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Morocco’s Tarik Khbabez ready for inaugural ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Championship bout

Tarik Khbabez

Tarik Khbabez (©ONE Championship)

Tarik “The Tank” Khbabez, 27, of the Netherlands and Morocco was one of the ONE Championship athletes who participated in the official “ONE: Age of Dragons” open workout in Beijing, China on November 13, 2019. Training out of ARJ Trainingen in Den Haag, Netherlands, he is set to make compete for the ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Championship.

“They call me The Tank because I am strong and very hard to beat,” Khbabez explained. “I press forward in one direction. I keep coming and I’m always on the offensive.”

Featuring six MMA bouts, four kickboxing contests and one Muay Thai match, ONE Championship will hold “ONE: Age of Dragons” at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing on November 16, 2019. In the co-main event of the evening, Khbabez and Roman Kryklia, 28, of Ukraine will compete for the inaugural ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Championship.

“I want to thank ONE Championship for giving me this opportunity,” Khbabez said. “Competing for the ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Championship is an honor. I know this is going to be one of the toughest matches in my career.”

“My belief is that if you train hard enough, you can defeat anyone and I’ve trained very hard for this bout,” the Dutch-Moroccan kickboxer continued. “I plan to show the heart of a fighter in this one.”

Khbabez was born in Rabat, Morocco on April 20, 1992 and is currently based in Den Haag. A two-time SUPERKOMBAT Heavyweight World Champion, the ARJ Trainingen athlete is known for his aggressive style and his fast and powerful combinations.

A heavy-handed striker, Khbabez has been perfect so far in ONE Super Series, winning all four of his bouts impressively. After defeating Alain Ngalani, Ibrahim El Bouni, Andrei Stoica and Anderson Silva in the ONE Championship striking-only league, the Dutch-Moroccan kickboxer now holds a professional kickboxing record of 46 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw.

On the other hand, Kryklia is currently riding an eight-bout winning streak heading into his ONE Super Series debut. He is a former Kunlun Fight World Champion.

Kryklia was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine on October 11, 1991. He is training out of Gridin Gym in Minsk, Belarus.

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