Joseph Lasiri highlights mental strength in his journey to the title

Joseph Lasiri always knew he was destined for great things in ONE Championship.

Although Lasiri began his tenure at 0-4, he never wavered and continued on his journey that eventually led to him becoming the ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Champion.

Lasiri reached the pinnacle of his division when he achieved a technical KO win over Prajanchai PK.Saenchai in the third round. That’s how he became ONE’s new Muay Thai World Strawweight Champion last Friday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium at ONE 157: Petchmorakot vs. Vienot.

With his belt strapped tightly around his waist, Lasiri knew he had achieved what he set out to do when he arrived at ONE Championship in 2018.

During his post-fight interview, Lasiri said he proved to himself that he deserves to be at the top of his sport.

Joseph Lasiri said:

“I show myself every time that I am that man. The first time I came to ONE Championship I lost and then I came back and lost again… [but] I knew beforehand that I could become a champion.”

The Italian-Moroccan star also thanked those close to him during the darkest period of his career.

“I am fortunate to find people who help me every day. My teammates and my coach train and support me. My mom, dad, family, girlfriend and everyone supported me because it’s not easy before you come to fight week. Fight week is the celebration, the real war is what’s behind the training, the injuries and the diet.”


Joseph Lasiri admits his string of losses has been a difficult time for him

Losing four games in a row wasn’t easy for Joseph Lasiri.

The 30-year-old openly admitted his start at ONE Championship was difficult and knew he had to adapt to get out of his trough. Lasiri said he needed to change the way he approached his games and that adjustment eventually saw his fortunes take a turn for the better.

“Yes, it was very hard, you know. I changed a lot of things in the schedule. Of course my personality has always been, I feel something strong in my heart. I always feel something very big in my heart that can explode whenever I’m in the arena,” Lasiri said.

A couple of wins over Rocky Ogden and Asahi Shinagawa propelled him to the title match against Prajanchai. As soon as he took the opportunity, Lasiri started running.

With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Lasiri put on an inspired performance against Prajanchai. His performance not only earned him the title, but also the $50,000 bonus.


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