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Tawanchai Versus Petchmorakot: What To Expect from the fight

LockerRoom Team
Calendar Icon09 June 2022

Tawanchai PK.Saenchai put in quite a performance in the headlining bout of ONE 158: Tawanchai vs. Larsen this past Friday, 3 June, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The striking dynamo created a nightmare for Niclas “Dreamchaser” Larsen by stopping him with a heavy left hook in the second round of their featherweight Muay Thai showdown. 

While Larsen’s dreams of ONE gold were derailed that evening, a door to opportunity was opened for Tawanchai, as he earned the next shot at ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion Petchmorakot Petchyindee’s gold with the emphatic win. 

“I'm really proud of this fight. The things that I've been training and doing in my fighting camp, I've used it and it really showed up tonight,” said Tawanchai in his post-fight interview. 

“I can do [to Petchmorakot what I did to Larsen]. And for everyone that's been waiting for my fight, for my fans, I will do my best to show you my best performance.” 

The victory at ONE 158 was Tawanchai’s third knockout inside the Circle. The Thai superstar finished Ireland’s Sean Clancy in his debut on the global stage last year and then knocked out Saemapetch Fairtex in February. With his dominant display against Larsen, he has cemented himself as the man to beat in the stacked featherweight Muay Thai division. 

Now, the Bangkok resident has his eyes set on compatriot Petchmorakot, who he hopes to snatch the gold from. 

“If I get to fight him, I will train even harder – two or three times harder. And all my focus is going to be on taking that belt away from him. And I know his game plan; I know who he is. I know how his game would be. I will read every step during the fight,” Tawanchai said. 

Petchmorakot has proven himself to be a dominant World Champion, and he won’t give up the World Title easily. He has defended his strap four times now, most recently at ONE 157, where he took out French striking star Jimmy Vienot in the main event, so fans can expect an absolute brawl when he meets Tawanchai. 

While Petchmorakot is a two-time Lumpinee Stadium World Champion and has stepped into battle more than 200 times, Tawanchai is confident in what he’ll be able to accomplish against Petchmorakot.

“In this division, I'm not tired from the weight cut. It's easier in this weight division to be able to take the World Champion,” he said.

“Inside the ring and outside of the ring, I'm a different person. Inside the ring, I'm really focused, always reading my opponent's move. And that's the mental game.” 

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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