Walter Goncalves is channeling his inner Saenchai as he prepares to fight Jonathan Haggerty.
The pair will face off against Vienot in the quarterfinals on May 20 at ONE 157: Petchmorakot.
ONE Championship shared footage of Goncalves performing the iconic Saenchai cartwheel kick during practice. The title reads:
“Saenchai style 😎 Walter Goncalves collides with Jonathan Haggerty in the quarterfinals of the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix at ONE 157 on May 20! 👑 @walter_goncalves_iron_hands @saenchaithailand”
Legendary Muay Thai fighter Saenchai often uses this move as part of his extensive range of skills. Some fans may have doubts about the effectiveness of the move. However, they only have to look at Saenchai’s record of more than 300 wins to see why the Goncalves are trying to make a move.
In the comments section, one fan was surprised by the athleticism displayed by the 23-year-old:
“This guy is so cool.”
While the move is flashy and flattering, it leaves the performer vulnerable. So if Gonçalves tried it in an actual game, one fan sent him a message of concern:
“Fine, don’t do that to Haggerty, you’ll be eliminated.”
Walter Goncalves is looking for his first ONE Championship win
Walter Goncalves shined on his ONE Championship debut when he went head-to-head with Rodtang Jitmuangnon in the 2019 World Championship Challenge. The Brazilian was praised for his performance against the reigning champions despite the points-decisioned loss.
He looked even better against Japanese fighter Momotaro in 2020 in the second fight in the promotion. Unfortunately, he was unable to finish due to injury, leaving him still without a win in the lap.
However, before joining the ONE Championship, Gonçalves had racked up more than 60 victories in the amazing art of Muay Thai and kickboxing. It was only a matter of time before he advanced with victory.
Still, trying to get a first win with a fighter like Jonathan Haggerty is sure to be a tall order for anyone. If Gonçalves can beat Hagerty, he’s sure to be a fighter to watch in the tournament and beyond.