Multiple-time Kickboxing World Champion Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan erased any doubts that he deserves to be in the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Finals.
Petrosyan had to work hard and prove himself twice in the quarterfinals of the tournament against Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy after their first match was ruled as a No Contest. Upon gaining a unanimous decision win over Petchmorakot, he focused his attention to Smokin’ Jo Nattawut.
At ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD last August 16, the pair met for a highly-anticipated rematch of their meeting in 2018 for the inaugural launch of ONE Super Series.
Petrosyan’s precision striking against the power of the two-division Lion Fight World Champion and WMC Muay Thai World Champion Nattawut earned him the unanimous nod in the first encounter, which prompted the Thai fighter to seek redemption at the Impact Arena in Bangkok last Friday night.
Nattawut was aggressive to start the bout, using his powerful kicks to weaken his opponent. Petrosyan patiently anticipated the Thai’s attacks and responded with his own fast and accurate kicks and punches.
For the first two minutes, it was a furious exchange of kicks and punches as the Bangkok Boxing representative was eager to showcase his power.
In the dying seconds of the first round however, Petrosyan was able to find an opening and delivered a vicious straight left, sending his opponent crashing to the canvas. Nattawut could beat the 10-count and Petrosyan was awarded the knockout victory.
“The Doctor” was relieved and glad when the bell rang and the outcome was made official. He then showed his Bushido spirit by walking up to and kneeling beside the fallen Nattawut as a sign of respect.
Petrosyan will face Samy “AK47” Sana next in Tokyo, Japan at ONE: CENTURY in the tournament’s final round to determine who will win the inaugural ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Championship and the coveted USD $1 million prize.