Stamp Fairtex says opponent Angela Lee is her "idol"

Stamp Fairtex says opponent Angela Lee is her “idol”

There is an old saying about your idols one day becoming your rivals, but the meaning usually correlates with a younger person one day taking on and or challenging that of an older individual.

On March 26 in Singapore, a pair or women excelling in the combat arts, will collide in the main event of ONE Championship‘s 10-year-anniversary show, aptly called ONE: X.

Stamp Fairtex (8-1) and Angela Lee (10-2) will meet for the ONE strawweight championship.

Fairtex, 24, and Lee, 25, are extremely close in age, but each is making a name for themselves as arguably the promotion’s top female athlete.

“I see and praise [Lee] as my idol because of her fighting style and how determined she is,” Fairtex said ahead of next week’s showdown. “She is a different person in the ring. Out of the ring, she is a cheerful and friendly person, but once she gets in the cage, there is no giving up, no more being friendly. Up there, she is the true fighter.

“I see it as such an honor to fight her, and I’m really glad that once in my life I get to fight my idol. I see myself as an underdog but I am now ready to get in the Circle and fight Angela Lee for the belt, and I will give my best attempt”

ONE X: Grand Finale will broadcast live on pay-per-view at 8 p.m. Singapore Standard Time (SGT)/8 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Saturday, 26 March.

The bout order for ONE X: Grand Finale is as follows:

(c) Angela Lee vs. Stamp Fairtex (ONE Women’s Atomweight World Title)
Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs. Demetrious Johnson (Special Rules Super-Fight)
(c) Adriano Moraes vs. Yuya Wakamatsu (ONE Flyweight World Title)
Shinya Aoki vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama (mixed martial arts – lightweight)
Eduard Folayang vs. John Wayne Parr (Muay Thai – lightweight)
Superbon Singha Mawynn vs. Marat Grigorian (ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Title)

ONE X: Part II will broadcast live at 5 p.m. SGT/5 a.m. ET on 26 March.

The bout order for ONE X: Part II is as follows:

(c) Nong-O Gaiyanghadao vs. Felipe Lobo (ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title)
(c) Capitan Petchyindee vs. Hiroki Akimoto (ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Title)
Ham Seo Hee vs. Denice Zamboanga (mixed martial arts – atomweight)
Itsuki Hirata vs. Jihin Radzuan (mixed martial arts – atomweight)
Kim Jae Woong vs. Tang Kai (mixed martial arts – featherweight)

Finally, the 10-year anniversary show will open with ONE X: Part I, which broadcasts live at 1 p.m. SGT/1 a.m. ET on 26 March.

The bout order for ONE X: Part I is as follows:

Chingiz Allazov vs. Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Championship Final)
Reinier de Ridder vs. Andre Galvao (submission grappling – middleweight)
Lito Adiwang vs. Jeremy Miado (mixed martial arts – strawweight)
Amir Khan vs. Ryogo Takahashi (mixed martial arts – featherweight)
Kang Ji Won vs. Paul Elliott (mixed martial arts – heavyweight)
Danielle Kelly vs. Mei Yamaguchi (submission grappling – atomweight)
Ryuto Sawada vs. Senzo Ikeda (mixed martial arts – strawweight)
Asha Roka vs. Alyse Anderson (mixed martial arts – atomweight)

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