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Danial Williams in awe of Joseph Lasiri’s win

Danial Williams initially expected Prajanchai PK.Saenchai to retain the ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Title against Joseph Lasiri at ONE 157: Petchmorakot vs. Vienot.

What he never imagined was Lasiri dismantling the Thai superstar to become the new champion.

In an interview with ONE Championship, Williams admitted he was stunned by the way the match went, particularly Prajanchai’s performance.

Lasiri unleashed a whirling derby of punches from the start. His relentless attack kept Prajanchai on the defensive for most of the competition.

According to Williams, Lasiri made better use of ONE Championship’s 4-ounce gloves, while Prajanchai was surprised at how they differed from the larger traditional Muay Thai gloves:

“It definitely shocked me. I didn’t think of one thing [Prajanchai] The last time is that he has never really fought foreign muay thai fighters. He’s always hit the Thai style fighters who are more used to those big gloves and Lasiri just capitalized on that. He fought him the way I envisioned him, with the forward push, with a bit of boxing skill and shots mixed up.”

Lasiri continued to pressure Prajanchai in the circle, eventually delivering a technical KO win in the third round:

“Prajanchai is very defensive, but you can’t always defend those big shots with 4-ounce gloves. I think that caught Prajanchai off guard and really threw him off track. Lasiri showed tremendous heart and will to win. Hats off to him. What a wonderful story and congratulations on the new champion.”


Daniel Williams applauds Lasiri’s determination

It’s no secret that Joseph Lasiri struggled early on in ONE Championship. ONE’s new strawweight Muay Thai World Champion went 0-4 in his first four bouts and it wasn’t until he switched to strawweight that he began to reap the success he deserved.

Lasiri scored back-to-back wins over Rocky Ogden and Asahi Shinagawa to set up his title match against Prajanchai.

According to Danial Williams, Lasiri’s determination to climb back up after each loss was what impressed him the most:

“[I admire Lasiri’s] Determination to have those four losses and stick with them. That impressed me the most. He proved that no matter how many losses you have on your record, if you just want to pursue your dream, all those losses don’t matter. He said he wanted to face Prajanchai and break him mentally, and that’s exactly what he did.”


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