After exploding onto the global stage with back-to-back knockout wins in 2020, Wondergirl Fairtex wants to kick off her 2021 campaign in the same fashion.
“I am coming to continue my knockout streak — the same as my last two fights,” Wondergirl says ahead of the ONE Super Series Muay Thai strawweight encounter.
Wondergirl, a two-time Thailand Muay Thai Champion, debuted with a first-round stoppage of Brooke Farrell at ONE: NO SURRENDER III in August and then followed that up with a second-round finish of KC Carlos at ONE: A NEW BREED.
Since earning those highlight-reel victories, the Thai has continued to sharpen her skills at the Fairtex Training Center in the hope of earning the hat trick.
“I knew I would be fighting at this event around the end of last year, and I found out who I was fighting after the New Year,” Wondergirl says.
“I knew that I had to fight with a newcomer who had never fought in ONE. I tried to search for her previous fight videos, but I could only find her training clips.”
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Wondergirl didn’t have much footage to study, but she knows Buntan comes from a world-class team.
The California native, who trains at Boxing Works, is an American Muay Thai Champion and a longtime training partner of ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion Janet “JT” Todd.
“I can say that I should not underestimate her,” the Thai star says of her rival.
“She is a technical fighter that has some annoying weapons. They are not hard and not fast like [Todd], but her right punches are quite good. She can kick with both legs, and her left teeps are super.”
For her part, Wondergirl will enter this contest with a significant reach advantage, and she has already shown that her arrow-like straight punches are a concussive weapon.
The Thai star wants to make the most of her physical edge and force Buntan to compete on her terms.
“I think I have the advantage with my long range. I am taller than her by around six centimeters, so I will push her hard and walk forward to put pressure on her. I will not fall into her game,” Wondergirl says.
Even if the durable Buntan manages to close the distance, the Fairtex representative does not plan to give her any respite.
As a matter of fact, Wondergirl will be ready with a certain dangerous weapon if the two fighters end up close together.
“I have trained for the clinch [with my] knees and elbows,” the Thai says.
“I have a special elbow that I have learned from my experience in the ring. It works well with smaller opponents, and I will use this elbow on her.”