A win for Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy against #4-ranked flyweight Muay Thai contender Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi could propel the Thai into the top-five rankings and perhaps even earn him a shot at ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon.
“Elias has experience in both Muay Thai and kickboxing. He is a sharp and heavy-hitting striker, especially with his fist and elbows,” Mongkolpetch said.
At the same time, the Thai believes he’s found holes in Mahmoudi’s skill set that he’s looking to capitalize on in their matchup.
“His weaknesses, as I can see, are his legs and chin,” Mongkolpetch added. “He is tall like Alaverdi Ramazanov, who fought [my teammate] Capitan [Petchyindee Academy]. So, we decided to use the same plan, aiming for his calf.
“This trick should allow us to withstand him because he is quite tall. I’ve focused on practicing my punch specifically for him too.”
Mongkolpetch was referring to the calf kick used by Capitan when he dethroned Ramazanov at ONE: UNBREAKABLE this past January to become the ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Champion.
If he does manage to offset the French-Algerian with the same technique, Mongkolpetch will inch closer to ONE Super Series gold – something he believes is almost inevitable.
“I’m ready, 100 percent. I’ve won three fights in a row, and if I can win this fight, I may get into the rankings and have a chance to challenge for the World Title against Rodtang, which is my ultimate goal,” the Thai said.
“In this fight, I’m going to knock him out, and I want to warn Elias: ‘Watch out for my fist.’”
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