The Manek Urai native was forced to fend off Nguyen “No. 1” Tran Duy Nhat’sheavy artillery for much of the contest.
Despite that, Azwan hung on to reply with strikes of his own until the final seconds of the third round. That was when Duy Nhat floored the Malaysian warrior with a powerful right hand that knocked him out cold.
“I was disappointed following our match because I’ve been eager to give this win to my fans and family from Malaysia,” the 24-year-old said.
“I apologize for the lost, and I want to congratulate my opponent from Vietnam for a fantastic performance.”
Thankfully for Azwan, the disappointment did not last long.
When he returned to the hotel room, the OneSongchai S1 Champion watched his performance and felt that it was one of the most experienced displays of his career.
His family and friends greeted him with plenty of text messages too, which turned his mood around.
“When I got back to my room, that sad feeling went away after I watched my match. I felt satisfied despite the result,” he said.
“A lot of my fans and family members texted me that night saying that it was one of my best fights. However, I promise them that I’ll fix my weaknesses and increase my speed in the striking department.”
“I feel that my movement was slow, and my counters were a bit delayed. Or maybe he was too quick. Regardless, I do not have an excuse for the loss.”
This defeat could be a turning point in his martial arts journey.
He is still only 24, with plenty of good years ahead of him in the world of Muay Thai.
His World Championship-winning mentality will lead to more success in the future. For now, fans can applaud his courageous performance in Ho Chi Minh City.
In the meantime, ONE Championship heads to Tokyo, Japan next for ONE: CENTURY – the single biggest World Championship martial arts event in history with 28 World Champions featured across various martial arts.
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