, battle-tested

Leandro Issa, Jack Lim, Roman Alvarez

Leandro Issa, Jack Lim, Roman Alvarez

Hailing from Guam, Roman “Sonic Boom” Alvarez, 23, is set to make his ONE Championship. He had his face-off with his Brazilian opponent Leandro “Brodinho” Issa, 34, during the kick-off press conference for “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” on June 27, 2018 at the Pullman Yangon Centrepoint Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar. The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), conducted the event in collaboration with Telenor Myanmar.

Issa and Alvarez will compete on June 29, 2018 in the bantamweight division at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior.” It will be the ninth bout of the evening.

“Leandro Issa is a tough, battle-tested veteran and I have to be in prime condition in order to score the upset,” Alvarez stated. “But the great thing about martial arts is that anything can happen, and I feel my time is now. I can’t wait to show fans what I’ve got and shock the world.”

Issa is very excited to make his debut in ONE Championship, which he described as the biggest organization in the world of martial arts. He said, “I know the competition here is fierce and every opponent will be extremely tough. Still, I am confident in my skills and believe that I have what it takes to achieve success in the promotion.”

Currently, Issa holds a professional MMA record of 6 wins and 1 loss while Alvarez currently has 15 wins and 6 losses. Alvarez will be the seventh opponent of Issa in ONE Championship.

Reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, of Myanmar led the ONE Championship athletes who attended the “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” press conference. ONE Championship chief commercial officer Jack Lim and Telenor Myanmar chief financial officer Yin Yin Htay were also present during the event.

Meanwhile, watch Aung cook here:

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