Stamp ready to finish off Mezabarba
published : 28 Oct 2021 at 10:00
newspaper section: Sports
Former world champion Stamp Fairtex is two wins away from winning the One women's atomweight World Grand Prix.
But her upcoming opponent in the semi-final round of the tournament could be her toughest yet.
Stamp is scheduled to face alternate Julie Mezabarba at the Singapore Indoor Stadium tomorrow in a programme which will be broadcast live on AIS Play from 7.30pm.
The Thai star understands the threat her talented Brazilian counterpart poses in her run to the atomweight title, which is why she is looking to end matters decisively and as quickly as possible. If Stamp beats Mezabarba, she will move into the final.
"I would probably win by striking, by striking on the legs," a confident Stamp said.
"She might probably come up and strike me as well. So I will try to knock her out as fast as possible. If not I would surely win by decision."
Mezabarba announced her arrival in the world's largest martial arts organisation, defeating highly regarded veteran Mei Yamaguchi last September, with seemingly effortless ease.
Stamp's original semi-final opponent South Korea's Seo Hee-Ham had to pull out of the competition due to injury. Mezabarba, therefore, was activated, and fans have a chance to witness a terrific match-up.
"I watched the fight and my opponent is pretty big and strong. It was a pretty easy win for her," Stamp said of Mezabarba's performance against Yamaguchi.
"Julie is pretty big...we have to see whether she would try to take me down but as for me, I wouldn't be taking her down. So there is a chance if Julie's striking plan doesn't work out, she might try to take me down."
- Stamp Fairtex