The Indian star will battle Ahmed “Wolverine” Mujtaba in a lightweight bout at ONE: UNBREAKABLE III
, a previously recorded event from the Singapore Indoor Stadium that airs this Friday, 5 February.
“I feel really happy and blessed to get this opportunity, and I am ready for this,” Rahul Raju said.
“The fight was supposed to happen last year, but it got canceled twice. Those were really stressful times. Everything happens when it is supposed to happen, and I believe that everything happens for a reason.”
Finally getting the opportunity to face the Pakistani athlete, Rahul Raju has been preparing for the speedy shots of Mujtaba, who is moving up from featherweight.
“He is a good fighter, and this will be his first lightweight fight. His strength is his timing – his timing is really impressive. I like how he mixes up things and pulls out takedowns so perfectly,” Raju said.
As for the man from India, his game plan will be the same as usual.
“I haven’t planned anything. This time I am just going to fight my way. I am quite confident and well-prepared for this bout,” Raju added.
Rahul Raju wants to make his country proud
Raju knows this bout will much bigger than him and Mujtaba. The countries that each man represents have a history that dates back many years across many sports.
“The India-Pakistan rivalry will always be there, and this bout will not be any different. But I am taking this in a positive way. I believe we can pull bigger crowds to the fights this way,” Raju said.
“I represent a peaceful sport and there is no hate in my mind. We should only spread love and peace to everyone.
“For the Indian fans, I guarantee that I will always do my best. I want to tell them that I have put lots of hard work. I will make you guys proud.”
Watch the previously recorded ONE: UNBREAKABLE III on Hotstar or Star Sports Select 2 at 6 p.m. India Standard Time (IST).