After an entrance clearly inspired by Disney’s Aladdin film, people might have been wondering if the Bangkok Fight Lab product was taking his fight against Richard”Notorious” Corminal seriously enough. The hometown crowd at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, were undoubtedly entertained, but now he had to bring it inside the cage.
Indeed there were times during the fight when Wiratchai seemed to be smiling, laughing, and enjoying himself thoroughly. He did not enjoy the right hand that knocked him down early, though. Corminal might have been on the defensive, but once he let his fists fly, “One Shin” felt the sting and clearly realized he had a real fight on his hands.
Corminal, a Malaysian-based Filipino who trains out of Muayfit PJ, tried to pressure Wiratchai against the fence after taking a few hard shots. He looked for a takedown from behind, but the Thai hero successfully spun his way free and reset at the center of the cage, throwing a front kick to gauge the range. Once he had Corminal lined up, he threw a massive right hand and now it was Corminal’s turn to recover from a knockdown.
Wiratchai was not going to give him that chance, however. He came forward with a lightning-fast array of strikes, left and right hands, and a flying knee to boot. In the end, it was one precise right hand to the chin that caused Corminal to crumble. Referee Yuji Shimada decided he had seen enough, waving off the contest at 3:37 of the first round.
“One Shin,” who moves to 7-1, declared his victory “the best feeling ever” and promised to have his eye on the upcoming title fight between ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang and challenger Ev Ting at ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY. As for Corminal, he suffers his second career loss and falls to 4-2.