Amir Khan replaces Ariel Sexton in ONE Lightweight Grand Prix semi finals
Khan, who lost to Sexton in the quarter finals, broke the news on Instagram today:
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Took me 2 seconds to accept this fight when @onechampionship offered me this fight against @saygidgusen13 under 3 weeks notice to replace Ariel Sexton due to injury. I wish him all the best in his recovery. For the fans, this clash of style will be an exciting treat for you guys 😉 This fight for me is almost like “David vs Goliath”. I am a huge underdog for this fight but I believe in myself and my team @evolvemma that I will come out victorious?
It is good news for Arslanaliev (7-1) who can proceed with preparations for ONE: ‘Enter the Dragon’. But instead of facing Sexton, he finds himself matched with the man who was submitted by the Costa Rican in the quarter finals.
Khan (11-5) had initially been scheduled to face promotional newcomer Iuri Lapicus in a non tournament fight. But Sexton’s broken arm has opened the door for the Singaporean, who has been handed a spot in the semi finals of the ONE Lightweight Grand Prix.
Arslanaliev is arguably the tournament favourite now that Eddie Alvarez is out. However undefeated Hawaiian Lowen Tynanes is also tipped to do well and he faces Timofey Nastyukhin in the other semi final.
The reshuffle leaves Lapicus without an opponent meaning that the May 17th fight card currently looks like this: