2019 has seen a rise in Punjabi sports persons entering the combat arena and after the recent success of Jordan Gill, this week the attention was on Indi Sangha boxing at the Royal Albert Hall and Gurdarshan Mangat makin his MMA debut.
Firstly we look at Gurdarshan Mangat ‘s debut in the MMA’s One Championship!
A top-ranked Canada-based Indian MMA star, Mangat made a statement in his ONE Championship debut defeating a former ONE World Title challenger. He and Tauru went strike-for-strike in the first two rounds, making for an exciting back-and-forth contest.
In the final round, Mangat went for the finish. He dropped Tauru with a swift left hook before finishing things off with a jumping knee and some ground-and-pound at 1 minute and 23 seconds in the third round.
Winning at “ONE: Reign of Valor” improved Mangat’s professional MMA record to 14 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Tauru now has 11 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw.
Indian hero Gurdarshan Mangat makes a statement in his ONE debut, knocking out former World Title challenger Toni Tauru at 1:23 of Round 3! 🇮🇳 #WeAreONE #ReignOfValor #Yangon #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/BDFbxGdKHX
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) March 8, 2019
Indi Sangha was up against the much fancied Lucien Riedy, who was a big favourite to win the fight. The early exchanges in round 1 saw Lucien land clean but without causing Sangha any major issues. Indi was growing into the fight with his speed of movement providing to a very useful tool. An accidental head clash meant the referee called a halt to the bout and it was called a technical draw as 3 rounds had not been completed.
Hopefully a rematch will be called , if not we need to see more of Indi Sangha in the ring again (sooner rather than later).
The referee has stopped @LucienReidy’s fight with Indie Sangha due to a bad cut to Reid caused by an accidental head clash.
As 3 rounds were not complete, the bout has been declared as a technical draw. pic.twitter.com/YCopNKI6yN
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) March 8, 2019