Liam Harrison has been reunited with a former for at the Yokkao Gym in Bangkok. He is training with Saenchai PKSaenchaigym, an opponent he has faced three times.
Harrison is challenging Nong-O Gaiyanghadao for his bantamweight Muay Thai title at ONE on Amazon Prime 1 next Saturday. He has enlisted the experience of a fighter who knows his opponent very well.
Saenchai has faced Nong-O six times and Saenchai has never lost. So when it comes to beating the reigning ONE Championship bantamweight king there is no-one with more experience than Saenchai:
Greatest of all time
Harrison shared a photo of the two men training together along with a goat emoji. There is some debate as to who is the greatest Muay Thai fighter of all time but he certainly feels it is Saenchai.
Saenchai hasn’t lost a fight since 2014 and is on an incredible winning streak. But he hasn’t been fighting any opponents of Nong-O’s calibre and will know just how daunting a task the Englishman faces in Singapore next week.
But Harrison earned the title shot by beating another top tier Thai fighter in the most spectacular style. He survived two knockdowns to finish Muangthai PKSaenchaigym in the opening round in one of the greatest Muay Thai fights ever seen.
Muangthai nearly FINISHES Liam Harrison with back-to-back knockdowns! 👊💥👊#ONE156 #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship | How To Watch 👉 https://t.co/t1U58xACAx pic.twitter.com/JNOAZLIcdW
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 22, 2022
Even UFC stars like Paddy Pimblett were talking about that fight. The performance earned Harrison $100,000 USD in bonuses and a title shot against Nong-O.
Nong-O is 35, seven years younger than Saenchai. He has won eight fights out of eight since signing for ONE Championship and has never really looked like losing during this spell.
But Harrison is sure to try and take the fight to the reigning champion. It is a strategy that has not always proved successful. He walked into an elbow from Petchmorakot Petchyindee on his ONE Championship debut.
Throw🔙 to when Petchmorakot stopped Liam Harrison with a SHARP elbow! 💥💪 #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship #WarriorsCode pic.twitter.com/KHpj1NOnSo
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) February 6, 2020
But Harrison’s style is always entertaining. He likes to walk forwards, throw his trademark leg kicks and will go toe to toe with any opponent regardless of their reputation.
Nong-O is more of a technician. During his career in the Bangkok stadiums he was known for his ability to work opponents out and make adjustments during the course of a contest.
But he has stopped his last three opponents and on every occasion it has been a right hand that did the damage. Using the smaller gloves has made Nong-O much more dangerous and there is a lot of anticipation surrounding this fight.
A man with three knockouts in his last three fights is facing a man who was involved in five knockdowns in his last round. Whatever happens in Singapore next Saturday it is unlikely to be boring.