One Championship HIGHLIGHTS: India's Ritu Phogat storms into semi-finals

Ritu Phogat beat Meng Bo from China in yet another bout after her remarkable fight against Lin as she enters the semi-finals of the Atomweight World Grand Prix.

Ritu Phogat will fight her sixth professional contest in MMA against Chinese champion Meng Bo. (File Photo)   -  GETTY IMAGES

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the fight between Ritu Phogat and Meng Bo, at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

This is Neeladri Bhattacharjee and I will keep you company through this contest.

 

That is all for today. Thanks for tuning in folks. Goodnight and take care!!

Ritu Phogat shocks World No.2 Meng Bo win the quarter-finals of the Atomweight Grand Prix.

Match Report: One Championship 2021: Ritu Phogat beats World No. 2 to enter semi-finals of Grand Prix

MATCH ENDS

Ritu Phogat storms into the semi-finals with a unanimous decision from judges.

7:27: ROUND 3 ENDS AS PHOGAT PUNCHES IN THE AIR. SHE IS ALMOST THROUGH!

7:26: RITU IS UNSTOPPABLE. PUNCHES AND KICKS, ONE AFTER THE OTHER. BO LOOKS HAPLESS!

7:24: Ritu landing more punches with Bo without any real answer. She look very very good!

7:22: Bo starts Round 3 with quick punches, but Ritu replies with a take down

7:20: Ritu going very strong as we reach the end of second round

7:18: Ritu continues landing punches on a hapless Bo.

7:17: RITU GOES FOR BO'S LEG AS SHE TRIES TO GET CONTROL. SHE IS STILL IN THE GAME

7:15: Round 1 finishes with Ritu taking down the Chinese. Bo has still done enough damage. Second round begins now

7:13: BO CONTINUES PUCHES. LEFT RIGT LEFT! RITU HAS NOW ANSWER! RITU MANAGES TO HANG ON

7:12: Ritu is using all her wrestling prwess locking Meng Bo's puches. Bo still punching high!

7:10: First grappling attempt from Ritu as Bo escapes.

7:09: ROUND 1 BEGINS!

7:07 pm: Ritu is in black and Meng is in red, Time for action!

7:05 pm: Ritu enters the canvas as she gears up against Meng Bo, who makes her entry now

7:01 pm: Can Ritu storm into the semi-finals? Can the Phogat legacy continue beyond wrestling? Follow live

Keep following for Ritu's fight updates as the bouts progress.

6:35 pm: About half an hour to go for the fights. The Main Card has six fights today, with Ritu fighting in one of the quarter-finals. Here is the list of fights :

MAIN CARD FOR ONE: EMPOWER

  • (c) Xiong Jing Nan vs. Michelle Nicolini (ONE Women’s Strawweight World Title)
  • Denice Zamboanga vs. Seo Hee Ham (Atomweight World Grand Prix Quarterfinal)
  • Alyona Rassohyna vs. Stamp Fairtex (Atomweight World Grand Prix Quarterfinal)
  • Meng Bo vs. Ritu Phogat (Atomweight World Grand Prix Quarterfinal)
  • Itsuki Hirata vs. Alyse Anderson (Atomweight World Grand Prix Quarterfinal)
  • Anissa Meksen vs. Cristina Morales (kickboxing – atomweight)

LEAD CARD FOR ONE: EMPOWER

  • Jackie Buntan vs. Daniela Lopez (Muay Thai – strawweight)
  • Mei Mei Yamaguchi vs. Julie Mezabarba (Atomweight World Grand Prix Alternate) (Atomweight World Grand Prix Alternate)

 

FIGHT PREVIEW

Ritu Phogat, the Indian Tigress is set to face Meng Bo from China, a champion mixed-martial art (MMA) champion with close to a decade’s experience in professional fighting.

The Chinese champion is on a seven match winning streak, having won four of them on knockouts or TKO, and only two running down to the third round.   

READ | Ritu Phogat warns Meng Bo to not underestimate her before One Championship clash

Bo was trained in Taekwondo from the age of 13 and later began learning Sanda. She made her MMA debut in November 2013 and has climbed up to Number 2 position in world rankings with her relentless speed and strength inside the canvas.

Ritu, on the other hand, has been a Gold Medallist in wrestling for India at the 2016 Commonwealth Games and switched to MMA just two years ago.

Ritu started her training aged eight under the able guidance of her father, Mahavir Phogat, a former wrestler himself.

Since her debut, she has lost just once against Bi Nguyen. In her last match, she won in a do-or-die match against Heqin Lin to remain in the Championship.

Meng Bo is known for knockout or TKO, with her punches finishing games in a matter of minutes. In her last seven games, her opponent survive in the ring for over four minutes just twice.

Ritu, however, has never been knocked out in a game so far. She specialises in grappling and illustrated it wonderfully against Heqin Lin whose attempts of submission were met by physical advantage from Ritu.

Where to watch?

The match will take place at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang and will be a contest between the lightning knockout punches of Bo against Phogat’s agility through wrestling.

It will be broadcast on the Star Network, including on Disney+ Hotstar at 5 p.m. One Plus Championship will also stream the fight on YouTube.