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My mother sacrificed a lot to support my dream, reveals Enkh-Orgil Baatarkhuu

LockerRoom Team
18 December 2022

Enkh-Orgil Baatarkhuu recently won the first season of Road to ONE Mongolia and secured a USD $100,000 ONE Championship contract.

While it is a huge boost in the life of the Mongolian fighter, it was not always sunshine and rainbows for him.

When Baatarkhuu was young, he naturally experienced fighting sports. He often watched his favourite action heroes on television as a child, and he frequently got into unplanned brawls with the other kids in his neighbourhood.

The Mongolian took such pleasure in those pursuits that he eventually sought out professional wrestling instruction and sought to perfect the martial art. But finally, it took him in a different direction: Taekwondo.

The young Mongolian had discovered his calling, but coming from a poor home made it difficult for him to follow it. However, his mother was prepared to go above and beyond for her son's success.

“My mother was my biggest supporter. When I went to Ulaanbaatar to take part in my first taekwondo competition, my mother took out a payday loan and paid for my travel expenses. She worked as a nurse at the local hospital at the time and her salary wasn’t very high,” he recalled in an interview with ONE Championship.

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And hailing from a poor family, taking out a payday meant a lot of sacrifices.

“For a poor family like ours, taking a payday loan means making a lot of sacrifices. But my mother thought it was more important to support her son’s dream – the dream of becoming an Asian, World, and Olympic Champion in martial arts, and making my people proud,” the fighter added.

The sacrifices did not go in vain. His triumph in the Road to ONE event was nothing short of exciting.

Baatarkhuu took advantage of the chance he got at the event. He won consecutive matches in the live, two-part show's conclusion in Ulaanbaatar's Steppe Arena, culminating in a one-punch knockout of Bat-Ochir Batsaikhan to take home the title of Road to ONE: Mongolia and the accompanying six-figure contract with ONE Championship.

Now on the organization's roster, Baatarkhuu is getting ready for his promotional debut in 2023 and hopes to follow in the footsteps of his instructor by winning the ONE World Title.

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