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‘ONE: No Surrender’ fighters Rodtang Jitmuangnon, Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex, Stamp Fairtex’s pre-fight thoughts

Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex, Rodtang Jitmuangnon (©ONE Championship)

Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex, Rodtang Jitmuangnon (©ONE Championship)

ONE: No Surrender” will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on July 31, 2020. It is ONE Championship‘s first flagship event after going on hiatus due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its expanded return to closed-door, audience-free live events.

Mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and kickboxing will be featured in “ONE: No Surrender.” In the main event, Petchdam Petchyindee Academy, 30, of Thailand will challenge his countryman “The Iron Man” Rodtang Jitmuangnon, 22, the reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion.

Rodtang believes that he is tougher than Petchdam. The defending champion said he studied his challenger’s recent training.

“I can say Petchdam has made a lot of improvements since the last two times I fought him but I think his style is still going toe-to-toe,” Rodtang said. “I can move backward, forward and with powerful punches. This style has brought me victories.”

“I’m going to knock him out,” Rodtang continued. “I know he has many trainers helping to prepare him for this fight. He really wants my belt but we’re using 4oz. gloves for this one.”

“My power will bring me victory,” Rodtang added. “Anytime I compete, I always want the fans to have fun and be excited. I want this fight to be one of the most memorable for all the fans, for me and for Petchdam.”

 

In the co-main event, “The Boxing Computer” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex, 33, of Thailand will challenge his countryman Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy, 26, the reigning ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion. The challenger said, “This is a tough championship fight and I need a belt on my shoulder.”

“It will be my honor to win the ONE World Title,” Yodsanklai continued. “ONE Super Series is the biggest global stage I’ve ever performed on in my career. I know I am much older than he is but I don’t think age is a disadvantage here.”

“My experience will provide me the victory,” Yodsanklai added. “I want to invite everyone to watch this fight. It’s going to be special.”

The only female match on the “ONE: No Surrender” card is an MMA bout in the women’s atomweight division between “Stamp Fairtex” Natthawan Panthong (แสตมป์ แฟร์เท็กซ์), 22, and her fellow Thai fighter Sunisa “Thunderstorm” Srisen, 19. The latter is a ONE Championship debutante.

“I am so excited to be in the ring again,” Stamp said. “I’ve waited such a long time for this moment. I want to continue improving my skills in mixed martial arts.”

Stamp is one of the few ONE Championship athletes who compete both in MMA and in ONE Super Series Muay Thai and kickboxing matches. In her most recent bout, she lost the ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Championship belt  to Janet “JT” Todd, 34, of the United States.

“That’s why I took this fight but of course, the title I lost to Janet Todd is still on my mind,” Stamp continued. “I’m hungry to get revenge there, too.”

Both Srisen and Stamp are undefeated MMA fighters. The latter trains out of Fairtex Gym in Pattaya, Thailand.

“Sunisa is a friendly girl and kind of a younger sister to me,” Stamp said. “I think she’s good in judo and her ground game.”

“My strength is in striking,” the Fairtex Gym representative continued. “However, I think I have more experience. I’m going for the knockout.”

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