The longer, rangier Joanne Calderwood put her Muay Thai skills on full display in her 15-minute battle against South Korea’s top women strawweight Seo-Hee Ham. Even though Ham is known for her powerful kickboxing, Calderwood kept her out of range with a steady stream of push kicks and snappy punches. Ham had some success with left overhands, and even bloodied Calderwood’s nose in the second round, but the most damage was definitely inflicted by “JoJo” Calderwood.
In the end, Calderwood’s massive reach and size advantage kept her on her feet against Ham’s desperate attempts to get the fight into closer quarters. Calderwood in turn was able to land takedowns, dominate the clinch, and even threatened with an arm-triangle in the third round. The most significant strike of the fight also came in the third round where Calderwood was able to snap Ham’s head back with a front kick.
We knew coming into this bout that both fighters were going to want to keep the fight on the feet. Calderwood’s reach and size advantage was the massive factor in the end though as she was able to stay out of Ham’s slugging range and keep the fight in Calderwood’s Muay Thai range. Great display of striking skills from Calderwood, and even some dominant ground control towards the end.