Due to COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, “The Baby Shark” Petchdam Petchyindee Academy has had ample time to think about his future in Muay Thai, and he’s realized that he must be better than ever if he wants another shot at a ONE World Title.
“I’m desperate to win this fight because it will re-boost my confidence after a long downtime in fighting,” Petchdam said ahead of his flyweight Muay Thai bout against Taiki “Silent Sniper” Naito at ONE: REVOLUTION this Friday, 24 September.
“With that confidence, I can move forward to crack the rankings and get a World Title once again. My ultimate goal is to challenge [flyweight Muay Thai titleholder] Rodtang [Jitmuangnon] again and also reclaim my ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Title.”
Before the former flyweight kickboxing king is given a shot at any belt, however, he’ll have to defeat the #4-ranked flyweight kickboxer in Naito, whom the Thai believes is well-rounded in his main sport but lacking in “the art of eight limbs.”
“Taiki’s style is 100 percent kickboxing. He is quick, he has great footwork, and he can throw his kicks and punches naturally and effectively,” Petchdam said.
“Although he has had some experience in Muay Thai before, I think that his Muay Thai skills are still not good. He is still a newbie in Muay Thai, and that gives me a lot of advantages.”
One of those advantages, he believes, will be in his left shin.
“I’ll use it as my death blow like always,” Petchdam continued.
“It’s even more destructive now because our team has brought sports science into the training, making my leg muscles stronger.”
With a strong will to win and strong legs to get him there, Petchdam is 100 percent ready to take out Naito and work his way back into the top-five rankings. But if his game plan fails and all else goes out the window against the Japanese striker on Friday night, “The Baby Shark” has an important trait he plans to fall back on.
“For this fight,” Petchdam added, “one thing that I am most confident in is my brave heart. I’m afraid of nothing.”
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