Kongthoranee Sor Sommai And Gingsanglek Tor Laksong Sound Off Before ONE Friday Fights 6 Main Event Battle
With an even 1-1 slate after two previous encounters, the Thai stars have a score to settle, and they’ll do so in their respective ONE debuts at the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
Both men are keen to make a good impression in their first outing on the global stage of martial arts, and although there’s a lot to live up to following a series of epic main event clashes in recent weeks, Kongthoranee and Gingsanglek are sure they can deliver the goods.
Here’s what the old foes had to say about their flyweight Muay Thai trilogy match before they take to the ring live in Asia primetime this Friday.
Kongthoranee Sor Sommai: ‘I Have To Go All-Out From The Start’
After dropping a decision in their first outing in April 2021, Kongthoranee bounced back with a fifth-round TKO victory over Gingsanglek to level the scores in their March 2022 rematch.
The Sor Sommai athlete has learned a lot about his rival over the course of 10 rounds, though he does expect some improvements from his countryman when they meet again.
“Gingsanglek has a heavy kick and quick punch. In our first fight, we fought back and forth, but he won by decision. In our rematch, I changed my game to a hit-and-move style, focusing on dodging and trying to hit faster until we came to the fifth round. He walked to me, I found an opportunity to elbow him, and I won.
“Several months have passed since we last met. But I sometimes watch Gingsanglek fight. From what I have learned, he kicks harder and punches faster.”
While his rival may have leveled up in some respects, Kongthoranee thinks his tactics from last time will be the same ones he needs to draw upon to take the trilogy match win.
However, with just three rounds to work and a different set of mitts on his hands, the 26-year-old will try to be more aggressive so he can make an impact right from the opening bell.
“This is my first time fighting with 4-ounce gloves. Small gloves force me to fight aggressively and, because we’re only going to fight for three rounds, I have to go all-out from the start until the last round.
“I’m probably going to use the same hit-and-move style. I think this fight will be fun to watch. I plan to use my hands to knock Gingsanglek out.”
Gingsanglek Tor Laksong: ‘I Hope I Can Knock Him Out In Our Rubber Match’
Gingsanglek has built himself a solid reputation on the Thai circuit, boasting a win over ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion Tawanchai PK Saenchai, among others.
The 21-year-old suffered defeat at the hands of Kongthoranee when they last met, but he feels confident that he can take the lead again with better preparation ahead of their third battle at ONE Friday Fights 6.
The Tor Laksong Gym man said:
“I won by decision in our first fight. The key factor was that I kept walking toward him, attacking more frequently. In our second fight, I think I had the edge over him if I hadn’t been cut in the final round.
“But frankly, my physical condition wasn’t perfect either because I [took the fight on] short notice, and Kongthoranee’s game plan was good, too.
“In our third fight this Friday, February 24, I know him inside-out and feel more confident than in the first two fights.”
Gingsanglek thinks his pressure and intensity will be a huge asset with 4-ounce gloves and the three-round duration, and he’s ready to bring the fight to his taller rival in front of the Lumpinee faithful.
The hard-hitting Tor Laksong Gym standout knows that his approach will come with risks, but he’s willing to do what it takes to get the win and impress the crowd in his ONE debut.
“Kongthoranee’s style hasn’t changed much in the past year. He mostly withdraws and waits for a chance to hit, while my style is aggressive with strong punches and leg kicks.
“The most important thing is that the smaller gloves mean higher risk, so I hope I can knock him out in our rubber match. This fight will end our trilogy. I’ll go all-out so there’s nothing left for us.”