Han Zi Hao is about to become the most active competitor in ONE Super Series.
Seven weeks on from his second promotional bout, the Chinese pioneer will return to the all-striking league for his third appearance, and he is confident of getting another victory.
On Friday, 26 October, he will face Ryan “The Filipino Assassin” Jakiri in a bantamweight kickboxing contest at ONE: PURSUIT OF GREATNESS, which emanates from the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
“I want to defend my honor and win against him,” Han says. “I also want to make myself stronger and more outstanding on the international stage.”
Han, who is the first Chinese martial artist to compete in ONE Super Series, looked sharp in his most recent outing.
In early September, less than two months removed his promotional debut, he made a powerful statement in his sophomore appearance.
Han knocked down his European rival twice in the opening two frames, dumped him to the canvas on multiple occasions, and utilized his crisp Thai boxing to overwhelm the explosive Greek throughout the three-round Muay Thai bantamweight encounter.
That earned the Chinese striker a dominant unanimous decision, which was the 58th victory of his career.
“Before the bout, I watched my opponent’s videos,” the Top King Muay Thai World Champion explains.
“I felt that his boxing style was very heavy, but unstable and a little messy. I asked my coach to train me by imitating his attacking rhythm.
“He was about the same height as my opponent, so I was able to adapt to his attacking rhythm in advance, and that made it easier to win.”
Now, he plans to have an even better performance in Yangon later this month.
Jakiri, who will make his ONE Super Series debut, is a six-time Philippine national Muay Thai champion who sports a 9-3 professional record.
Despite those credentials, Han is vastly more seasoned than “The Filipino Assassin” and possesses more than six times as much competition experience than the 26-year-old.
Between his wealth of knowledge and versatile skill set, the Mad Muay Thai Gym representative believes he has the edge.
“The advantage is that my attacking rhythm will be stronger,” he says. “Also, my knee strikes are better than his.”
Han will bring confidence and momentum into his battle at ONE: PURSUIT OF GREATNESS. While he is hesitant to predict a specific outcome, he expects to leave the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium with nothing less than “a strong victory.”
That result would give him a boost towards his goal of becoming a ONE World Champion, and help him to evolve as a martial artist.
“Winning every bout is very meaningful to my career,” he states. “I can find my own shortcomings and improve everything in my training.”