Saemapetch Evens The Score With Second-Round KO Of Rittewada
On Friday night, he finally got it.
The duo continued the action from their first encounter in a rematch at ONE 160: Ok vs. Lee II inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium on August 26, but this time it was Saemapetch who scored the second-round finish.
As soon as the opening bell sounded in their bantamweight Muay Thai showdown, #2-ranked contender Rittewada took the center of the Circle and blistered his opponent with a jab.
In the ensuing moments, it looked as if Saemapetch was struggling to get past his lanky rival’s punches. Rittewada bounced in and out of range, tagging the top-ranked fighter at will before evading and soaking up counter-damage.
It was a stellar first round for the Petchyindee man and his strategy was executed to near-perfection. But then, the unthinkable happened.
Rittewada came out hard when the second frame began.
The Petchyindee representative looked determined to blast through his Thai compatriot and snatch his top-ranked position. But it was Saemapetch who did the snatching in the end.
Midway through the round, Rittewada threw a wild right hook. Saemapetch picked up on the movement, though, and beat his foe to the punch with a hard straight left down the corridor that connected on his rival’s chin and sent him to the canvas.
The bout was called off at 1:35 of round two, awarding Saemapetch the redemption he’d been looking for, a US$50,000 bonus, and a possible shot at the winner of the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title bout between divisional king Nong-O Gaiyanghadao and dangerous challenger Liam “Hitman” Harrison at ONE on Prime Video 1.
In his post-fight interview with Mitch Chilson, Saemapetch said:
“My determination is to fight with Nong-O. I’ve been training hard for months and months. Hopefully, it will become a reality.”