Training out of Oguni Gym, “Momotaro” Kohei Kodera, 28, of Japan made his successful debut in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series at “ONE: Reign of Valor” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on March 8, 2019. He defeated Kenny “The Pitbull” Tse, 26, of Australia.
“ONE: Reign of Valor” featured nine MMA matches and five ONE Super Series contests, which are kickboxing bouts. In the first bout of the evening, Kodera and Tse competed in a kickboxing bout in the flyweight division with Elias Dolaptsis as the referee.
A karate black belt, Kodera was the sharper of the two athletes and was constantly a step ahead of his opponent for three full rounds. After three three-minute rounds, Dolaptsis raised the hand of the Japanese kickboxer, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Growing up in Tokyo, Japan, Kodera was in kindergarten when he started his karate training. He was 20 years old when he made his professional martial arts debut and went on to become the WBC Muay Thai International Champion.
On the other hand, Tse was born in Australia to Chinese immigrants. He was 13 years old when he started his kickboxing training and went on to become the K-1 South Pacific Champion.
Kodera was one of four fighters who represented Japan at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” Tse was the sole representative of Australia.
Including Japan and Australia, 21 countries were represented at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” The other countries were Cambodia, China, Finland, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
Here is a clip from the bout between Kodera and Tse: