Regian Eersel can’t stop winning. Since his last defeat in 2016 he has registered 22 victories in a row and captured the ONE Championship featherweight and lightweight titles.

He will be expected to extend that run when he takes on Alexis Nicolas at ONE Fight Night 21 next weekend but Eersel is definitely not underestimating his French opponent,

“I look at everybody they put in front of me as the most dangerous guy because the one in front of me is the one who is trying to beat me.”

Ten out of ten

Eersel has won ten fights out of ten for ONE Championship. He holds the lightweight kickboxing and Muay Thai titles and will be defending the former on April 5th.

It will be his third time in a row fighting at Lumpinee Stadium and Eersel thinks Nicolas will be unable to cope with his pressure and aggression,

“My biggest advantage I think is my experience, my pressure going forward, and my aggression. I think he will struggle with that.”

Nicolas impressed at ONE Friday Fights 47 to earn the title show and Eersel was watching that day,

“I was watching live when he had his first fight for ONE. He’s a smart fighter, good with his kicks, and he throws good combinations. It’s gonna be a good fight for me, and I’m gonna put my name to the test again.”

Two ways

While this won’t be his Nicolas’s first time fighting at Lumpinee Stadium he has never competed on a Prime Video card or challenged for a title before. Eersel wonders whether his opponent will be able to cope with the scale of the event,

“I think it can go two ways because fighters aren’t the same. It’s not only the fight – it’s all the things around it. It’s a world title fight in one of the biggest organizations in the world, so we get a lot of interviews and a lot of attention. When it’s close, all the media and all the attention that you get, some fighters can’t handle it.

While Eersel sounds extremely confident he is clearly not complacent. The Dutchman does not expect an easy fight next week,

“My opponent is gonna do everything in his power to get the win and to get the belt. Nobody is an easy fight. Everybody is dangerous.”