ONE on Prime Video 3: Regian Eersel edges out Sinsamut Klinmee to win inaugural ONE lightweight Muay Thai world title

Regian Eersel becomes the inaugural ONE lightweight Muay Thai world champion. [Photos ONE Championship]
Regian Eersel becomes the inaugural ONE lightweight Muay Thai world champion. [Photos ONE Championship]

Regian Eersel continued his perfect run in ONE Championship when he beat Sinsamut Klinmee via a split decision for the inaugural ONE lightweight Muay Thai world title at ONE on Prime Video 3.

Eersel, who already owns the ONE lightweight kickboxing world championship, became a two-sport world champion this Friday at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.

During his post-fight interview with Mitch Chilson, Regian Eersel said:

“First of all I wanna thank my team, without them Sityodtong Amsterdam I wouldn’t be here. Second I wanna thank ONE Championship, Kuala Lumpur I love you guys! Thank you I really enjoyed my time here. Mr. Chatri [Sityodtong] thank you also for the opportunity and I’m gonna enjoy this.”

Though the fight featured a methodical pace for the first four rounds, the two strikers upped the ante and launched everything they had in the closing round.

Eersel began throwing some haymakers and tagged Sinsamut with a crisp two-punch combo midway through the fifth. Sinsamut tried to counter, but the round belonged to ‘The Immortal’.

Bloodying Sinsamut in the final minutes, Eersel continued his assault and repeatedly tagged the Thai star with precise punches to the face to close out the fight.

The historic win marked Eersel’s eighth victory in as many matches in ONE Championship, thus making him one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the promotion.

Eersel also joined an exclusive list of two-sport world champions in the promotion that includes Stamp Fairtex, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, and Janet Todd.

“I feel great man, I feel very great, I can’t describe this feeling. I’ve written history right now. I’m the first Dutch-Surinamese that did it. You can call me champ-champ now, champ-champ.”

Regian Eersel welcomes all challengers

Now with two world titles draped around his shoulders, Regian Eersel knows that the target on his back just got bigger.

Eersel, though, is aware that he’s now got a bigger responsibility and he’s ready to welcome all challengers who want to take a shot at either of his two world titles.

In the same interview with Chilson, ‘The Immortal’ said that he’s going to jump between sports and defend both the ONE lightweight kickboxing and Muay Thai world titles.

“I did Muay Thai before, and I like to challenge myself. Life is a challenge, you have to challenge yourself, otherwise, you don’t live. This is a challenge, and it’s still a challenge and I enjoy it. I’m gonna jump back and forth between Muay Thai and kickboxing. I’m going to defend two belts now.”

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