Two-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion Superlek Kiatmoo9 is coming off a resounding victory over Thai countryman Panpayak Jitmuangnon at ONE: NO SURRENDER a few weeks ago.
Tapped to return to action in a little over a month’s time, Superlek can’t contain his excitement ahead of his next bout. The man they call “The Kicking Machine” faces former WMC Intercontinental Muay Thai Champion Fahdi “The Gladiator” Khaled of Tunisia at ONE: A NEW BREED II, an event previously recorded from Bangkok, Thailand, which is set for broadcast this Friday, 11 September.
Superlek feels he is carrying a lot of momentum heading into his next contest. Speaking ahead of his showdown with Khaled, Superlek expressed his gratitude towards ONE Championship for calling him back to the ring.
“Yes it’s a very quick turnaround for me to come back and fight so soon, so it makes me feel so good. My last fight was only just recently, so I’m still feeling as sharp as a blade,” said Superlek.
“I would like to thank ONE Championship for this great opportunity. It means a lot.”
Widely considered one of the best strikers in the world, especially in Muay Thai, Superlek is considered a Muay Femur, known to possess technique mastery and high fight IQ. He is dangerous and can finish any match by knockout, or just as easily outscore and outperform an opponent on the scorecards.
Against Khaled, however, Superlek faces an international opponent on the world’s biggest global stage of competition.
Khaled trains out of the famed Venum Training Camp in Pattaya under Muay Thai World Champion Mehdi Zatout, along with ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Champion Alaverdi Ramazanov. “The Gladiator” boasts a professional record of 40-8-0, with over half of his victories ending in thrilling knockouts care of his heavy hands and fearlessness in the ring.
Despite Khaled posing a tough challenge, Superlek knows that victory is imperative. He wants to win to maintain the honor and pride of Thailand, and to give hope to the Thai people who have proven resilient in the current global situation.
“I’ve seen his previous fights. I can say that he is a good fighter. He has good punches and speed,” said Superlek.
“I have to win for all the Thai fans. I bring the pride of my country each time I fight, and I want to give honor to Thailand. I want to give the people hope. In my mind, I want to win, and I’m looking forward to it.”
ONE: A NEW BREED II was a closed-door, audience-free event previously recorded from Bangkok, Thailand.
The main event featured a showdown between 4-time Muay Thai World Champion Pongsiri PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym and former WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Sean “Clubber” Clancy of Ireland. The event also showcased the highly-anticipated 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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