Superlek says he’s one of the hardest punchers in Muay Thai, believes he can knock out Daniel Puertas

Superlek Kiatmoo9 (L) / Daniel Puertas (R) -- Photo by ONE Championship
Superlek Kiatmoo9 (L) / Daniel Puertas (R) -- Photo by ONE Championship

Muay Thai and kickboxing star Superlek Kiatmoo9 will go for a knockout when he takes on Daniel Puertas later this week, and says he has the ‘power’ to back it up.

The two strikers will dispute the vacant ONE flyweight kickboxing world title at ONE Fight Night 6 on January 13 in Bangkok, the promotion’s first live event offering in 2023.

No. 2 flyweight contender Superlek believes that he is one of the hard hitters in Muay Thai and will show that if the opportunity presents itself in his face-off with Puertas.

He told ONE Championship:

“I don’t know how hard this guy can hit me, but I think I’m one of the heaviest hitters in the world. I think that I may have a high chance to knock him out if I get a nice, clean, heavy shot.”

The Thai kickboxing star was originally set to meet erstwhile titleholder Ilias Ennahachi. However, the the Dutch striker had to vacate the ONE flyweight kickboxing belt for failing to make the weight limit while hydrated.

Taking the place of Ennahachi is Spanish kickboxer Puertas, who is the No.5 contender in the division. He is looking to nail back-to-back victories in ONE Championship.

The battle for the vacant flyweight kickboxing world title is the co-main event for ONE Fight Night 6, which is live and free for North American fans with an active Amazon Prime subscription.

“It’s not a problem” - Superlek unfazed by sudden change in opponent in kickboxing world title fight

Superlek Kiatmoo9 had to adjust when it was announced that he would be facing a different opponent for the vacant ONE flyweight kickboxing world title. However, he has no problem with it.

Initially set for a rematch with former titleholder Ilias Ennahachi in a world title clash, Superlek suddenly found himself with a new opposition in Daniel Puertas after Ennahachi had to vacate the flyweight belt for failing to make the weight limit while hydrated.

Speaking to ONE Championship, the Thai fighter said that he is undaunted by the shift in opponent. He highlighted that his preparation started early and his training is designed to adapt to different styles:

“It’s not a problem at all. I started the fight camp shortly after my last fight. I had about one month of preparation. And I’ve prepared myself for both offensive and defensive games. So, I think I can switch my style and adapt effectively in the circle, despite this change of opponent.”

Superlek is currently on a three-fight winning streak in ONE Championship, while Puertas is looking to win back-to-back matches. Both are out to solidify their standing in the promotion by claiming the vacant ONE flyweight kickboxing belt.

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Edited by Harvey Leonard
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