A serious setback for kickboxer Tayfun Özcan (31). The Tilburger would fight for the world title in Singapore on Saturday afternoon, October 1, but that match is canceled because Superbon Singha Mawynn has withdrawn. The Thai title holder of ONE Championship is sick. Özcan is now fighting a match against Armenian Belgian Marat Grigorian.
The fact that his fight for the world title in the category up to 70 kilograms will not take place was a blow to Özcan: “The news that I was allowed to fight for the world title came as a big surprise last week. That opportunity suddenly passed because the original challenger of Superbon was injured, but now Superbon is ill. That sucks.”
At the weigh-in, Superbon was absent on Thursday morning. Özcan: “So I went to get a story. He turned out to have stomach problems and a high fever and had apparently been in hospital several times. The doctor then forbade him to fight on Saturday. Well, then it will stop for me too. for the world title.”
Özcan reacted very disappointed in the first instance: “I was completely ready to conquer the world title. A mental blow, but fortunately I was able to switch quickly. Originally I was already going to fight Marat Grigorian, so the preparation for that match is now good again And the great thing is: if I win that match – which will certainly happen – I will be able to fight for the world title against Superbon in a while. That title is and remains the ultimate goal: so I know what I’m doing it for .”