Superlek Misses Weight for Rodtang Title Bout, Fight Now to Be Contested as 3-Round Non-title Catchweight Bout

Sep 21, 2023
Rodtang & Superlek. Photo: ONE Championship
The super fight is still on, but will only be contested over three rounds with no title on the line.

We can't have nice things. Superlek has missed weight for his Muay Thai Flyweight title challenge against reigning champion Rodtang. The two were supposed to fight for the prestigious title in tomorrow's much-anticipated sold-out event at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.

Superlek has come in five pounds above the required weight limit of 135 lbs, and the Muay Thai Flyweight title will no longer be on the line. 

Prem Fairtex has confirmed that the fight will go ahead as a three-round super fight, contested at a 140-pound catchweight, and will only go ahead because Rodtang wants to prove he's the best in the world.

Superlek shared the following on social media:

"First of all, I would like to apologize to ONE Championship's team. And also apologize to Rodtang’s team. It is not easy to gain this opportunity. No one wants to lose the opportunity. No one wants to become the champion. It is not that I did not try. I did my best. Depend on how you see it, because everyone has a different perspective."

Both fighters are no strangers to missing weight.

Rodtang missed earlier this year when he clashed with Jiduo Yibu, plus when he no-showed at the weigh-ins against Savvas Michael, forfeiting his chance to advance in the Flyweight Muay Thai Grand Prix. 

Superlek narrowly missed weight against Tagir Khalilov in July and against Panpayak in the Flyweight Muay Thai Grand Prix final in December.