Thailand’s Rodtang Jitmuangnon: UK’s Jonathan Haggerty is very talented

Jonathan Haggerty, Atsushi Onari, Rodtang Jitmuangnon (©ONE Championship)

Jonathan Haggerty, Atsushi Onari, Rodtang Jitmuangnon (©ONE Championship)

Jonathan “The General” Haggerty, 22, of the United Kingdom is set to challenge reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion “The Iron Man” Rodtang Jitmuangnon, 22, of Thailand at “ONE: A New Tomorrow.” It will be a rematch between the two ONE Super Series stars.

On January 6, 2020, ONE Championship held the official kick-off “ONE: A New Tomorrow” press conference at the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. During the event, Rodtang said, “I’m honored to be defending my ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship on the first main event of the year and more importantly, I am very happy to be able to do it in front of my home country in Thailand.”

“Jonathan Haggerty is a very talented fighter and he is a former champion,” Rodtang continued. “In our first fight, we put on a great show for the fans and I am sure that we will do the same in this rematch. I am also sure that like in the first fight, I will show everyone that I am the better fighter and the rightful champion.”

Haggerty is the former ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion. He was dethroned by Rodtang on August 2, 2019 at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.


Also during the “ONE: A New Tomorrow” press conference, ONE Championship announced a partnership with the Sports Authority of Thailand, which aims to further develop the sport of Muay Thai on a global scale. The collaboration will see both organizations work together to establish ONE Hero Series Muay Thai in Thailand, which seeks to discover grassroots Muay Thai talent in both the local and international level.

ONE Championship Thailand president “Plai” Jitinat Asdamongkol, Minister of Tourism and Sports secretary Khemmapol Auitayakul and Professional Sports Development and Boxing Department director Tanukiat Janchum attended the “ONE: A New Tomorrow” press conference. Actors Sanya Kunakorn (สัญญา คุณากร), 56, “Big” Thongpoom Siripipat (“บิ๊ก” ทองภูมิ สิริพิพัฒน์), 31, and “Bank” Thiti Mahayotaruk (“แบงค์” ติ มหาโยธารักษ์), 23, singers Kratae R. Siam (กระแต อาร์สยาม), 32, and “Typhoon” Kanokchat Manyaton (กนกฉัตร มรรยาทอ่อน), 28, and hip-hop group Buddha Bless (บุดด้า เบลส) member Suranun “Tong” Chumtaratorn (สุรนันต์ ชุ่มธาราธร), 43, were special guests.

The “ONE: A New Tomorrow” fight night will take place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok on January 10, 2020. There are six mixed martial arts matches, five Muay Thai contests and one kickboxing bout on the fight card.

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