On Friday, Oct. 16, ONE Championship returned to its home base of Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. The event, dubbed ONE Championship: Reign of Dynasties II, wass headlined by a showcase of accomplished strikers as Zhang Chenglong and Hiroki Akimoto battled it out in a kickboxing match.
Chenglong wanted to keep his high ranking in the bantamweight division of ONE’s kickboxing side intact in the hopes of earning another title shot. He dropped a close decision to reigning ONE bantamweight kickboxing titlist Alaverdi Ramazanov in December. However, he staked his high rank against a formidable opponent. Akimoto is a karate world champion who was raring to make an impressive showing as he jumps up one weight class to join the bantamweight division.