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China’s Zhang Chenglong earns 3rd ONE Super Series win, knocks out Australia’s Tyler Hardcastle at ‘ONE: Legendary Quest’ in Shanghai

Zhang Chenglong, Atsushi Onari, Tyler Hardcastle (© ONE Championship)

Zhang Chenglong, Atsushi Onari, Tyler Hardcastle (© ONE Championship)

“Muay Thai Boy” Zhang Chenglong, 21, of Shengli, Shandong, China was one of the winners at “ONE: Legendary Quest.” It was the Chinese martial artist’s third victory in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series.

Featuring three Muay Thai matches, two kickboxing contests and nine MMA bouts, “ONE: Legendary Quest” took place at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on June 15, 2019. In the 12th bout of the evening, Zhang fought Tyler Hardcastle, 22, of Perth, Western Australia, Australia in a kickboxing match in the bantamweight division with Atsushi Onari as the referee.

Onari put a stop to the contest after 1 minute and 54 seconds in the first round. Zhang knocked out Hardcastle.

Winning at “ONE: Legendary Quest” improved the professional kickboxing record of Zhang to 48 wins, 12 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Hardcastle now has 24 wins and 10 losses.

[PHOTOS] China vs Australia: Zhang Chenglong, Tyler Hardcastle fight at ‘ONE: Legendary Quest’ in Shanghai

Zhang was one of the five hometown heroes who competed at “ONE: Legendary Quest” while Hardcastle was one of the two representatives of Australia. Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Scotland, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented.

On June 12, 2019, Zhang and Hardcastle had their official face-off during the press conference at Yunspace in Shanghai. The event was graced by ONE Championship Greater China chairman Hua Fung Teh and reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, of China.

Born in Beijing, China on October 17, 1997, Zhang was 12 years when he started his training in sanda and Muay Thai. When he was 17, he went to Thailand to continue his martial arts training.

“ONE: Legendary Quest” marked Zhang’s third ONE Super Series bout. Training out of Shengli Fight Club, he is a former Top King Muay Thai World Champion, won the MAX Muaythai 63 kg Silver Belt in 2016 and the Glory Featherweight Qualification Tournament in 2017.

The first two opponents Zhang defeated in ONE Super Series were Kong “Little White Dragon” Sambo, 23, of Cambodia and Panicos Yusuf, 33, of Limassol, Cyprus.

Meanwhile, watch the “ONE: Legendary Quest” recap here:

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