Liam Harrison thinks Savvas Michael can beat Rodtang in Flyweight GP

LockerRoom Team
30 June 2022

Striking phenom Liam Harrison paid close attention to the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix quarterfinals when they went down this past May. 

The brit star watched all four of the high-intensity bouts with keen interest, and one fighter caught his eye as the one to watch for the rest of the illustrious tournament.

“Savvas Michael was absolutely incredible. [Amir] Naseri is no joke, and Savvas made him look like a novice. I thought he was absolutely brilliant,” he said.

“He’s leveled up so much. He’s an absolute beast. His mindset, everything, he’s just a killer. I’m really looking forward to him and Rodtang [Jitmuangnon] because if there’s a foreigner who can beat him at that weight, it is Savvas. 

“God knows what’s going to happen in that fight, but as I said, if anyone can beat Rodtang it’s him.”

Cypriot striker Michael made short work of his Iranian-Malaysian opponent in their quarterfinal bout. His heavy hands and lightning-fast feet were no match for Naseri, and he comfortably scored a unanimous decision victory to book a date with ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang in the next round of the Grand Prix. 

Rodtang dominated Jacob Smith in his quarterfinal bout, putting heavy pressure on the Englishman to score a unanimous decision win of his own. 

In the other semifinal, Walter Goncalves will face Superlek Kiatmoo9 after both athletes earned decisive wins against Josue Cruz and Taiki Naito, respectively. 

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Harrison currently has his hand's full preparing to challenge ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao for his throne. “Hitman” earned his shot by scoring the comeback of a lifetime against Muangthai PK.Saenchai at ONE 156.

That said, the 37-year-old star will be watching the remainder of the tournament, and he’s made his prediction for who will ultimately come out on top. 

“I love Superlek, he’s one of my favorite fighters ever. I don’t know if we’ll see anyone beat him in that tournament,” he said.

“He looks devastating, and I don’t really think he got out of first gear too much against [Naito]. I think Superlek is going to the final, no doubt.

“Superlek was my [tournament] favorite from the start, although I’d love Savvas to win because, honestly, I love that kid. His dedication, how hard he trains, he’s an absolute machine. And he’s come on so much that I’d love to see him win.”

In the meantime, download the ONE Super App to catch all the action at ONE 159: De Ridder vs. Bigdash on Friday, 22 July, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.  


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