Zhang Peimian, Iman Barlow and Eddie Abasolo Will Make Their ONE Return on Mar. 24

Mar 15, 2023
Zhang Peimian before his fight against Jonathan Di Bella. Photo: ONE Championship
Six of the ten bouts will now feature either kickboxing or Muay Thai contests.

Former ONE Strawweight title challenger Zhang Peimian will make his fourth appearance in the ONE circle against promotional newcomer Torepchi Dongak. Peiman is regarded as one of the most promising Chinese prospects in the sport at the moment, having won the Road to ONE China tournament in 2021, before notching two victories against Josh Tonna and Aslanbek Zikreev. Despite this early success, his momentum was somewhat halted by Jonathan Di Bella in a vacant title bout at the end of the year.

Opposite him in the cage will be a decorated amateur fighter. The 23-year-old Torepchi Dongak is a two-time junior and one-time senior world amateur kickboxing gold medalist. While he has also captured a number of domestic amateur medals, he doesn't seem to have a wealth of professional experience, so it'll be interesting to see how he adapts his style in his ONE debut.

Iman Barlow, one of England's most successful Muay Thai competitors, will return to ONE to face the popular Ekaterina Vandaryeva. Although a year has passed since Barlow's last fight in ONE, a first-round demolition of Daniela Lopez, the former Lion Fight and Enfusion champion has kept active with a five-round decision win over Atenea Flores in December. 

She hasn't been matched-up tough for her return, as Vandaryeva is currently on a three-fight losing skid and is yet to win once under the ONE promotional banner. The Belarusian fighter has recently aligned with Allazov's Gridin gym, having previously trained with Andrei Kulebin at Kick Fighter Gym, so a change of camp might lead to an upset for 'Barbie'.

American Muay Thai fighter Eddie Abasolo will face WBC Muay Thai Super Welterweight champion Niclas Larsen in a Featherweight bout. Both fighters will look for their first triumph in the ONE cage, as Abasolo lost a three-round decision to Liam Nolan in his debut, while Larsen has suffered defeates to Tawanchai and Jimmy Vienot. 

As previously reported, Rodtang Jitmuangnon will challenge Superlek Kiatmoo9 for the ONE Flyweight Kickboxing belt in the main event, while Allycia Rodrigues will attempt her maiden Atomweight Muay Thai title defense against Janet Todd.