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Ukraine’s Roman Kryklia is still ONE Kickboxing Light Heavyweight Champion, beats Andrei Stoica in Singapore

 

Roman Kryklia (Роман Крикля), 29, of Ukraine is still the reigning kickboxing heavyweight world champion in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series. The Ukrainian kickboxer successfully defended his title at “ONE: Collision Course.”

Featuring four MMA fights, one Muay Thai match and one kickboxing contest, “ONE: Collision Course” was held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on December 18, 2020. The audience in attendance was limited due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In the main event of the evening, Andrei “Mister KO” Stoica, 32, Romania challenged Kryklia. Olivier Coste served as the referee while Rosenberg Rosete of the Philippines, Brad Robinson of the United States and Tomas Genberg of Sweden were the judges.

After five three-minute rounds, the title bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Coste raised the hand of Kryklia, who was declared as the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Collision Course” improved the professional kickboxing record of Kryklia to 46 wins and 7 losses. It was his first successful defense as the ONE Kickboxing Light Heavyweight Champion.

It was Stoica’s fourth outing in ONE Super Series. He now holds a professional kickboxing record of 52 wins and 13 losses.

 

Eight countries were represented at “ONE: Collision Course” namely Cambodia, China, Japan, Romania, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and the U.S. Kryklia and Stoica solely represented Ukraine and Romania, respectively.

Kryklia stands 200 cm and trains at Gridin Gym in Minsk, Belarus. When he made his ONE Super Series debut on November 16, 2019, he became the inaugural ONE Kickboxing Light Heavyweight Champion by knocking out Tarik “The Tank” Khbabez, 28, of Morocco.

Stoica is 12 cm shorter than Kryklia. The Romanian kickboxer trains out of Stoica Brothers Fight Academy in Bucharest, Romania.

It was the second to the last ONE Championship event held in 2020. Dom Lau served as the cage announcer while Steve Dawson and Mitch Chilson were the commentators.

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