‘Judge Me On How I Come Back From My Losses’ – Johan Ghazali Stays Positive After Winning Streak Ends At ONE 167

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Johan “Jojo” Ghazali is determined to bounce back following his defeat to “No.1” Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat in their flyweight Muay Thai clash at ONE 167

The 17-year-old phenom entered the matchup with a 5-0 record in ONE – including four knockouts – but the Vietnamese veteran used his experience and movement to engineer a unanimous decision victory last Friday, June 7.

Ghazali struggled to land his concussive punches against Duy Nhat, who evaded his young foe’s aggression and scored with hard counters at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. 
Afterward, the Malaysian-American spoke to onefc.com about his first setback in ONE:

“It was frustrating because Nguyen is a technical fighter. He has a lot of experience. He knew what was coming before it came.” 

Despite the loss, the teen phenom is not downhearted. 

Ghazali might have set off at full speed in the world’s largest martial arts organization, but he’s happy to play the long game by learning from his mistakes.  

Buoyed by the massive amount of support he received from his compatriots, “Jojo” promised to deliver more wins in the future:

“Sorry to all the Malaysian fans who came out from Malaysia all the way to Bangkok to support me. I 100 percent felt their support in there. Keep on supporting me. I do it for the fans. I’ll be back.
“I’ve lost before. I’ve lost in life. Losing is a part of life. Don’t judge me on my wins. Judge me on how I come back from my losses.” 

Duy Nhat, Sityodtong Still Expect Big Things From Ghazali

Johan Ghazali isn’t the only one who is confident about his ability to get back on the winning track. 

Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat felt the strength and skill of the Malaysian-American prodigy in their clash last Friday and thinks the sky is the limit.

Duy Nyat said: 

“Johan is young and strong. He has a strong mind as well, and he will certainly be a future World Champion of ONE Championship.” 

ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodyong also sees a bright future for Ghazali. 
He said the Rentap Muay Thai representative still has time to evolve both physically and technically – attributes that will come from more ring time:

“’Jojo’ is still young. He is still 17. He has less experience. His opponent is the number one fighter from Vietnam. He’s 35 and he has a lot more experience. I think that ‘Jojo’ needs to gain a lot more experience in the future.”  

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