‘His Emotions Get In The Way’ – Savvas Michael Plans To Capitalize On Rodtang’s Mistakes

Jul 20, 2022
Savvas Michael walks out at ONE 157

Savvas “The Baby Face Killer” Michael thinks he’s identified a key weakness that could help him defeat Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon in their ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix semifinal.

The #4-ranked contender will face the reigning divisional king at ONE on Prime Video 1: Moraes vs. Johnson II on Friday, August 26, live in North American primetime.

And while he respects the Thai megastar’s immense talent, he also believes emotions can sometimes get the better of him.

Rodtang is certainly known for wearing his heart on his sleeve. With that in mind, Michael hopes to capitalize when his opponent gets too heated at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The Cypriot striker said:

“When he gets angry he lets his emotions get in the way. Every fighter is vulnerable to that same problem. That’s why I always tell you that whoever makes the first mistake loses. As for Rodtang, he loses his temper more than a lot of us. 

“I see that when Rodtang gets angry, that’s when he does a lot of mistakes. He has some mental lapses when he tries to keep his composure and feels that he has to regain his A-game.”

Still, “The Baby Face Killer” doesn’t expect a simple path to victory.

He knows Rodtang has never lost in ONE’s flyweight Muay Thai division and understands that he’ll be facing one of the fiercest strikers on the planet.

So, while Michael is training to capitalize on any openings, he’s also preparing a detailed game plan for three rounds of action – and hoping to avoid any errors of his own.

He said:

“But Rodtang is a champion because he rarely makes mistakes. I think it’s going to just be one of those fights where you have to be 100 percent prepared and avoid making the first mistake. 

“I do know him personally and he’s a good guy. But when we fight, I’m going to go there and do my job. It’s a big fight and I’ll figure out a way to win once I’m there. But he also knows me and he will bring his well-rounded game. So really, I don’t know what to expect that day from him.”

Savvas Michael Stares Down Rodtang Every Day

Savvas Michael knows that ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon will be favored when they square off in their tournament semifinal at ONE on Prime Video 1, but he doesn’t care about outside opinions.

The Cypriot striker is already a WBC and WMC Muay Thai World Champion who trains alongside many of the sport’s top athletes at the renowned Petchyindee Academy in Bangkok.

And after a dominant quarterfinal win over Amir Naseri, he feels well-prepared to battle “The Iron Man.”

Michael said:

“I just want Rodtang to know that I believe in myself. I wouldn’t have signed the contract if I didn’t feel like I can beat him. Signing it means I come to win. 

“I’m not worried. I’m just excited to train and perform come fight day. It’s my time to shine now, and I want to prove to the world that I’m one of the best.”

With so much at stake, “The Baby Face Killer” doesn’t need a lot of extra inspiration for this massive contest.

However, he does have a little trick up his sleeve that helps fuel his fire on a daily basis.

Michael revealed:

“I have a picture of [Rodtang] at home. He’s the first person I see [when I get up], just for that extra motivation. There’s no Plan B. He’s the man in my division now and I want to beat him. As soon as I wake up, I already feel motivated to train once I see his picture. 

“All I see is Rodtang. And I see a W.”

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