Saemapetch Fairtex held down his #1 spot in the bantamweight Muay Thai division by starching #3-ranked contender “Left Meteorite” Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai with a first-round knockout at ONE: FULL BLAST.
The Fairtex athlete dropped Kulabdam with a hook-cross to the body after baiting his compatriot in the center of the Circle.
Following the emphatic win, here are three things we learned about the Thai star at ONE: FULL BLAST.
#1 Saemapetch Has Massive Power
Up until he fought Kulabdam, Saemapetch may not have shown it inside the Circle, but he carries tremendous power in his hands.
The way he dropped “Left Meteorite” with that body shot surely sent a clear message to the rest of the division that the #1 contender is not to be taken lightly.
Should ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao rematch Saemapetch down the line, the reigning king will probably be a lot warier of his old foe’s knockout potential.
#2 Saemapetch Is Tactical
Saemapetch showed poise and patience in his matchup against Kulabdam.
Rarely did he ever make a mistake. Instead, he played it safe on the outside, waiting for just the right opportunity to connect with his counters and put away the Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai standout.
Fans may not have seen that tactical side in prior matches, but they can expect more of it as Saemapetch aims to hold down his #1 spot against the four hungry bantamweights underneath him.
#3 Saemapetch Constantly Improves
Sometimes, fighters score a lucky punch, but Saemapetch’s body shot was no such thing.
Right from the opening bell, it was evident that the Thai had added new skills to his toolkit, especially given his strategy to hang back and counter instead of rushing in and making mistakes – something we saw in his World Title loss to Nong-O.
If he keeps improving, we may very well see Saemapetch as the bantamweight division’s future king – if he can get past his old tormentor.
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