The Top King Muay Thai World Champion unleashed his best punches on Andrew “Maddog Fairtex” Miller in Shanghai to score a spectacular knockout in front of his Chinese fans at the Baoshan Arena.
Chinese phenom Han Zi Hao sends the home crowd into a frenzy with a stunning knockout of Scottish star Andrew Miller! ????????????: Check local listings for global TV broadcast????: Watch on the ONE Super App ????http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp
Posted by ONE Championship on Saturday, 15 June 2019
It was the Mad Muay Thai Gym representative’s third KO and fourth win overall in ONE Championship, and it put him back in the running for a second shot at the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title.
The finish was everything fans have come to expect from Han, but the resident of Bangkok, Thailand admits he did not plan to launch an all-out attack from the opening bell.
However, the Scotsman proved to be a tough opponent to read, and he was soon forced to change tack.
“My plan was to control him, take charge of the pace of the fight, and wait for my chance to get him down,” Han says.
“I did not have so much trouble in the first round, but my attack wasn’t too strong. I tried to figure out his rhythm and wait for him to make mistakes. Because of that, I was a bit passive.
“I didn’t think I had won the first round when the bell rang. Because he is way taller than me, I was at a disadvantage. My only chance was to wait for my moment and get him down, but that didn’t happen easily.”
Everything changed in the second round as Han took command of the contest and found a home for his punches.
Little more than a minute into the round, the match-up swung in the 23-year-old’s favor when he skipped forward and connected with a perfect Superman jab.
“Maddog Fairtex” got up quickly, but he did not seem to be as sure on his feet as he was before, and Han turned up the pressure. A hard right hand sent the Scotsman reeling into the corner, where the Chinese hero let rip with a volley of shots to put Miller down for the second time and finish the match.
“I realized I couldn’t be that passive anymore, so I took my chance to take the initiative,” he says.
“In the second round, I became more active. I walked him down and made my attack. Then my punch [hurt] him.
“I knew my chance was coming, so I kept going and kept landing great punches. Finally, I got him down.”
Because the win was Han’s second in front of his compatriots in Shanghai, a little extra shine was added to his success.
Now filled with confidence again after his 61st victory as a professional, the Henan native promises them that he will return to work after a short break so he can continue his pursuit of ONE Super Series gold.
“I KO’d my opponent in front of my Chinese fans. I’m glad I didn’t let them down!” he says.
“I will try my best to improve myself. I still have many things to learn, but one day I will have my golden belt and make all of you be proud of me.
“I will give myself a small vacation, take some good rest, go back to my home town, and then I will keep training and preparing for my next bout.”