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ONE: Inside The Matrix IV closed out the "Inside The Matrix" event series for ONE Championship on Friday, November 20.

ONE Super Series kickboxing action headlined the evening with Russia's Aslanbek Zikreev edging out Wang "Golden Boy" Junguang in a catch weight bout. But it was a night full of competitive and fun action.

Three of the four undercard bouts ended with finishes and the back-and-forth Muay Thai battle between Rocky Ogden and Joseph Lasiri was worth the price of admission alone.

Main Event: Aslanbek Zikreev vs. Wang Junguang

Zikreeve Winner by Split Decision

Round 3 - 3:00

#2-ranked strawweight kickboxing contender Wang "Golden Boy" Junguang made it a close contest, but Russian Aslanbek Zikreev captured the split decision victory in their catch weight contest. Zikreev's performance firmly supplants him on the map in ONE Super Series as a new star. The exciting three-round battle gave both men their moments, but only one could get their hand raised.

Rocky Ogden vs. Joseph Lasiri

Lasiri Winner by Split Decision

Rocky Ogden and Joseph Lasiri had a back-and-forth battle for all three rounds, but it was the Italian who came out the otherside with a narrow split decision victory. In the final and deciding round, Lasiri's aggression and elbows did enough to warrant the win.

Bruno Pucci vs. Kwon Won Il

Kwon Winner by TKO

It was all-action when Bruno Pucci and Kwon Won Il's match began, but after Kwon defended a takedown his striking took over and closed the show inside the first round. A debilitating body blow left Pucci as a sitting duck to a couple right hands before a heavy uppercut finally sent him to the canvas. Kwon's dominant showing should set him up for bigger things in the new year.

Ryogo Takahashi vs. Yoon Chang Min

Takahashi Winner by KO

Featherweight contender Ryogo Takahashi also made a statement with a second-round win over Yoon Chang Min. Takahashi's heavy hands stunned Yoon in the second round, and he quickly piled up the combinations to keep his opponent reeling. Soon, a sweeping right uppercut would be enough to help finish the battle.

Maira Mazar vs. Choi Jeong Yun

Mazar Winner by TKO


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Chinese tai chi master Ma Baoguo, who achieved infamy after being quickly knocked out by an amateur boxer in a fight this past May, announced on his Weibo account this week that he would be leaving martial arts. Ma, 69. suffered ridicule after being knocked down three times in 30 seconds by 50-year-old Wang Qingmin

Recently spoof videos mocking Ma have again surfaced going viral with a reported 100 million total views on the Chinese video sharing site Bilibili. Ma's announcement, his first social media post since his loss, said he was returning to a peaceful life away from martial arts.

ONE: Inside The Matrix IV will air on Friday, November 20, and the five-bout card will be capped off by an incredible ONE Super Series kickboxing matchup.

The incredible kickboxing main event will feature Russia's Aslanbek Zikreev taking on #2-ranked strawweight contender Wang "Golden Boy" Junguang in the evening's premier contest.

After a valiant effort against Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, Wang is now back on the road to contendership. "Golden Boy" has the chance to return to form and showcase his incredible skills against a rising star.

If Wang can have another jaw-dropping performance similar to his ONE debut against Federico Roma at ONE: Dawn of Valor, he will position himself for another shot at gold in 2021.

In a featured video with the organization, Wang discusses his path to ONE and its global platform and reveals his dream of bringing the ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Championship back to China.

Wang Junguang: China's Next Kickboxing Superstar? www.youtube.com

If he can do that, Wang will be a massive superstar in his home country and assume global superstardom.

But Zikreev will attempt to be his roadblock on his road to dethroning Sam-A for the gold on Friday. The Russian striker has all of the tools to steal his thunder and his ranking and make a name for himself on the global stage.

The catch weight affair is not to be missed. The main event in Singapore will be a display of elite kickboxing techniques and nonstop excitement for fans worldwide.

ONE: Inside The Matrix IV airs on the B/R Live app at 7:30 a.m. EST/4:30 a.m. PST on Friday, November 20.

After apparently responding to reports of a large gathering that violated Covid-19 restrictions Saturday night, law enforcement officials in New York discovered an underground fight club staging an event with 200 attendees, many of whom were unmasked and failing to follow social distancing guidelines. New York City deputy sheriffs shut down the illegal club, billed as "Rumble in the Bronx," and arrested 10 people responsible for organizing the event, including CEO Michael Roman.

Besides being in violation of New York's pandemic restrictions on large gatherings, staging an illegal combat event, and violating liquor laws, several loaded firearms were found at the location. Rumble in the Bronx has developed a notable presence on social media and staged fights in other cities besides New York. Their next event was supposed to take place December in Orlando.

ONE Championship returns on Friday, November 20, with ONE: Inside The Matrix IV.

Aslanbek Zikreev battles Wang Junguang in a ONE Super Series kickboxing catch weight contest in the main event.

Zikreev's promotional debut will be one no fan should miss. The athlete will try to make a huge statement against "Golden Boy" and announce himself as a contender in the strawweight division. But the Chinese striker will have a lot to say about that as he looks to prove himself as well.

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