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Sergio Wielzen: Thailand’s Rodtang Jitmuangnon is really aggressive

Sergio Wielzen, Rodtang Jitmuangnon

Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon, 21, of Thailand is making his debut in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” on September 22, 2018 against at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. He will compete in a Muay Thai flyweight bout against Sergio “Samurai” Wielzen, 30, of Suriname.

“He’s really aggressive,” Wielzen said of Jitmuangnon. “(He is) not so technical, but he pushes forward and tries to lay on the pressure, and he can take shots for sure.”

While Jitmuangnon is making his ONE Super Series debut, Wielzen is competing in the league for the second time. With the debut jitters now behind him, the Surinamese contender hopes to emerge victorious in his return to the league after his unsuccessful debut.

“He’s been in big shows with big crowds in Thailand before,” Wielzen said of his Thai opponent. “But he hasn’t been at ONE before. It is the next level.”

Wielzen knows the caliber of competition that he will be going up against at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes.” After all, Jitmuangnon is a two-time Omnoi Stadium Muay Thai Champion with over 300 matches to his name.

“He has a style I like,” Wielzen complimented Jitmuangnon. “He can come forward and I will find something unexpected to do in that moment to make an opening and try to put him down. I will not be fighting for points.”

Moreover, Wielzen referenced Rodtang’s most recent setback, a controversial decision against Japanese Muay Thai star Tenshin Nasukawa in June 2018. The Surinamese Muay Thai fighter said, “I know that I have more power than (Nasukawa) though, so if I can land the same shots, he won’t be able to stand there and take them, especially in the ONE (four-ounce) gloves.”

At “ONE: Conquest of Heroes,” Wielzen’s goal is to finish off Jitmuangnon. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring the Surinamese fighter:

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