The Kedah native will walk down the stage inside the Phu Tho Indoor Stadium on Friday, 6 September under different circumstances. Not to compete, but to corner one of his close friends Mohamad Fakri “Ant Man” Bin Yusoff ahead of his duel against Michael “The Beast from the East” Pham.
“I’ve been training with Fakri, together with his coaches and brother, in preparation for his big outing in Vietnam,” the 23-year-old Mohammed explained.
“I’ve pretty much set for him the same training regime that I put myself through when I’m preparing for a fight. I believe he’ll win.”
The equation to a victory could be more complex. Fakri’s adversary on Friday night will be competing in front of his hometown fans for the first time in his journey. Pham described it as an emotional moment, and due to that, he is eager to leave Vietnam with a statement victory and start his rise up the ranks.
Mohammed, aware of the plot, wants to ensure that Fakri spoils his homecoming party.
“I’ve got him to get used to wearing the MMA gloves and also tried to duplicate his opponent’s style when I spar with him so he can learn to anticipate,” he added.
“If only I could have all my Muay Thai friends on this journey with me. That would make me so happy. Where I can help, I’d be happy to help. Imagine if we could train together and build up a brotherhood just like Team Lakay of the Philippines. That would be a dream!”
Training aside, “Jordan Boy” understands how difficult it could be for Fakri to make the switch from the local Muay Thai scene to a global platform like The Home of Martial Arts.
But his advice to one of his closest friends in “the art of eight limbs” is simple – this is your time to shine.
“I haven’t said much; only that he must try his best because it’s an honor to be fighting for ONE Championship.”
“I also reminded him that he needs to prove to people that he has it in him to achieve success on this platform.”
Enjoy the main card at 9:30pm on TV1 and Astro SuperSport HD.