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Srikam keeps confidence firm in Global Fighting Championships

Thai fighter prepares for showdown with Ghana’s Al Hassan in GFC2 at DWTC

  • By Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 18:08 May 9, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai: Jamian Srikam is exuding a lot of confidence going into Friday’s second round of the Global Fighting Championships at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The 28-year-old Thai won his last fight against Iran’s Ebrahim Zagh Poshtkhachaki in the first week of March.

This time his opponent will be sturdy Ghanaian Okine Al Hassan and the Thai fighter is convinced nothing can stop him from winning at Hall No.5 of the DWTC on Friday night.

He explained why he would prove to be the better fighter against Al Hassan. “It’s my superior experience. I have stuck to a great work ethics improving on my stamina and a better set of tactics,” Srikam told Gulf News.

“My concentration is also on a high as I find myself so focused and vigilant in all that I do,” he added.

Srikam started as a Muay Thai fighter when only seven years old. Since then, he has gone around the world participating in various competitions and learning to get better at his art. Finally, some five years ago, he landed in Dubai and the travelling stopped.

“I liked the stability and now, after several years, I find that I can be more focused in what I am doing. There is no way he [Al Hassan] is going to get the better of me. I will win,” Srikam said.

Totally unaware of the Thai’s strengths or tactics, Al Hassan was just very prepared for a good show in the cage. “I am not thinking too much going into this fight as I hardly know anything about my opponent. So the best I can do is go in there and give it my best shot and try and surprise him,” he admitted.

The fight between the Thai and the Ghanaian is one of five listed in the Super Light division running alongside the A1 Rules and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competitions on the night.

The two winners of the A1 tournament and the MMA competition will fight off to be crowned as the best fighter on the night thus earning the right to travel and participate as a contender for the top prize of $100,000 at the 2013 A1 Grand Prix to be held in Melbourne, Australia in December.

Organised by Golden Cage Promotions and Events in association with the International Boxing Association (IBA) and the Dubai Sports Council (DSC), the show is scheduled to get under way at 7pm.

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