[PHOTOS] Japan, South Korea vs Malaysia: Yoshihiro Akiyama, Agilan Thani fight at ‘ONE: Legendary Quest’ in China

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Japan, South Korea and Malaysia were among the 15 countries represented at “ONE: Legendary Quest.” On the card were both mixed martial arts matches and ONE Super Series contests, featuring both kickboxing and Muay Thai.

ONE Championship held “ONE: Legendary Quest” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on June 15, 2019. The co-main event of the evening was between Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama, 43, of Japan and South Korea and Agilan “Alligator” Thani, 23, of Malaysia.

Akiyama was one of the three representatives of Japan and one of the three representatives of South Korea at “ONE: Legendary Quest” while Thani solely represented Malaysia. Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Morocco, Myanmar, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Scotland, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented.

On June 12, 2019, Akiyama and Thani had their official face-off during the press conference at Yunspace in Shanghai. The event was graced by ONE Championship Greater China chairman Hua Fung Teh and reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, of China.

Blue Corner

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 18, 1995, Thani was undefeated as an amateur fighter and turned professional in 2015 when he joined ONE Championship. “ONE: Legendary Quest” marked his 12th bout in the promotion.

Thani trains out of Monarchy MMA in Kuala Lumpur under Samir Mrabet, 34, of Brussels, Belgium. In addition, the Malaysian fighter regularly visits Team Quest in the United States for his training.

Red Corner

A fourth-generation Japanese, Akiyama was born Sung Hoon Choo in Ikuno-Ku, Osaka, Japan to Korean parents on July 29, 1975. He started his judo training when he was 3 years old and went on to become a third-dan black belt in judo and a black belt in Gaidojutsu.

Training out of his own gym Team Cloud in Tokyo, Japan, Akiyama made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Legendary Quest.” Before joining the promotion, he competed in K-1, DREAM and the Ultimate Fighting Championship, among others.

Fight Result

Akiyama and Thani ompeted in an MMA match in the welterweight division. Olivier Coste served as the referee.

After three five-minute rounds, the welterweight contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Coste raised the hand of Thani, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Legendary Quest” improved the professional MMA record of Thani to 9 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Akiyama now has 14 wins, 7 losses, 0 draw and 2 No Contests.

“ONE: Legendary Quest” Main Event

ONE Super Series debutante Alma Juniku, 18, of Australia challenged reigning ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex, 27, of Thailand in the main event. The Thai defending champion won via unanimous decision.

Check all “ONE: Legendary Quest” results on Conan Daily.

[PHOTOS] Japan vs South Korea: Koyomi Matsushima, Kwon Won Il fight at ‘ONE: Legendary Quest’ in Shanghai, China

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Japan and South Korea were among the 15 countries represented at “ONE: Legendary Quest.” On the card were both mixed martial arts matches and ONE Super Series contests, featuring both kickboxing and Muay Thai.

ONE Championship held “ONE: Legendary Quest” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on June 15, 2019. The 10th bout of the evening was between Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima, 26, of Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan and “Pretty Boy” Kwon Won Il, 23, of South Korea.

Matsushima was one of the three athletes who represented Japan at “ONE: Legendary Quest” while Kwon was one of the three representatives of South Korea. Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Scotland, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented.

On June 12, 2019, Matsushima and Kwon had their official face-off during the press conference at Yunspace in Shanghai. The event was graced by ONE Championship Greater China chairman Hua Fung Teh and reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, of China.

Blue Corner

Born in South Korea on July 24, 1995, Kwon is a black belt in taekwondo. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally since 2014.

“ONE: Legendary Quest” marked Kwon’s fourth ONE Championship bout. He is training out of Extreme Combat in Goyang, South Korea and Top Gym BF in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Red Corner

Born on October 8, 1992 in Yokohama, Matsushima started his martial arts training with Kyokushin karate. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally since 2015.

Training out of Pancrase ISM Yokohama, Matsushima made his ONE Championship debut on September 22, 2018 and beat former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov, 34, of Makhachkala, Russia. “ONE: Legendary Quest” marked the Japanese fighter’s second bout in the promotion.

Fight Result

Matsushima and Kwon competed in an MMA bout in the featherweight division. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

After three five-minute rounds, the featherweight bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Cheng raised the hand of Matsushima, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Legendary Quest” improved the professional MMA record of Matsushima to 11 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Kwon now has 7 wins and 2 losses.

“ONE: Legendary Quest” Main Events

Agilan “Alligator” Thani, 23, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia faced ONE Championship debutante Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama, 43, of Osaka, Japan in an MMA match in the welterweight division. The Malaysian contender won via unanimous decision.

ONE Super Series debutante Alma Juniku, 18, of Australia challenged reigning ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex, 27, of Thailand in the main event. The Thai defending champion won via unanimous decision.

Check all “ONE: Legendary Quest” results on Conan Daily.

[PHOTOS] Japan vs Philippines: Itsuki Hirata, Angelie Sabanal fight at ‘ONE: Legendary Quest’ in Shanghai, China

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Japan and the Philippines were among the 15 countries represented at “ONE: Legendary Quest.” On the card were both mixed martial arts matches and ONE Super Series contests, featuring both kickboxing and Muay Thai.

ONE Championship held “ONE: Legendary Quest” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on June 15, 2019. The second bout of the evening was between Itsuki “Strong Heart Fighter” Hirata, 18, of Tokyo, Japan and Angelie Sabanal, 29, of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.

Hirata was one of the three athletes who represented Japan at “ONE: Legendary Quest” while Sabanal was one of the three representatives of the Philippines. Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Scotland, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented.

On June 12, 2019, Hirata and Sabanal had their official face-off during the press conference at Yunspace in Shanghai. The event was graced by ONE Championship Greater China chairman Hua Fung Teh and reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, of China.

Blue Corner

Sabanal trains out of Mindanao Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts in Cagayan de Oro. “ONE: Legendary Quest” marked her third ONE Championship outing.

When Sabanal made her ONE Championship debut on March 24, 2018, she defeated Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige, 30, of Bangkok, Thailand via unanimous decision. On November 17, 2018, the Filipino fighter lost to Priscilla “Thathi” Hertati Lumban Gaol, 31, of Jakarta, Indonesia via unanimous decision.

Red Corner

Training out of K-Clann in Katsushika-ku, Tokyo, Hirata made her ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Legendary Quest.” It was her fourth bout as a professional MMA fighter.

Born on August 24, 1999 in Tokyo, Hirata made her professional MMA debut in 2018. She won three consecutive bouts at “Fighting Agent War” Season 3.

Fight Result

Hirata and Sabanal competed in an MMA match in the women’s atomweight division. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

Cheng put a stop to the atomweight contest after 2 minutes and 59 seconds in the first round. Hirata submitted Sabanal via Americana.

Winning at “ONE: Legendary Quest” improved the professional MMA record of Hirata to 4 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Sabanal now has 1 win and 2 losses.

“ONE: Legendary Quest” Main Events

Agilan “Alligator” Thani, 23, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia faced ONE Championship debutante Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama, 43, of Osaka, Japan in an MMA match in the welterweight division. The Malaysian contender won via unanimous decision.

ONE Super Series debutante Alma Juniku, 18, of Australia challenged reigning ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex, 27, of Thailand in the main event. The Thai defending champion won via unanimous decision.

Check all “ONE: Legendary Quest” results on Conan Daily.

Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp to feature 68 players from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam

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Jr. NBA Philippines

The Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp will take place at the Universitas Pelita Harapan in Jakarta, Indonesia on June 15-16, 2019, the National Basketball Association announced on May 31, 2019. The camp will feature 34 boys and 34 girls from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

The 64 participants will compete for the opportunity to represent the region in the Jr. NBA Global Championship, a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world. It will be held on August 6-11, 2019 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.

In addition to five-on-five competition, Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp will focus on technical and tactical skills development. It will culminate with the selection of 10 boys and 10 girls who will represent Asia Pacific at the Jr. NBA Global Championship in August 2019.

Aside from improving youth health and wellness, the Jr. NBA program in Asia also aims to address growing inactivity by integrating basketball into the local physical education curriculum. Since its launch in 2014, the program has reached more than 18 million boys and girls across Asia, teaching the fundamentals of basketball and the program’s core values of sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude and respect (S.T.A.R.).

Throughout Asia, the Jr. NBA Coaches Academy has trained more than 62,000 teachers from 37,000 schools across 50 cities. It is the program’s government-supported train-the-trainers initiative which aims to further local development by establishing standards for how the sport should be coached and enjoyed.

Both boys and girls divisions will be featured in the Jr. NBA Global Championship, separated into U.S. and international brackets that begin with round-robin play and continue with single-elimination competition. The winners of the U.S. and international brackets will play in the global championship games on August 11, 2019.

More than 300 boys and girls from 35 countries participated in the inaugural Jr. NBA Global Championship in August 2018.  During the weeklong event, all 32 teams participated in off-court activities including life skills sessions, Disney park visits, a community service project, and educational meetings with current and former NBA and WNBA players and coaches.

The Central girls from Kansas City, Missouri, USA defeated the Europe girls team 68-38 while the Central boys from Overland Park, Kansas, USA defeated the Africa and Middle East boys team 60-50 in the global championship games.

Meanwhile, here is a clip from Jr. NBA Asia:

More information about the Jr. NBA Global Championship can be found at www.jrnbagc.nba.com.  

To learn more about the Jr. NBA program in Asia, follow the @JrNBAAsia on Facebook, @jrnbaasia on Instagram and visit www.jrnba.asia for updates and program information, including training resources and tips on staying fit.