ONE Friday Night Fights 60 Will Have Fighters in Search of $100,000 Contract

April 24, 2024
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Suriyanlek Por Yenying would prefer to stay far away from the judges’ scorecards Friday night at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium. When Suriyanlek’s fights haven’t gone the distance during his ONE Championship career, everything has come out in his favor. However, his style hasn’t always wowed judges when the fights went the distance.

Both of Suriyanlek’s losses in ONE have come by decision. The 27-year-old Thai fighter will look to add another knockout to his win column when he takes on Rittidet Sor Sommai. Rittidet may be the perfect dance partner for Suriyanlek for their 132-pound catchweight fight.

During Riddidet’s time in ONE, all five of his fights have ended inside the distance. However, Rittidet has been on the end of two knockout losses. Rittidet has shown an eagerness to stay inside the ring.

He is returning a little over a month since his last fight. Rittidet scored a second-round knockout over Tomyamkoong Bhumjaithai in March. He will hope to build off that moment against Suriyanlek. Neither man wants to get the judges involved in this fight.

Suriyanalek won’t want to waste this spot against a fighter who is vulnerable to being knocked out. His power shots should be able to carry him to a victory in this one.

Capping the night with a spectacular knockout could be a nice payoff for what promises to be an exciting card. Online boxing news shows that while this event is primarily filled with Muay Thai action, there is also some MMA and submission grappling mixed in for people seeking to break up the monotony of having one style on display.

First Impressions Matter

Focus Adsanpatong may be a newcomer to ONE Championship, but the resume he has built up along the way will have many Muay Thai fans excited to see him square up with Comeback TK Yutthana. Focus has impressed many people with his powerful striking, and he was previously the Channel 7 Stadium Muay Thai Champion.

Focus was also previously named Fighter of the Year. Comeback is 21 years old and is known to pack a powerful punch. When the two men meet in a 130-pound Muay Thai bout, there should be some serious fireworks between two men with something to prove.

Figuring Things Out

Taking a new job is always tough. The environment is different, coworkers change, and generally, it just takes time to adapt to a new environment. Khunponnoi Sor Sommai suffered through some of that anguish when he signed up with ONE Championship.

Khunponnoi’s first fight with the organization in July 2023 ended with a first-round knockout loss to Puengluang Baanramba. But things have turned around quickly for Khunponnoi. During his last two fights, Khunponnoi has taken some time to figure his opponents out, then punished them in the second round.

Khunponnoi has consecutive second-round knockouts on his record and will want to match or better than against Songfangkhong FA Group. The latest trending boxing news shows that Songfangkhong hasn’t quite figured out how to adjust yet. He has lost three of his four fights in ONE Championship.

The last outing was a disappointing split decision loss to Petsirichai Detpetchsrithong in October 2023. But Songfankhong may benefit from some time off to clear his head. After fighting four times in 2023, he has now had six months off from ONE and will be well-rested to challenge Khunponnoi, according to the latest trending boxing news.

One thing about combat sports is that it is hard to know how people will respond to time off. Some fighters are able to utilize the opportunity to heal to put on a better performance. Others struggle with ring rust and aren’t competitive in the way they hoped.

What Worked in Bangkok May Not Work Here

Suakim Sor Jor Thongprajin came to ONE Championship with a strong reputation gained from having success on the Bangkok circuit. But the former three-division Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai champion hasn’t seen that success transfer to ONE. He has fought three times in the organization and taken two knockout losses.

Suakim’s last fight was a tough one. Against Russian Alexy Balyko, both men battled into the third round, where Suakim was put away 22 seconds into the frame. Suakim’s opponent in the 140-pound catchweight bout, Deniz Demirkapu, could present a trick challenge. The 23-year-old fighter debuted in ONE with a 59-second knockout of Buakhiao Por Paoin in February.

Attempting to Put on a Royal Performance

Taking a step up in competition is always a nervy spot to be in for any fighter. MMAfighting latest news shows Australian Coopar Royal will put his perfect 5-0 record on the line against Kaito Oda in a MMA fight. Royal started his career by grinding out three decisions on the regional circuit.

However, Royal has started to make major improvements on the canvas. Royal has submitted his previous two opponents. Both of Royal’s submission wins have come since joining ONE. Oda, a Japanese fighter, is making his ONE debut. Oda hasn’t been a fighter who ever likes to see a fight make the scorecards.

Oda is 3-1 in his career and all three of his victories have come via finish. Oda has demonstrated he has some power against lower-level fighters by scoring two knockouts. It will be interesting to see how that power carries itself against people further up the food chain.

Here’s a look at some other fights on the card that aren’t mentioned above.

  • Muay Thai (strawweight), Kaoklai Chor Hapayak vs. Jomjai Naksugym
  • Muay Thai (atomweight), Yodnumchai Fairtex vs. Mahesuan Aekmuangnon
  • Muay Thai (catchweight), Sangsakda BoyTarchang vs. Detphupa ChotBangsaen
  • Muay Thai (catchweight), Pethuahin Jitmuangnon vs. Panmongkol CMA Academy
  • Muay Thai (atomweight), Junior Fairtex vs. Masami Machida (Muay Thai – atomweight)
  • Muay Thai (catchweight), Sornsueknoi FA Group vs. Eisaku Ogasawara
  • Submission grappling (strawweight), Liisi Vaht vs. Natsuki Takamoto

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By Dean McHugh.