Tawanchai Outduels Superbon, Retains Featherweight Title at ONE Friday Fights 46

They needed all five rounds. No one expected less.

Tawanchai P.K. Saenchaimuaythaigym retained his undisputed One Championship featherweight muay thai title with a unanimous decision over Superbon Singha Mawynn in the ONE Friday Fights 46 headliner on Friday at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. All three ringside judges scored it for the defending champion.

Superbon leaned on a well-honed counter game that was equal parts craft and power, drawing a number of respectful smiles out of his opponent. Tawanchai answered with thunderous kicks to the body and lead leg, maintained a steady pace and seemed to pull away in the championship rounds. Thudding push kicks to the midsection kept Superbon off-balance, even as the two men neutralized one another in other areas. Tawanchai proved superior in terms of output when it mattered most, turning back the challenger with a series of kicks to all levels and occasional close-range elbows in the fifth round.

Meanwhile, Prajanchai PK Saenchai avenged a May 2022 and set the crowd on fire while doing so, as he unified the undisputed ONE strawweight muay thai championship with a savage first-round knockout of Joseph Lasiri in the co-main event. Prajanchai slammed the door 1:28 into Round 1. Lasiri let his pride get the best of him. He crashed forward on the 396-fight veteran and walked into a trap. Prajanchai created the necessary space with his right forearm and connected with a crushing crash-and-burn left elbow. Lasiri kissed the canvas in a prone position, his hands covering his face, and could not answer the referee’s count.

Further down the card, Phetjeeja Lukjaoporongtom called upon deft head movement, crisp combinations and crowding forward pressure, as she laid claim to the interim ONE women’s atomweight kickboxing championship with a unanimous decision over Anissa Meksen in their five-round showcase. Meksen operated behind an effective jab and three-, four- and five-punch volleys. However, she could not match Phetjeeja’s relentless pace. The 21-year-old moved toward Meksen and cut loose with right hands over the top, kicks and knees to the body, occasional leg kicks and her patented combo: a left hook to the body and a right hook to the head. Once it was over, the resigned look on Meksen’s face told the tale.

Elsewhere, surging Scotsman Nico Carrillo improved to 26-3-1 with a sensational knockout of Nong-O Hama in the second round of their bantamweight muay thai feature. Hama bowed out 1:28 into Round 2. The Evolve MMA rep controlled much of the first round with a series of blistering leg kicks but could not keep his 25-year-old counterpart at bay. Carrillo pinned the legendary Thai fighter in the corner with punches and elbows, reset in open space and weathered an attempted rally. He stepped into a devastating elbow that leveled Ham where he stood, leaving him unable to answer the referee’s count.

Finally, Seksan Or Kwanmuang recorded the 200th victory of his career with a contentious split decision over River Daz in a hotly contested three-round catchweight muay thai attraction at 140 pounds. Two of the three ringside judges submitted scorecards for Seksan, who waded through heavy fire—he absorbed a high kick to the throat at one point—with spinning attacks and timely bursts of offense.

In other action, Nabil Anane captured a clear-cut unanimous decision over Muangthai PK Saenchai in a three-round catchweight muay thai scrap at 136 pounds; Kulabdam Sor Jor Piek Uthai cut down Fariyar Aminipour with a left hook to the liver 2:51 into the first round of their bantamweight muay thai tilt; Jaosuayai Sor Dechapan claimed a majority decision against Petsukumvit Boi Bangna in their three-round flyweight muay thai rematch; Suablack Tor Pran49 took care of Craig Coakley with a straight left to the solar plexus 2:15 into the first round of their bantamweight muay thai battle; Chorfah Tor Sangtiennoi wiped out Eisaku Ogasawara with a surgical straight right 57 seconds into the second round of their catchweight muay thai confrontation at 132 pounds; and Suriyanlek Por Yenying flattened Yodkritsada Sor Sommai with a right hook 15 seconds into the second round of their 132-pound catchweight muay thai clash.

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