The two were supposed to meet in the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament final last year, but Saemapetch withdrew due to injury, leaving Kulabdam to face replacement “The Steel Locomotive” Rodlek P.K. Saenchai Muaythaigym in the final.
But that’s all in the past, as Saemapetch and “Left Meteorite” will finally face off in the main event of the previously recorded ONE: FULL BLAST, which airs this Friday, 28 May, on meWATCH and the ONE Super App at 8:30 p.m. Singapore Standard Time (SGT).
“Kulabdam has an aggressive style – he likes to move forward and act crazy in the fight,” Saemapetch said.
“He is well-known for his good combinations, low kicks, and heavy punches, but I think he is slower than me, which means I can block his weapons.
“There’s nothing for me to be scared of. He can be unpredictable when he is in top form, and it will be very difficult to beat him, but from his last couple fights, he’s shown a lot of weak points.”
Saemapetch was hoping to face Kulabdam in the tournament final – not so much to test himself against the heavy hitter, but to beat him and move on to another old foe.
“I was very disappointed that I could not fight in the tournament final last year,” the Fairtex man said.
“I missed a big chance to challenge Nong-O [Gaiyanghadao] for the World Title one more time. That was a big miss.”
What’s more, Saemapetch feels he has an advantage in this bout because he beat the man who beat Kulabdam. That man is Rodlek, who stepped in after Saemapetch’s injury and proceeded to topple “Left Meteorite” in the final.
“Rodlek beat Kulabdam very clearly, but I defeated Rodlek. so I think I have some idea of how the fight between Kulabdam and I could go,” Saemapetch said.
“I will not underestimate him, but if Rodlek beat him so clearly, I think I can beat him, too.”
But as the old adage goes, styles make fights. And Kulabdam brings an entirely different repertoire to the Circle.
With that said, Saemapetch isn’t afraid to stand and trade with “Left Meteorite” if that’s what is needed to get the job done.
“I am willing to go toe-to-toe with Kulabdam, southpaw versus southpaw,” he says.
“I have been preparing my strongest skills to be even stronger, but I still have to see what he will bring to the ring. I have punches, kicks, and elbows. I can’t expect to knock him out because he is also a very good fighter.
“But trust me, if I have a chance to finish him, I will do it right away.”
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