Liam “Hitman” Harrison's most recent fight in the ONE Championship Circle highlighted why no one should ever count the Englishman out, even if things are looking their worst.
After an almost unbelievable first-round TKO win against “Elbow Zombie” Muangthai PK.Saenchai at ONE 156: Eersel vs. Sadikovic in April, "Hitman" is now preparing for his greatest challenge yet.
Harrison's win over Munagthai at ONE 156 earned him a shot at ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao’s divisional strap, and he is working hard to prepare for his long-awaited opportunity to take on the Thai superstar.
“Everyone has always asked me, ‘Who do you wish you could have fought?’ I always said Nong-O, but I thought I might not ever get the chance. Now I have. And especially now for his belt as well. So it came at a perfect time,” “Hitman” said.
“He’s been on an eight-fight win streak in ONE. He’s defending his title and no one’s been able to touch him, but all good things come to an end, so let’s just see what happens.”
The 37-year-old striker will have his work cut out for him when he challenges the longtime divisional king. Nong-O is undefeated in the ONE Circle, and he has defended his strap five times.
That said, Harrison’s confidence is surely bolstered by his last performance.
His battle with “Elbow Zombie” came dangerously close to ending early in his opponent’s favor, but the Leeds native managed to hold out and put together the comeback of a lifetime.
Muangthai delivered two eight-counts to the British striker before the halfway point of the first round, and things were looking bleak. But Harrison answered both and then scored three knockdowns of his own to secure the victory.
The win improved his record to 89-24-2 and earned him a well-deserved title shot. In addition, the Bad Company athlete was awarded a monumental US$100,000 performance bonus from ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.
“Hitman” is determined to deliver an even more exciting performance against Nong-O, and he’s confident that the Thai’s days on the bantamweight Muay Thai throne are limited.
“I’m going to fight 'Liam Harrison-style' because that’s what got me to where I am today. I’m not going to start trying to out-technique him or run away. I’m not about that. I’m about heart, grit, hard punches, hard kicks, and just coming to entertain and look for the knockout,” Harrison said.
“And listen, if anyone could knock him out, it’s me. Nobody he has fought with punches like I do. If I land clean, then anyone in 4-ounce gloves will go.”
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