‘I Want The Result To Be Crystal Clear This Time’ – Supergirl Has Point To Prove In Ekaterina Vandaryeva Rematch
Anna “Supergirl” Jaroonsak should have been elated after going 2-0 in ONE Championship, but that wasn’t the reality.
The 19-year-old rising star took a hard-fought split-decision win over Ekaterina “Barbie” Vandaryeva last January, but she received some backlash over the result, and she’s determined to make it right in their rematch at ONE Fight Night 6: Superbon vs. Allazov.
Just 18 at the time, “Supergirl” said that the negativity she faced on social media brought her to tears. However, it also taught her a very valuable lesson as she moves forward into her next battle at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday, January 13.
Ahead of their strawweight Muay Thai clash, she said:
“What got me down the most was trash comments. Most of the comments from foreigners were okay. But from Thai people, some comments were harsh and hurt me. I’d never felt in such a situation. I couldn’t handle those criticisms.
“I was crying like a baby. I couldn’t even watch the match. I shut myself in the room and told my sister to turn off my phone because I didn’t want to accidentally read comments on social media anymore. That made me understand why movie stars or artists get depressed from trash comments.
“But I try to understand everything and keep my chin up. I know we can’t control what people say. And it doesn’t bother me anymore. Anyway, it is the greatest lesson I have learned in my life. I’ve learned to select only constructive comments to improve myself more and ignore those toxic ones.”
Following the low ebb that had sucked the enjoyment out of her success, “Supergirl” is now in a much better place, and she’s ready to fight back and silence the critics.
The Bangkok native wants to go out there in front of her hometown crowd and give it her all, without holding anything back. In fact, it’s important that she delivers a world-class performance for her compatriots.
But to “Supergirl,” it’s not about proving she was worthy of the victory – she just wants clarity so that she can put this saga behind her and move on.
“What hurts me from the last fight was not the opponent. I don’t have any problem with ‘Barbie.’ I want the result to be crystal clear this time so there won’t be any room for arguments. It doesn’t matter if I win or lose, but it must be clear-cut.
“This time, I am so determined to put on the show. I’d like to show my full capacity.”
Supergirl Cites ONE World Champion Petchtanong As Huge Influence
After a brief stint at Marrok Force, Anna “Supergirl” Jaroonsak is back training under the tutelage of her father at their family gym in Bangkok, but she’s also enlisted help from another source.
The Jaroonsak Muay Thai athlete has had input from new ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Champion Petchtanong Petchfergus. With over 400 fights to his name, the iconic veteran has given the burgeoning striker some valuable advice.
“I have Petchtanong to help me in designing my training program for the upcoming fight. I regard him as my big bro. He taught me many things like weight training, how to exercise, and diet, which was what I was missing before.
“Thanks to Petchtanong, I now know how important it is to take care of your body. Before, I didn’t know why you had to eat whey protein. When I finished training, I often felt muscle aches and couldn’t use my brain effectively because my body was exhausted. But now my body has [gotten] stronger. I can challenge myself to another level.”
Now that “Supergirl’s” father is teaching her fight strategies and the bantamweight kickboxing king is overseeing her strength and conditioning, the Thai star believes she will be able to unveil her most impressive form yet at ONE Fight Night 6.
“Thanks to a combination of weight training techniques from Petchanong and Muay Thai techniques from my father, I feel awesome. This is the strongest version of me, ever.”