Mexican boxer Iran Diaz ready to crash the party at ‘ONE: Kingdom of Heroes’ in Bangkok, Thailand

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Loren Mack, Iran Diaz
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Loren Mack, Iran Diaz

For the first time, reigning World Boxing Council Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Thailand is defending his belt in his home country. His challenger will be Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 28, of Mexico.

Srisaket and Diaz will headline “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on October 6, 2018. The main event will be the first ever boxing bout of ONE Championship.

“He’s a superhero in Thailand,” Diaz said of Srisaket. “But I’m going to crash this party and take the title here on his home soil.”

According to Diaz, he has never trained harder for any fight and “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” marks the most important fight of his career. He said, “I am proud to be in the best shape of my life and I am 100 percent ready to step on the champion’s home soil and score the upset.”

“I know that he is a very powerful and aggressive puncher,” Diaz said of Srisaket. “But I am confident in the strategy me and my team have come up with.”

Including boxing as part of the ONE Super Series, specifically the super flyweight division, has created a lot of international media attention for the smaller guys who are often overshadowed by the heavier weights. Opportunities like these with ONE Championship are giving all boxers something more to work towards.

“Get ready for the biggest upset of the yea,” Diaz declared. “I’m heading into this fight fully expecting to walk away with the belt around my waist as the new champion. I know it’s not going to be easy but I will do whatever it takes to emerge with the win.”

“It’s going to be an amazing fight this Saturday night,” the Mexican boxer added. “I’m coming into hostile territory but I’m packing the firepower. Let’s get ready to rumble.”

On October 1, 2018, Srisaket and Diaz had their official face-off in Bangkok, which was attended by ONE Championship Vice President for Public Relations and Communications Loren Mack. Here is a clip from the event:

Ticket information for ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES is available at www.onefc.com.

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Boxing’s super flyweight kingship from Nicaragua’s Roman Gonzalez to Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Iran Diaz
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Iran Diaz

Boxing’s super flyweight division was so exciting at one time that an entire bout card series was created to showcase its previous king Román “Chocolatito” González, 31, of Nicaragua. In 2017, he was the World Boxing Council Super Flyweight World Champion.

Gonzalez was considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world at the time. All that changed, when a former garbage collector named Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Thailand came in.

Srisaket defeated Gonzalez twice in the United States. The Thai boxer defeated the Nicaraguan boxer via majority decision on March 18, 2017 at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York and via knockout on September 9, 2017 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Now with a new king, the super flyweight division of boxing remains as exciting as ever. A highly-competitive bracket, it has given us some of the best bouts of this year.

After beating Gonzalez twice, Srisaket went on to defeat two more opponents. The Thai boxing champ defeated Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada, 28, of Mexico via majority decision on February 24, 2018 at the Forum in Inglewood, California and Young Gil Bae, 39, of South Korea via technical knockout on July 21, 2018 at the Workpoint Studio in Bang Phun, Thailand.

The top roster of talent is not afraid to do battle with each other, which has only strengthened boxing’s super flyweight division. There are a lot of young guys coming up who are hungry to make a name for themselves.

Tipping the scales at 115 lbs (52kg), these boxers are fast, high-volume punchers known for their exceptional cardio. ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong immediately saw the untapped potential in this division and gave an opportunity of a lifetime to Srisaket.

Riding a 19-bout winning streak, Srisaket will defend his WBC Super Flyweight World Title in his homeland in ONE Championship’s inaugural boxing match-up. It will be his first title defense in Thailand and third overall.

On October 6, 2018, Srisaket and his challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 28, of Mexico will headline “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Aside from their boxing match, the card also features six mixed martial arts matches and seven ONE Super Series striking contests.

“I am excited to showcase my skills at home in Bangkok,” Srisaket said. “As a world champion boxer, this is a rare opportunity for me to be able to compete in front of my people.”

Get to know more about Srisaket here:

Sonora’s Iran Diaz: Mexican boxers are the best

Iran Diaz
Iran Diaz

Hailing out of Sonora, Mexico, Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 28, believes that the best boxers in the world are from his country. He is set to challenge reigning The Ring and World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Thailand at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes.”

On August 28, 2018, Diaz and Sor Rungvisai had their face-off during the official “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” open workout at Nakornloung Promotion Gym in Bangkok, Thailand. The fight night will take place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok on October 6, 2018.

“Mexican boxers are the best in the sport,” Diaz declared. “It’s in our blood and I am proud to represent my country here on the global stage. This is without a doubt the biggest fight in my time as a professional.”

Diaz is one of the fastest rising talents in Mexican boxing. Born and raised in a country known for its passionate love for pugilism, he holds a professional boxing record of 14 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws with 6 knockouts to his name.

The Sonora native’s most notable victories have come over dangerous former World Champions Hernan “Tyson” Marquez and Luis Concepcion. In the main event of “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes,” Diaz will make an attempt to capture the WBC Super Flyweight World Title from Sor Rungvisai.

“This opportunity is a big one for me in my career,” Diaz stated. “I am facing one of the toughest boxers in the world now, pound-for-pound. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is aggressive and strong, but so am I.

Two accomplished Mexican boxers are currently in Diaz’s training camp. Juan “Dinamita” Manuel Marquez, 44, and former World Boxing Association (WBA) Unified and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Flyweight Champion Juan “El Gallo” Francisco Estrada, 28, are helping Diaz prepare for “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes.”

“I have a great team behind me helping me prepare for this,” Diaz said. “I am coming into the ring in the best shape of my life and I can’t wait to score this huge victory.”

For Diaz, he has enough experience and technical knowledge to deal with Sor Rungvisai’s particular style. The Mexican boxer noted that he has faced very strong opponents in the past and he knows how to deal with adversity. ”

“I am no stranger being the underdog but every time I fight, I win over new fans and I prove that I can hang with the best,” Diaz said. “Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is one of the biggest stars in boxing today, and if I can beat him, it will be great for my career.”

“Right now, I’ll return home to continue sharpening my skills for the big fight,” the Mexican boxer added. “I’m working very hard with my team to score this huge upset. I am ready to shock the world on October 6.”

Also in attendance at the “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” open workout were ONE Championship athletes Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige, Sagetdao “Deadly Star” Petpayathai and Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai. Here is a teaser of the upcoming event in Bangkok:

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Bangkok gym hosts Srisaket So Rungvisai vs Iran Diaz face-off

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Iran Diaz
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Iran Diaz

Located in Bangkok, Thailand, Nakornloung Promotion Gym played host to the “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” open workout on August 28, 2018. It featured the face-off of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Thailand, who is set to defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Flyweight World Title from Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz of Mexico.

Signed with Nakornloung Promotion, Sor Rungvisai has been competing professionally since 2009 and won the prestigious WBC Super Flyweight World Title twice. Holding a professional record of 46 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw with 41 knockouts, he is ranked number 5 on the pound-for-pound best boxers list of Boxrec.com and number 7 on The Ring Magazine’s rankings.

After regaining the WBC Super Flyweight World Title in March 2017, Sor Rungvisai successfully defended it two times. His upcoming bout against Diaz will be the main event of “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes,” which will take place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok on October 6, 2018.

This will be the first ever boxing match to grace the five-rope ONE Championship ring, which was recently approved by the WBC. Measuring an external dimension of 28 feet by 28 feet and an internal dimension is 24 feet by 24 feet, the ring made its debut in the Philippines in April 2018.

Sharing the historic boxing event in ONE Championship is Diaz, who is one of the fastest rising talents in Mexican boxing. Born and raised in a country known for its passionate love for pugilism, he holds a professional  record of 14 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws with 6 knockouts to his name.

The “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” open workout was attended by Thai ONE Championship athletes Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige, Sagetdao “Deadly Star” Petpayathai and Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai. ONE Championship vice president for public relations and communications Loren Mack and Nakornloung Promotion promoter Thainchai Pisitwuttinan also graced the event.

Here is a teaser of the “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” boxing bout between Sor Rungvisai and Diaz featuring Pisitwuttinan, Ishige and ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, among others :

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