“This Is the Belt Missing From My Collection” – Anissa Meksen Ecstatic for First World Title Opportunity in ONE Against Phetjeeja at ONE Friday Fights 46

Published 12/19/2023, 2:08 AM EST

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Anissa Meksen is determined to complete her collection by claiming the most prestigious striking strap on the planet today.

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The French-Algerian legend is set to face “The Queen” Phetjeeja Lukjaoporongtom for the ONE Interim Women’s Atomweight Kickboxing World Title in one of the featured bouts of ONE Friday Fights 46: Tawanchai vs. Superbon this Friday, December 22. 

Anissa Meksen ready to take on Phetjeeja Lukjaoporongtom

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It will mark the first fight of the year for Meksen, who is undefeated in three dominant promotional outings. Despite being away from competition, “C18” says she has stayed in shape and will have no issues with ring rust in her return. 

“I’m very happy to have the title shot against a strong opponent. Even if I haven’t fought for more than one year, I train every day because I love what I do,” she told ONE in an interview.

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“And I feel very strong. I do a lot of sparring to push myself every time, and I feel so good now. I can’t wait to be at the event.”

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With 100 wins under her belt in Muay Thai and kickboxing and seven World Titles to her name from various organizations, Meksen has had gold in her sights since her ONE debut at ONE: EMPOWER in September 2021.

Meksen feels she is prepared to win the title

She finally gets her opportunity this Friday, but it comes against a formidable foe in Phetjeeja. The Thai phenom turned in knockout after knockout during her three-fight run at ONE Friday Fights, and she stopped Celest Hansen in the third round of her inaugural bout on the organization’s biggest stage in October. 

Now, she will get the chance of a lifetime, fighting for her first ONE World Championship against a living legend of the sport.

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For Meksen, this battle is a culmination of the hard work that she has put in. Like any other opponent put in front of her, she isn’t taking Phetjeeja lightly and is looking forward to putting on an exciting show for the fans when they trade leather on Friday. 

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“I waited for the World Title shot for more than three years. That’s why it’s a lot of sacrifice for me. It’s like a dream, you know. Because this is the belt missing from my collection,” Meksen said. 

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“That’s why I pushed myself a lot for the training camp, and I trained like crazy, you know? It’s my dream, simply. She’s strong, of course, and I’m strong too. And we make a big, big fight, for sure.”

 

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Anirban Chatterjee

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