09 August 2018 – Bangkok, Thailand: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced the main event of “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes,” set for October 6, 2018 at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Reigning The Ring and World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Thailand will defend his WBC title against challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 22, of Mexico.
“This is going to be the biggest event in Thailand’s history,” ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said of the upcoming boxing bout between Sor Rungvisai and Diaz. “And with thousands of fans expected to come out and cheer for their hero, I can’t wait to witness greatness unfold in the ONE ring.”
Since ONE Championship introduced its striking-only league ONE Super Series, world championship boxing has always been on the radar for the promotion, according to Sityodtong. In a press conference at the W Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on July 9, 2018, it was announced that Sor Rungvisai will headline “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” in the promotion’s first ever boxing bout.
“In Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, we have the perfect athlete to introduce the sport of boxing to the largest martial arts organization in the world,” Sityodtong stated. “Sor Rungvisai embodies the fiery willpower of Thai martial arts and is a great representative of ONE Championship.”
Sor Rungvisai is one of the most celebrated pugilists in Thailand’s history, winning the prestigious WBC Super Flyweight World Title on two occasions. Holding a professional record of 46 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw with 41 knockouts, he is ranked number 5 on the pound-for-pound best boxers list of Boxrec.com and number 7 on The Ring Magazine’s list.
After regaining the WBC Super Flyweight World Title in March 2017 and then successfully defending it two times, Sor Rungvisai will defend the title in “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” from Diaz. The Mexican challenger holds a professional record of 14 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws with 6 knockouts.
Meanwhile, here is Sityodtong inviting Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao to compete in ONE Championship:
Ticket information for ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES is available at www.onefc.com.