Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym is brimming with confidence ahead of his ONE Championship debut.
This Friday, 15 June, he makes his grand premiere at ONE: LEGENDARY QUEST. He is scheduled to face Liam “Hitman” Harrison in a ONE Super Series Muay Thai bantamweight contest at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China.
Known for his aggressive demeanor and limitless gas tank, Rodlek has been competing in “the art of eight limbs” since he was just 10 years old.
The seasoned pro will need to lean on all of his experience when he faces Harrison, who is an eight-time Muay Thai World Champion.
Despite holding an impressive 125 career victories, the Bangkok native will be treading new waters when it comes to his first performance in The Home Of Martial Arts.
“This will be my very first time fighting three rounds. I think it will be good, it might even be more tiring than five rounds because it is faster-paced,” he says.
“You really just have to go for it from the opening bell. I’ve got big lungs and my style is already aggressive, so I don’t think the new format will affect me too much.
“However, I’ll definitely need to warm up first to get my lungs and limbs moving. As long as I can do that, I don’t think there will be a feeling-out process for me.”
This bout may serve as Rodlek’s introduction to the global stage for martial arts, but his unyielding style has already garnered him lots of attention in his native Thailand.
While competing at the highly revered Channel 7 Stadium, he was a regular recipient of the “Most Exciting Match” award and subsequent cash prizes.
For those reasons, the 29-year-old believes he is a perfect match for the promotion’s fanbase and high-energy atmosphere.
“I’m not afraid to trade and really go for it. I hope the fans will really like my style,” the WMC and Channel 7 Stadium Muay Thai World Champion says.
“I think my style works well for ONE Championship, and the three-round format also.”
Rodlek trains at PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym in Bangkok, where Harrison is a well-known name.
He has faced Muay Thai luminaries including Pakorn and Saenchai, who both cultivate their skills at this fine establishment.
With the inside information provided to him by his teammates, in addition to his 30 elite-level training partners, the promotional debutant is going into this match with confidence.
“His offense is good, but he is not as strong in the clinch. He is best known for his punches and leg kicks,” Rodlek explains.
“I think I can beat him. I’m stronger, and can hopefully wear him down. As long as I remain focused and do not get careless, I’ll get my victory.”
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15 JUNE IN SHANGHAI! Two-sport ONE World Champion Stamp Fairtex defends her ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Title against Australia's hottest striking sensation, Alma Juniku! Plus, the ONE debut of martial arts superstar Yoshihiro "Sexy Yama" Akiyama!: Shanghai | 15 June | 5PM | ONE: LEGENDARY QUEST: Get your tickets at http://bit.ly/onequest19: Check local listings for global TV broadcast: Watch on the ONE Super App http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp : Prelims LIVE on Facebook | Prelims + 2 Main-Card bouts LIVE on Twitter
Posted by ONE Championship on Monday, 27 May 2019
Harrison helped Leeds’ Bad Company gym go from a local success story to an international phenomenon with his unrelenting style and willingness to test himself.
The 33-year-old Englishman has competed across the globe and back, racking up more than 100 bouts against some of the greatest Muay Thai athletes in the world.
With both pugilists ranging in similar experience and paralleled styles, fans are in for an explosive ride when the opening bell rings on Saturday evening.
“I’m so happy to be a part of an organization this big. I’m really excited to get to be known internationally as well,” Rodlek says.
“Winning or losing is just part of the sport. What I really want is to just entertain the fans.”
Shanghai | 15 June | 4:45PM | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onequest19