5 Things We Learned From This Past Weekend’s Action
This past Bank Holiday weekend has been huge for UK Muay Thai. From a headline bout on ONE Championship in Jakarta on Friday, to a huge domestic rematch in Scotland on Saturday, fight fans have been spoiled with top quality action over the weekend.
Below, we review the results from the weekend and the top 5 things we learned from the results.
(1) Jonathan Haggerty wins ONE Championship Flyweight World title, calls out Rodtang
In his biggest test to date, 22-year-old Jonathan Haggerty put on a clinical display, scoring two knockdowns on his way to a unanimous decision win against former champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao.
The Englishman, Haggerty, beat the 400+ fight Thai star Sam-A in a five-round bout that has already been dubbed potential “bout of the year” by ONE Championship.
After the bout, Haggerty was quick to call out another Thai superstar, Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon, for his first title defence.
(2) Craig Dickson stops Chris Shaw in 4th round
After the controversial decision in the semi-final of the eight-man tournament back in November 2017, the rematch between these two has been a long time coming.
On Saturday, Dickson put any doubts to bed as he dominated from the first bell, dropping Shaw in the second with an elbow and eventually stopping the fight with a perfectly executed leg kick, straight-left and elbow combination in the fourth round.
(3) Jake Purdy wins Roar European title
Coming off losses against Joe Craven and Youssef Boughanem, Purdy bounced back to winning ways against Salah Khalifa on Saturday night to win the Roar Combat League European title after a five round unanimous decision.
(4) Andrew Miller gets back to winning ways on ONE Championship
Scotsman Andrew Miller put in a great performance to outpoint Malaysian Muay Thai star Mohammed Bin Mahmoud over three rounds.
After a first-round stoppage defeat to Russian maestro Alaverdi Ramazanov in his first ONE bout in February, Miller gets back to winning ways with a strong performance in Jakarta.
(5) Sophie Hawkswell wins Golden Belt European title
After a tough few rounds, Silvestre picked up an injury to the arm from a series of kicks by Sophie and the fight was stopped after the corner team deemed Cindy unsafe to continue.