ONE Champion will introduce its five-rope ring during the ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 20, 2018. The promotion has booked a trio of much-awaited striking-only contests, including the marquee match-up between Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan, 32, of Italy and “Smokin’” Jo Nattawut, 27, of the United States.
“When I step into the ring, I always want to win,” Petrosyan guaranteed. “I always focus on the quality of opponent that I will face. In this case, I can tell you that you will see a Giorgio Petrosyan different than usual.”
Originally from Armenia, Petrosyan was 13 when he immigrated to Italy with his family. His name carries a special weight to kickboxing fans as he was the undeniable pound-for-pound king of the sport for four years.
The Armenian-Italian kickboxer is known for his supreme technical skills, ring generalship and defensive prowess, which has seen him defeat some of the best strikers in the world while taking little-to-no damage. He has been lacing up the gloves since he was 16.
Over the course of a stellar kickboxing career, Petrosyan has amassed a phenomenal record of 85 wins, 2 losses and 2 No Contest and is famed for his 6-year 42-bout winning streak. From 2009 to 2013, he established himself as the world’s top middleweight with two consecutive K-1 World MAX World Championship tournament titles.
Following It’s Showtime and K-1’s demise, Petrosyan then joined Glory Kickboxing in 2012 and further cemented his place as the best 154-pound kickboxer by winning the Glory 2012 Lightweight Slam tourney. He is returning to the international kickboxing spotlight as he makes his debut for the ONE Super Series.
Here is Australian sports commentator Michael Schiavello talking about Petrosyan: