24 September 2018

Agilan not interested in chasing a belt

Agilan not interested in chasing a belt
KUALA LUMPUR: Unlike his compatriot Ev Ting, Agilan Thani is not interested in chasing a world title as he wants to savour in his One Championship moments while it lasts.

The 22-year-old, who had his perfect record tarnished by reigning Welterweight World Champion, Ben Askren in his first ever title shot back in May 2017, will step back into the cage this July 13 for One: Pursuit of Power in Kuala Lumpur.

“I’m in no rush and you can say that I am taking my time to master my craft but it’s also about believing in what I do best is important as well as enjoying the journey at the same time,” he said.

Agilan, who is 9-1, might not be interested in the title but Askren’s retirement in November 2017 has left a vacancy in the welterweight division.

Nicknamed “The Alligator”, come July 13, Agilan will face off against another Welterweight World Title challenger, Zebastian Kadestam of Sweden, who also lost to Askren in September 2017.

“I’m just preparing as usual, there are no changes. I have a pretty solid diet plan since day one and in the last two weeks, it’s just been about losing that extra fat.

“My opponent is durable in his game and I’m happy to just fight him,” he said.

On Ev’s win in Macau last weekend against Japanese veteran Koji Ando and calling out for a title shot against a double world champion, Martin Nguyen of Australia, Agilan couldn’t be happier for his fellow franchise fighter.

“I’m so happy for him, he got the win and yes, it was awesome. I hope he gets it (the title fight),” he said.


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