ONE: No Surrender Previews: Petchmorakot vs Yodsanklai

In my Seven Takeaways from ONE: Warrior’s Code earlier this year, I said ONE Featherweight Muay Thai Champion Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy needs a legitimizer.

For those that don’t remember, the current Champion was set to fight Jamal Yusupov for the inaugural title.

Yusupov is a Russian fighter that got booked on the strength of his win over Yodsanklai Iwe Fairtex.

But Yusupov withdrew and Detrit Sathian Muay Thai became the replacement.

Unfortunately, that fight fell through as well. Detrit was replaced by Pongsiri P.K. SaenchaiMuayThaiGym literally two days before the event.

Pongsiri was predictably unprepared and was dominated by Petchmorakot, who put on an absolute clinic.

In this first title defense, will the Champion prove that he deserves to be King? Or will he be exposed as a man that took advantage of an unprepared opponent?

The Boxing Computer

Yodsanklai Iwe Fairtex
Yodsanklai Iwe Fairtex via Top Sports Asia.

Yodsanklai is a literal pillar of the modern Muay Thai world. With two decades worth of fights, he’s one of the most decorated champions the sport has ever seen.

WPMF, WMC, WBC, PAT, Lumpinee, Lion Fight, Super 8. Name a Stadium or prestigious title and Yodsanklai has probably won it.

His record reads more like a Hall of Fame list. He has wins over John Wayne Parr, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, Vuyisile Colossa, Andy Souwer, Cosmo Alexander, Samy Sana and Dzhabar Askerov to name a few.

He’s currently #5 on the official Featherweight Muay Thai rankings, which shows how many killers are in this division.

Skills-wise there’s really nothing in the sports repertoire he can’t do. Yodsanklai has literally seen, thrown, and hit by every move in Muay Thai.

Unless Petchmorakot pulls out something revolutionary, he’s not going to dominate this fight like he did with Pongsiri.

Championship Proving Grounds

Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy
Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy via ONE Championship.

The saying “You’re not a true champion until you defend it” rings very true for Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy.

A win over Yodsanklai won’t just cement his status as the ONE Featherweight Champion, but as one of the best of his generation as well.

It’s not an exaggeration that his performance against Pongsiri to win the title was probably one of the best displays of Muay Thai skill in recent memory.

He has no shortage of titles being a WBC, Lumpinee, PAT and Phoenix Fighting Champion. But none of them will be able to guarantee his success against Yodsanklai.

Who Will Take It?

In terms of skill, there’s not much separating the two fighters. Both have proven that they have mastered every aspect of Muay Thai and can execute at any time.

However, the experience factor rests decidedly with The Boxing Computer. Yodsanklai has fought longer, against arguably better competition.

After a less than stellar 2019 campaign, the legend will be hungrier to prove that he still has what it takes to get gold.

On the other hand, Petchmorakot will be relying on youth and stamina to carry him through the fight.

The current Champion is eight years younger than the Challenger. An important variable if the fight goes the full five rounds.

There’s also the fact that Yodsanklai is currently on a 2-fight losing streak. He lost a Kickboxing match against Samy Sana at ONE: Enter the Dragon and was knocked out by Jamal Yusupov at ONE: Age of Dragons.

That last time Yodsanklai was knocked out was in 2005.

This might provide Petchmorakot with a blueprint on how best to deal with the Legend’s calculating and precise style.

This fight is too close to call and has the potential to be a show-stealer at ONE: No Surrender.

Let us know who you think will win it all in Petchmorakot vs Yodsanklai.

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