‘The General’ Jonathan Haggerty announced that he will be making a bantamweight Muay Thai debut against Vladimir Kuzmin at ONE on Prime Video 4.
Haggerty has been teasing his return to the ring for a few weeks now, posting images of himself strength training and muscle building on his Instagram page.
Now that the day is set for Friday, November 18, Haggerty gave fans another surprise by moving up from 135 lbs to 145 lbs to face Russian power-hitter Vladimir Kuzmin. In the caption, he wrote:
“Bantamweight division I am here 🤴🏼 @onechampionship Kuzmin first on my hit list 😤”
Jonathan Haggerty was expected to fight twice this year at ONE 157: Petchmorakot vs. Vienot for the ONE flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix quarterfinal round and at ONE on Prime Video 1: Moraes vs. Johnson II in a Grand Prix alternate bout against Amir Naseri.
Regrettably, Haggerty didn’t make it to the scales on both occasions due to non-COVID related illnesses, causing many fans to speculate that it had something to do with failing to meet hydration and weight checks ahead of the fights.
With Haggerty’s recent change in weight, it’s possible to surmise that fighting at 135 lbs just wasn’t cutting it anymore. Under the new weight class, fans can expect to see an even more powerful and aggressive version of Jonathan Haggerty as he takes on one of Russia’s rising stars Vladimir Kuzmin at ONE on Prime Video 4.
Jonathan Haggerty vs. Vladimir Kuzmin will be an absolute war
Jonathan Haggerty is probably one of the best strikers in the world right now. Renowned for his high level of striking, fast-paced aggression and technical prowess, ‘The General’ is certainly a tour de force.
Aside from having suffered only two losses under the current world champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon, the 25-year-old Englishman has been unstoppable. He is currently riding a two-fight win streak against the top strikers in the flyweight division.
Matching him in grit and violence is 24-year-old slugger Vladimir Kuzmin. The Russian newcomer made a huge splash in his promotional debut against Chris Shaw earlier this year, and although he lost his last bout at ONE 159 by split decision, he doesn’t shy away from a good brawl.
Fans can expect nothing but an action-packed war between Haggerty and Kuzmin as both fighters aim for a top spot in the division.