ONE Flyweight Kickboxing Champion Petchdam Petchyindee Academy feels pressured prior to his first title defense
This Friday, ONE Flyweight Kickboxing Champion Petchdam Petchyindee Academy will step into the ring against Dutch-Moroccan star Ilias Ennahachi. Prior to any fight Petchdam feels the backup of thousands of his fellow countrymen that support him. It always made him stronger. This time, however, things have changed.
This time Petchdam found himself in different conditions, as this is his first title defense and the first time he’s going to perform in the main event of the night. That surely puts some mental load on his shoulders, especially given the fact that Thai crowd expects to see a bright fight that will, by the way, take place in Bangkok.
“I’m feeling a little bit of pressure because I don’t want to lose in Thailand,” Petchdam said. “It is also my first time fighting in the main event, and it’s a world title defense too.”
The 21-year-old fighter thinks the support from the fans’ side is a significant factor, so he’s asking all kickboxing fans from Thailand to come and cheer for him the way they did in his previous fight.
“I want to ask the Thai people to come and cheer for me once again. In my last fight, the support I received from Thai people helped me win. I could hear them from the audience cheering me on – it motivated me to keep going.”
Petchdam made his ONE Championship debut with a spectacular KO against Josh Tonna. After that he landed two more knockouts and was awarded with the title shot. He defeated Elias Mahmoudi and became the first ONE Flyweight Kickboxing Champion.