Ritu Phogat is scheduled to compete in the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix on 28 May. But first, the Indian Wrestling Champion will face a woman who’s skilled in the stand-up arts.
Ritu Phogat is set to fight Bi “Killer Bee” Nguyen at the previously recorded ONE: DANGAL, which airs this Saturday, 15 May, on the ONE Super App, Hotstar, Star Sports Select 2, and Star Sports First at 3:30 p.m. India Standard Time (IST).
“I’m really excited about this match, I want to kick-start 2021 with a win. My record [in ONE] is 4-0 so far, and I wish to continue this trend,” Ritu Phogat said.
“I’ve done plenty of hard work this year. So I want to show something new in my next fight. I’m eager to show my improved skills to my fans.”
Ritu Phogat on fighting ‘friend’ Bi Nguyen
She’ll aim to showcase those talents against a woman she considers a friend. But make no mistake – once the Circle door closes, Ritu Phogat will put that relationship aside and keep her eyes on the ultimate prize.
“Bi is a wonderful human being and a friend. She braided my hair before my last fight too. But as an opponent, she is a great fighter. She is more experienced than me. She is a top fighter, and I will have to face every skill of hers,” the Indian star said.
“It will be great to test myself against a top fighter like her. I’ll come to know about my skills, where I should improve more. It is going to be a good match.”
This bout won’t only act as a measuring stick for Phogat’s skills. She also hopes it will provide some momentary joy and inspiration for people in India who are enduring one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks since the pandemic began.
“I am very happy to showcase my skills at this event for my Indian fans. I want to tell them that, ‘Yes, ‘The Indian Tigress’ has arrived at DANGAL, and I’m waiting for this big event,’” she said.
“India is going through a difficult time right now with the second wave of COVID-19. I just want to say, ‘Be strong, and we all must fight this together. We must help each other and keep faith that we will get past this.”
With that said, “The Indian Tigress” is certain she will get her hand raised and continue her dominant streak in The Home Of Martial Arts.
“Losing is not an option for me. It doesn’t matter how it will end – my goal is that the match finishes with my win,” she said.