ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion Superlek “The Kicking Machine” Kiatmoo9 believes that he has yet to find a weakness in ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon’s game.
It’s safe to say, then, that Superlek will certainly have his hands full when he challenges for Rodtang’s World Title at ONE Friday Fights 34 inside Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 22.
“Rodtang has a lot of strengths, he is tough and aggressive. I tried to study him for his weaknesses, but I can’t find it yet,” he said.
“I think he should have a few, but I can’t tell you right now. Let’s find out in the ring.”
But while he still can’t find a weakness to exploit, Superlek is confident that he won’t be fighting the same old Rodtang.
“The Iron Man” made a name for himself as someone who moves forward without a care in the world while trying to lure his opponents into a scrap.
His ability to take hits has been one of his strongest strengths, while the power in both of his hands has allowed him to finish opponents the moment they show signs of vulnerability.
But in this fight, Superlek expects a more cautious approach.
“I think we’re both equally good at Muay Thai. We can use Muay Thai weapons like punches, kicks, knees, and elbows fluently. But it depends on our style on that day. I believe Rodtang will not charge [at] me carelessly,” he said.
“You can’t overlook his fight IQ. When he fights differently with Thai and foreign opponents, he is able to adjust his game effectively, and he has his own way of entertaining fans.”
Who knows, fans may even see a reversal of roles this Friday night.
“That day, fans might see me walking toward Rodtang instead. And you might see Rodtang going backward for the first time,” he said.
“I will do my best to make this fight live up to the hype, no matter if I win or lose or I can knock him out or be knocked out. I want everyone to remember me as the one who tries my best to give you the best performance.”