A historic evening of Muay Thai began with plenty of fireworks and produced some truly memorable moments at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, specifically from superstar in the making Nico Carrillo.
ONE Friday Fights 46: Tawanchai vs. Superbon took place on December 22, and before the three World Title main events, fans were treated to eight explosive supporting card matchups in Asia primetime.
Familiar legends prevailed, while others fell at the hands of the next generation of Muay Thai superstars. Even Thailand’s Prime Minister, Srettha Thavisin, was on hand to enjoy the action.
Nico Carrillo Stakes His Claim
Scottish phenom Nico “King of the North” Carrillo continued his rampage through ONE’s bantamweight Muay Thai division with a second-round knockout of former longtime divisional king Nong-O Hama.The #5-ranked contender came on strong from the start. Using his reach, Carrillo stayed on the outside and ricocheted his fists off the Thai legend’s face.In response, Nong-O ruthlessly attacked his foe’s legs with low kicks, and it seemed to work, as Carrillo hobbled to the corner after round one.The tide completely turned in round two, however. “King of the North” blasted Nong-O with a series of punches that left the Thai dazed against the ropes. Finally, a powerful step-in left elbow sent the 37-year-old down and out at 1:28 of the round.
This massive upset victory bumped Carrillo’s record to 26-3-1.And by defeating the division’s #1-ranked contender, the 25-year-old might have earned himself a date with reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Jonathan Haggerty following hos post fight call out of the champion.
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