[랭크5=고현 기자] In this interview, ONE Championship rising featherweight contender Keanu Subba spoke with John Hyon Ko of Kumite TV about his upcoming clash with Ryogo Takahashi in Jakarta, seeing the rise of MMA around South East Asia, competing in the hostile environment of Yangon only elevating him as a fighter, working with the growing team at Monarchy MMA, looking to rematch Li Kai Wen, seeing Christian Lee upsetting Shinya Aoki, and more.
Keanu Subba will take on Ryogo Takahashi at ONE: For Honor in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 4.
Notable excerpts from the interview:
John Hyon Ko: “Was there pressure going into that fight [Phoe Thaw] with basically the whole arena against you?”
Keanu Subba: “No, it was something that I wanted to experience. It was something I was mentally prepared for. I visualized being there many times and it was an awesome experience to have experienced it live in front of his home town and it was exactly as I visualized so it was like I been there.”
John Hyon Ko: “Nowadays, a lot of the top level guys they’re not just training MMA. They are doing strength and conditioning, recovery processes, dieting. Does your training camp involve all these things?”
Keanu Subba: “I’m actually working with this strength and conditioning coach from New Zealand. He works with Dan Hooker, Ev Ting, and all those guys so I specifically hired [Makoto Endo] to give me a program cause in Malaysia, where I did my camp, we don’t really have like a strength and conditioning program so I had to reach out.”
John Hyon Ko: “Your opponent coming up in Jakarta, [Ryogo] Takahashi. He is a Shooto featherweight champ so he is coming with a lot of credentials. A lot of people might not know who he is because he has been fighting in Japan but he is a game opponent. What are your thoughts on him?”
Keanu Subba: “On YouTube, you can’t really see his fights but on [UFC] Fight Pass I saw a couple of his fights. He is primarily a striker. A veteran, of course, he is currently on a six-fight win streak. He is a good striker but a bit short for this division. Stylistically, my reach and my ability to mix things up will be a big problem for him.”
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