Joseph Lasiri fought like he had one thing to show in his final struggle. The Italian-Moroccan confronted Asahi Shinagawa in December 2021. ‘The Hurricane’ ended the struggle with a formidable first-round knockout.
ONE Championship not too long ago uploaded the total struggle to its YouTube channel.
Watch the total struggle between Lasiri and Shinagawa beneath:
Lasiri knocked out his opponent with an overhand proper and a strong knee to the physique. The mixture completed Shinagawa and earned the 30-year-old Italian a title shot at ONE 157 on May 20.
In a bit of over per week’s time, Lasiri will face Prajanchai PK.Saenchai for the ONE Muay Thai strawweight championship. Prajanchai is a extremely expert fighter with a whole bunch of victories and plenty of titles to his identify.
Lasiri’s knockout of Shinagawa got here with four-ounce gloves. Muay Thai could be fought in bigger gloves, corresponding to those seen in boxing, or smaller gloves like these seen in MMA. Between the 2, Lasiri has mentioned that he prefers the smaller ones.
After the Shinagawa knockout, Lasiri took to Instagram to speak concerning the win:
“I don’t like to call it passion because stress, fatigue, fear while preparing for an important competition is sometimes so strong that it is difficult to go along with the word PASSION even if it is part of it… I want to use the word passion in moments like this where you feel you are LIVING YOUR LIFE, where you have done your duty, and whether you win or lose you feel lighter and satisfied with who you’ve become.”
Joseph Lasiri’s title shot at ONE 157
Joseph Lasiri, like his opponent at ONE 157, additionally has many titles to his identify. However, he explains that these championships do not matter as a lot because the ONE title. In an interview with Tim Wheaton for Kickin’ It, he said:
“Now I am focused only for this title… For me, [on] the 20th of May, not thinking about my ex-titles. I am going there like this is my first title shot.”
Lasiri additionally spoke about how a lot the title shot in opposition to Prajanchai at ONE 157 means to him:
“I am focused on the world title. For me it’s everything. Because I’ve been training Muay Thai since I was 17 years old, and now I’m 30… It’s everything, an opportunity for a world title… Now the world title against this opponent is everything for me.”
Joseph Lasiri has devoted his life to the game. On May 20, he’ll look to make it worthwhile when he squares off in opposition to Prajanchai PK.Saenchai for ONE Championship‘s Muay Thai strawweight title.