ONE Championship

New Double-Champ Regian Eersel Welcomes All Challengers: Just Give Me A Fight

ONE Fight Night 3: Lineker vs. Andrade took place on 22 October at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and a trifecta of ONE World Titles were up for grabs.

One of which was the history-making bout between ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Champion Regian Eersel and Sinsamut Klinmee for the inaugural ONE Lightweight Muay Thai World Title.

The Dutchman managed to claim his second strap after going five hard rounds with Sinsamut in a bout that Eersel feels put him back in touch with his Muay Thai roots.

“You know my gym is Sityodtong Amsterdam, and everybody knows that Sityodtong is from a Thai gym in Thailand, and [that we] focus on both sports, kickboxing and Muay Thai. If you know me, before I signed with ONE Championship, I was already a Muay Thai champion. So, it's not new to me. I wouldn't say it was easy to adapt. I had a little bit of ring rust, but it was okay. I really enjoyed it,” he said.

Despite having already been the kickboxing king before he entered the bout, the new champ-champ felt at a disadvantage entering the matchup, sensing he was partaking in a sport that Sinsamut was very much acquainted with. 

The challenge was one that Eersel relished, though.

“I had a feeling I entered his world,” Eersel said. “He had a lot more experience than me in Muay Thai, especially with the small gloves. So, at the beginning of the fight, I was a little bit careful. And I knew he [was] counter-fighting. So, I didn't really put [on] the pressure, but my game plan worked, and I got the win.”

Now that Eersel reigns strong across two divisions and remains undefeated under the ONE banner, he is not in the business of calling out the opposition. The Dutchman just wants to fight and, as king of two sports, he believes the challengers should be making themselves known to him. 

“You know, I have no [opponent I want to fight next],” Eersel said. “As I said before, ONE Championship [can] give me a name and I'll be there. I'm not a fighter [who] challenges some people. I just want to fight. Just give me a fight, and I will be there.”