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I Think His Punch Is Terrifying – Tawanchai Ready For Difficult Fight at ONE 158

LockerRoom Team
Calendar Icon02 June 2022

Tawanchai PK.Saenchai has proven himself to be a dangerous man in the ONE Circle thus far. 

He made his name known in the promotion by sparking Ireland’s Sean Clancy with a blistering head kick in his debut in May 2021, and his first-round KO of Saemapetch Fairtex in his most recent outing in January cemented him as one to beat in the featherweight Muay Thai division. 

In his next bout, the Thai striking sensation will attempt to secure a shot at divisional king Petchmorakot Petchyindee’s gold when he takes on Danish striking star Niclas Larsen in the main event at ONE 158: Tawanchai vs. Larsen this Friday, 3 June, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. 

Still only 23, Tawanchai boasts a jaw-dropping record of 126-31-2, and of his last 10 wins, four have come by knockout or TKO. Despite his impeccable slate and barreling momentum, the Muay Thai veteran isn’t underestimating Larsen, who will be eager to use his debut to make a statement in the organization. 

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“I didn't know him before, but I learned that he fought with Buakaw and other elite fighters. He is a veteran in the featherweight division. As far as I have studied from his performance, I found that he is one of the [strongest] fighters in the division,” Tawancahi said. 

“I think his punch is terrifying, especially when it is wrapped under the small gloves. I have to be very careful of his punches. I found his punch is rapid, heavy, and accurate. Regarding Muay Thai skills, I give him almost a 10. This guy is good in Muay Thai, and he has experience fighting with many Thai fighters. [He's] not an easy one.” 

As the #5-ranked contender in the featherweight Muay Thai division, Tawanchai knows that the newly signed Dane is gunning for his spot – and he has the chops to do it.  

“Dreamchaser” has 75 bouts to his name with 61 wins, and he has an unorthodox style that could cause difficulty for the more traditional Thai. 

Tawanchai is keeping his game plan close to his chest ahead of the World Title eliminator, but he plans to implement every part of his skill set to get the job done. And though he’s focused on the task at hand, he can’t help but outline what he hopes comes next. 

“I can’t let the cat out of the bag yet, but I have some surprises for him on fight day, for sure. You have to wait and see on that day. What I can tell is that you will see everything I got – my fists, kicks, knees, and elbows. And there will probably be knockdowns and a knockout. I will make my fans feel that this fight is worth waiting for. I’m coming to fight to reach my ultimate goal – the ONE Featherweight Muay Thai Champion,” Tawanchai said. 

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“I want to have the rematch with [Sitthichai] as well. But in my heart, I'm focused on becoming the champion in this division.” 

Watch ONE 158: Tawanchai vs. Larsen live on Disney+ Hotstar or Star Sports Select 2, beginning with the lead card at 3 p.m. India Standard Time (IST) on Friday, 3 June. The main card broadcasts live on Disney+ Hotstar and Star Sports Select 2 at 6 p.m. IST. 


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