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WBC okays ONE Championship ring for Srisaket Sor Rungvisai’s world title defense in Bangkok, Thailand

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

The World Boxing Council (WBC) has given its stamp of approval for ONE Championship to use its five-rope ring in the upcoming title defense of Thai boxer Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of his sought-after super flyweight crown against Mexican challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 28. The two will make their debut in ONE Championship, a Singapore-based mixed martial arts organization established in 2011.

In July 2018, ONE Championship made a blockbuster announcement of entering into the sport of boxing, forming a partnership with Nakornloung Promotion (NKL) to co-promote the next title defense of Sor Rungvisai. The Thai boxing champ puts his WBC Super Flyweight World Championship on the line against Diaz in the main event of “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes,” which will take place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on October 6, 2018.

All bouts at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” are expected to be held inside the ONE Championship ring. The fight card includes matches that are officiated under mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and kickboxing rules.

Hosting the first professional boxing bout in its seven-year history, ONE Championship has received the WBC’s endorsement for the usage of its ring. The ring was first unveiled at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” in Manila, Philippines in April 2018.

“We are thrilled to work with ONE Championship for the upcoming event in October,” WBC vice president Kovid Pakdeepoom stated. “Our association with a world-class organization like ONE Championship satisfies our goal in nurturing the legacy of boxing across the globe.”

“ONE Championship has made groundbreaking initiatives in the development of mixed martial arts and other forms of martial arts in Asia and around the globe,” Pakdeepoom added. “Certainly, there’s so much that everyone should be excited about this event in Bangkok.”

The ONE Championship ring measures by an external dimension of 28 feet by 28 feet, while its internal dimension is 24 feet by 24 feet. Surrounded by five ropes in bright white, the ring canvas is light gray, in typical color of the promotion’s traditional cage.

Since its maiden appearance, the ONE Championship ring has been used at two events in China. It will once again be utilized as a battlefield at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” in Shanghai, China on September 8, 2018.

“ONE: Beyond the Horizon” will be headlined by reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 30, of China and her challenger Samara “Marituba” Santos, 25, of Brazil. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring the Chinese champ:

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship.

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