Petchmorrakot’s Growth From Young Prospect To ONE Super Series Star

Petchmorrakot’s Growth From Young Prospect To ONE Super Series Star
PHOTO: Petchmorrakot’s Growth From Young Prospect To ONE Super Series Star

Muay Thai ace Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai is looking to pick up where he left off in ONE Super Series.

The 24-year-old two-weight Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion will make his second appearance in ONE Championship’s striking league when he faces off against Russian Alaverdi “Dagger” Ramazanov at ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, 6 October.

The bout will see the pair go toe-to-toe in 4-ounce ONE Championship gloves and compete under Muay Thai rules in a bantamweight contest.

The Thai will be keen to follow up on his impressive debut in ONE Super Series, where he stopped Fabrice Fairtex Delannon via second-round TKO at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER in June, as he looks to continue his decorated Muay Thai career that started at the tender age of 11.

Back then, he was looking to earn money for his family, who were rice farmers and did not have a stable income.

Competing under the name of Mavin Lukeljet, he won his debut, then travelled the region in the back of the gym’s pick-up truck, picking up matches wherever he could and competing multiple times each month.

After being sent to a gym in the district’s capital, Petchmorrakot captured a Lumpinee Stadium World Title and was scouted by the Petchyindee Academy, a renowned Muay Thai gym in Bangkok.

“I was both scared and excited to go to Bangkok,” he admits.

“I went alone, never having been so far from home before.”

He continued his success in Bangkok, capturing another Lumpinee belt in a second weight class, as well as a WMC World Title and national titles in two weight classes.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Petchmorrakot, however. The constant competition and repeated weight cuts started to take their toll, and his performances became harder to maintain.

“The weight cuts were always so hard for me,” he explains.

“I knew I needed to get the job done, but it was always a struggle.”

It led to a lack of focus, as his gym withdrew their support and stopped booking matches. It meant he was technically unemployed and needed to focus on what he wanted out of life.

“It took a while, but I figured it out on my own. Fighting is my destiny,” he says.

The jolt to his career was all he needed to refocus and dedicated himself to his skills. He continued his excellent performances, defeating his idol, pound-for-pound Muay Thai superstar Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym in a bout that remains one of his favourite moments.

“It was a very proud moment for me. I’m grateful to have shared the ring with such a legend,” he says.

Now, after more than 200 career bouts, his career is entering a new chapter with ONE Championship.

His debut saw him step into action against a former training partner – Fabrice Fairtex Delannon – on short notice. It was a tricky assignment, from both a physical and mental standpoint.

“We had trained together before, but I am a fighter, and this is my job,” he says of his bout with Delannon. “I just went to work.”

He scored a TKO finish of Delannon and is now looking at his latest challenge, against Russian Ramazanov at ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES.

While he admits he is not 100 percent clear about his route to victory, he is confident of getting his hand raised in Bangkok on 6 October.

“I don’t know how I will do it, but I will win by KO, for sure,” he says.