The rivalry between Xiong Jing Nan and Angela Lee is heating up ahead of their trilogy for the ONE Women’s Strawweight World Title.
Xiong will once again defend women’s strawweight gold against Lee, the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion, at ONE on Prime Video 2: Xiong vs. Lee III. The event will take place on September 30 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The two women’s world champions have met twice before, with both Xiong and Lee successfully retaining their respective world titles. It seems that familiarity has been reduced to contempt with both fighters ready to behead each other.
Xiong shared on Instagram a snippet of Lee talking about the Chinese superstar’s style and how the strawweight queen had turned tentative in her recent fights, and it wasn’t impressive.
Not one to take a snub, Xiong Jing Nan wrote:
“We’ll see if you’re impressed when I break up with you again 👊 #ONEonPrimeVideo2”
Lee said in the video that Xiong has been slowing down lately to take a more careful and passive approach to his fights.
“I tuned in to the last few fights he had. Honestly, me, along with the rest of the fans, and I’m pretty sure I listened to Chatri [Sityodtong] also saying that they are not very impressed with their performances. I think you can really see that in the last few performances he’s been playing not to lose rather than playing to win. And there’s a big difference there.”
Xiong, who has held her world title since January 2018, is the only woman to have knocked out Lee inside the ring. She did so in her first match at ONE: A New Era in March 2019, successfully defending her strap.
Lee, however, got what he deserved just seven months later when he submitted Xiong at ONE: Century Part I in October of that year to retain his atomweight throne.
Xiong Jing Nan is open to taking on Stamp Fairtex at atomweight
Xiong Jing Nan is arguably the spiker in women’s strawweight history and would even like to take on the elite in the atomweight division.
In a previous interview with ONE Championship, Xiong said that he would love to downgrade and have a fight with former two-sport world champion Stamp Fairtex.
Stamp, who once held the ONE Muay Thai and kickboxing Women’s Atomweight World titles, has since transitioned to mixed martial arts and even won the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship.
“I think I would love this. I have always been someone who loves challenges. Although with age my physique and athleticism have changed, I have never given up. Anyone is worthy of my respect and from whom to learn. I believe that I can learn from anyone’s strengths and this will help me grow,” said Xiong Jing Nan.
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