Superlek respects Ilias Ennahachi’s decision to vacate flyweight kickboxing belt

Superlek Kiatmoo9 and Ilias Ennahachi [Photo Credits: ONE Championship]
Superlek Kiatmoo9 (left) and Ilias Ennahachi (right) [Photo Credits: ONE Championship]

Superlek Kiatmoo9 is disappointed that he will not be able to square off with former ONE flyweight kickboxing world champion Ilias Ennahachi this Friday night at ONE Fight Night 6 on Prime Video.

Ennahachi informed ONE Championship that he would be unable to safely make weight for his scheduled world title co-main event with 'The Kicking Machine,’ leaving him no choice but to vacate the ONE flyweight kickboxing world title. Speaking with the promotion, Superlek shared his disappointment with the situation but respects Ennahachi’s decision.

“I feel a bit disappointed that I can’t have a showdown with Ilias. I have been waiting for this rematch for two years. But I respect his decision.”

Nearly two years ago, Superlek Kiatmoo9 and Ennahachi squared off inside the circle at ONE: Fists of Fury. On that night, Ennahachi scored a unanimous decision victory to successfully defend his belt, but the bout came with a fair amount of controversy as the general consensus favored ‘The Kicking Machine’ as the clear winner.

The silver lining to the situation is that he will still get his ONE world title fight on Friday night. Rather than getting his long-awaited rematch with Ennahachi, Superlek will square off with Daniel Puertas for the vacant flyweight championship.

Superlek vs. Puertas won’t be the only kickboxing world title fight at ONE Fight Night 6

Superlek vs. Puertas is a kickboxing showdown that will certainly have fans glued to their devices. However, it won’t be the kickboxing world title fight in town when ONE Championship invades Impact Arena in Bangkok.

In the main event of the evening, ONE’s featherweight kickboxing titleholder Superbon Singha Mawynn will finally face the No.1-ranked contender, Chingiz Allazov. The pair have previously been scheduled to square off on more than one occasion, but fans will finally be treated to a heavy-hitting war on January 13.

Superbon will step into the bout undefeated under the ONE banner, scoring the general consensus knockout of the year for 2021 against Giorgio Petrosyan. He followed that up with a unanimous decision win over Marat Grigorian, solidifying himself as perhaps the greatest kickboxer in the world.

Allavoz earned his shot at Superbon by running through the competition during the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix tournament. It took ‘Chinga’ less than three minutes to secure his spot in the final with back-to-back knockouts of Samy Sana and Jo Nattawut. In the tournament final, Allazaov bested eight-time kickboxing and Muay Thai world champion Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong via unanimous decision to become the No.1 contender to Superbon’s crown.

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Edited by Allan Mathew
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