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Updated on November 7, 2018 From Myanmar Times

Aung La N Sang eyes a world title defense in Japan

The Burmese Python, the two-division ONE World Champion Aung La N Sang is looking towards the future.

After impressively defending his middleweight belt against Lebanon’s Mohammad Karaki on 26 October in Yangon, the 33-year-old is ready for his next assignment, which could happen in “The Land Of The Rising Sun.”

Last August, ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced that the world’s largest martial arts organization will host its first show in Tokyo, Japan in March 2019, and the Myanmar sports icon wants to get in on the action.

“It’s a big event not just for ONE Championship, but also for mixed martial arts itself,” Aung La N Sang says.

“I’m ready to defend my titles on that night. I’m looking forward to being part of that massive card.”

Aung La N Sang, who reigns as the ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion, is revered as a national hero in Myanmar. He is also the country’s first world champion in sporting history.

While “The Burmese Python” plans to continue influencing his compatriots, he also wants to extend his reach and inspire people all throughout the world.

“Other than making my countrymen proud every time I compete, I want to inspire other individuals from different parts of the globe even in the simplest way possible,” he said.

“I believe that my role as a martial arts ambassador is not limited to Myanmar nor in Asia. These are hard times we live in, and if there’s the slightest chance for me to touch the lives of people out there around the globe, then I will do it in a heartbeat.”

Aung La N Sang may get the chance to do that by showcasing his immense talent in front of the Japanese crowd in March.

The Myanmar icon captured the light heavyweight belt in the beginning of the year with a 56-second knockout of Alexandre Machado, and then retained his middleweight championship in back-to-back title defenses.

Though nothing has been finalized in regards to his next bout, “The Burmese Python” hopes he will be involved with the promotion’s inaugural show in Japan.

“I have successfully defended my middleweight title twice this year, and I’ll be more than happy to defend that belt or my light heavyweight crown against a worthy challenger,” he states. “Hopefully, my next title defense will be in Tokyo.”

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