Back in 2017, the IMMAF World Championship in Bahrain witnessed a milestone for Indian MMA as the nation saw its first female fighter stepping into the World Championship arena as Naipunya Sunil fought Hannah Dawson. Although Naipunya suffered a defeat at the event, her name was etched into the history books forever.
Fast forward to 2020, Naipunya is set to make another huge leap as she will be making her promotional debut at Matrix Fight Night 4. The Kozhikode-based fighter, who took up combat sports at a young age after being inspired by people boxing on the roadsides while returning from school, understands that there is a huge responsibility on her shoulder when she steps into the MFN cage to fight Ishika Thite.
Naipunya Sunil: I take it as an honour to be the first Indian fighter take part in the IMMAF World championship. But it also entails huge responsibilities on me to take part in this event and do the best.
Naipunya’s fight camp has been going on for the past three-months at SFC Crossfit in Kozhikode where she had the support of her teammate Rajith Chandran, who was also preparing for his fight with Anshul Jubli at Matrix Fight Night 4.
Naipunya Sunil: The sessions are going on as planned in full swing. The training has been chalked and hope to see better results. I have been practising with my teammate Rajith for the past 3 months. It was a wonderful experience and I had a very good time with him. I could learn many techniques from him
Unlike Naipunya, her opponent Ishika already has a one-fight experience in Matrix Fight Night and at the same time, Ishika has a strong amateur record to showcase as well. The Keralite is respectful and expects a good competition from her counterpart.
Naipunya Sunil: I have seen Ishika's fight in MFN 2. I think she has very good tactics. She is a good fighter and I expect a good competition.
Naipunya also feels that it is important to face different adversities for excel as an athlete and added that it would be a privilege of her to inspire the people back home.
Naipunya Sunil: I feel anyone who decides to take up any competitive field can excel only if he or she is exposed to many different competition in that particular field. Many Keralites are already inspired by seeing my fight after this many more will step in to this field and it will be a privilege for me.
Naipunya Sunil vs. Ishika Thite will be one of the seven fights that will happen at Matrix Fight Night 4 in Dubai this weekend. The fight card will be headlined by Jason Ramesh Solomon and Pawan Maan.
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