An explosive cross-causeway clash is set for ONE 160 with Singapore’s Amir Khan taking on Malaysia’s Keanu Subba. The bout pits together two promotional veterans who have been unable to compete as regularly as they would have Wille’s due to injuries.

Khan is looking to continue his momentum at featherweight after a slightly fortunate split decision win over Ryogo Takahashi. The Japanese fighter boasts a first round knockout win against Subba and was a good scalp for the 27 year old.

Khan could consider it a successful comeback. But the decision was mired in controversy and even neutrals like Itsuki Hirata questioned the judges. It left a slightly sour taste in the Singaporean’s mouth,

“To get a win like a split decision is not always nice. Some people say you win, some people say you lose. And it’s a bit annoying. It really drives me to really execute the proper win this time, leave no questions,” he said.

Striking power

Khan doesn’t just want the finish he is hoping to pick up one of the $50,000 USD bonuses that Chatri Sityodtong has been throwing around like confetti,

“I’m looking for a finish, but I’m hunting for a finish by not forcing it, if that makes sense. I think I’m going to finish Keanu in a devastating manner. I feel if I show a good display of striking power and if I catch him, then (ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong) will give me that US$50,000 bonus,” he added.

Khan has beaten a Malaysian fighter before having got another controversial split decision win over Ev Ting at ONE: ‘Edge of Greatness’. He has been on the promotion’s roster for nearly a decade and says Subba has been on his radar for a long time,

“I know Keanu is a veteran of the sport. He’s been in the game as long as I have. He’s been around for a long time, and he’s very well-rounded.”


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Building momentum

Khan says he has even spent time coming up with a game plan just in case they were ever matched,

“I’ve actually planned a game plan for him before, a few years ago, because I knew he might be someone that I would be expecting to face. So I have always been observing his career and progression,” he said.

Khan is a former title challenger at lightweight. But he wants to show he can be a force to be reckoned with at featherweight,

“It feels really good getting that first win, especially after my injury and entering a new division. The win just helps me get back on track. It always feels good to build momentum.”