[PHOTOS] Netherlands vs Thailand: Andy Souwer, Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex fight at ‘ONE: A New Era’ in Tokyo, Japan

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The Netherlands and Thailand were among the 19 countries represented at “ONE: A New Era” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 2019. It was the first ever ONE Championship event to take place in the country.

“ONE: A New Era” featured 11 mixed martial arts bouts and four ONE Super Series matches, which include two kickboxing contests and two Muay Thai contests. In the ninth bout of the evening, Andy “Souwer Power” Souwer, 36, of the Netherlands faced “The Hero” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex, 33, of Thailand.

Blue Corner

Fairtex is multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion. Training out of Fairtex Gym, he made his ONE Super Series debut on May 18, 2018 at “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore where he defeated Chris “The African Warrior” Ngimbi, 34, of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

On December 7, 2018, Yodsanklai defeated Luis “Soot Raeng Geert” Regis, 33, of Australia at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “ONE: A New Era” marked the Thai fighter’s third ONE Super Series bout.

Red Corner

Representing Team Souwer, Souwer made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on October 6, 2019. He lost to Anthony “The Assassin” Njokuani, 38, of Nigeria and the United States via split decision.

Souwer is a former K1 World Max Champion. “ONE: A New Era” marked his second ONE Championship bout.

Fight Result

Souwer and Yodsanklai competed in a kickboxing contest at a catch weight of 72 kg. Atsushi Onari served as the referee.

Onari put a stop to the contest after 51 seconds in the second round. Yodsanklai knocked out Souwer.

Winning at “ONE: A New Era” improved Yodsanklai 201’s  professional kickboxing and Muay Thai record to 202 wins, 71 losses and 4 draws. On the other hand, Souwer now has 179 wins, 20 losses and 1 draw.

“ONE: A New Era” Main Event 

In the main event, Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan challenged reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of the Philippines in a rematch.

[RESULT TO BE ADDED HERE]

Australia, Brazil, China, Cyprus, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States were also represented at “ONE: A New Era.” Check all the official results on Conan Daily.

Nigeria’s Anthony Njokuani earns 1st ONE Super Series win

Anthony Njokuani
Anthony Njokuani

On October 6, 2018, Anthony “The Assassin” Njokuani, 38, of Nigeria and the United States made his debut in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series. He was the only Nigerian athlete who competed at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok.

“ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” featured eight ONE Super Series contests and six mix martial arts bouts. In the 10th bout of the evening, Njokuani competed in a kickboxing bout in the lightweight division against Andy “The Destroyer” Souwer, 35, of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

After three three-minute rounds, the kickboxing lightweight bout between Njokuani and Souwer was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, referee Atsushi Onari raised the hand of the Nigerian-American contender as the winner via split decision.

The win at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” improved Njokuani’s professional record to 26 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Souwer now has  160 wins, 21 losses and 1 draw.

In the co-main event of the evening, Stamp Fairtex, 20, of Pattaya, Thailand became the new ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion by dethroning Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Chinese Taipei. The Thai challenger won via unanimous decision.

In the main event, reigning World Boxing Council Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Sisaket, Thailand and his challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 28, of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico competed in 12 rounds of boxing. The Thai defending champion retained his title by winning via unanimous decision.

Watch the “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” livestreaming here: