Jo Nattawut Ready to Impress on Short Notice at ONE: ONLY THE BRAVE

Published 01/28/2022, 1:12 AM EST

Jo Nattawut is getting ready for his upcoming bout against #4-ranked featherweight kickboxing contender Chingiz “Chinga” Allazov at ONE: ONLY THE BRAVE this Friday, January 28, the same way he always does.  

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The cool-headed Thai athlete steps into the semifinals of the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix after #1-ranked contender Marat Grigorian was forced to withdraw from the tournament. 

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Ahead of his co-main event showdown with the Azerbaijani-Belarusian fighter, the Thai striker weighed in on his chances of victory. 

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“I don’t worry so much about this fight. I always feel the same way, no matter whom I fight. I’m like a chill guy,” Jo Nattawut said. “I don’t worry about fighting or training camps. Just go in there and whatever happens, happens. Whether [I] win or lose.”

The WMC Muay Thai World Champion was originally scheduled to face Lithuanian kickboxing star Dovydas “Rimkenzo” Rimkus in a Grand Prix alternate bout on the event’s lead card. But given the current conditions surrounding COVID-19, he knew he had to stay prepared to take on any of the semifinalists at short notice.

That opportunity arose when Grigorian had to pull out of the organization’s eight-man tournament earlier this week.

Jo Nattawut is not worried about the late change

Luckily, the last-minute call didn’t pose too much of a problem for the 32-year-old, as his training camp has always focused on improving his style as opposed to a specific game plan for a particular opponent.

“Every fighter is different. Everybody is different, you know. Opponents change at the last minute. You have to deal with it. Especially now you have to deal with it,” he offered. 

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“Now you must work on your training camp and try not getting covid too. It is what it is now. To me, no matter who you are, your fighting doesn’t change that much. From the beginning until now, I think I fought the same the whole time.”

He is confident of his chances inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium but politely declined to talk about what will happen after his fight with Allazov at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. 

He undoubtedly has his mind on the Grand Prix final, the opportunity to win the championship’s silver belt, and the chance to take on division king, Superbon. But for now, his only goal is to take out “Chinga” and make the fight entertaining for those watching.

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“I personally don’t think about all that stuff [winning the Grand Prix]. Me, I make sure I prepare well. Go inside there and have fun. And make sure the fans enjoy [it]. And that’s it. I don’t think about becoming a champion or the future, that’s not me,” the Thai dynamo stated.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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