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Anatoly Malykhin promises a ‘beautiful knockout’ in Qatar



Anatoly Malykhin is not wasting any time in making his mark as the undisputed king of the heavyweight division in ONE Championship. The two-division world champion, who also holds the light heavyweight title, is already looking forward to his next challenge after unifying the heavyweight belts with a stunning TKO victory over Arjan Bhullar last month.

Malykhin, who improved his perfect record to 11-0 with the win, is eager to showcase his skills in front of a new audience when ONE Championship makes its debut in Qatar later this year.


The Russian powerhouse said he would deliver another memorable performance for the fans in Doha, where he hopes to defend his title.


“I would be remembered by the local audience 100 percent with my beautiful knockout,”

Malykhin said at the post-fight press conference of ONE Fight Night 12, where he headlined the card.


Malykhin has been on a tear since joining ONE Championship in 2020, winning all four of his fights by stoppage. He captured the interim heavyweight title with a first-round submission of Amir Aliakbari in March, before dethroning Bhullar with a dominant display of striking and grappling in July.


Malykhin is confident that he can maintain his unbeaten streak and cement his legacy as one of the best heavyweights in the world. He said he is ready to face any challenger that comes his way, whether it is a fellow champion, a top contender, or a newcomer.


“I don’t care who I fight next,” Malykhin said. “I’m here to prove that I’m the best in the world. I’ll fight anyone, anytime, anywhere.”

While Malykhin awaits his next opponent, fans can look forward to another exciting night of action on August 4, when ONE Championship returns to the legendary Lumpinee Boxing Stadium for ONE Fight Night 13 on Prime Video. The event will feature two world title bouts, as Chingiz Allazov defends his featherweight kickboxing crown against Marat Grigorian, and Mikey Musumeci puts his flyweight submission grappling belt on the line against Jarred Brooks.

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