Amir Khan (7-2) finished his National Service duties as a member of the Singapore Civil Defence Force just a few weeks ago. He made his country proud then, and on Friday, 26 May, he made his country proud yet again.
The 22-year-old Evolve MMA product soundly defeated India’s Rajinder Singh “Knockout” Meena in front of a sold-out hometown crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, on the main card of ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES.
“I did not really have a specific goal. I just wanted to go out there and have fun. I mean, what is the point to doing martial arts if you are not having fun? So I had fun,” he says. “Once I stepped into the cage, I did not think about anything. Everything just flowed.”
Khan looked the more comfortable of the two from the start against Meena, as they traded feints and leg kicks. Once the battle moved to the clinch, however, the Singaporean Muay Thai champion began to take over, scoring with knees and punches in close quarters.
Soon, the Evolve MMA lightweight prospect got his Indian rival to the mat, and wasted little time in hammering away with punches to the head of Meena. After several unanswered shots, the referee stepped in to wisely call a stop to the lightweight contest, and awarded the TKO victory to the local hero.
Now, with his fourth -onsecutive win and his National Service complete, Khan feels the best is yet to come.
“I just want to focus on training full-time now,” he says. “For the past two years, I juggled training and work, so it was pretty difficult. But now, I am fully focused, and believe I can achieve my full potential.”