It was a dream fight for many. The two undisputed top dogs in ONE's Featherweight division, Superbon Singha Mawynn and Chingiz Alalzov were slated to clash on October 1 in Singapore, co-headlining ONE's second show on Amazon Prime Video.
Top-ranked contender Allazov, however, will have to wait until a later date to challenge for the title. The 29-year old was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury.
In his place, No. 5 ranked contender Tayfun Ozcan challenges the pound-for-pound king for his crown.
Tayfun Ozcan was riding a 13-fight winning streak before joining ONE Championship, and after joining, only lost to Thai great and former GLORY Champion Sitthichai in a closely-contested bout. Four months later, Ozcan rebounded with a stellar performance against K-1 Champion Enriko Kehl, keeping himself afloat in the top-five rankings. Known for his ‘Dutch-style’, the Dutch-Turkish Kickboxer looks to pull off the upset against Superbon.
Superbon, who has looked unstoppable during his ONE Championship tenure so far, started to make a name for himself in Kunlun Fight in 2015 and onward. Grabbing the audience attention with his high-kicks and clean outfighting, the Thai quickly established himself in the -70kg rankings worldwide. His true breakthrough started when he signed with the Singaporean promotion in 2020. Avenging losses to both Sitthichai and Marat Grigorian, on top of viciously knocking out Giorgio Petrosyan, the 32-year old is rocking one of the most impressive winning-streaks the sport has seen.
Ozcan’s original opponent, No.2 ranked contender Marat Grigorian, will headline the lead card against No.3 ranked Featherweight Muay Thai fighter Jamal Yusupov in a Kickboxing bout.
Yusupov, who originally wasn't scheduled to compete on this card at all, comes in on short-notice, but had tremendous success in ONE's Muay Thai Featherweight division so far. Going undefeated in three bouts, he ran through Muay Thai legend Yodsanklai, and beat former Kickboxing World Grand Prix finalist Samy Sana, and Thai sensation “Smokin” Jo Nattawut.
A win over No. 2 ranked Kickboxing contender Grigorian could see him challenge for a belt in a new sport.