The preparation that Rodtang Jitmuangnon went through during his most recent fight has received a lot of attention in the days leading up to his return at ONE Friday Fights 34 this coming week.
As the ONE flyweight Muay Thai world champion, he will face his toughest competition yet on September 22 at the legendary Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
Fights don’t get much larger than this dream match-up that will take place under the ONE Championship banner. Superlek Kiatmoo9 is the reigning king of the flyweight division in kickboxing.
In the very beginning of this year, at ONE Fight Night 10, “The Iron Man” successfully defended his title for the very last bout. This was also his very first time competing in the United States of America.
It was a routine performance from the dominant champion, who subsequently acknowledged that he wasn’t taking his fight preparations all that seriously. The dominant champion stopped Edgar Tabares of Mexico, and it was a routine performance.
Rodtang freely confessed in a number of interviews that he barely put any effort into preparing for his most recent world title fight, despite the fact that it was one of the most memorable events of his career in ONE Championship. This admission came after Rodtang had just won his most recent world title.
The champion said in an interview with Antoine Pinto just why his training camp was almost non-existent the previous time around, citing exhaustion in his career as the reason why he wasn’t inspired to exercise each and every day like he normally does:
“Life had been challenging for me ever since I was a child. I worked hard despite the fact that my eyes were watering. Because of it, I began to lose interest in everything, which led to a reduction in the amount of time I spent training—not just a reduction, but a significant one.
You can see the entire interview down below:
This next Friday, September 22, ONE Friday Fights 34 will stream live and for free over on the YouTube channel of ONE Championship.