Behind Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan’s charming smile and bubbly eyes lies an athlete with a burning desire to compete with the very best at ONE Championship.
The 20-year-old Malaysian from Johor Bahru is 3-0 in her debut year. In that time, she has built her name massively, even beyond martial arts, going from an unknown talent, to successful athlete, actress, and speaker.
After raising eyebrows with impressive victories over India’s Puja Tomar in March, and then Indonesia’s Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol in July, Radzuan will make her third appearance at ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS, set for Kuala Lumpur on 7 December.
Her opponent for the night hasn’t been officially announced by the promotion yet and “Shadow Cat” remains tight-lipped, but she is confident that she will be more than ready for the battle.
“I’m quite grateful for this opportunity, not many female athletes in Malaysia get a chance to display their skills at ONE Championship,” she said.
“I feel ONE Championship wants me because I have a different set of skills and abilities to display. I believe I’m something special, so I’m looking forward to my third fight, and many more to come.”
The Muay Thai specialist is happy to face any athlete within her weight class, and hopes to get to the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Title—which is currently in the possession of Singapore’s Angela Lee—in two years’ time.
“ONE has always given me tough opponents, all explosive athletes, and my next one is quite challenging too.
“I want to prove that I can mingle with the best,” the Ultimate MMA competitor said.
Radzuan has had a stellar 2018. Alongside her ONE Championship debut, the “Shadow Cat” also made her professional boxing debut in Johor two weeks ago.
“I love trying something new. My advice to anyone who wants to follow a similar path is to dare to try.
“Never think about losing or winning, it’s all about trying. For some athletes, they only focus on one martial art, but I’m one who wants to be different,” she said confidently.
2018 has been a special year for The Home Of Martial Arts.
ONE Super Series, the all-striking arm of the world’s largest martial arts organization, has caught the eyes of millions worldwide, and Radzuan is a big fan of the expansion.
“I’d be open to battling in the ring for a Muay Thai or boxing match.
“Recently in Bangkok’s main event, we saw ONE playing host to a big boxing match where WBC and Ring Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai defended his title.