At Lumpinee Stadium on Friday night Smilla Sundell fought for the first time since winning the ONE Championship strawweight Muay Thai title. The Swedish teenager was competing under kickboxing rules but dominated Milana Bjelogrlic from start to finish to claim the decision win.
Bjelogrlic looked to land haymakers while Sundell was throwing jabs and straight knees. The Swedish fighter showcased some impressive boxing skills, frequently following a straight right hand with a left hook to the body.
Sundell also adjusted well to the kickboxing rules, landing straight knees from the clinch without staying there long enough to attract the referees attention.
Bjelogrlic was constantly looking to alter the course of the fight with one big shot but in the process she left herself wide open to the Swedish fighter’s slick combinations. The Serbian’s philosophy seemed to be that ‘attack is the best form of defence’ but she was getting hit with far more frequency than she was landing.
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Head and body
Bjelogrlic kept throwing right to the final bell and by the end both strawweights looked exhausted. But while her haymakers seldom connected with any real force Sundell’s knees to the head and body consistently found their mark.
Sundell seamlessly made the transition from Muay Thai to kickboxing and can clearly be a contender for the strawweight title under the latter ruleset. She won by unanimous decision to extend her undefeated streak with ONE Championship, but Bjelogrlic deserves credit for never giving up.
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