KUALA LUMPUR: It has been a year since Hisyam Samsudin fought in the ONE Championship cage, and the mixed martial artists admits that he is “pretty rusty” heading into Total Victory at the Jakarta Convention Centre, Indonesia next week.
“While I am expected to be rusty, but in true Borneo Tribal Squad style, coach AJ Pyro always has us learning and training, especially during off season.
“I am always training. I am ready and excited to fight again.”
Hisyam, whose mother is Indonesian, considers the bout in Jakarta as “fighting at his second home” and sees no great advantage for his opponent Jeremy Meciaz.
“Fighting in Indonesia is like coming home for me because my mother is from Indonesia and it’s really my second home.”
The former WBF Asia-Pacific Light Heavyweight title holder said he is convinced he will win the fight as he will be walking into the cage with a 0-1 ONE career record.
“My prediction is that I will have my hand raised at the end of the fight.”
“I will be looking forward to bringing home the win to Malaysia on Malaysia Day.”
In his ONE debut last September, Hisyam failed to shine when he lost to fellow Malaysian Muhammad Aiman Raziz Affindi.
He is looking to redeem himself this time around.
As he trains under the same coach who trains ONE’s first ever female Malaysian fighter Ann Osman, Hisyam will be out to make history.
ONE: Total Victory will also showcase a thrilling bout between former One Flyweight World Champion Kairat Akhmetov and Filipino wushu sensation Geje Eustaquio.