Christian Lee says Halil Amir needs to fight another candidate
Don’t expect double-division ONE world champion Christian Lee to jump on the Halil Amir hype train anytime soon.
After knocking out Kiamrian Abbasov in his most recent outing, reigning lightweight and welterweight world champion ONE is expected to return to 170-pounder to defend his throne.
However, Christian Lee refuted Amir’s claims as a leading contender, pointing out that he only has one match when he gets promoted.
The 28-year-old heavyweight rose to 4th place in the ONE lightweight rankings after knocking out former world champion Timofey Nastyukhin at ONE on Prime Video 2 last September.
While Lee admits to being impressed by Amir’s insane KO performance and prowess, he believes the Turkish slugger faces other contenders in the top 5 to cement his ability. his world championship.
‘The Warrior’ told ONE Championship in an exclusive interview:
“I think he did a great job in taking out Timofey [Nastyukhin], but you know, we’ve seen him fight once, the performance was impressive. I think now that he’s in the top 5 it would be nice to see him be a little more dynamic and see him fight at least one more top 5 before he wins the title. sign.”
Christian Lee is, of course, eager to fight anyone at any given time, so it’s no surprise to see him mocking inactive boxers.
Before that, United MMA and Evolve MMA products were also solve a possible rematch against No. 1 lightweight boxer Dagi Arslanaliev, on the condition that he fight someone in the top 5 first.
Meanwhile, most fans as well as pundits would love to watch a possible world title knockout match between Amir and Arslanaliev to determine who takes down Lee.
Christian Lee plans to return to lightweight to defend first world title of the year
consider no clear opponent in the welding class At this point, it seems all indications are Christian Lee will be relegated to lightweight for his next bout.
After all, the 24-year-old superstar really has to lose weight first and fulfill her duty as a double world champion.
In a separate interview with ONE Championship, Lee expressed his desire to welcome all challengers to his 170-pound gold strap to start the new year.
“My belt guard order, I feel it will be important because I plan to defend the belt at lightweight first.”
“Right now I need to prepare, I need to reduce my weight to lightweight, but it’s still possible. I feel that when I’m about to defend my belt in welterweight, things will be different. .”