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ONE: Takeru left in limbo after Rodtang face-off fail

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ONE Championship: Takeru is left in limbo after Rodtang face-off fail – but still wants kickboxing fight in Tokyo

Japanese kickboxing icon flies to Bangkok for ONE Friday Fights 34 main event – but Superlek win throws a spanner in the worksTakeru admits the promotion’s plan was ‘of course’ to have him stare down Rodtang in the ring to set up fight had ‘Iron Man’ wonONE ChampionshipNicolas Atkinin BangkokPublished: 4:23pm, 23 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Takeru Segawa flew into Bangkok from Los Angeles for a staredown with Rodtang Jitmuangnon that never came, after Superlek Kiatmookao’s hand was raised at ONE Friday Fights 34.

But the Japanese kickboxing icon is still hopeful a big-money super fight with the Thai superstar can be booked for his debut in ONE Championship.

The 32-year-old signed with the Singapore-based martial arts promotion in April but is still waiting to fight, with ONE’s return to Japan – rumoured to be in Tokyo in early 2024 – believed to be earmarked for his first event.

Asked whether he had been brought to the Lumpinee Stadium specifically to set up a debut clash should “The Iron Man” have won, Takeru smiled.

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