Muay Thai: Alma Juniku loses majority decision to Hogstad at One Championship

Australian Muay Thai youngster Alma Juniku lost a majority points decision to Norwegian Anne Line Hogstad at One Championship: Fire & Fury on Friday night.

The bout was contested under ONE Super Series Muay Thai rules using the smaller 4-ounce gloves and took place on the preliminary portion of the card.

With both women looking to find their distance, the first round was fairly uneventful with the referee in particular frustrated with the pace, warning both to increase the action. That came in the final 15-seconds as both opened up and went toe-to-toe with punches before clinching and looking to land elbows.

The second round was closely contested with a telling point coming when Juniku received a yellow card for catching the leg, pressing forward and not releasing her opponent after being warned twice previously for doing the same. It also meant that 10% will be taken from the Modern Warrior trained fighters purse.

Hogstad increased the tempo in the last round, looked physically stronger as she took the fight to the Aussie and did enough to earn the majority points decision.

The 32-year-old moved her record to 14-5 while Juniku, a two-time Muay Thai World Champion, loses for a second straight time in One Championship to drop her Muay Thai/Kickboxing record to 24-6.

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