“Smokin’” Jo Nattawut is scheduled to compete in the ONE Super Series Kickboxing Featherweight World Grand Prix later this year. But first, he looks to get his 2019 off to a resounding start.
In the Frenchman, Nattawut sees a mirror image of himself in many ways.
“He’s a crazy guy. He walks forward and fires off everything,” the 29-year-old says.
“We’re very much the same. I like to walk forward and bring the fight, too. I like the way he fights, and I like to watch him fight. It’s fun, and it will be fun to watch.”
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Nattawut, a two-division Lion Fight Muay Thai World Champion, has ignited the organization’s global fanbase with a pair of electrifying performances.
The veteran striker was thrilled with the kind of power he was able to generate while using those particular gloves, but he also understands it can be like playing with dynamite.
“The thing is I haven’t been hit yet, so I’m enjoying it for now,” he says with a laugh.
“It won’t last forever. One day, I’m going to get hit. We’ll see about that, but I’m getting used to it because you have to move differently in the small gloves. You’ve got to be different.
“The way you see things and the way you come in, it’s different than with boxing gloves. But I’m getting used to it. I’m training with these gloves, and the way I hit, I like that.”
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Sana is also getting used to the gloves and the ONE Super Series format, too.
Five months following his promotional debut in June, he returned at ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS. The 30-year-old Frenchman clashed with Armen Petrosyan in a kickboxing bout, and he outworked him en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Both Sana and Nattawut’s heavy-hitting style will certainly please the crowd at the Impact Arena, and, with each athlete’s penchant for one-strike knockouts, there is a real possibility fans will see another eye-popping finish.
“With these four-ounce gloves, it’s just about who is going to get hit first,” Nattawut says.
“This is real striking. We just march forward, and then we’re going to throw everything. We have so much speed and power, so you don’t know what’s going to happen. But if I hit him first, then we know what’s going to happen.”
This match-up could also be a sneak preview into the ONE Super Series Kickboxing Featherweight World Grand Prix, as both athletes will participate in the epic tournament.
Nattawut is excited about competing in a bracket with seven more of the world’s best stand-up martial artists, and he would love to enter the field with momentum on his side.
Before the Thai hero can think about the grand prix, however, he must focus on his upcoming assignment in Bangkok.
“I just want to do good in every fight,” he says. “When this fight is done, I’ll move onto the next one.”