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Sergio Wielzen says big-show experience will count against Rodtang Jitmuangnon

Muay Thai star says his experience in ONE Super Series will count in his favour at ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES

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Sergio Wielzen’s ONE Super Series debut may not have gone his way, but the man known as “Samurai” is set to return better than ever in search of his maiden victory in ONE Championship’s striking series.

Wielzen takes on “The Iron Man” Rodtang Jitmuangnon in a ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bout at ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday, 22 September.

And Wielzen says he can’t wait to get back into the mix with ONE Championship, who impressed him during his first contest with the organisation.

“The promotion is amazing for sure. The way they treat you is at the highest level, so I was really happy,” says Wielzen.

“For me, it was a whole different ball game. It was the biggest show I’ve ever been on – and I’ve fought on big shows. I really felt the pressure.”

Wielzen’s ONE Super Series debut saw him contest a co-main event bout at ONE: UNSTOPPABLE DREAMS against Sam-A Gaiyanghadao for the inaugural ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight World Championship.

“Samurai” eventually lost out via fourth-round TKO stoppage after a thrilling contest, but came away believing he had a lot more to give.

“I should have taken more chances. I waited too long to let loose with my punches, but I have learned from it,” Wielzen explains.

That bout may not have seen Wielzen capture the title, but he believes his experience in that bout will stand him in good stead against Rodtang, who has two Omnoi Stadium Muay Thai World Titles and more than 300 pro bouts under his belt.

Despite his 21-year-old opponent’s extensive experience, Wielzen says competing for ONE is an entirely different situation.

“He’s been in big shows with big crowds in Thailand before, but he hasn’t been at ONE before. It is next-level,” Wielzen offers.

The Dutch-Surinam ace scouted his opponent’s recent bout against Tenshin Nasukawa and says he has the right skillset to overpower Rodtang.

“He’s really aggressive. Not so technical, but he pushes forward and tries to lay on the pressure, and he can take shots for sure,” Wielzen says.

“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 (4-ounce) gloves.

“He has a style I like. 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.”

With an approach like that, Wielzen’s bout with Rodtang should make for essential viewing at ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES.

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