After second win, Christian's ready for title fight
His fight last Friday was so impressive that it is making its rounds on social media and mobile messaging applications such as WhatsApp.
Hawaii-based Christian Lee, who is a Canadian-American but represents Singapore, took just 2min 20sec to force his opponent, Egypt's Mahmoud Mohamed, to tap out with a single-arm chicken wing at the ONE Championship's Clash of Heroes event at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur.
The young fighter, who is 18 this year, made his debut in professional mixed martial arts (MMA) last December with a win over Australian David Meak in Manila.
But he feels he is ready for a championship fight, even though he is just two fights into his professional career.
"I feel like it is just the beginning (of my career) and I still have a long way to go before I reach my full potential," Christian, who has a Singaporean father and a South Korean mother, told The New Paper yesterday,
"But, yes, I will be absolutely ready for a title fight; I train to fight and I train to beat the best in the world."
First, he will have to finish high school.
He will be in Jakarta next month to support his sister, Angela, in her fight, before heading back to Hawaii till May to finish his studies.
And, when he's not training with the United MMA in the United States, and Evolve MMA in Singapore, he will be taking a professional course in real estate.
"It is the family business; my parents run a gym, but they also have a real estate business. I have always been interested to take it (real estate) up," he said.
In the meantime, Christian will be celebrating Lunar New Year with his extended family in Singapore.
"Yeah, I'll be able to feast on the goodies, but Angela is rather upset because she has to keep to her (pre-fight) diet," he said, chuckling.