REIGNING ONE Championship world lightweight champion Christian Lee defends his title against Timothy Nastyukhin in the headlining fight at “ONE on TNT II” on Thursday in Singapore.
The second offering of the four-part “ONE on TNT” series of the promotion, the fight will see Mr. Lee (14-3), representing Singapore, make his second title defense this time against number three contender Nastyukhin (14-4) of Russia.
Mr. Lee successfully defended the lightweight title in October last year over Moldovan Iuri Lapicus by way of technical knockout in the opening round.
He won the title in May 2019 over Japanese legend Shinya Aoki.
Looking to seize the title is Mr. Nastyukhin, who is currently riding a two-fight winning streak in ONE. His last victory came over Pieter Buist of The Netherlands last November by unanimous decision.
The other fight in the main card of “ONE on TNT II” is the atomweight muay thai clash of American Janet Todd and Anne Line Hogstad of Norway.
Lead card fights, meanwhile, will have featherweight Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg of Mongolia against Yoshiki Nakahara of Japan, South Korean flyweight Kim Kyu Sung versus Chinese Wang Shuo, and bantamweight Mitchell Chamale (United States/Guatemala) against Shuya Kamikubo (Japan).
The “ONE on TNT” series is a breakthrough offering of ONE Championship which sees its fights shown digitally and on television on prime time in the United States.
“ONE on TNT II” will be shown in the country live on One Sports at 8:30 a.m. with an encore telecast on April 18 at 12 a.m. over TV5. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo