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What made Thai kickboxer Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy a champion

Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy

Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy

Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy, 25, is one of the top fighters in the roster of ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series. Recently, the kickboxer from Prakhon Chai, Buriram, Thailand talked about his humble beginnings.

The Prakhon Chai native started his martial arts career by garnering success in the smaller circuits. He eventually jumped to a bigger stage and moved to Bangkok, Thailand.

At the age of 15, Sorgraw was discovered by the famed Petchyindee Academy in Bangkok. Since then, the academy has transformed him in to the champion that he is.

Aside from a world title win at Lumpinee Stadium, Sorgraw also earned the Thailand Championship, the WMC World Championship, and the Toyota Marathon. As he acknowledged, things would be quite different for him had he not found his way to Petchyindee Academy.

“I’ll never forget where I came from and who helped me along the way,” Sorgraw shared. “But it was Petchyindee that made me a champion.”

Now, after making a name for himself in his home country, Sorgraw is working on making a name for himself on the biggest martial arts stage in the world. He said, “I always watched ONE Championship on TV, never thinking I would get an opportunity like that for myself.”

On June 29, 2018, Sorgraw made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior,” which took place at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon. He defeated Samy “AK47” Sana, 29, of France via unanimous decision.

For the second time, Sorgraw will compete in the ONE Super Series cage. He will battle it out with Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan, 32, of Gorizia, Italy in a kickboxing contest in a catch weight of 71 kg at “ONE: Heart of the Lion” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on November 9, 2018.

Petrosyan is heralded as the best kickboxer in the game today. Sorgraw made the most of his opportunity in his ONE Super Series debut and now, he has the chance to make an even bigger name for himself as he faces a legend.

Here are Michael Schiavello and Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson talking about Sorgraw and Petrosyan:

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