Sam-A Gaiyanghadao has dominated the Muay Thai and kickboxing strawweight divisions in ONE Championship, capturing World TItle gold in both of them. However, he’ll now face his toughest test to date in the promotion.
The legendary striker will defend his ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Championship against organizational newcomer Prajanchai PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym in the main event of ONE: BATTLEGROUND, which broadcasts live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, 30 July.
Many Muay Thai fans believe the 37-year-old Sam-A will have much to prove against a 26-year-old who’s one of the best pound-for-pound fighters of his era, but the twp-sport World Champion sees it differently.
“The only thing that I want to prove is myself,” Sam-A said.
“Everyone says that I am too old for fighting. This fight is my proof – the proof that I still can fight or not. I need to prove myself in this fight.”
When he enters the Circle on 30 July, Sam-A will be up against an athlete with more than 400 career fights. But what makes Prajanchai more of a threat is his technical skills in “the art of eight limbs.”
“Prajanchai is the most dangerous contender in the strawweight [division],” Sam-A said.
“He is a well-rounded fighter. He is smart. He is skilled and experienced. This makes him the most dangerous contender in this weight class.
“His performance reminds me of Saenchai with the way he throws a weapon, his tricks, and so on. And Saenchai recently had trained with Prajanchai as well. Prajanchai learned and absorbed a lot from him.”
However, the defending World Champion is not worried about getting tagged by his opponent. In fact, Sam-A believes his compatriot doesn’t have the power to put him away.
“He is tricky, and he has many tactics. His strong points are his speed and his combination attacks, but speaking of his power, I will not count it in. His weapons are not heavy,” the defending titleholder said.
Meanwhile, Sam-A plans to use a reliable weapon – his southpaw attacks.
“The thing that I can use to defeat him are my weapons from the left side – the left punch and left kick – which brings me to success,” he continued.
“Fighting with Thais, it’s not easy to knock them out because [they are] fast and [they are] skilled. It might be hard to do that. But if I have a chance, I will grab it.”
Catch all the action at ONE: BATTLEGROUND on Friday, 30 July, on meWATCH or the ONE Super App at 8:30 p.m. SGT.
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