25 September 2017
AFC ‘reckless and irresponsible’ to hold fight, deserves to be dealt with harshly, says ONE Championship founder
SINGAPORE – ONE Championship chief executive Chatri Sityodtong has criticised the organiser of the recent muay thai match that ended in a competitor’s death, saying he found it “reckless and irresponsible” to hold a bout for two amateurs without proper preparation or regard for safety.
He added that he hoped the authorities would deal with the chief executive officer of Asia Fighting Championship (AFC), which organised the Saturday bout, “harshly and severely” as a deterrence to others thinking of holding similar events for the sake of profit.
“This fight was a publicity stunt without regard for the risk of human life. It was a decision by the CEO of a small startup organization to put innocent, untrained civilians in harm’s way just to sell tickets,” Mr Sityodtong wrote in a Facebook post.
“I do not know the CEO of Asia Fighting Championship and I have no idea who he or she is. As someone with over 30 years of martial arts experience though, I find it reckless and irresponsible for a promoter to ask two untrained civilians without proper training or knowledge to compete in a professional bout.”
He added: “The vast majority of first-timers in the ring will have proper training, basic defensive skills, reasonable technique, adequate preparation time, safety protective head gear and shin pads, etc. After watching the video of the fight, I can assure you that Steven and Pradip had almost zero knowledge of how to protect themselves, let alone how to execute any martial arts technique. They were both complete beginners.”
Mr Sityodtong pinned the blame on AFC chief executive Sasidharan Unnithan, 38, for the tragedy, saying it was clear neither of the contestants were prepared, either physically or in technique, to go into the ring. He said it was “evident that both Steven and Pradip were in no shape to compete as both demonstrated zero cardio fitness”.
24 September 2017
Bodybuilder Subramanian dies after AFC fight
Pradip Subramanian, 32, dies after taking on YouTube personality Steven Lim in a kickboxing match at Marina Bay Sands on Saturday evening.
SINGAPORE: Exhibition Match-Up fighter and World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation of Singapore (WBPF) president Pradip Subramanian died at the Singapore General Hospital on Saturday.
Asia Fighting Championship (AFC), in a statement issued early today, said Subramanian passed away at 9pm.
“We are in close contact with the medical staff at the hospital to ascertain the cause of death and request that during this difficult time, we should come together and extend our support to Mr Subramanian’s family, friends and associates and refrain from any speculation,” it said.
AFC noted that Subramanian’s project, the AFC Physique Championships (APC), which was scheduled for today, would be cancelled as a mark of respect.
It was reported by Channel NewsAsia that Subramanian, 32, died after he took on YouTube personality Steven Lim in a kickboxing match at Marina Bay Sands on Saturday evening.
The 41-year-old Lim won the fight by a technical knockout, said the report.
The report said Subramanian had taken the place of Singapore Idol alum, singer Sylvester Sim, who withdrew from the match due to insurance issues.