It’s quite a rare occasion to hear a fighter declare so confidently that he can beat two-division Lion Fight champion “Smokin” Jo Nattawut.
The statement becomes even bolder when that same fighter touts that his amount of experience will be a deciding factor. Nattawut has built quite a resume for himself – one that is highlighted by currently holding the Lion Fight super welterweight and middleweight title bets – but upcoming challenger Petchtanong Banchamek has a career log that is tremendously impressive in its own right.
Coming up on Friday, July 28 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, Petchtanong will get his shot at Nattawut and the champ’s live super welterweight crown in the main event of Lion Fight 37 which airs live on AXS TV Fights in the United States as well as on Fight Network throughout Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
“I feel I have more experience than Jo and that will help me in the ring,” said Petchtanong through an interpreter from his training camp in Bangkok, Thailand.
“I am very excited to fight on a Lion Fight card and for the first time to fight in the United States. I am happy to have the opportunity to fight Jo for the title belt.”
“Petch,” who signed a multi-fight deal with Lion Fight, has a level of experience and history in Muay Thai that is almost unrivaled. Since starting to fight at the age of eight, Petchtanong has registered a spectacular record, winning 345 of his 400 professional bouts.
Staggering numbers to say the least yet the 32-year-old seems to have an almost casual attitude towards. That’s just the way his life has gone and he’s loving it.
“I definitely feel like I am in my prime and that I will continue to grow as a fighter,” said Petchtanong. “This year has been absolutely amazing for me and I hope it will continue to get better and better.”
Certainly, Petchtanong’s career has been stellar one already, though ripping the Lion Fight crown away from Nattawut would be the crowning achievement. Over the past four years, Petchtanong has claimed a WMC, WBC, and WKBF championships as he fought in England, Australia, Dubai, and Thailand.
American audience will finally get a better look at one of the world’s most-elite Muay Thai practitioners when he clashes with Nattawut, who has arguably been the most-dominant champion in Lion Fight history. Petchtanong can’t wait for a multitude of new fans to see what he brings to the ring.
“For people who have not seen me fight before, I would like to show them a clean, technical fight and show how southpaw fighters control the game,” said Petchtanong, who listed a left kick has his weapon of choice.
The Petchtanong-Nattawut clash tops the Lion Fight 37 card which also features a showdown between two of America’s rising stars in another title matchup. Undefeated sensations Chip “The Surgeon” Moraza-Pollard will go head-to-head against rival Paul “The Reaper” Banasiak for the vacant Lion Fight cruiserweight crown in the co-main event.
Tickets for Lion Fight 37 are available at https://www.foxwoods.com/Lion-Fight/.
Lion Fight 37 airs on AXS TV Fights and Fight Network beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.