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Yukinori Ogasawara: Hakim Hamech isn’t superior to me

Hakim Hamech, Hua Fung Teh, Yukinori Ogasawara (photo by Dux Carvajal)

Hakim Hamech, Hua Fung Teh, Yukinori Ogasawara (photo by Dux Carvajal)

Hakim Hamech, 25, of Lyon, France will make his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” where he will face Yukinori Ogasawara, 26, of Tokyo, Japan in a Muay Thai bout in the strawweight division. The French fighter has the advantage in youth and experience but his Japanese opponent is ready for anything that the former has to offer.

“I do not think Hamech offers anything I have not seen,” Ogasawara stated. “I need to be ready for his fast hands, but otherwise, I do not think he is superior to me in any respect.”

As Ogasawara aims to keep getting better, his martial arts journey will not get any easier as he is slated to lock horn with a more seasoned competitor in his second ONE Super Series outing. He is unfazed although Hamech is bringing with him a remarkable professional record of 42 wins and 8 losses along with two Muay Thai world championship reigns.

“I think he and I are stylistically similar,” Ogasawara said, referring to Hamech and himself. “So, I am looking to prevail over him with the improvement I have been making in my game.”

A win over a high-caliber opponent such as Hamech will certainly elevate Ogasawara’s status as one of the ONE Super Series’ top flyweight competitors and the Japanese star is dedicated on making the most of any opportunity that ONE Championship grants him. Competing in the world’s biggest martial arts promotion, Ogasawara finds himself on the perfect stage to achieve his dream of global stardom.

“I would love to participate in a tournament, or any other opportunity ONE gives me to climb up the ladder in the organization,” Ogasawara said. “However, more than anything, I want to put on fights that would elevate my name value among the kickboxing fans around the world.”

The Muay Thai bout between Ogasawara and Hamech is one of the four ONE Super Series bouts at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon.”

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