Senzo Ikeda keeps on winning. The 39 year old registered a third victory in succession at ONE: ‘X’ last Saturday. He stopped Ryuto Sawada in the second round and already has his sights on opponents in the upper echelons of the strawweight division,
“I would like to fight against the toughest opponents in this division. Jarred Brooks, I would love to fight him.”
The most recent loss of his ONE Championship career came against Lito Adiwang. Ikeda appeared to dislocate his shoulder during that fight so the Filipino never really got the better of him.
Adiwang suffered a similar fate against Jeremy Miado on Saturday, he appeared to injure his knee. With the Filipino coming off back to back losses Ikeda isn’t really interested in a rematch,
“Of course, I want to take revenge (against Adiwang) but I’m not that young, so I want to fight against the strongest fighters as soon as possible.”
Ikeda is currently unranked so is unlikely to be handed an immediate title shot. He knows that he will need to bide his time but wants to work his way up the rankings as soon as possible,
“So either the number one or number two ranked is fine, and then I want to get a world title shot as soon as possible.”
Brandon Vera held the ONE Championship heavyweight title until well into his 40s. The oldest strawweight champion in the promotion’s history was Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke who was 37 when he lost the title.
Ikeda has well and truly turned his career around after losing his first two ONE Championship fights. The veteran looks guaranteed to break into the top five after his latest win and is looking to become the oldest champion in the history of the strawweight division.