On July 4, 2018, the largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship (ONE), held the official “ONE: Battle for the Heavens” face-off at the Roof Top Bar of the Park Hyatt in Guangzhou, China. Leading the 10 pairs of ONE Championship athletes during the pre-fight event were Yodcherry Sityodtong, 19, of Thailand and Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Chinese Taipei.
On July 7, 2018, thousands of fights fans flocked at the Guangzhou Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou to witness the “ONE: Battle for the Heavens” fight night. In the eighth bout of the evening, ONE Championship debutants Andre “The Giant” Meunier, 42, of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and Ibrahim “Mr. Cool” El Bouni, 25, of Amsterdam, Netherlands competed in a kickboxing contest at a catchweight of 105kg.
El Bouni turned in a stirring performance in his ONE Super Series debut, attaining a first-round knockout win over Meunier. The Moroccan-Dutch kickboxer patiently waited for the right moment to pounce on his hard-hitting counterpart.
When El Bouni saw a good opening to strike, he dropped Meunier to the canvas with a thunderous hook. The Australian contender was able to beat the count of 10.
But El Bouni knew that the finish was within his reach. This prompted the Moroccan-Dutch fighter to produce another huge knockdown that put his Australian opponent on the mat for good.
El Bouni’s stellar conquest of Meunier earned him the GoDaddy Knockout of the Night. Here are the official “ONE: Battle for the Heavens” results:
- Strawweight bout: Robin Catalan defeats Adrian Mattheis by Submission (Heel Hook) at 2:10 minutes of round 2
- Strawweight bout: Peng Xue Wen defeats Eddey Kalai by TKO (Strikes) at 0:57 minutes of round 1
- Bantamweight bout: Shuya Kamikubo defeats Sunoto by TKO (Strikes) at 3:54 minutes of round 2
- Women’s Atomweight bout: Istela Nunes defeats Gina Iniong by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- Catch Weight bout (68.0kg): Zhao Zhi Kang defeats Ma Xu Dong by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:08 minutes of round 3
- ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight bout: Saemapetch Fairtex defeats Deividas Danyla by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- Catch Weight bout (66.5kg): Fu Chang Xin defeats Rustem Yensebayev by TKO (Strikes) at 4:32 minutes of round 1
- ONE Super Series Kickboxing Catch Weight bout (105.0kg): Ibrahim El Bouni defeats Andre Meunier by Knockout (KO) at 1:31 minutes of round 1
- Flyweight bout: Reece McLaren defeats Tatsumitsu Wada by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
- ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Championship bout: Kai Ting Chuang defeats Yodcherry Sityodtong by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds