Muay Thai World Champion Petchdam Kaiyanghadao wowed the crowd in his ONE Super Series debut, and now the 20-year-old returns to action looking to score an equally impressive victory in Bangkok on 6 October.
Thai star produced a virtuoso performance on his ONE Championship debut at ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER to stop Josh “Timebomb” Tonna by second-round knockout.
It was a memorable night for Petchdam, who danced down the ramp to his entrance music, then proceeded to entertain the fans with a spectacular show.
You would not have known it, but the Thai was wracked with nerves before the bout.
“I was very nervous before the fight because I had never fought in front of such a large crowd before,” the 20-year-old Thai confesses.
“Also, I was not used to the loud music, and the special video and light show that ONE made for me. But, I worked on my dance with P Boat (Nuttadaj Vachirarattanawong), and in the end, it was a lot of fun.”
Petchdam will be looking to have just as much fun when he returns to action against Australia’s Kenny “The Pitbull” Tse at ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES in his adopted hometown of Bangkok, Thailand.
Tse is a K-1 Commonwealth Champion, training out of Team Ultimate Australia, and Petchdam says he is impressed with what he has seen from the Australian.
“I have watched his fights online,” the Thai begins.
“He has powerful punches and likes to go for the KO, but the match is in regular boxing gloves, so I am not worried.
“I am prepared to go to war, and believe my powerful kicks can make the difference in this fight.”
Petchdam’s second appearance in ONE Super Series will be made even more special with the presence of his teammate and idol Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai, who takes on Alaverdi “Dagger” Ramazanov at the same event.
“Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai is my biggest idol in Muay Thai,” he admits.
“He is from the same village as me in Ubon Ratchathani, and I moved to Bangkok just after he had become a big star in the stadiums.”
Like Petchmorrakot, Petchdam has used Muay Thai to help pull himself and his family out of poverty, and his new career chapter in ONE Super Series has been of further help.
“I have built a house for my parents and bought them a pickup truck, which I pay for every month,” he says.
“This helps with the farming, and thanks to ONE Championship, I am going to be able to pay for my two younger brothers to go to school so that in the future, they won’t have to work as hard as I do.”
Blessed with the ability to provide for his family, inspired by the presence of his idol and teammate, and excited at the prospect of competing on another huge ONE event, Petchdam has plenty to smile about.
You can bet he will be grinning all the way to the ring once more in Bangkok as he looks to showcase his skills to the world once again.