Lion Fight superstar Ognjen Topic squares off against UK’s Paul Barber for the MTGP Lightweight Crown at Dublin’s explosive Capital 1 event on July 8th.
Topic and Barber joins the Capital 1 inaugural night of Muay Thai and K-1 Kickboxing action on July 8th inside Dublin’s City West Convention Centre. The bout will be fought over five three minute rounds under FTR at 61.5KG and will be accompanied by some highly competitive profile bouts featured from the Capital 1 fight card.
Our second sanctioned title bout overseas will see two exciting fighters compete for the inaugural MTGP World Lightweight Title… It’s USA V UK on neutral ground. Topic vs Barber!
Ognjen Topic of New Jersey, USA is ranked the US no.1 in both their super featherweight and lightweight divisions. Topic has gained massive exposure throughout the States being a former Lion Fight Champion, WBC and WKA North American Champion and most recently secured the IKF World title in Mexico with a impressive display. Topic is well known for his power and sharp aggessive style with knock outs over Thai champions and has shared the ring with fighters such as Saenchai, Anuwat, Rungravee, Paowarit and also Ireland’s world champion Meleady.
Paul Barber who fights out of Double K Gym has thrilled audiences at the MTGP with three powerful wins (3-0) in a line of lightweight bouts the past 18 months. With all KO’s to his name at the MTGP in London, Barber will wish to capture the MTGP world lightweight title to state his claim at the top of the MTGP roster and also extend his bid for more world title challenges abroad.
Barber is known for his letting his hands go early with complete aggression and for luring his opponents into absolute wars of late. Barber’s calculated attacks have impressed his fellow peers since his debut at MTGP3 in one of MTGP’s bouts of all time against Daniel Terry.
Barber made quick work of Spain’s Alex Dass in round 1 via KO by elbow at the last MTGP in April.
He will wish continue his run of great form, and deliver everything into his world title challenge in Dublin turning his dreams into reality against a well respected opponent in Topic.
We cannot wait for this one, as these two skilful fighters and fan favourites are always exciting to watch and it has the making of a classic fought under Full Thai Rules!
Bout Highlights of Topic and Barber: