Le keeping an eye on future challengers

Le keeping an eye on future challengers

One featherweight world champion Thanh Le.
One featherweight world champion Thanh Le.

Even though One featherweight world champion Thanh Le will defend his belt against Garry "The Lion Killer" Tonon later this year, the Vietnamese-American is keeping an eye on future challengers.

That said, the title-holder will be watching closely when No.1 ranked featherweight "The Fighting God" Kim Jae-Woong and No.4 ranked contender Tang Kai face off at One: Only The Brave at the Singapore Indoor Stadium today.

"This is an interesting, interesting fight for the division -- two high-level guys, great strikers. I'm interested to watch. You guys need to tune in. It's going to be fireworks," Le said about the fight that will determine the next challenger to the featherweight belt.

"I've obviously got my hands full preparing for Garry, and if and when I get past Garry, one of these guys might be next in line, and I'm excited for the challenge."

Le knows that the upcoming bout between Kim and Tang could go either way, depending on who implements their strategy the strongest. However, he's predicting two outcomes when the South Korean and Chinese competitors meet today.

"I think if Kim takes it, it's going to be later in the rounds. I think he's going to work some intercepts and try to go at the same time as Tang," Le said.

"And I think if Tang wins, it's going to be early. I like his in-and-out movement. He picks his moments really well. It's going to be a hard-fought battle, and I'm really excited to watch."

Moreover, Le had a message for both men before they enter the circle, as he wants them to enjoy the moment.

Because when the dust settles, he'll be waiting in the shadows for either fighter.

"You guys are two of the top guys in the division. You've beaten some really good guys, and I'm excited to welcome you in the number one spot," said the featherweight world champion.

"If I can put Garry away, I'm ready to put you guys away next, so I'm excited for the challenge. You guys go out there, have fun, and put on a show. These fans deserve it."

One: Only The Brave will be live on AIS Play at 5.30pm today while Thairath TV32 will air a same-day delay at 10.40pm.

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