WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (46-4-1) is bringing a wealth of experience with him to the Impact Arena this Saturday, 6 October.
The 31-year-old will defend his belt against Mexican challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz (14-2-3) in the main event of ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES, which takes place in his adopted hometown of Bangkok, Thailand.
Spurred by his incredible fans, Srisaket will undoubtedly look to deliver another crowd-pleasing victory when he competes in front of ONE Championship’s immense global audience.
Ahead of this historic title bout, we take a look back at four massive knockouts from Thailand’s premier boxing superstar.
A Third-Round Body Hook TKO
Srisaket was already rated as the number three-ranked super flyweight in the world by respected boxing publication, The Ring Magazine, when he defended his WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight Title against Filipino Bobby Concepcion in November 2014.
The local hero dominated the proceedings in Nonthaburi, Thailand. His hand speed advantage was evident throughout the bout, as he forced the challenger onto the back foot with a constant barrage of stiff left hands.
Eventually, it was a body shot that ended the contest in the third stanza. Srisaket backed his rival into the corner and landed a perfectly-placed short left hook to the body, which folded up Concepcion. That gave the Thai the 30th win of his career.
A Silver-Winning Knockout
After improving his record to 33-4-1, Srisaket was handed his first shot at a significant international title in May 2015. He faced Jose Salgado for the vacant WBC Silver Super Flyweight Title in Nakhon Ratchasima.
In front of his countrymen, the Thai hero made a statement with a decisive finish.
Srisaket’s piston-like left hand was simply too much for Salgado, with the Mexican seemingly unable to stop the homegrown superstar’s power shots from landing. After four rounds of one-way traffic, the Thai scored a crowd-pleasing fourth-round knockout.
A body shot caused Salgado to drop his guard, and Srisaket capitalized with a sharp left hand that stunned his rival. It was all the encouragement he needed, as the Thai stalked Salgado around the ring and landed power shot after power shot.
Ultimately, he dropped the Mexican with a thumping left-right combination to claim both a highlight-reel knockout victory and the title.
The Biggest Knockout Of His Career
Srisaket went on to challenge Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez for his WBC Super Flyweight World Title in March 2017, and he won the belt via majority decision after a tightly-contested bout.
Gonzalez demanded a rematch, and Srisaket cemented his championship status with a blistering performance – and a stunning fourth-round knockout – in California, USA, later that September.
As expected following their back-and-forth battle in their first meeting, the pair went toe-to-toe from the opening bell, trading shots and looking to gain the upper hand in the early exchanges.
However, it did not take long for Srisaket’s superior hand speed and accuracy to see him gain the advantage. In the fourth round, he unleashed a stunning six-punch combination and finished off the sequence with a powerful right hook, which dropped the former titleholder.
“Chocolatito” was on his feet at the count of eight, but another flurry of hooks by the Thai superstar finished the job, as another colossal right hook floored his foe. That undoubtedly gave Srisaket the biggest — and best — win of his boxing career.
A First-Round KO
This past July, in his most recent outing, Srisaket took part in a non-title bout against South Korean Young Gil Bae in Bang Phun, Thailand.
As expected, the local favorite made short work of Bae. He dominated from the outset and stung the Korean with heavy punches in the opening minute of the first round.
The match was scheduled for 10 rounds, but Srisaket only needed one, as he calmly dismantled his opponent in the closing seconds of the opening stanza to earn his 41st knockout win, and the eighth first-round stoppage of his career.