Mongkolpetch Looks To Leverage Advantages Over Sok Thy

Muay Thai fighter Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy throws a cross

Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy is determined to get his third consecutive promotional victory and break into ONE Championship’s Athlete Rankings.

The 25-year-old will get that chance this Friday, 21 August, when he faces Kun Khmer World Champion Sok Thy in a flyweight Muay Thai clash at ONE: NO SURRENDER III in Bangkok, Thailand.

For his part, Mongkolpetch has no doubt that he’ll leave the ring with a decisive win.

“I am quite sure with my body’s condition and training that I am ready for this fight,” he says. “I am also really confident that I can beat him.”

Meanwhile, Sok is a Kun Khmer World Champion with a 223-37-12 record in that sport. Additionally, he was the first Cambodian athlete to ever compete for Muay Thai World Titles at the world-famous Lumpinee Stadium and Channel 7 Boxing Stadium.

Since joining ONE Championship, the 22-year-old has experienced some tough luck, although his battles came against elite competition.

For example, Sok fearlessly engaged in the clinch during his initial battle with Lerdsila Phuket Top Team in June 2018. He also showcased a hard right cross and low kicks in both that contest and the rematch five months later.

However, Mongkolpetch has reviewed the footage and is not entirely impressed.

“I am facing Sok Thy for the first time, so I have watched and studied his previous fights,” he says. “I don’t see him having any strong point. If we go toe-to-toe, I think I will be better than him. I am quicker and stronger. I also have more experience than him in the ring.”

Muay Thai fighter Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy gets checked out by the referee

It’s hard to argue with Mongkolpetch’s confidence ahead of the co-main event showdown. 

The Bangkok native, who is a Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion with a spectacular 113-40 professional record in the sport, has enjoyed a flawless run in The Home Of Martial Arts.

He put on a clinch clinic to defeat New Zealand sensation Alexi “Phet” Serepisos in January 2019 and then utilized his dynamic array of kicks, elbows, and hard punches to slide past Italian striker Joseph “The Hurricane” Lasiri via majority decision eight months later.

For this fight, Mongkolpetch has been sharpening his best techniques, intensifying his fitness routine, and training with some of the sport’s premier athletes at Petchyindee Academy.

By having athletes like ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy around to help, the Thai flyweight believes he can snag this all-important victory.

“I think I have good elbows and knees – these are my most dangerous weapons,” Mongkolpetch says.

“We concentrated on training all my weapons and my accuracy, but I still have to improve my power by doing more cardio and weight training.

“I have Petchmorakot, Petchdam, Sorgraw, and more fighters in Petchyindee Academy to be my training partners. The camp also has the sports science to check my performance and health, so we know how we should train to get the best performance in these three rounds. I am sure this will be a good fight and I will win.”

Muay Thai fighter Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy throws the face teep

Should Mongkolpetch indeed finish his Cambodian adversary, he’ll make a strong case to crack the flyweight Muay Thai division’s top-five rankings.

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