A few weeks ago, Rocky Ogden posted an announcement on Instagram that he signed with ONE Championship. The next thing we know, he’s set to fight Sam-A Gaiyanghadao for the inaugural Muay Thai Strawweight belt in the co-main event of ONE: King of the Jungle.
This is good and hardly deserves its own article, except most people have no idea who this guy is. His page on the ONE Championship website is blank, his Tapology page has no record of any past fights, and he doesn’t even have a Wiki. So the natural question on everyone’s mind is, who is Rocky Ogden?
A Promising Parr Protege
Boonchu Gym in Gold Coast, Australia inspires the same respect as Fairtex Training Centre, Petchyindee Academy, and PK.Saenchai Muay Thai City Gym. Mainly because it’s run by this guy.
For most people, just learning from Parr is a golden experience. But, it’s another thing entirely to have him recognize your skills in the ring. In an interview with Asia MMA back in August 2019, Parr specifically mentioned Ogden as an exciting new prospect, alongside Benny Mahone.
Skills of a Champion
More than learning and receiving praise from Parr though, it seems Ogden is applying what he’s learning in the ring. Ogden has been in the Muay Thai circuit for the last five years, fighting for MX Muay Xtreme, Destiny Muay Thai, and Muay Thai Super Champ. He even has cage experience when he beat Jay Dalli in CMT 10.
In 2018, he earned his biggest achievement to date when he beat Catanulek to become the WPMF Bantamweight Champion. Currently, Ogden has a record of 36-5 and ranked 13th in the WBC Muay Thai Super-bantamweight division. For context, current ONE athlete Joseph Lasiri is 16th in the same division.
Heart of a Champion
But out of all the accolades, it’s a story from one of his earliest fights that sets Ogden apart. When he was seventeen, he fought against a vastly more experienced Bovy, who was 12 years his senior on MX. Ogden broke his hand a minute into the fight, but kept giving as good as he got as the bout went the distance.
You can’t train that kind of heart. Who knows? It might even be enough to beat Sam-A Gaiyanghadao on February 28th. We look forward to ONE: King of the Jungle to see what this mysterious new prospect can bring to the table.
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