Jamal Yusupov believes he’s earned the right to face Tawanchai for the ONE featherweight Muay Thai world title

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Jamal Yusupov/ONE Championship

Russian world title contender Jamal Yusupov believes he has earned the right to challenge Tawanchai for the ONE featherweight Muay Thai belt. That's despite only having three bouts since joining the promotion back in 2019.

'Yeniceri' has won each of his first three matches inside the circle, beating Yodsanklai Photirat, Samy Sana, and Jo Nattawut en route to a world title shot.

With that run, the 39-year-old is firm in his belief that he deserves the opportunity to challenge Tawanchai at ONE Fight Night 7 on Prime Video. Jamal Yusupov told ONE:

“I have been moving toward this goal for a long time. I have been anticipating this title fight and now, I am here."

Yusupov added:

“I was not worried [that I had missed the opportunity]. I knew I was the number one contender, as I did not see anyone else in the division who could fight for the belt other than me. However, this fight is certainly a big step for me, and it is a big responsibility.”

Jamal Yusupov isn't impressed by Tawanchai's recent showings inside the Circle

The featherweight Muay Thai champ is making his first world title defense at ONE Fight Night 7, having gaining the belt by defeating Petchmorakot Petchyindee last September. The Thai striker is 4-1 under the ONE Championship banner.

Yusupov hasn't been impressed with Tawanchai's performances and doesn't see recent activity as playing a factor in their matchup. He told the promotion:

“I would not say that Tawanchai’s recent activity would play any role in our fight. I am preparing for this fight very seriously. The training camp went well. I am ready both mentally and physically. I am focused on this fight 100 percent now.”

The Dagestan native owns a serious experience advantage over his upcoming opponent. He's 16 years older than the champ and has faced many top opponents, including Marouan Toutouh, Alim Nabiev, and Regian Eersel.

Make sure to tune in to ONE Fight Night 7 on February 24 to watch Jamal Yusupov challenge Tawanchai for the featherweight Muay Thai title, live from the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

ONE Fight Night 7 is live and free for viewers in North America via Prime Video.

Check out Jamal Yusupov's full fight against Jo Nattawut below:


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