Rodtang returns to ONE Muay Thai flyweight grand prix quarterfinals – Reuters Sports News
Sheena Suparman (Jakarta Post)
Tue 17 May 2022
ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon returns to the A championship Circle at ONE 157: Petchmorakot vs. Vienot on Friday to face debutant Jacob Smith in the quarterfinals of the ONE World Flyweight Muay Thai Grand Prix.
The illustrious tournament begins that evening inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium, with eight of the world’s top flyweight forwards competing for the coveted silver belt. Seven of the athletes will also be battling for the chance to challenge Rodtang for his belt. This prize is guaranteed to the winner of the Grand Prix, should the reigning king suffer a defeat in any turn.
With ONE gold medal under his belt, over 300 fights under his belt and a trilogy bout with top contender Jonathan Haggerty being a possibility at some point in the tournament, ‘The Iron Man’ would be forgiven if he neglected his next opponent. But in fact, he is entirely focused on the skills of his British rival.
“My opponent in this fight is considered very good under Muay Thai rules. As far as I’ve studied him from videos, I’ve watched how he fights. He’s awesome at Muay Thai,” Rodtang said.
“I can’t be careless. I meet him in the first round of this tournament, but it’s not going to be easy.
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The 24-year-old dynamo is right not to see Smith as a real threat. The Englishman trains with compatriot Liam ‘Hitman’ Harrison at Bad Company and has amassed an impressive 14-5-1 record in his career so far.
While that doesn’t come close to Rodtang’s combat experience, which includes a perfect 10-0 record in ONE’s striking disciplines, “The Iron Man” still considers Smith a worthy opponent – and his biggest challenge. in the next Grand Prix.
“We will have to see how easily or how difficult it goes. I just can’t be negligent because it’s a “little glove” fight, and it has a similar fighting style with heavy weapons. I haven’t seen any of his weaknesses yet, from what I’ve studied,” Rodtang said.
“He’s the most dangerous of the bunch. If I get through Jacob Smith, the next fights might be easier.
The main card airs live on NETVERSE, Vidio.com, Kaskus TV, and MAXstream at 7:30 p.m. Western Indonesian Time (WIB). Additionally, NET TV will air a replay the same day at 10:30 p.m.
This article is published in collaboration with ONE Championship.