‘Not A Problem’ – Superlek Kiatmoo9 Unfazed By Switch Of Opponent To Daniel Puertas
Superlek Kiatmoo9’s biggest goal is to wrap the ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Title around his waist, no matter who stands in front of him.
And while the #2-ranked contender was looking forward to settling the score with old rival Ilias Ennahachi at ONE Fight Night 6 on January 13, he is just as motivated to overcome his new opponent, #5-ranked Daniel Puertas.
Ennahachi recently vacated the throne and withdrew from the card at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, citing his inability to make the 135-pound flyweight limit while hydrated.
Superlek thinks that decision was for the best if the bout was at risk of being canceled, though he still won’t rule out a rematch down the line.
The Thai star said:
“I feel a bit disappointed that I can’t have a showdown with Ilias. I have been waiting for this rematch for two years. But I respect his decision.
“He realizes that he couldn’t make weight. If he ignores this, it may adversely affect the organization, and his fans may be disappointed by him. But if we have a chance to face each other again, I am happy with that.”
Puertas is stepping in to challenge for the now-vacant ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Title, and he’ll bring a very different style to the contest.
However, Superlek is not worried about the change and will be ready for anything when he faces off against the Spanish striker in front of a partisan Bangkok crowd.
“The Kicking Machine” said:
“It’s not a problem at all. I started the fight camp shortly after my last fight. I had about one month of preparation. And I’ve prepared myself for both offensive and defensive games. So, I think I can switch my style and adapt effectively in the Circle, despite this change of opponent.”
Superlek Thinks Puertas’ Aggressive Style Could Lead To KO
Superlek Kiatmoo9 may have spent time preparing for a rematch with Ilias Ennahachi, but he believes his new opponent will offer more chances for a finish when they clash at ONE Fight Night 6.
The 27-year-old had to contend with Ennahachi’s constant movement in their World Title battle. This time, he expects Puertas to come blazing into his range – something the Spaniard may regret.
“Daniel Puertas is an aggressive fighter who loves to walk toward his foe, while Ilias’ style is hit-and-move. I think it is easier to fight with Daniel than Ilias because I can choose what I should hit and I can read his movement easier.
“Puertas’ strength is his fearsome punches. I have to watch his movement closely and prepare for an impact. But at the same time, he will leave a gap after he punches. This is his weakness. He can’t defend himself well after he throws a big punch, and that’s my chance to counter.”
After securing a stunning knockout victory over Walter Goncalves last year, “The Kicking Machine” feels more convinced than ever that he owns the firepower to dispatch his rivals inside the Circle.
Puertas also packs a punch, but the decorated Thai icon plans to find the right moment for an emphatic finish that will thrill the fans and bring him ONE World Title gold.
“I don’t know how hard this guy can hit me, but I think I’m one of the heaviest hitters in the world. I think that I may have a high chance to knock him out if I get a nice, clean, heavy shot.
“Personally, I think he is not a big deal for me, but I won’t be careless. I will try my best to treat the fans with an exciting match. And I hope to get my second KO in ONE.”