Still riding high from his first-round victory over former ONE Championship strawweight titlist Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke last March, Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miago is looking to build up on his momentum this weekend in Yangon as he is set to square off against another Thai opponent.
The 25-year-old fighter will be testing his mettle against 13-time Thai national wrestling champion Kritsada “Dream Man” Kongsrichai on June 29 in “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior.”
Miado made quick work of Amnuayrichoke, disposing of his rival at the 1:29 mark of the opening round.
Against Kongsrichai, however, the Marikina City native will have to put his guards up as the 26-year-old Thai grappler is out for blood after his first-round stoppage of Robin Catalan in March was reversed to a disqualification loss.
Kongsrichai initially earned a first-round technical knockout victory over Catalan as he suplexed his opponent and finished him off with punches at the 1:40 mark.
However, company head honcho Chatri Sityodtong issued a statement via Facebook hours later that the move was illegal, and as a result, Robin Catalan was awarded with the win via disqualification.
“I can really feel that my opponent wants to win in our fight because of what happened. It’s disappointing on his part because he was already declared as the winner. That kind of mindset makes him more dangerous. He is hungry to win. But I am ready for him,” a determined Miado stated.
In fact, Miado sees his coming battle against Kongsrichai as the perfect opportunity to really gauge his talents.
“I consider myself a striker first and foremost, but I can take the bout to the ground. I am capable of competing anywhere, whether I’m on my feet or on the mat. I have been working a lot on my wrestling and my Jiu-Jitsu moves, so I am confident I can handle any situation that happens in the cage,” said Miado.
“I want people to know that I am a simple guy with a big dream. And I have the goal of becoming a world champion in my division. One win at a time,” he ended.
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