Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy is ready to defend his ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Title for the second time in as many months.
The reigning ONE World Champion is facing Lion Fight World Champion Magnus “Crazy Viking” Andersson in the main event of ONE: A NEW BREED III, a previously recorded fight night that will air this Friday, 18 September.
Despite his quick turnaround, the 26-year-old Thai is relishing the opportunity to compete again.
“I’m happy because I get to defend my title,” Petchmorakot said. “My body condition is good and I feel ready. I am ready to fight.”
Fans last saw Petchmorakot in action at ONE: NO SURRENDER in July, where he defended the Muay Thai strap against “The Boxing Computer” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex.
“I feel really happy that I won,” the titleholder said. “[Yodsanklai] is like an idol. He is amazing. He is a great southpaw boxer. He is legendary, so I am very proud.
“At first, I waited for him to make his move. I waited because, in the beginning, his punches were heavy and quite scary. But when I was able to anticipate his moves, I was able to counter him with punches and kicks, just like how I trained. I played the waiting game.
“But in the fourth and fifth rounds, I was able to anticipate him, so I was able to use my punches, my left shin, and my kicks.”
After fending off a dangerous challenger in Yodsanklai, the defending ONE World Champion will now have to deal with an equally tough task in Andersson.
“His punches are scary, and because he is a big fighter, it might be hard to attack him,” Petchmorakot said of the Swede.
Still, the Thai believes he’s worked out a game plan that will keep the ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Title around his waist this Friday.
“I will use my feints to intimidate him, and I have my punches and my elbows,” he said.
“I have to be aggressive with my footwork. I cannot back off because he will get confident, so [I need to aggressively move] with punches and elbows.”
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