ONE Championship: Takeru ‘itching’ to make his debut – and may not wait for Rodtang, Chatri says
CEO Chatri Sityodtong says that ONE will ‘slot Takeru in quite quickly’ against another opponent if they have toPromotion still plans to have Japanese kickboxing icon fight in Tokyo, with 20,000-seat venue set to host eventONE ChampionshipNicolas AtkinPublished: 12:52pm, 14 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP
ONE Championship is still planning for Takeru Segawa to make his debut in Tokyo, but the martial arts promotion may no longer wait for Rodtang Jitmuangnon.
A clash between Japanese kickboxing icon and the ONE flyweight Muay Thai champion was being lined up almost immediately after Takeru signed in April.
The 32-year-old former K-1 Kickboxing champ is still yet to step into the ring in ONE, however, while Rodtang is busy preparing for a blockbuster title defence against his fellow Thai Superlek next week.
“We definitely want to do Rodtang and Takeru, but these big fights – just like Rodtang and Superlek – they take a lot of co-ordination, because a lot of parties are involved,” ONE chairman and CEO Chatri told the Post on Wednesday.
“So we will see. I’m optimistic, but I don’t want to announce anything until everything is signed and done.