Singapore. Fighter Adrian "The Hunter" Pang, hailed as an ultra-tough opponent known for giving his all in bruising battles, will step into the ONE Championship cage for the first time in a year against young Singaporean standout Amir Khan during "ONE: Immortal Pursuit" at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday (24/11).
Pang is in danger of becoming a stepping stone for up-and-coming lightweights such as Khan, who has been vocal about his desire for a shot at the ONE lightweight world championship title. The 23-year-old is riding high with a five-bout winning streak and holds a seven-knockout record, the highest in ONE Championship history.
However, Pang said he wants to see for himself just how tough and dangerous the Singaporean prospect claims to be.
"It is like the young bull versus the old bull. I actually wanted to compete against him. He is young and he will have heaps of energy, but he has not had a really good matchup yet," Pang said during a press conference ahead of the match.
"I have competed all around the world; I have been up and I have been down, so I will be the one to give it to him," he added.
The 40-year-old Australian veteran knows that he will have to be at his absolute best to defeat Khan and he trained twice a day at one of Australia's most popular martial arts facilities, Integrated MMA, which he owns and operates. He has been focusing on a variety of disciplines, including Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, boxing and wrestling.
"Amir Khan is a great martial artist and definitely well-rounded. The game is martial arts, and it is martial arts that we shall do," he said.
As Khan aims to extend both of his knockout and winning streaks in the hope of getting a shot at the world title, Pang will make sure the Singaporean does not have a walk in the park.
Pang has never been knocked out in his 16-year run as a professional fighter and as he is back on the path to victory, he has a chance to become a world champion once more.
"My alias says it all. I won't be the prey in this bout. I am coming for him and the win. Sorry, but I am not going to be his footstool. I am here to win," Pang said.