MW champion Nsang seeks to become first two-divsion champion by taking on Machado for vacant HW title at One Championship

Aung La Nsang
Aung La Nsang

One Championship’s middleweight champion Aung La Nsang will attempt to become the promotion’s first two-division champion as he takes on Alexander Machado for the vacant heavyweight title.  One Championship “Quest for Gold” takes place February 23rd at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar with an iPPV through the promotion’s website.

Augn La Nsang is the middleweight champion but this fight is his second at heavyweight.  Nsang lost his first bid for the middleweight title to Vitaly Bigdash in January 2017 then defeated him for the belt in a rematch in June.  Instead of staying at middleweight and defending the belt Nsang took a superfight at heavyweight against Alain Ngalani in November, a bout Nsang won by choke in the first round.  The first loss to Bigdash is Nsang’s only loss in seven fights or four-and-a-half years of his 21-10 career.  Alexandre Machado enters this bout 8-2 with two fights in One Championship.  Machado’s promotional debut was a loss to Marcin Prachnio in February 2016 while his follow-up was a win over Ngalani that August, this fight serves as his first in sixteen months.

The co-main event features 9-2 Amir Khan vs. 11-3 Timofey Nastyukhin.  Since moving up to lightweight Khan has rattled off four wins in a row with his most recent being a unanimous decision over Adrian Pang in November.  Nastyukhin started off in One Championship at lightweight where he defeated Said-Khamzat Avkhadov and Eduard Folayang.  Nastyukhin then dropped to featherweight where he went 2-2 with his most recent being a unanimous decision over Koji Ando last August, this fight serves as his return to lightweight.

Fight card

  • Roel Rosauro vs. Kai Wen Li
  • Saw Min Min vs. Ye Thway Ne
  • Dae Hwan Him vs. Daichi Takenaka
  • Phoe Thaw vs. Sor Sey
  • Amir Khan vs. Timofey Nastyukhin
  • Aung La Nsang vs. Alexandre Machado