“Left Meteorite” Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai is finally set to face a man he was supposed to challenge in the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament final.
The 3-ranked contender will meet #1-ranked Saemapetch Fairtex at ONE: FULL BLAST this Friday, 28 May – more than six months after their originally scheduled encounter was derailed by an injury to the Fairtex athlete.
“Saemapetch is a technical fighter. He has powerful kicks and punches. They’re fast coming in and fast going out,” Kulabdam said ahead of the previously recorded main event that will air on meWATCH and the ONE Super App at 8:30 p.m. Singapore Standard Time (SGT).
“If he plans to walk forward to fight with me, that would be good for the fans. It’s going to be fun, and this is the way I want to fight.”
Kulabdam made a name for himself in the tournament semifinals, where he knocked out “The Million Dollar Baby” Sangmanee KlongSuanPlu Resort in the first round with a ferocious left hand.
The sensational win catapulted his name to international stardom.
“I had very good feedback after I knocked out Sangmanee in the first round,” Kulabdam said.
“Most people predicted that I would not have a chance to defeat him. Some even said, ‘No way.’ So after I won, I was so happy to have proven myself and tell those people they were wrong about me.”
Meanwhile, Saemapetch beat Rodlek P.K. Saenchai Muaythaigym to earn a spot in the tournament final, but he was replaced by “The Steel Locomotive” following the injury.
Kulabdam then fell to Rodlek in the final, and the latter went on to face – and ultimately succumb to – ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao.
Now, Kulabdam’s upcoming foray with Saemapetch will not only close a chapter of an old book, but it will also give “Left Meteorite” the chance to right his wrong.
“When I got the news from ONE that I had a fight, I was happy,” Kulabdam said.
“At first, I didn’t know that I had to fight Saemapetch, but it doesn’t matter that much who I fight. I’m happy that I can come back to ONE’s ring because it’s an opportunity for me to correct my mistakes after the last fight with Rodlek.”
On top of that, Kulabdam feels he still has years ahead of him in ONE Super Series, and he’ll be looking to bounce back with another impressive KO finish.
“I am still young and fresh, and I have a lot of experience fighting southpaws. Many people think fighting a southpaw is quite difficult, but for me, I think it’s easier,” he said.
“For this fight, I am focusing my training on my kicks and punches, which are my strongest weapons. I am also working on my speed and footwork more than before, which makes me feel very confident in this fight.
“Even though Saemapetch is quick and tricky, he has a glass chin, so we’ll see if he can take my punch.”
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