“The Boxing Computer” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex, 33, of Thailand challenged his countryman Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy, 26, at “ONE: No Surrender.” The latter is the reigning ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion.
Featuring three Muay Thai, two mixed martial arts and one kickboxing bouts, “ONE: No Surrender” took place in Bangkok, Thailand on July 31, 2020. The co-main event was the title bout between Petchmorakot and Yodsanklai.
The first round saw Yodsanklai connect on his patented triple uppercut while Petchmorakot tried to shake off the cobwebs. The latter upped the aggression in the second round, catching his opponent’s kick as he uncorked a myriad of straight punches to the head.
Yodsanklai answered back with slicing elbows, creating a cut on the defending champion’s eyelid. In the third round, Petchmorakot opened up the action with a left elbow while his opponent countered with a straight left hand down the middle.
Petchmorakot increased his punch output in the fourth, tagging Yodsanklai with elbows and straights but the latter would not surrender. In the fifth and final round, Yodsanklai ambushed Petchmorakot with combinations while the defending champion danced away to keep himself safe from range.
After three three-minute rounds, the title bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, the referee raised the hand of Petchmorakot, who was declared the winner via majority decision.
“Facing a legend like Yodsanklai is an honor but I’m the ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion and I will do everything in my power to keep the belt around my waist,” Petchmorakot stated days before the fight night. “Of course, I am thankful to ONE Championship for giving me the opportunity to compete again. The fans will be looking for an exciting fight and I want to give them one.”
Broadcast live around the world across more than 150 countries, “ONE: No Surrender” marked the first flagship event of ONE Championship after going on hiatus due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its expanded return to closed-door, audience-free live events. Only athletes currently in Thailand competed because of the travel restrictions brought about by the pandemic.
“I’ve had many wars in my career,” Yodsanklai said days before the fight night. “Now, I find myself competing against the best strikers in the world in ONE Super Series. They say I’m a legend and that I’ve accomplished a lot in my career but I’m not resting and taking it easy until I have the ONE Super Series title over my shoulders.”
“I’m working hard in training and come 31 July, it’s time to perform,” Yodsanklai continued. “I owe it to fans to showcase the best Yodsanklai they’ve ever seen.”
Four countries were represented at “ONE: No Surrender” namely Brazil, New Zealand, the Philippines and Thailand. Petchmorakot and Yodsanklai were two of the 10 athletes who represented the host country.