Rodtang Jitmuangnon Sets Conditions in Response to Kickboxing Champion Takeru Segawa's Challenge

Rodtang Jitmuangnon
K-1 three-division champion Takeru Segawa has once again challenged Rodtang Jitmuangnon. The Japanese fighter has expressed his commitment to compete in "The Home of Martial Arts."

This was evident from his latest post on his personal Instagram page. It was revealed that Takeru had just won his boxing match in Paris after leaving the organization that made his name. He secured a remarkable KO victory over his opponent just before the final bell.

"It feels great to win after some time. Hearing the cheers of the audience in France was an incredible experience. Despite two surgeries, sickness, and the desire to retire, I continue to move forward," Takeru wrote.

"Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout. I am ready for ONE Championship," he continued.

Although he didn't mention any names specifically, Rodtang, known for his iron jaw, is said to be eagerly awaiting Takeru in ONE Championship. Speculations about their fight have been circulating for quite some time.

Rodtang responded to Takeru's challenge. Upon seeing Takeru's recent victory, Rodtang immediately set a condition for Takeru if he wants to face him.

"@k1takeru, if you want to call my name, first achieve several victories in ONE," Rodtang wrote on his Instagram account. "I have never seen your belt before. The true champion is here @onechampionship," he added.

In fact, Rodtang was the one who initially challenged Takeru in 2021 when they were both competing in K-1. However, the Japanese star has now officially joined ONE Championship and is ready to fight Rodtang. Their encounter is likely to take place in the discipline of kickboxing, which is Takeru's expertise.

Sad News from the ONE Championship Referee

Meanwhile, CEO of ONE Championship, Chatri Sityodtong, expressed his desire to provide education to the deceased referee's child at the prestigious Harvard University.

Recently, ONE Championship was struck by grief after one of its referees, Paopom Watcharin, passed away tragically in his apartment, discovered by his wife. The referee, who was a former Muay Thai athlete and police officer, had become a beloved figure in the organization.

Upon hearing the sad news, all Muay Thai athletes who are part of ONE immediately offered their condolences. One of them was Superbon Singha Mawynn, the former ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Champion.

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For information, Paopom served as the referee when Superbon fought against Tayfun Ozcan at ONE Fight Night 11 some time ago. In this match, Paopom skillfully prevented Ozcan's head from hitting the ground after being knocked down by the Thai star's kick.

"One of my best friends in life," wrote Superbon.

Paopom was also Superbon's schoolmate. They both graduated from the same school and were good friends on various occasions.

Chatri Sityodtong Wants to Sponsor the Education of the Deceased Referee's Child

Not only Superbon, Ozcan, and Nong-O Hama, but even ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong didn't miss the opportunity to express his condolences. As the main boss, Chatri personally expressed his utmost appreciation for Paopom.

"Pom was an individual with high integrity, a good man with a kind heart," said Chatri after the ONE Friday Fights 22 event.

"The most heartbreaking thing is that he was the happiest person and cared about all of us. We never really know," he continued.

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Furthermore, Chatri mentioned that he intends to sponsor the education expenses of Paopom's young daughter. Moreover, he wants Paopom's child to follow in his footsteps and pursue a college education at Harvard.

"I will take care of his daughter's education expenses. I hope she can apply to Harvard and maybe follow my path in the future," he concluded.

According to the police, Paopom is believed to have suffered from severe depression after the loss of his firstborn. Throughout his life, he was known as a cheerful individual who cared for others.

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