The sun-drenched landscape of Fort Lauderdale, Florida may seem a world away from the Japanese metropolis of Tokyo, but for “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, the two cities are intimately connected, representing both his present and future.

Inside Florida’s renowned Hard Knocks 365 gym, the ONE Light Heavyweight and Middleweight World Champion is deep in camp preparing for his upcoming middleweight title defense against Japan’s Ken Hasegawa.

The two square off for the second time in their careers on 31 March at ONE: A NEW ERA which will be held at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.

The pair’s first clashed was last June at ONE: SPIRIT OF A WARRIOR, in what is considered the greatest World Title bout in ONE Championship history. “The Burmese Python” emerged victorious from the bruising encounter, stopping Hasegawa in the fifth. However, the back and forth nature of the contest meant a rematch was inevitable.

Now nine months later, they are set to do it again, and for Aung La, the matchup represents a chance to put on an even better display than last time.

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