Suablack Ready For ‘Another Level’ At ONE Fight Night 18 After Epic Run At ONE Friday Fights
The Thai sensation bagged a six-figure ONE Championship contract with four straight knockout wins at ONE Friday Fights, and he wants to keep that momentum going when he faces Stefan Korodi live in U.S. primetime this Friday, January 12.
Suablack’s stunning performances at the weekly Asia primetime event series earned him the step up, and he’s eager to prove that he belongs among the promotion’s biggest names.
The 27-year-old spoke to onefc.com ahead of his matchup with Korodi at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand:
“I have always followed ONE Championship. I watched almost every match, every event. When I watched it, I felt the urge to fight at ONE Friday Fights or ONE Championship. And now, my dream has come true.
“I’m really happy. I was always hunting for the ONE contract [to fight in U.S. primetime], and I succeeded in my last fight. I’m so excited for my first fight [on Prime Video] on January 12.”
With the step up comes a lot of expectations. Suablack knows this, but he’s using it as motivation to train harder and smarter than ever.
Before the biggest fight of his life, the Tor Pran49 representative also received another huge dose of inspiration in the shape of ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion Superlek Kiatmoo9.
“The Kicking Machine” dropped in to train with his compatriot and told him what’s needed to reach the top of the world’s largest martial arts organization.
“To fight in ONE Championship, I have had to improve my training methods and fighting style. I need to work harder than before because fighters in ONE Championship are on another level. They all look strong. I need to upgrade myself to reach the level of these athletes.
“For this fight, Superlek trained with me. We went running and sparring. I can see why he’s the World Champion. He gave me a lot of world-class advice. He told me he is rooting for me and that all my attacks are good enough. I just need to add more determination and practice regularly, and everything will be fine.”
Suablack Aiming For Highlight-Reel Knockout Of Korodi
Suablack Tor Pran49 overcame some tough opposition to earn his six-figure ONE Championship contract, and he expects another difficult test against Stefan Korodi.
Although the Irish striker learned his trade in Dublin, he’s had lots of Muay Thai experience in the sport’s homeland – and among some of its elite athletes.
For that reason, Suablack is taking him extremely seriously, even though he feels extremely confident:
“Stefan trains with my last opponent, Craig Coakley, and he is good. He’s used to fighting in five-round Muay Thai, and he has trained at PK Saenchai Muay Thai Gym.
“His style is more similar to Thai fighters than foreigners. Foreigners often have a kickboxing style, but Stephen is traditional Muay Thai. But there’s nothing I need to worry about.
“I just need to watch for his punches. When we fight with small gloves, you can be knocked out in one hit.”
Things couldn’t have gone much better for Suablack on his road to U.S. primetime, as he scored four straight knockouts to earn his spot.
However, he feels like this is a fresh start, and he’s working hard to deliver a more spectacular finish for those tuning in live on Prime Video this Friday.
The Thai added:
“If this fight doesn’t end early, you will see everything from me. Because this is my first fight [in U.S. primetime], I have prepared a lot of techniques to show the fans like the reverse elbow, reverse high kick, flying knee, and more.
“My goal in this fight is to throw as many weapons as possible, show a lot of the art of Muay Thai, win, and get the bonus!”