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Mongkolpetch sees Mahmoudi bout as catalyst to Rodtang showdown

Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy will look for a career-making performance in his return to ONE Super Series when he takes on no. 4-ranked Muay Thai flyweight Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi at the previously recorded ONE: Full Blast II tonight. 

The 26-year-old Thai remains unbeaten in ONE Championship, having defeated the likes of Alexi “Phet” Serepisos, Joseph “The Hurricane” Lasiri, and Kun Khmer Flyweight World Champion Sok Thy in his impressive run with the organization.

With an impressive resume outside The Home Of Martial Arts, many expect the former Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai Champion to be a major contender for Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon’s ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Title in the future.

An impressive showing here may very well earn him a shot at gold – that’s why he’s been preparing hard for Mahmoudi.

“I had almost three weeks to prepare for this fight. Me and my trainers worked together to study the tapes of Elias’s previous fights carefully, especially the match between him and Petchdam,” Mongkolpetch said.

“Even though they fought under kickboxing rules, we still can see his Muay Thai technique and his counter gameplan.”

Mahmoudi is a tricky opponent, given his size and his ability to attack from different angles. However, Mongkolpetch and his team have been preparing for this kind of athlete.

“Elias has experience in both Muay Thai and kickboxing. He is a sharp and heavy-hitting striker, especially with his fist and elbows,” Mongkolpetch said. “His weaknesses, as I can see, are his legs and chin. He is tall like Alaverdi Ramazanov, who fought [my teammate] Capitan [Petchyindee Academy]. So, we decided to use the same plan, aiming for his calf.

“This trick should allow us to withstand him because he is quite tall. I’ve focused on practicing my punch specifically for him too.”

Should he withstand Mahmoudi’s initial attacks and have his hand raised at the end of the bout, then Mongkolpetch believes he’s primed for a World Title showdown with the unstoppable Rodtang.

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“I’m ready, 100 percent. I’ve won three fights in a row, and if I can win this fight, I may get into the rankings and have a chance to challenge for the World Title against Rodtang, which is my ultimate goal,” he said.

“In this fight, I’m going to knock him out, and I want to warn Elias — ‘Watch out for my fist.’”

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