“The Angel Warrior” Panpayak Jitmuangnon, 24, and “The Kicking Machine” Superlek Kiatmoo9, 24, battled it out for the seventh time at “ONE: No Surrender.” Both fighting out of Thailand, the two fighters competed in a Muay Thai match in the 61.2kg division using 4oz. boxing gloves.
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 first bout of the evening was Panpayak and Superlek’s Muay Thai flyweight match.
Connecting on a series of combinations in the opening round, Superlek was aggressive to start the bout. In the second frame, Panpayak scored with a handful of solid counter shots as his opponent continued his onslaught.
In the third and final round, Superlek repeatedly found a home for his right kick on Panpayak’s body. After three three-minute rounds, the flyweight contest was left in the hands of the judges and in the end, the referee raised the hand of Superlek, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: No Surrender” improved the professional Muay Thai record of Superlek to 125 wins, 18 losses and 2 draws. On the other hand, Panpayak now has 247 wins, 41 losses and 3 draws.
“I’m very thankful to get the chance to compete in ONE Championship again,” Panpayak said days before fight night. “In the world now that is filled with uncertainty, it’s just fortunate that we can still do what we love to do. I want to keep fighting and rising through the rankings until I get the chance to fight for the World Championship.”
“My next opponent is a tough one,” Panpayak said of Superlek. “We’ve faced each other in the past so we know each other’s style quite well. All I can say is the fans can expect fireworks. I can’t underestimate him at all.”
“I’m excited to return to the bright lights of Bangkok to compete in this huge event,” Superlek stated days before fight night. “I’d like to thank the ONE Championship organization, which has given Thai athletes tremendous opportunities.”
“Panpayak is a very good, well-rounded fighter,” Superlek continued. “I’ve faced him before and we’ve always had good fights. I can say, we will probably have another good one again. I’ll do my very best and train my hardest regardless of the result.”
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.
Four countries were represented at “ONE: No Surrender” namely Brazil, New Zealand, the Philippines and Thailand. Panpayak and Superlek were two of the 10 athletes who represented the host country.