Chorfah Vs. Petsukumvit: 4 Keys To Victory In Main Event Of ONE Friday Fights 3
The first two ONE Championship events at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium have offered up some blistering Muay Thai matchups, and the main event of ONE Friday Fights 3 looks set to continue that trend.
Chorfah Tor.Sangtiennoi and Petsukumvit Boi Bangna will headline the proceedings in Bangkok, Thailand, this Friday, February 3, and fans will again be presented with two top-level Thai fighters who are known for their all-action styles.
Not afraid to go toe-to-toe and exchange all of their weapons, these strikers should produce a hard-fought contest for as long as it lasts.
To get viewers primed for this matchup, let’s break down the biggest keys to victory for both Chorfah and Petsukumvit in their intriguing flyweight Muay Thai clash live in Asia primetime.
#1 The Battle To Land Concussive Rights
Chorfah and Petsukumvit are cut from the same cloth in many ways, with both men being orthodox strikers who pack considerable power on their right sides.
The battle to land their right punches and elbows will be the biggest factor here, as just one strike could change the entire match in an instant.
With 100 career wins, 29-year-old Chorfah has put dozens of his rivals down with thudding strikes, while his 24-year-old foe has done the same – but the more they go after the finish, the more gaps they might leave open.
For his part, Petsukumvit has stated that he’ll be looking to counter his opponent’s offense, so he may wait for openings and hold off more than usual. However, that’s a dangerous risk in this kind of firefight.
Whoever lands clean first will have the advantage, and this game of inches will be crucial when the two sluggers meet in the center of the ring.
#2 Chorfah’s Relentless Pressure
Chorfah is renowned for his forward pressure. He’ll have to be careful given the dynamite in Petsukumvit’s fists, but if he can attack on the front foot while maintaining a tight defense, he’ll be in good shape.
Plus, he’s already proven he can stand and trade against elite opponents.
With two Rajadamnern Stadium Fight of the Year awards on his resume – one of them coming in a matchup with reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon – it’s clear the Buriram native won’t back down no matter how his rival reacts.
Not everybody can withstand this kind of constant intensity, and with Petsukumvit making his ONE debut, he’ll have the added weight of the new stage bearing down on him.
Chorfah admitted the pressure of his own debut played a part in his defeat to Tagir Khalilov. But with that experience under his belt, he could try to force his foe into making mistakes by going after him from the opening bell and not allowing him any time to regroup.
#3 Petsukumvit’s Thudding Body Shots
Petsukumvit will have to employ some tactics to stifle Chorfah’s pressure and relentlessness. Fortunately, he has the weapons to do it.
The Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Champion works well to the body, throwing hurtful straights and hooks to the midsection that can help to take the wind out of his opponent’s sail.
He also has strong knees that he can employ if his compatriot punches his way in close, and they will serve as a warning to Chorfah that he can’t just wade in recklessly without paying the price.
Moreover, Petsukumvit has stopping power with his body shots, adding another potential route to victory.
#4 Who Has The Biggest Gas Tank?
With both men fearless and aggressive, it’ll be a high-energy affair in Bangkok.
The thrill of the crowd, combined with the desire to impress, will also spur both athletes on to throw everything into their strikes.
However, that pace won’t be easy to maintain for nine minutes, and whoever slows down will be punished, so conditioning will be a crucial factor that could separate them the longer the contest goes on.
Chorfah and Petsukumvit are used to longer five-round battles on the Bangkok circuit, but ONE rewards action and doesn’t allow athletes to coast in the same way that might happen elsewhere.
The exciting Thai strikers are no strangers to waging war in the ring, but under these conditions – and with only small margins for error – the man who is better prepared for the difficult demands could be the one with their hand raised at the end.