French-Algerian striker Samy “AK47” Sana wants a shot at the ONE World Title. If he gets his way, the 32-year-old from Paris, France, promises he will capitalize on the opportunity. He plans to show why he deserves to be considered among the top fighters in his division with a fiery performance in his next bout.
Sana, the #4 ranked Muay Thai featherweight in ONE Super Series, is set to take on #2 ranked Jamal “Kherow” Yusupov of Russia in what is expected to be a dramatic showcase of action inside the ONE Circle.
The two go head-to-head in the main event of ONE: COLLISION COURSE II, a previously recorded event from the Singapore Indoor Stadium scheduled for broadcast this Friday, 25 December.
“In my next bout, I’ll prove that I am a top contender who is tough to beat, and I want to show that I am the real champion of my weight class. This is a really important bout that I’m taking extremely seriously, especially [if there is a chance to compete] for the ONE Championship belt,” Sana told ONE Championship.
Against Yusupov, Sana faces a three-time Russian Kickboxing Champion, hardened on the rough and tumble streets of Dagestan. He is a winner of six Russian national championships in both kickboxing and Muay Thai, as well as a European kickboxing title.
In November of 2019, Yusupov burst onto the ONE Super Series scene with a shock second round finish of legendary Yodsanklai Fairtex, a man Sana also defeated recently.
Surprisingly, Sana wasn’t all too impressed with Yusupov’s performance, and wants to prove to fans why he’s the better fighter.
“He beat Yodsanklai after I’d beaten him. I think Yodsanklai was still in mental shock after my bout, so it was easier for him, but I’ll show that I’m the boss. There is not a lot of footage of him available, but I’m analyzing his Yodsanklai bout. He seems to be a good striker, but I’m also really powerful. He has a good boxing technique and he comes from K-1, so I’ll only have to care about his fists,” said Sana.
“He has to fear everything because I’m strong, tall, and powerful. I’m a pure nak muay, so it’ll be tough for him. We are going to put on a good fight. As with every fight, I’ll need to give my best at 200 percent to finish the opponent and to show I’m the best.”
ONE: COLLISION COURSE II is ONE Championship’s final broadcast of the year. Aside from the main event between Sana and Yusupov, the card also features a host of other compelling martial arts contests.
Sana knows how important this bout is to establish his footing in the Muay Thai rankings. After a failed bid in kickboxing, losing to the great Giorgio Petrosyan in the final round of the ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix, Sana has rededicated himself to training, and vows to capture ONE gold, one way or another.
“Of course, I’ve been disappointed by my loss because I’m not used to losing. Losing is very tough for me. But Giorgio and I are in the same rankings, so there will definitely be a time to take my revenge,” Sana concluded.
“It is definitely my goal to get the ONE Championship belt. I’ll do anything, and I’ll get to it in Muay Thai, kickboxing, and maybe in the higher weight class.”
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