As WBC super flyweight titleholder Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (46-4-1, 41 KOs) prepares for this Saturday’s title defense against Iran Diaz (14-2-3, 6 KOs), he says that he’s expecting a thrilling event home country fans who will get to watch him defend his title in person.
“I believe it’s going to be the biggest boxing event in the history of Thailand and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity. Defending my world titles in Thailand will be something very special and I need to thank everyone who made this possible, especially ONE Championship, NKL team, WBC, and M150.”
And although the challenger, Diaz, appears to be completely overmatched on paper, Sor Rungvisai is getting ready as if his back is against the wall as Diaz comes into this fight with nothing to lose.
“Iran Diaz is a very skillful boxer, and it will be a great fight between us,” predicted Sor Rungvisai. “Diaz is a tall junior bantamweight with long reach. He has impressive boxing style, and he is a real challenge. As for his areas I can exploit, we will see in the ring.”
In the last two years Sor Rungvisai has scored two wins over former pound-for-pound king Roman Gonzalez as well as a win over Juan Francisco Estrada — both top opponents in the super flyweight division. Since then Sor Rungivisai took something of a victory lap with a non-title fight against Young Gil Bae in Thailand this summer, and will now take on Diaz with the green belt back on the line.
Diaz hasn’t fought an opponent of Sor Rungvisai’s caliber yet — so there are questions to be answered there — and that will certainly play a big role in why Sor Rungvisai enters this fight as the solid favorite to win. But that’s why they fight the fights...