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Prajanchai PKSaenchaigym (left) celebrates beating Jonathan Di Bella in their strawweight kickboxing title bout at ONE Friday Fights 68 in Bangkok. Photo: ONE Championship

ONE Championship: Prajanchai adds kickboxing title to collection, Superlek wins warm up

  • Thai fighter says he is still getting used to the rules after being constantly warned about clinching
James Goyder

Prajanchai PKSaenchaigym said he was still getting used to the rules of kickboxing after claiming the ONE Championship strawweight title.

The Thai fighter, who is better known for his exploits in Muay Thai, surged to a unanimous decision win over former champion Jonathan Di Bella in Bangkok on Friday.

Co-headlining the ONE Friday Fights 68 event, Prajanchai overcame a slow start, where Di Bella made the most of his height advantage to score with some straight punches, to dominate the closing three rounds at Lumpinee Stadium.

The reigning strawweight Muay Thai champion also had to shake off regular warnings for clinching, which is not allowed in kickboxing.

“I am still getting used to kickboxing rules but I gave it my best,” Prajanchai said. “Now I have two titles and I want to keep them for as long as I can.”

In the other main event, Superlek Kiatmoo9 eased to victory in his three-round tune-up fight for his bantamweight Muay Thai title bout at ONE 168.

Superlek proved too good for Kongthoranee Sor Sommai at flyweight, and said he was confident heading into his clash with Jonathan Haggerty in Denver in September.

“A lot of people were saying Kongthoranee would be an easy fight but it wasn’t, he is a talented fighter. It will not be easy for Jonathan Haggerty in Denver either.”

Two former bantamweight kickboxing champions faced off earlier in the evening. Petchtanong Petchfergus scored his first win in nearly two years at the expense of Alaverdi Ramazanov.

The Thai fighter poured on the pressure in the second round, and Ramazanov eventually turned his back and refused to fight, having suffered an injury.