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    Askren promises entertaining One title defense versus Aleksakhin after disappointing match against Santos

    Apr 11, 2016
    Ben Askren says he owes Filipino fans a good match. Jerome Ascano

    BEN Askren defends his welterweight championship belt against Russia’s Nikolay Aleksakhin in One:Global Rivals on Friday at MOA Arena.

    Askren said he is confident he will deliver a more entertaining fight this time against Aleksahkin after a disappointing result in his previous Manila fight against Brazil’s Luis Santos. The fight was stopped after an unintentional eye poke, but Askren accused Santos of exaggerating the injury.

    "I owe the Filipino fans. The last time I was in Manila obviously the bout didn’t have the outcome anyone wanted and my opponent was a lot less than courageous in faking his eye injury. The Filipino fans were unfairly robbed of a good fight. They lost the main event that night. I have to do an extra dominant job on April 15th to make sure the Filipino fans get a fight made up to them that they lost out on last year."

    "You can look in my eyes, I’m honestly 100 percent not concerned about anything Nikolay Aleksakhin brings to the table. He’s not an elite striker. I face strikers who are twice as good as him on a daily basis at practice. He is not as good of a wrestler as me. Hell, I’ll let him take me down! He can take me down all he wants because once we get on the ground he’s in my world."

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