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Roman Kryklia and Iraj Azizpour To Settle Trilogy At ONE 163

Every fighter has that one foe who they seemed destined to fight multiple times. For ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Champion Roman Kryklia and heavy-handed Iraj Azizpour, their foes are each other.

The two will meet in a trilogy bout at ONE 163: Akimoto vs. Petchtanong on Saturday, 19 November, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in the ONE Heavyweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Final.

Kryklia has become a promotional phenom over the years. Aside from capturing the light heavyweight kickboxing gold, he remains undefeated in ONE and owns three finishes in the Circle.

Despite his accomplishments, he’ll be in for a challenge when he meets Azizpour for a third time, as the Iranian put on a clinical display in his Grand Prix semifinals to set up this explosive finale.

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The history between these two started in 2018 outside of ONE Championship, however, where Azizpour handed the current king his last defeat, albeit by majority decision. 

The two boulders felt they would certainly cross paths again, and almost 12 months later Kryklia set foot in the ring with his nemesis with revenge on his mind. 

This time, after going to the judges’ scorecards again, Kryklia returned the favor to Azizpour, beating him by unanimous decision. 

On 19 November, the two meet yet again. However, the stakes are much higher this time around. Both men have been dominant on their way to the ONE Heavyweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Final.

Kryklia crushed Brazilian legend Guto Inocente inside one minute of the first round, while Azizpour dismissed Bruno Chaves in a three-round clinic.

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The two will finally decide once and for all who the better man is at ONE 163, and with both of their previous victories over each other having been decisions, expect them to go for the emphatic victory this time around to score the prestigious tournament silver belt.

Don’t miss ONE 163: Akimoto vs. Petchtanong on Saturday, 19 November, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets can be purchased at https://ticketmaster.sg/activity/detail/22_onenovsg