Rodtang Jitmuangnon is injured and will not be facing Takeru at ONE 165. In his place steps Superlek Kiatmoo9 who will be taking on the Japanese superstar at Ariake Arena on January 28th.

Rodtang and Takeru had been scheduled to clash in a five round non title bout. Superlek is the reigning flyweight kickboxing champion and his belt will now be on the line.

There have been persistent rumours that Rodtang is suffering from a hand injury. His replacement is the last man to beat him, Superlek claimed a decision win in a non title bout at ONE Friday Fights 34.

Meanwhile Takeru is the former K-1 bantamweight, featherweight and super featherweight champion and was propelled to super stardom after a kickboxing bout with Tenshin Nasukawa last year. That broke box office records in Japan and even though he lost it instantly established the the 32 year old a household name.

Lightweight clash

Shinya Aoki will finally fight Sage Northcutt on this card. The two lightweights were first scheduled to fight in 2021 but the American withdrew after contracting Covid-19.

Aoki is one of the most experienced fighters in the division. He is currently on the worst run of results in his 20 year career and has not won a fight since 2021.

Northcutt submitted Ahmet Mujtaba in 23 seconds at ONE Fight Night 10. It was his first win since 2018 and the American appears to have recovered from a damaging debut which saw him suffer serious facial injuries at the hands of Cosmo Alexandre.

Title contenders

In the strawweight division Keito Yamakita has been matched with Bokang Masunyane. The undefeated Japanese star will feel he is just one win away from securing a title shot.

Gustavo Balart probably has other ideas. The Cuban strawweight has won his last three and is entitled to believe he should be at the front of the queue if he can beat former champion Hiroba Minowa in Tokyo.

The other fight added to the card today is in the flyweight division. Yuya Wakamatsu rematches Danny Kingad, the two first fought in 2018 with the Filipino taking the win.

Atomweight collision

Japanese atomweights Itsuki Hirata and Ayaka Miura are set to collide at ONE 165. They have been matched together at the Ariake Arena on January 28th in a fight that is sure to provide plenty of local interest.

Miura lost her last two fights at strawweight. That prompted the former title challenger to drop down a division and she enjoyed immediate success, submitting Meng Bo at ONE Fight Night 16.

Success has been in short supply for Hirata recently. Her fight with Seo Hee Ham had to be rescheduled because she missed weight and when they did eventually meet at ONE Fight Night 8 the Korean won by decision.

ONE 165, Tokyo, January 28th
Kickboxing: Superlek Kiatmoo9 vs. Takeru (For flyweight title)
Shinya Aoki vs. Sage Northcutt (Lightweight)
Hiroba Minowa vs. Gustavo Balart (Strawweight)
Bokang Masunyane vs. Keito Yamakita (Strawweight)
Itsuki Hirata vs. Ayaka Miura (Atomweight)
Yuya Wakamatsu vs. Danny Kingad (Flyweight)