‘I Want To Walk In Rodtang’s Footsteps’ – Petsukumvit Boi Bangna Aiming High Ahead Of ONE Debut
Petsukumvit Boi Bangna wants to make the most of the enormous opportunity that lies in front of him.
The Thai phenom will make his promotional debut in the main event of ONE Friday Fights 3 on February 3, and after witnessing the first two shows at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, he knows an impressive performance will reach a massive global audience.
With that in mind, Petsukumvit wants to deliver a memorable battle in Bangkok, Thailand – and he’ll have a willing dance partner in opponent Chorfah Tor.Sangtiennoi.
The An Sukhumvit representative said:
“[I’m excited to come] back to fight at Lumpinee Stadium after many years and take part in a huge event. When I watched the last two events, the atmosphere, lights, and crowd made me very enthusiastic.
“I have dreams of joining ONE Championship’s [arena events]. And to compete in ONE Lumpinee on Friday is my chance. If I can perform well enough, I might be able to compete at ONE’s [other events], and I’ll be happy.”
There will be some adjustments for the Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Champion, who is used to competing in boxing gloves for five rounds.
The intensity is dialed up over just three rounds in ONE, while the 4-ounce gloves are both lighter and smaller.
However, Petsukumvit believes he’ll thrive under this rule set, especially when it comes to going punch-for-punch with Chorfah in their flyweight Muay Thai clash.
“I tried on the ONE’s small gloves for a while. These gloves are light which is compatible with my aggressive style. But on the other hand, it reduces defensive effectiveness. But my opponent faces the same problem, so it’s fair.”
Petsukumvit Plans To ‘Counter Everything’ Against Aggressive Chorfah
Petsukumvit Boi Bangna is well aware that Chorfah Tor.Sangtiennoi will bring an attacking style to their matchup this coming Friday.
Chorfah has earned a reputation as a fighter who never takes a backward step, and while Petsukumvit has the tools to oblige him in that kind of battle, he plans on using a more tactical approach to find a clean route to victory.
The 24-year-old said:
“Chorfah’s strength is his aggression. My game plan for this fight is to try to counter everything he throws at me, find an opening to hit him sharply, and improve my footwork skill because I need to dodge the punches more than in a typical Muay Thai fight.
“I plan to knock Chorfah out.”
There’s a long way to go and a tough opponent to contend with first, but Petsukumvit can’t wait to get his ONE Championship career off to a flying start at ONE Friday Fights 3.
He has watched many of his fellow Thai strikers become household names in the world’s largest martial arts organization, and he’s been inspired to follow their lead.
A dominant debut would certainly get the ball rolling, and the rising star hopes to one day build the kind of international fame that his hero – reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon – has shown is possible.
“My dream is to be number one in the 135-pound division. I want to walk in Rodtang’s footsteps. He’s my idol. I like his fighting spirit, and his determination to succeed in ONE Championship and be known all over the world. I really want to be like him.”