Cambodian fighter Sok Thy is getting a long awaited second crack at Lerdsila Phuket Top Team at ONE: Warrior’s Dream in Jakarta, Indonesia tomorrow.
In June, Thy fought Lerdsila in a ONE Super Series Muay Thai flyweight bout on the main card of ONE: Pinnacle of Power in Macau. Lerdsila started the bout by using his evasiveness and timing to strike with push kicks and knees to the midsection of Thy, but the Cambodian Top Team fighter never stopped moving forward.
He pushed the pace for all three rounds – looking to smother the Thai champion and score in the clinch.
Lerdsila was under a lot of pressure, but always looked for counter shots, and stayed relaxed – laughing and smiling throughout the match.
After three hard rounds, Lerdsila managed to take home a controversial split decision victory.
Tomorrow at the Stadium Istora in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Kun Khmer champion will return for a highly-anticipated rematch.
Thy, from Banteay Meanchey province, is just 21 years of age. In 2017, he competed for a Muay Thai title in Thailand’s famed Lumpinee Stadium – the first Cambodian to ever do so. Today, Thy trains at CTT under head coach Chan Reach and legendary Kun Khmer competitor San Saoyan.
Multiple Muay Thai world champion Lerdsila first began training in Muay Thai at the age of seven under his father’s tutelage, and had his first bout that same year. Lerdsila has competed countless times at the famed Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Stadiums, and was a Rajadamnern Muay Thai World Champion in three different weight classes. At his peak, he had an incredible streak of 100 consecutive victories.
The 37-year-old from Chaiyaphum, Thailand admits he had some difficulty getting comfortable in their first bout.
Despite a highly decorated Muay Thai career that includes Rajadamnern Stadium World Titles in three divisions, the contest was Lerdsila’s return to the art of eight limbs after a lengthy layoff from the sport.
Before his Match with Thy, Lerdsila had been competing exclusively in kickboxing contests.
“In my debut with ONE, I was still adjusting to competing in Muay Thai again, he says. “The sweeps and clinch are different than the K-1 rules I had grown used to while fighting in China.”
He also admits he did not expect his opponent to be so effective when they first met, but that will not happen again.
Training out of Phuket Top Team, Lerdsila has increased the intensity of his training regime in preparation for the rematch and is looking to perform to the best of his abilities, and leave Jakarta with a more convincing victory.
“I was surprised at how strong he was. This time, I will be more prepared,” he adds. “I have a lot of respect for my opponent. He’s a young up-and-comer in the sport. Each match I have with ONE Championship, I want to do my very best.”