Myanmar has already produced two big names on the international stage of competition namely Aung La N Sang and Phoe Thaw while the local mixed martial arts scene in the country is in its infancy stage. Now, a female MMA fighter, Bozhena Antoniyar, desires to follow in the footsteps of the two, her fellow ONE Championship athletes.
“I look up to them, especially Aung La N Sang,” Antoniyar stated. “As I continue my career as a mixed martial artist in ONE Championship, I hope to touch more lives like what Aung La N Sang and Phoe Thaw have done.”
Aung La N Sang accomplished a rare feat of becoming a two-division titleholder in the sport, defeating Russia’s Vitaly Bigdash for the ONE Middleweight World Championship in June 2017 before capturing the vacant ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship against Brazil’s Alexandre Machado this past February.
Meanwhile, Phoe Thaw is climbing up the ladder of ONE Championship’s talented featherweight division, winning six-straight outings in thrilling fashion.
With Aung La N Sang and Phoe Thaw spearheading Myanmar’s campaign in the forever-expanding landscape of mixed martial arts, Bozhena Antoniyar wants to replicating their success in the sport.
A two-time national boxing champion, Bozhena Antoniyar made a sensational debut at ONE: QUEST FOR GOLD last February, defeating compatriot and fellow debutante Shwe Sin.
Bozhena Antoniyar made history on her first night as a ONE Championship competitor, not only that she became one of the first two Myanmar female athletes to compete in the promotion, but she also secured the fastest knockout and stoppage win in the organization’s atomweight bracket.
The 23-year-old Yangon native is set to return to action on 6 October as she squares off with Thai martial arts darling Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige on the undercard of ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES, which emanates from the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
Bozhena Antoniyar promises another scintillating performance as she eyes a follow-up to her record-setting victory eight months ago.
“As much as possible, I want to give the fans what they want. They came for an action-packed fight with an amazing conclusion. In my upcoming fight, fans should expect that I would have the same mentality. I will look for that finish,” she guaranteed.
“It’s truly an honor to represent my country. I will be entering enemy territory on 6th of October, but I am optimistic that I will get back home and celebrate my victory with my countrymen. This is for Myanmar,” she ended.