At the beginning of training for ONE bout Night 15, Tawanchai PK Saenchai was preparing for the most important bout of his career to that point.
The Thai striking prodigy may just be 24 years old, but he has already achieved a great deal in his career, including winning the ONE featherweight Muay Thai world championship. His accomplishments have led to him being called a “striking prodigy.”
On Friday, October 6, during primetime in the United States, the reigning champion was scheduled to face the most dangerous challenger of his whole career.
Superbon Singha Mawynn, a former ONE featherweight kickboxing world champion and the current number one in the pound-for-pound rankings, was scheduled to compete for the title in what was expected to be one of the most exciting striking bouts of the year.
Unfortunately, a few weeks before the fight, Superbon had an injury that prevented him from competing and caused him to withdraw from the competition.
The Muay Thai champion is making the most of the circumstances he currently finds himself in rather than wallowing in regret over the opportunity that got away from him and allowing it to derail his career path.
Tawanchai will instead compete in the featherweight kickboxing division, where he will face a replacement opponent named Jo Nattawut. He will do so with the intention of producing back-to-back victories in the division so that he may continue his ascent up the rankings.
Even though his title defense in the historic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand would have been a great event, the world champion has aspirations of becoming a two-sport titleholder, and he will try to make progress in that area instead on October 6.
During an interview with ONE Championship, he discussed the advantages of finding a substitute opponent and how he plans to use this fight to both keep himself occupied and continue to move in the right direction:
“This fight is going to serve as my warm-up, so that I can continue to be active, which is beneficial for me.” It is preferable to train for an extended length of time without engaging in a bout. Because of this, I have a lethargic feeling. I am going to make the most of this opportunity in order to advance in my kickboxing career as well.
ONE Fight Night 15 will be broadcast live and for free during prime time in the United States for viewers in North America who have a current subscription to Amazon Prime Video.