The world of combat sports is about to witness the rise of a young prodigy as Johan "JoJo" Ghazali, at just 16 years of age, is set to make his official ONE Championship debut at ONE Fight Night 17 on December 8. What makes this debut even more remarkable is the fact that Ghazali, often dubbed a Muay Thai sensation, became the youngest fighter ever to sign a six-figure deal with the prestigious organization back in October.
At the famed Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, fans and enthusiasts alike will be treated to an electrifying showdown as Ghazali steps into the ring against the formidable Edgar Tabares in a flyweight Muay Thai bout. The official confirmation of this much-anticipated matchup came directly from ONE officials, setting the stage for an event that promises fireworks.
Ghazali's path to the main roster was paved with brilliance. Over the course of just eight months, he showcased his immense talent and grit while competing in the ONE Friday Fight series. During this incredible run, Ghazali left spectators in awe with three sensational knockouts, including a blistering 16-second finish in his debut. However, it was his vicious liver shot against Russian opponent Temirlan Bekmurzaev in the second round that truly set the young fighter apart, earning him not only a well-deserved contract but also a bonus.
"This is crazy," Ghazali exclaimed after securing the contract. "I turn 17 next month, and I guess I have a ONE Championship contract before I even have my driver's license. This is crazy."
Drawing comparisons to reigning ONE flyweight champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon, Ghazali's rapid rise in the world of Muay Thai is reminiscent of a legend in the making. Rodtang began his journey in the ring at the tender age of 8, winning his first major title by the time he was 19. Now, Ghazali looks to follow in his footsteps and continue building on the momentum that earned him the ONE Championship contract.
As the date approaches, all eyes will be on the young JoJo Ghazali as he steps into the spotlight on December 8, ready to leave his indelible mark on the world of combat sports.