Twenty-nine-year-old Pongsiri PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym is glad to be back inside the ONE Championship ring, despite circumstances calling for him to compete on such short notice.
The 4-time Muay Thai World Champion is looking for redemption after dropping a close split decision to countryman Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy at ONE: NO SURRENDER II.
Now Pongsiri is back to see action against promotional newcomer Sean “Clubber” Clancy of Ireland in the headline bout at ONE: A NEW BREED II, an event previously recorded from Bangkok, Thailand, which is set for broadcast this Friday, 11 September.
Speaking ahead of his much-anticipated return to the ONE Championship ring, Pongsiri expressed his excitement, and that he has poured his heart and soul into training to improve his skills.
“I’m very happy to be competing a lot now. I’ve dedicated myself to training and getting better. This is a good time for me,” said Pongsiri.
“I only wish to win in every fight. That is my goal. That’s why I’m working so hard to improve my skills. At this level, everyone is good. My next opponent is also very good. I can’t let my guard down.”
His opponent, Clancy, is a former WBC Super Lightweight World Champion who trains out of Siam Warrior Ireland and Yodyut Muay Thai Thailand. The 31-year-old Irish fighter is making his ONE Super Series debut.
Despite being the hometown favorite, Pongsiri knows he can never let his guard down, and understands that anything can happen at the highest levels of the sport. He believes he has all the advantages and tools necessary to claim victory.
“His strength is his power and speed. He has many weapons he can use against me. But I think his weakness is he gets tired very easily, and he also has less experience,” said Pongsiri.
“I’m sure I’m going to win. That’s where my confidence level is at right now. But I will never underestimate any opponent. I need to bring my best into the ring because I know he will bring his best.”
ONE: A NEW BREED II was a closed-door, audience-free event previously recorded from Bangkok, Thailand. Aside from the compelling main event, fans can look forward to a plethora of incredible contests, including a showdown between Thailand’s Superlek Kiatmoo9 and Tunisia’s Fahdi Khaled, as well as the debut of PBA Thailand Champion Supergirl Jaroonsak Muaythai who took on Argentinian Muay Thai Champion Milagros Lopez.
Watch the previously recorded ONE: A NEW BREED II this Friday, 11 September, at 8:30 p.m. Singapore Standard Time (SGT) on meWATCH or by downloading the ONE Super App. Also, Channel 5 will provide a same-day delay at 10 p.m. SGT.
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