New ONE Featherweight Kickboxing world champion Chingiz Allazov says trust is the key factor behind his success.
The Azerbaijani-Belarussian striker claimed the title last weekend when he defeated Superbon with a stunning second round knockout in their highly anticipated clash at ONE Fight Night 6 in Bangkok Thailand.
Not only did he pick up the title on the night but also a Performance of the Night bonus, as he extended his ONE unbeaten record to four fights.
The 29-year-old lost his first bout with the organisation, but has since been on a mission to capture the crown – and says there is a simple guiding principle behind what he does.
“Trust your heart. Trust your coach, trust your team, and trust your game plan,” he explains. “Every day I say God help me, please. I wake up, every day I go train. Trust your life and trust your heart and every day you wake up and go train.”
The process and gameplan for Allazov has been a long one, with an extensive amateur record before moving into the pro game. This is a fighter who has paid his dues and is now delivering on a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice.
“Yes, I have a long amateur career. I am a five-time world champion in Muay Thai in WMC, in other promotions. Yes, I have many amateur fights but for me before maybe I fight 5-10 fights in one month, it’s normal. We have more than 200, maybe 250 fights. I lost only three fights in pro. I fight before in kickboxing, kickboxing, and MMA together. You have many fights and after you go professional, you change your style and everything is okay. You know this is good for the young fighters. This is good for your career, this is good.”
And while Allazov has plenty of experience in Muay Thai, he has no interest at the moment in targeting a second title and a potential superfight with Tawanchai.
“I like Muay Thai, I like elbows, I like knees, I like clinching, we make this, my team, I started my career in Muay Thai, not kickboxing,” he said. “After I go up in K1, I changed my style a bit and trained only with K1, fighting only at K1. But for me, this is another style, really another style.
“Maybe Tawanchai wants to come to my weight, and fight with me in kickboxing, no problem. Welcome! I say, I like this. This is welcome, I said it before. Welcome to Bangkok. But me going to Muay Thai is another situation. I don’t like it, maybe, I won’t focus 100 percent on this style. I don’t like fighting in other styles.”
Whatever his next steps in 2023, Chingiz Allazov will certainly be one of the hottest properties in ONE.