Sitthichai “Killer Kid” Sitsongpeenong isn’t ready to relinquish his #4 spot in the featherweight kickboxing rankings – and he’s sure not ready to hand over a spot in the semifinals of the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix.
After a quick detour to Muay Thai, where he beat a top-ranked fighter in Tawanchai PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym, Sitthichai returns to kickboxing and battles #5-ranked contender Tayfun “Turbine” Ozcan in the quarterfinals of the prestigious tournament at ONE: FIRST STRIKE on Friday, 15 October.
“Tayfun and I have never met before, but if you let me analyze him from watching his fight videos, I see him as a strong, hard hitter who can sting you all the time. And his roundhouse kick is quite dangerous,” Sitthichai said.
“But I still can see his weaknesses. His attacks may be quick, but not powerful, and he has a glass chin, too.
“Moreover, I am a southpaw. This can be my advantage over him because he has never fought with a southpaw fighter before. He probably wouldn’t be able to handle a southpaw.
“As for my game plan to handle Tayfun’s boxing, I wouldn’t have to fight him straight, but I’d wait for him to follow up and seize the opportunity to attack faster than him.”
Sitthichai may be honing his boxing skills specifically for this bout, but against Tayfun he’ll need a full gas tank as well – and he believes he has that part covered too.
“My current physical condition is 100 percent good,” Sitthichai said.
“In training, I’ve been focusing on rehabilitating my agility level and developing my punches to hit harder and faster than before.”
Although “Killer Kid” isn’t making any concrete prediction on how his quarterfinal Grand Prix bout against Tayfun will end, he is promising to show up in the same form that has carried him to this point of his career.
“As for the next goal in ONE Championship, I will continue to maintain my performance and give it my best in every fight, whether I win or lose,” Sitthichai says. “I will do my best.”
Catch all the action at ONE: FIRST STRIKE on the ONE Super App or on meWATCH at 8:30 p.m. SGT on Friday, 15 October.
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