Reigning ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion Elias “Tweety” Ennahachi looks to settle an old-score once and for all in his first World Title defense.
The Dutch-Moroccan hard-hitter battles China’s Wang “Metal Storm” Wenfeng in the main event of ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS in Beijing, China this Saturday, 16 November – a rubber-match that took five years in the making.
They first met back in September 2014, when “Tweety” escaped with a narrow victory over his Chinese foe. The rematch would happen three years later, and this time in Wang’s hometown he scored a controversial decision win.
This time, the 23-year-old wants to end all talks.
“This will be my third time fighting him. I won the first time. [I believe I won] the second time as well, but I was robbed,” he says.
“The third time is where I will show that I am just much better than he is. Everyone knows, everyone saw. I’m not going to hold back this time.”
Since that loss to “Metal Storm,” Ennahachi is a much more different athlete now, winning five of his last six matches.
In his latest conquest, Ennahachi scored a knockout win over “The Baby Shark” Petchdam Petchyindee Academy at ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD, shocking the Thailand crowd with one of the most memorable debuts in recent ONE history.
“After the fight against [Wang], I became much more confident and trained much harder,” he said.
“I really have to put every round to my name and go for it one hundred percent. Whether it is a championship or a single fight, I have to give it my all in every round.”
Now that he is back in China, the SB Gym standout is not bothered by performing against a hometown hero.
Instead, Ennahachi cannot wait to electrify China.
“I have fought in China before and I am happy to fight in China again,” he said.
“The crowd there, the people there are fight lovers, they have a love for the fights. I hope to entertain the crowd and the viewers just like I did the last time in Bangkok.”
ONE Championship returns this Saturday, 16 November for ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS in Beijing, China. The prelims start on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the ONE Super App at 5:00pm Philippine Standard Time (PHT). The main card starts at 6:30pm.