China’s “Killer Bee” Kai Ting Chuang has transitioned her kickboxing skills to ONE Super Series with great success.
The 23-year-old captured ONE Kickboxing Atomweight World Championship gold on a memorable night at ONE: BATTLE FOR THE HEAVENS as she became the division’s inaugural champion with a victory over Thailand’s Yodcherry Sityodtong.
Chuang’s first thoughts after her title win were about those who helped her on her journey to the top.
“I thought of the skills my coach had taught me, and the courage my team provided to me.
“Also, my manager, all my fans, and the audience. I was thankful for their support,” she says.
“I gained a lot of motivation (but) there is also a lot of pressure. I need to keep training hard, as I know there are still many areas where I can make progress.”
Now she has the title, Chuang faces the task of turning back all challengers in a bid to hang on to her belt.
“For the Chinese star, staying champion isn’t just about maintaining her position at the top of the sport, it’s also about inspiring youngsters in her homeland to chase their dreams.
“People think I am a very strange girl because I am tiny and small, but then I hold a World Championship,” she explains.
“I feel like I want to encourage people like me — I’m a small, tiny little girl, but with big power.”
Chuang hopes to demonstrate that power against Stamp Fairtex on Saturday, 6 November in her latest title defence. The pair will meet in the co-main event of ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES in Bangkok, Thailand.
And after turning back the challenge of Thai starlet Yodcherry to become champion in her first ONE Super Series title bout, Chuang will look to repeat the feat against Stamp, who arrives in Bangkok with the home ring advantage, as well as the edge in experience.
But Chuang wants to make light of those factors by putting on her best performance yet.
“I want to give a wonderful fight, and add surprises every time so that people remember me,” she says.
“It would mean the world to me to win. I could prove to the whole world that a little bee can dig a big hole.”