Muay Thai: Youngster Alma Juniku goes down in One Championship title bout

Queensland based 18-year-old Alma Juniku went strike for strike with champion Stamp Fairtex before losing a hard-fought decision at One Championship: Legendary Quest on Saturday night.

The atomweight women’s Muay Thai title fight headlined the card which took place in Shanghai, China.

Showing experience and technique well beyond her years, Juniku brought the pressure throughout the five rounds but Stamp, who herself is only 21-years-old, dug deep in the championship rounds as she countered nicely on the outside to try and keep the forward pressing Juniku at bay.

The ONE Super Series bout was a closely contested battle however it would be Stamp who walk away with a unanimous decision and in the process defend her title for the first time.

Don’t be surprised if we see these two fight more than a few times.

It was a hard day in the office for fellow Australian Tyler Hardcastle who in his ONE Super Series kickboxing bout, was put down in the first round by a beautiful lead right from his Chinese opponent Zhang Chenglong.

Full Results (ONE Super Series Muay Thai):

  • Stamp Fairtex def. Alma Juniku via Decision (Unanimous) – Women’s atomweight Title
  • Han Zi Hao def. Andrew Miller via KO, Rd 2, 2:36
  • Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym def. Liam Harrison via Decision (Unanimous)

Full Results (ONE Super Series Kickboxing):

  • Zhang Chenglong def. Tyler Hardcastle via KO, Rd 1, 1:54
  • Tarik Khbabez def. Anderson Silva via Decision (Unanimous)

Full Results (MMA):

  • Agilan Thani def. Yoshihiro Akiyama via Decision (Unanimous)
  • Koyomi Matsushima def. Kwon Won Il via Decision (Unanimous)
  • Reinier De Ridder def. Gilberto Galvao via Verbal Submission (Strikes), Rd 2, 0:57
  • Chen Lei def. Anthony Engelen via Decision (Unanimous)
  • Fan Rong def. Sherif Mohamed via TKO, Rd 2, 3:50
  • Niu Kang Kang def. Eric Kelly vi Decision (Unanimous)
  • Yoon Chang Min def. Trestle Tan via TKO, Rd 1, 4:05
  • Itsuki Hirata def. Angelie Sabanal via Submission (Keylock), Rd 1, 2:59
  • Phoe Thaw def. Victorio Senduk vi KO, Rd 1, 4:17
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