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Rittewada wants to prove his worth vs Saemapetch


Rittewada Petchyindee Academy knows an opportunity when he sees one, and he’s not about to let this one slip.

Rittewada makes his highly-anticipated ONE Championship debut against top-ranked contender Saemapetch Fairtex in the main event of the previously recorded ONE: NextGen II. The event airs this Friday from the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

“I think it’s the dream of every boxer to get into a world-class organization like ONE Championship,” Rittewada told ONEFC.com.

“I want to show my talent – I want to show my skills. ONE has all great fighters, and I want to prove myself there to the world.”

That dream starts with a challenge, since Saemapetch is a seasoned ONE Super Series veteran.

The Fairtex man came close to striking gold once before, though he fell short to longtime ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao in 2019, which remains Saemapetch’s lone loss in ONE Championship.

After that setback, Saemapetch has been running through the division’s best, knocking out #3-ranked “Left Meteorite” Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai and outlasting no. 2-ranked Rodlek PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym via decision.

That’s why Rittewada is expecting a tough debut.

“Saemapetch is strong and has heavy strikes. His scariest weapon is his punch – he punches hard and fast,” Rittewada said.

“I need to figure out [his weaknesses] in the Circle, but I think I have studied his style well enough. What I can use to defeat him are my timing, speed, and footwork. And I’ll use my kicks.”

Knowing what a win over Saemapetch would do to his reputation both in ONE and in Thailand, Rittewada is hell-bent on having a debut to remember.

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“This fight is life-changing, and I’ll try my best to defeat Saemapetch. I want to finish it with a knockout and make it entertaining for the audience,” he said.

“If I could defeat him, I think I’d get an opportunity for a World Championship fight with Nong-O. I’d be so glad.”

Catch ONE: NEXTGEN II on One Sports or One Sports+ at 8:30 p.m. Philippine Standard Time (PHT) on Friday.

It will air simultaneously on the ONE Super App and ONE’s YouTube channel.


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