A rivalry is brewing in ONE Super Series.
Reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon and fellow star Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy recently exchanged words over social media after the latter beat #4-ranked contender Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi and then challenged Rodtang.
“The Iron Man” then went on record with the media to clarify his position.
“I am happy to fight with everyone, but I want him to build his performance and reputation to impress the fans more,” he said.
For now, “The Iron Man” wants Mongkolpetch to test himself against two other contenders and prove that he’s worthy of a ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Title challenge.
“I want him to fight someone like [Jonathan] Haggerty, or someone who is at the same level as him,” Rodtang said.
“[He needs to] build his reputation with a few more fights. If he can win over the #2-ranked guy like Haggerty, then I am ready to fight with him in a World Title match.
“If not Haggerty, maybe Panpayak [Jitmuangnon] is okay, too, or the one [Mahmoudi] he just fought. I am sure this guy would be willing to do a rematch.”
Rodtang added that doesn’t think Mongkolpetch looked impressive in his last bout, and that he only won due to a knockdown of the French-Algerian.
“I watched this fight and I think he performed well. He also took many hits, but fortunately, he scored points from the knockdown. Otherwise, he might have lost the fight,” the flyweight king said.
“If he didn’t knock Mahmoudi down in round two, he [might have lost] round two and I think he would have lost round three, too.
“Round three is also important. We must give it our all, even if we advance in the score. We have to fight smart. [We have to always] go for it, not just hug.”
For his part, Mongkolpetch has been following Rodtang’s comments closely, and he is not impressed. In fact, the former Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion sent a warning shot toward the titleholder.
“When I became a star, you were just dust in the countryside,” Mongkolpetch said.
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