Thanh Le is deep into preparation for his struggle in opposition to Garry ‘The Lion Killer’ Tonon at ONE: Lights Out on March 11.
Nevertheless, the ONE featherweight champion may also be maintaining a tally of the battle between top-ranked contender Kim Jae Woong and No.4-ranked Tang Kai. That conflict is about to go down this Friday, January 28, at ONE: Solely the Courageous.
Thanh Le views these two stars as potential challengers to his throne sooner or later. The truth is, he has already begun taking notes on their respective strengths.
“At Solely the Courageous, we’ve Tang Kai versus Kim Jae Woong. Fascinating, fascinating struggle for the division. Two high-level guys, nice strikers. I’m to look at it. You guys have to tune in. It’s going to be fireworks.”
Assessing Kim, he stated:
“We’ve bought Kim Jae Woong, who’s somewhat extra sturdy, somewhat extra primarily based, plots ahead, all the time prepared to fireside the ability pictures. [He’s] bought a very good proper hand, clearly – we’ve seen that in his final struggle versus Martin [Nguyen].”
Shifting on to Tang, Le continued:
“After which we’ve Tang Kai, who’s bought loads of motion, some glimpses of taekwondo ft in there, which I like somewhat bit. [He] picks his moments very well. So, it’s going to be a extremely, actually good struggle. I feel it’s going to be a high-level putting match.”
Thanh Le could not decide a transparent winner between the 2 featherweight warriors. Nevertheless, he did break down a few situations the place both man may snatch the essential victory.
“Predictions. I feel if Kim takes it, it’s going to be later within the rounds. I feel he’s going to work some intercepts and attempt to go concurrently Tang. And I feel if Tang wins, it’s going to be early. I like his in-and-out motion. He picks his moments very well. It’s going to be a hard-fought battle and I’m actually excited to look at.”
Thanh Le: “If I can put Garry away, I’m able to put you guys away subsequent”
The featherweight king will defend his ONE gold for the primary time in opposition to Tonon, who will be the trickiest opponent he is confronted contained in the Circle up to now.
That stated, the 36-year-old champion is assured that he’ll efficiently dispatch the grappling wizard. He is even prepared for the opposite challengers that the promotion will finally line up for him – together with Kim and Tang.
“I’ve clearly bought my fingers full getting ready for Garry [Tonon]. And if and once I get previous Garry, one among these guys is likely to be subsequent in line and I’m excited for the problem.”
Thanh Le then despatched a message on to the featherweight opponents competing this Friday.
“You guys are two of the highest guys within the division. You’ve overwhelmed some actually good guys and I’m excited to welcome you within the primary spot. If I can put Garry away, I’m able to put you guys away subsequent.”
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Tune in to ONE: Solely the Courageous this Friday to see which featherweight contender strikes nearer to a shot at Le’s gold.