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Yodkaikaew sets trap for Chinese ‘Wolf Warrior’ in ONE Championship

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Thailand’s rising mixed martial arts star Yodkaikaew “Y2K” Fairtex is hungry to continue his incredible run at ONE Championship. He gets a shot at his fourth straight victory in the Circle when he takes on China’s Hu “The Wolf Warrior” Yong in his next outing.

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Yodkaikaew and Hu lock horns at ONE: Fists of Fury III, broadcast from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore on Friday, March 19.

Honing his skills at Pattaya’s renowned Fairtex Training Centre, Yodkaikaew has studied Hu’s style, and believes he has the formula to secure a victory.

“I’ve watched his previous fights and I think he has pretty good hands. He comes in with some solid combinations, which I think plays right into my game. He’s got good power behind his punches, but I also see a lot of weakness in his striking,” said Yodkaikaew.

“I have no doubt my striking is better than his, since I’ve competed in muay Thai since I was young.”

An alumni of the prestigious ONE Hero Series in China, “The Wolf Warrior” is on a similar career trajectory. Hu has already won four straight bouts since joining the reality series in 2019, and appears to have no plans of stopping anytime soon.

But only one of these fighters will maintain his winning streak when the two face-off in the Circle. Yodkaikaew says he will do everything in his power to ensure it is him.

“If I get the chance, I will definitely knock him out, no question,” said Yodkaikaew.

“I’m going to pick my spots, create some openings, and finish him inside the distance. I’ve come up with a good game plan with my team, and we’ll be ready wherever this fight goes. But if it were up to me, yes I would love to finish him early.”

ONE: Fists of Fury III is the third and final instalment in the series.

In the main bout, ONE lightweight kickboxing world champion Regian Eersel defends his crown against hard-hitting No 2 contender Mustapha Haida, while ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion Janet Todd begins her quest for a second belt by taking on the No 4-ranked Alma Juniku in muay Thai.

Yodkaikaew is targeting a long and fruitful career in ONE Championship, which involves bringing home a ONE world title to Thailand. First, he must get past Hu, and “Y2K” is certainly not taking the challenge lightly.

“He’s a great knockout finisher as well, so I can’t be careless,” said Yodkaikaew.

“I have to go in there cautiously and do my best to capitalise on his mistakes. I want to keep winning in ONE Championship and see how far I can take my career.”

Published : March 10, 2021

By : THE NATION