Sean “Clubber” Clancy might have gotten a late start in Muay Thai, but that does not mean he is lagging in skill.
After dedicating his time and resources to the sport for more than a decade, he’s finally on the grandest all-striking stage in the world — ONE Super Series.
Clancy battles Pongsiri PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym in a Muay Thai bantamweight bout in the main event of ONE: A NEW BREED II, which was previously recorded in Bangkok, Thailand, but will air this Friday, September 11.
“What better place to represent your country than on the big stage of ONE Championship?” Clancy told ONEFC.com. “It’s not just the minutes going through your preparation. It’s the blood, sweat, and tears, and it’s the years, weeks, and months going into this moment.
“To test your skills on the big stage and represent your country — you can’t put it into words, honestly. It’s everything for a fighter in this position.”
Having fallen in love with the sport at the age of 21, Clancy was a late bloomer, but that does not mean he’s a pushover.
Far from it, actually.
Clancy now has over 60 Muay Thai bouts and a WBC World Title. He has also relocated to Thailand, the ultimate proving ground for Muay Thai stars, to further improve his craft.
A win against a big name in Pongsiri would prove that the life-changing move was worth it.
“Winning means everything because it’s testing who you are, and testing your skills, your preparation, your training, everything,” he said.
“To win on the main stage, you can’t put it into words. To win against a fighter like Pongsiri, who is well-recognized and is well-known throughout the fight scene here, would mean everything. It shows I am ready to go with the big boys here.”
And because he has been going full throttle since embarking on his Muay Thai journey, expect him to do the same in his first foray in The Home Of Martial Arts.
“My fighting style is to move forward. Like everything in life, you just got to keep moving forward. I wouldn’t say I’m a backward person. There’s one direction in my mind — that’s moving forward,” Clancy said.
“Whether it’s punching, kicking, or throwing those elbows, every moment you just need to make sure you’re answering. Weapons, for me, are whatever in the moment that comes to my mind to hit him with.”
Watch the previously recorded ONE: A New Breed II this Friday, September 11, on One Sports or One Sports+ at 8:30 p.m. Philippine Standard Time (PHT). Also, TV5 will air the event on a next-day delay at 11 p.m. PHT on Saturday, September 12.
You can also watch by downloading the ONE Super App.
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