It was an incredibly tragic story, and a heroic display of courage that could hardly be rivalled in combat sports.
Malaysia’s Hisyam “Zephyrus” Samsudin stepped into the cage to take on hometown favorite Jeremy “Predator” Meciaz, just 24 hours after his father passed away.
There was no way Samsudin was losing, as his father’s last wish was that he win at ONE: TOTAL VICTORY on Saturday, 16 September, and nobody was going to take that away from him.
Meciaz tried his best in the first stanza, flying out of the gates with a jumping knee that narrowly missed the mark. Samsudin, a WBF Asia-Pacific Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion, replied in kind with a hard right hand, and the opening seconds dictated the pace for the frantic bout.
The pair scrambled at lightning speed, with the Indonesian trying to lock in a guillotine. However, “Zephyrus” shook it off, and ended up in a dominant position. From there, he was threatened again as Meciaz looked to secure some tight leg lock attempts.
On another night, they may have gotten the tap, but not there. Samsudin freed himself and landed on top, dropping powerful knees and punches on his opponent until referee Yuji Shimada was forced to call a halt to the contest at 2:47 into the first round.
The Malaysian improves his record to 2-2 with the win, but most importantly, got the win to honor his late father. “I love you dad, this is for you,” he proclaimed in an emotional post-victory speech.