Training out of Petchyindee Academy in Bangkok, Thailand, Savvas “The Baby Face Killer” Michael, 20, of Limassol, Cyprus was one of the winners at “ONE: Warriors of Light.” It was his first victory and first bout in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series.
Featuring three kickboxing contests, four Muay Thai matches and five mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok on May 10, 2019. In the fifth bout of the evening, Michael fought Singtongnoi Por Telakun, 38, of Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand in a Muay Thai contest in the flyweight division with Atsushi Onari as the referee.
Michael’s long reach and pinpoint accurate striking proved to be a problem for Singtongnoi. Throughout the contest, the Cypriot contender kept his Thai opponent constantly at the end of his combinations.
After three three-minute rounds, the flyweight contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Onari raised the hand of Michael, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: Warriors of Light” improved the professional Muay Thai record of Michael to 31 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Singtongnoi now has 221 wins and 81 losses.
This made Michael the first fighter to defeat Singtongnoi in ONE Super Series. “ONE: Warriors of Light” marked the third bout of the latter in the league.
Singtongnoi defeated Masahide “Crazy Rabbit” Kudo, 27, of Japan at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes in Bangkok, Thailand on October 6, 2018. The Thai fighter defeated Joseph “The Hurricane” Lasiri, 27, of Italy “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” in Kallang, Singapore on May 18, 2018.
Michael is is a former WMC Muay Thai World Champion and a two-time Toyota Marathon Champion. Among his previous opponents were Jonno Chipchase, Petros Papoutsakis and Saif Zaqzouq.
While Singtongnoi was one of the six hometown fighters at “ONE: Warriors of Light,” Michael was one of the two fighters who represented Cyprus. Algeria, Australia, Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Portugal and the United States were also represented.
More photos from Michael and Singtongnoi’s bout are on Top Sports Asia. Watch the “ONE: Warriors of Light” recap by Stephen Dawson and Mitch Chilson here: