Mohammed “Jordan Boy” Bin Mahmoud may only be 22 years old, but he is quickly turning into a national hero. After a spectacular first-round knockout at ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS in Kuala Lumpur last December, he will have another shot to prove his status when he faces Japan’s Hiroaki “Kaibutsukun” Suzuki at ONE: HERO’S ASCENT in Manila, Philippines on Friday, 25 January.
The Malaysian does not feel stressed or nervous about the ONE Super Series Muay Thai encounter, and he promises to return home with another win.
“I do not feel any pressure at all,” he says, confidently. “Hopefully, all goes well as I want to bring the victory and a knockout back home.”
A win would see the Sampuri Muay Thai athlete record the 32nd victory in his four-year career.
Just the thought of how far he has come in this short amount of time shocks him whenever he thinks about it.
“Thankfully, I’ve been healthy and rarely pick up any injuries,” he says. “I’ve been blessed with supportive people around me in the past four years.”
With the Muay Thai bantamweight contest only a week away, Mohammad feels ready for his biggest challenge to date.
Suzuki, a Shoot Boxing Lightweight World Champion, is a well-accomplished striker. Despite the Japanese athlete’s prestige, “Jordan Boy” is not intimidated.
“I’m mentally and physically prepared for this bout,” Mohammed assures.
“I was a bit shocked when I received this offer because I only fought a month ago.”
This striking battle would mark the Malaysian and his opponent’s second appearance in ONE Championship after their successful debut performances in 2018.
Mohammed wasted no time in Kuala Lumpur, electrifying the audience by knocking out Stergos “Greek Dynamite” Mikkios.
A month earlier, Suzuki put on a thrilling performance against Deividas “The Lithuanian Savage” Danyla to earn a unanimous decision.