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Netherlands’ Santino Verbeek earns 1st ONE Super Series win at ‘ONE: Immortal Triumph’ in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Santino Verbeek, Atsushi Onari, Juan Cervantes (©ONE Championship)

Santino Verbeek, Atsushi Onari, Juan Cervantes (©ONE Championship)

Santino Verbeek, 24, of the Netherlands was one of the winners at “ONE: Immortal Triumph.” It was his first victory in ONE Super Series, the striking only league of Singapore-based martial arts organization ONE Championship.

Featuring nine Muay Thai matches and three kickboxing contests, “ONE: Immortal Triumph” took place at the Phu Tho Indoor Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on September 6, 2019. In the fourth bout of the evening, Verbeek faced Juan Cervantes, 32, of the United Kingdom in a kickboxing contest in the welterweight division.

Atsushi Onari served as the referee. After three three-minute rounds, he raised the hand of Verbeek, who was declared the winner via majority decision.

Winning at “ONE: Immortal Triumph” improved the professional kickboxing record of Verbeek to 37 wins, 14 losses and 3 draws. On the other hand, Cervantes now has 31 wins, 10 losses and 1 draw.

Both Verbeek and Cervantes made their ONE Super Series debuts at “ONE: Immortal Triumph.” The Dutch contender is a product of Sokudo Gym in Hoorn, Netherlands while the British fighter is training out of Northern Kings Gym, Newcastle in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, North East England, England, U.K.

Including the Netherlands and the U.K., 15 countries were represented at “ONE: Immortal Triumph.” The others were Algeria, Australia, Brazil, France, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia,  Russia, Slovakia, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.

Verbeek solely represented the Netherlands. Cervantes was one of the three representatives of the U.K.

Born on January 24, 1995, Verbeek went to VMBO Titaan in Hoorn, Netherlands. Before joining ONE Super Series, the Sokudo Gym athlete was a World Fighting League World Champion.

Currently based in Hoorn, Verbeek and his wife are expecting their first child in November 2019. He is training under the tutelage of Dutch retired kickboxer Ernesto “Mr. Perfect” Hoost, 54, who is considered one of the best kickboxers of all time.

“ONE: Immortal Triumph” was the first ever ONE Championship event to take place in Vietnam and it featured the organization’s first ever fight card that included striking bouts only. Here is a recap:


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