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Nong-O ready for a super fight with Rodtang at Bantamweight

LockerRoom Team
10 April 2023

Nong-O is willing to fight with a friend if it results in staging one of the biggest fights in Muay Thai history.

The veteran ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion was interested in recent remarks from fellow Thai superstar Rodtang Jitmuangnon, despite the fact that he must defeat Jonathan Haggerty at ONE Fight Night 9 on April 21.

The current ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion, Rodtang, declared his intention to step up in weight and compete for the title in a higher division.

Nong-O is close to his fellow countryman, but he is prepared to face "The Iron Man" at some point in the future.

“I heard the news that Rodtang wants to put on some weight and move up a division. I have no problem at all with fighting him. Rodtang would still be my best bro, but in the ring, we do our duty and fight our best,” he said in an interview with ONE Championship.

Under ONE Championship's two striking rule sets, neither man has ever lost a match.

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Eight of the ten fights Nong-O has won in the organisation have been for the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title. In contrast, Rodtang is 13-0 in Muay Thai and kickboxing matches, including five victories over opponents for the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship.

The bantamweight champion seems unconcerned about his countryman's record and would be happy to accept the younger fighter into his realm despite the fact that both have repeatedly defeated great opponents.

“I still have the belt around my waist. If you want to move up to bantamweight, I’ll be waiting for you here,” he added.

Rodtang's forays into kickboxing and mixed-rules contests serve as proof that ONE Championship presents a variety of opportunities.

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Nong-O, one of the more experienced guards, is content to continue building his reputation at bantamweight. Unlike the 25-year-old Rodtang, he considers transitioning between sports and weight classes to be more of a young man's game and would prefer to carry on with his legendary reign as the promotion's sole bantamweight Muay Thai king.

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