Jonathan Di Bella Vows To Reclaim World Title After Heartbreaking Fight Cancellation

Former ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Champion Jonathan Di Bella lost his crown in unfortunate circumstances this past April. Now, he plans to channel the disappointment into the biggest win of his career.

The Italian-Canadian will have the opportunity to do just that in the main event of the stacked ONE Friday Fights 68 on June 28 when he takes on reigning strawweight Muay Thai division king Prajanchai PK Saenchai at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

Di Bella was stripped of the gold after weigh-in illness ruined the originally planned showdown with Prajanchai.

In a recent interview with ONE, the 27-year-old looked back on the dramatic day.

“I went to do the facing because I hoped the fight was still going on. I went to the hospital, and I thought maybe they could give me something to make me better. I remember facing, and I held in my puke. I was about to puke on him. I’m like, ‘Don’t puke on him. This thing goes viral!'” Di Bella remembered.

“So we went to the hospital, I threw up, they put me back on the bed, they put IVs in me, and I woke up in my hotel room the next day. I don’t remember what happened. I still didn’t feel well. But then I realized I had lost my belt, and I couldn’t believe it had happened. As soon as I found out, it was heartbreaking.”

Now recovered from the illness, Di Bella is planning a triumphant return to the top of the mountain.

Jonathan Di Bella is poised for world championship glory in hostile territory

Jonathan Di Bella feels the odds will be stacked against him at ONE Friday Fights 68 when he fights ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Champion Prajanchai PK Saenchai.

Jonathan Di Bella (left) vs Prajanchai (right)
Jonathan Di Bella (left) vs Prajanchai (right). (Credit: ONE Championship)

The now-vacant ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Title will be on the line when the pair finally meet, and the undefeated Di Bella plans to make June 28 his night.

“I have the mentality of a champion, but now I’m the underdog, so I feel even more focused. I want to win every fight, but especially now that I don’t have the belt anymore, I want to get it back for my family. That’s my motivation,” he said.

“Fighting in his hometown in front of his family, his people, I feel like it’s a Rocky vs. Drago kind of story. I go in there with a Rocky mindset and get my belt back.”

Di Bella comes from a world-class kickboxing pedigree. The former strawweight kickboxing king is the son of former Kickboxing World Champion Angelo Di Bella.

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