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Myanmar’s Bozhena Antoniyar earns 3rd ONE Championship win, beats Bi Nguyen at ‘ONE: Masters of Destiny’ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bozhena Antoniyar (© ONE Championship)

Bozhena Antoniyar (© ONE Championship)

Bozhena “Toto” Antoniyar, 24, of Myanmar was one of the winners at “ONE: Masters of Destiny” at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 12, 2019. She defeated Bi “Killer Bee” Nguyen, 29, of Vietnam and the United States.

“ONE: Masters of Destiny” marked the third time Antoniyar won in ONE Championship. Before Nguyen, the Burmese mixed martial artist defeated Shwe Sin, 23, also from Myanmar, and Audreylaura “Ice Comet” Boniface, 29, of Malaysia in the promotion.

ONE Championship included four kickboxing contests, two Muay Thai matches and 10 MMA bouts on the “ONE: Masters of Destiny” card. In the third bout of the evening, Antoniyar and Nguyen competed in an MMA match in the women’s atomweight division with Motohiro Tsuruwa as the referee.

It was a closely contested bout. Both ladies came out of the gates firing and appeared evenly matched from the start.

Nguyen relied heavily on her diverse Muay Thai striking. But it was Antoniyar who found success with her boxing.

After three three-minute rounds, the Muay Thai contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Tsuruwa raised the hand of Antoniyar, who was declared the winner via split decision.

Winning at “ONE: Masters of Destiny” improved the professional MMA record of Antoniyar to 3 wins and 1 loss. She is training out Bali MMA and Team Toto.

On the other hand, Nguyen now holds a professional MMA record of 5 wins and 4 losses. She is training out of Tiger Muay Thai.

Including Myanmar, Vietnam and the U.S., 19 countries were represented at “ONE: Masters of Destiny.” The others were Australia, Brazil, China, Finland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

Antoniyar solely represented Myanmar at “ONE: Masters of Destiny.” Nguyen was one of the three representatives of the U.S. and the only representative of Vietnam.

More photos from the bout between Antoniyar and Nguyen are on Top Sports Asia. Here are some “ONE: Masters of Destiny” highlights:

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