Troy “Pretty Boy” Worthen is confident that Evolve’s new head coach – Siyar Bahadurzada – can continue the gym’s legacy of producing world-class talent.
The Evolve representative is scheduled to face Mark “Tyson” Fairtex Abelardo at ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE on Friday, 28 February, and he is excited to work with the new head coach at the Singapore gym.
Just a few weeks ago, the gym brought in the former Shooto World Champion to help coach the Evolve Fight Team.
Bahadurzada will follow in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessors, each of whom have left their imprint upon the academy’s sustained success over the years.
Heath Sims helped developed the gym’s wrestling curriculum, while Eduardo Pamplona breathed new life into each training camp with his intense workout regimen.
Now, the Kabul native’s stellar track record is expected to help the team reach even greater heights in 2020.
Worthen had an early look at Bahadurzada in action as a head coach and came away impressed with what he saw.
“I’ve actually trained with Siyar quite a bit. I coached with him for Ryuto [Sawada’s] fight back in December, and it was interesting to see how he dealt with fight week and stuff like that,” Worthen said.
“He’s been very positive and willing to learn and work with us. So, I think it’s going to be a great effort this year, and you’re going to see a lot of improvement from the whole team.”
Worthen – an NCWA Wrestling Champion – is among one of several fast-rising stars at Evolve who will train under the tutelage of Bahadurzada.
He is joined by three-time IBBJF No Gi European Champion Aleksi “The Giant” Toivonen, WFKO Karate World Champion Hiroki Akimoto, Indian wrestling icon and Commonwealth gold medalist Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat, and many others.
With a talented core of young athletes entering their collective prime, the upward-trending Evolve Fight Team gets another shot of adrenaline with Bahadurzada leading the charge.
Owning more than 20 years of competitive martial arts experience, the man who became Afghanistan’s first-ever sports World Champion is undoubtedly qualified to help groom the team for further success.
And “Pretty Boy” is excited to see how the team develops under Bahadurzada’s leadership.
“He brings a wealth of knowledge. He did kickboxing for almost 25 years, so he definitely knows his stuff,” Worthen said.
“Imagine adding that to our already well-known Muay Thai program. Now we have a little bit of Dutch kickboxing to throw in there.
“So, I think Evolve is going to have some very deadly strikers very soon, including myself.”
Worthen, Phogat, Amir Khan, and ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao are all back in action on 28 February at ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE from the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
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