Dmitry Menshikov will make his ONE Championship debut on Friday, June 9, at ONE Fight Night 11. The Russian slugger will take on Regian Eersel for the ONE Lightweight Muay Thai World Championship inside Lumpinee Boxing Stadium. Although this is his first foray into ONE, Menshikov enters with a wealth of experience and respect.
Debuting Menshikov Looks to Play Spoiler at ONE Fight Night 11
Generally considered one of the best kickboxers on the planet, Menshikov fits right into the lightweight landscape in ONE’s loaded kickboxing and Muay Thai divisions. Entering on an 11-bout win streak, Menshikov is ready to jump onto the global stage with a massive opportunity. The main event slot is a dream come true, and all that is left is squaring off with one of the pound-for-pound greats on Friday.
“ONE Championship is the best organization in the world where all the best and top fighters are gathered. I think everyone dreams of getting into this organization, and this has also been my goal to get there and win the belt. I was offered the title bout in my debut, and I immediately agreed. I don’t have any feelings except confidence. I want to prove that I’m number one,” Menshikov told ONE.
“The Immortal” has reigned over the lightweight division for years, and his march toward a historic legacy has given him an aura of invincibility to some. However, the 25-year-old is not among those who believe he is unbeatable. According to the Russian star, he sees nothing out of the ordinary from the reigning lightweight king.
“I consider [Eersel] one of the best fighters in the world. I think he has already proved it by taking the belt in kickboxing in such an organization as ONE Championship, as well as in Muay Thai. And [he did it] despite the fact he is a basic kickboxer. In my career, I have met top and very strong fighters, and I don’t think Eersel is any better or stronger than them. He is just a fighter like all the rest. I don’t see anything special about him,” Menshikov professed.
An 11-bout win streak has brought Menshikov to this moment. Although this will be the first time Menshikov dons the four-ounce gloves, he is still confident he will get Eersel to play his game. While he does not make a prediction, Menshikov is sure he will halt the momentum of Eersel’s steam-billowing train in Bangkok.
“I know how to get to him, how to dictate my rules, how to be the boss in the ring. I want him to play by my rules. I actually don’t bet either on a knockout or a judge’s decision. Yes, I have the KO power. I know how to hit and reach him, but I also have a plan for a five-round fight in case of a prolonged fight. I’m going to win in both cases. I’m going to stop his winning streak,” Menshikov stated.
If the Russian star picks up the victory, he expects another bout against Eersel in the near future. Menshikov also wants to take his ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship. As one of the most respected kickboxers on the planet, Menshikov has his sights set on his own legacy.
“I want to take the belt both in Muay Thai and kickboxing. I want to deprive him of all his titles and take them for myself. This will be a huge victory for myself, my family, and my city. But I’m not going to stop there. I will have to defend these belts. I will have to train more, work harder, and also take belts in other weight classes as well,” Menshikov said.
ONE Fight Night 11 airs live from Bangkok on Friday, June 9. The action begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Prime Video. The event is free for all Amazon Prime members based in the U.S. and Canada.