Fans react to Nong-O Hama vs. Jonathan Haggerty bantamweight Muay Thai showdown

(left) Nong-O Hama and (right) Jonathan Haggerty [Credit: ONE Championship]
(left) Nong-O Hama and (right) Jonathan Haggerty [Credit: ONE Championship]

Fans online have shared their reactions to Nong-O Hama vs. Jonathan Haggerty after ONE Championship announced their matchup on their social media pages this week.

The “Breaking News” has caught many Muay Thai fans by surprise, causing many to believe that a world title fight with Nong-O Hama might be too early for ‘The General’.

The former flyweight Muay Thai world champion moved up to a heavier weight class early last year and won his first bout at catchweight against Russia’s Vladimir Kuzmin. Despite winning the bout by majority decision, many thought Haggerty looked uncomfortable fighting against a heavier opponent.

With his second bantamweight fight scheduled for April 21, fans believe he won’t be ready in time to face Nong-O Hama’s wrath at ONE Fight Night 9 on Prime Video.

Read some of the fan reactions below:

“I like Haggerty, but I don't think he is eligible to challenge the bantamweight title...He's only had one fight in this division.😢”
“Haggerty is a badass MT fighter, super fast and accurate and I love watching him fight. But Nong-O is too powerful and really confident. BTW this is gonna be 🔥.”
“In Thailand, JH is highly regarded. Fighting against Sam-A, Rodtang, and Mongkhonphet, he has a distinctive style that can wield weapons quickly.”
“Sad to say but.....Nong-O gonna eat him alive.....”
“Just another day for Nong-O of smoking foreigners in his homeland 😂.”
“Haggerty had big problems in the weight division below defending himself against Rodtang. I dont see this going the distance whatsoever…”

Rewatch the all-out war between Nong-O Hama vs. Alaverdi Ramazanov at ONE Friday Fights 1

Russia’s Alaverdi Ramazanov was no doubt Nong-O Hama’s toughest challenger to date.

The two warriors met for the first time at ONE Friday Fights 1 at the famed Lumpinee Boxing Stadium on Jan. 20.

At the time, Ramazanov garnered two straight victories against two of the most lethal strikers in the division to earn a shot at the bantamweight gold, while the Pattaya warrior was heading for his seventh straight world title defense after making quick work of UK superstar Liam Harrison in August 2022.

Both warriors put on a showstopper with the divisional king taking the lead in the third round after making a late start. Ramazanov, for his part, delivered some of the most outstanding push kicks fans have ever seen, which really demoralized Nong-O Hama from the onset.

However, the Thai’s experience spoke volumes. Delivering punches from all angles, the defending champion eventually dropped Ramazanov in the third round to retain his seat on the throne and claim the 50,000 USD performance bonus.


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