He may have been thrust into the biggest fight of his career, but Jonathan Di Bella makes sure he doesn’t let too much hype get into his mind. Di Bella will face Zhang Peimian for the vacant ONE World Strawweight Kickboxing Title at ONE 162 on October 21 local time at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.
Going into his first fight, Di Bella admitted he didn’t feel the pressure of the situation and considered his world title fight against Zhang just another fight. Jonathan Di Bella, in an interview with South China Morning Post TomTaylor said:
“No pressure. I treat it like a regular fight at the end of the day. The belt is just a bonus. I always had my eyes on that belt. I believe I was going to be a champion kickboxing since I was little. It’s finally going to happen.”
Di Bella, who has been training kickboxing since the age of two, takes the biggest opportunity of his career when he fights for the ONE world strawweight kickboxing title, a belt that has been vacant since retirement. by Sam-A Gaiyanghadao in February 2022. Nonetheless, the 26-year-old is one of the most dangerous strikers in the world, having won an ISKA world title and amassed five Glory Kickboxing victories.
Zhang, meanwhile, is one of the brightest kickboxing stars of the current era. The 19-year-old from Shenzhen, China is 16-1-1 and 2-0 in the ONE Championship. The “Fighting Rooster” sent Josh Tonna and Aslanbek Zikreev on his way to the world title.
Jonathan Di Bella is excited for the upcoming showdown with Zhang
Son of a kickboxing world champion, Jonathan Di Bella knew that becoming the best in the sport requires the toughest attitudes.
The Canadian-Italian star knows that becoming a world champion comes with its own set of challenges, and he’s ready to push through those barriers to achieve his dream of winning ONE Championship gold.
Di Bella, who is only in his first match for the promotion, will face Zhang for the vacant ONE World Strawweight Kickboxing Championship. He wants nothing more than to test his skills against someone he considers the best in the world.
In the same SCMP interview, he said:
“It makes me very excited. I know he’s No. 1 in the world right now. I signed up for the sport to compete at the highest level. I’m not playing here. I’m here to fight everyone.