5 Facts About Heavyweight Star Alex Roberts Before He Fights Roman Kryklia For Muay Thai World Title
Alex “The Viking” Roberts will soon step into the iconic ring at Bangkok’s Lumpinee Boxing Stadium for the biggest opportunity of his life.
On December 8 in U.S. primetime, the Australian knockout artist will square off with ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Champion Roman Kryklia for the inaugural ONE Heavyweight Muay Thai World Title in the main event of ONE Fight Night 17 on Prime Video.
Before this slugfest goes down in Thailand next month, we look at five things fans should know about the hard-hitting promotional newcomer.
#1 He’s A WBC Muay Thai World Champion
Roberts comes into this ONE World Title showdown riding high with momentum – fresh off the most significant victory of his career.
On October 14, he scored a hard-fought decision win over British star Lyndon Knowles to claim the WBC Heavyweight Muay Thai World Title.
That massive victory garnered the attention of ONE Championship officials and established “The Viking” as one of the planet’s top heavyweight strikers.
#2 He’s Tasted Victory At Every Level
The 34-year-old is bringing a deep pedigree of winning into the world’s largest martial arts organization.
Before he was a globally recognized World Champion, Roberts won WBC Muay Thai gold at every level – state, national, and international.
#3 He’s Also A Professional Physiotherapist
Roberts has become one of the most explosive, fittest heavyweight Muay Thai athletes in the world, thanks in large part to his expertise in the realm of strength and conditioning.
When he’s not throwing down in the ring, “The Viking” puts his degree in physiotherapy to good use, running his own business as a strength and conditioning coach and physiotherapist.
#4 He’s Rocketed To The Top In Just 10 Years
A prodigious natural athlete, the soon-to-be World Title challenger quickly took to “the art of eight limbs” and has rapidly risen to the top of the global food chain.
In fact, Roberts started training Muay Thai just a decade ago in his mid-20s, beating a number of much more experienced strikers throughout his career since then.
#5 His Partner Is Also A Fighter
The Perth native came to the sport by way of his longtime girlfriend, Fon Piggott, one of Australia’s top Muay Thai competitors.
Inspired by Piggott’s success, Roberts stepped into a gym to try his hand at fisticuffs – and he hasn’t looked back since.