Jonathan Di Bella not feeling pressured ahead of world title bout with Zhang Peimian

He may have been pushed into the biggest fight of his career, but Jonathan Di Bella makes sure he doesn’t get too caught up in the hype. Di Bella will face Zhang Peimian for the vacant ONE World Strawweight Kickboxing Title on October 21st local time at the ONE 162 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.

Coming to his first fight, Di Bella admitted he doesn’t feel the pressure of the situation and is treating his championship fight against Zhang as just another fight. Jonathan Di Bella, in an interview with South China Morning Post TomTaylor said:

“No pressure. I treat it like a normal fight at the end of the day. The belt is just a bonus. That belt is one I’ve always had my eye on. I think I’ve wanted to be a kickboxing champion since I was a little kid. It will finally happen.”

Di Bella, who has been training kickboxing since he was two years old, is embracing the biggest opportunity of his career when he fights for the ONE World Strawweight Kickboxing title, a belt that has been vacant since Sam-A Gaiyanghadao retired in February 2022. Nonetheless, the 26-year-old is one of the most dangerous forwards in the world, having won an ISKA world title and five victories in glory kickboxing.

Zhang, on the other hand, is one of the brightest kickboxing stars of the current era. The 19-year-old from Shenzhen, China has a 16-1-1 record and is 2-0 at ONE Championship. The Fighting Rooster sent out Josh Tonna and Aslanbek Zikreev on his trek to the world title.

Jonathan Di Bella is looking forward to the upcoming showdown with Zhang

As the son of a world kickboxing champion, Jonathan Di Bella knew that being the best at the sport required the toughest settings.

The Canadian-Italian star recognizes that becoming a world champion comes with its own set of challenges, and he’s ready to break through those barriers to achieve his dream of winning gold in ONE Championship.

Di Bella, in his first fight for promotion, will take on Zhang for the vacant ONE Strawweight World Kickboxing Championship. He wants nothing more than to test his skills against someone he thinks is the best in the world.

in the same SCMP interview he said:

“That makes me very happy. I know he’s number 1 in the world right now. I signed up for the sport to compete at the highest level. I’m not here to play. I’m here to fight everyone.” Jonathan Di Bella not feeling pressured ahead of world title bout with Zhang Peimian

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