French-Algerian kickboxer Samy “AK47” Sana, 30, and Armenian-Italian kickboxer Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan, 32, are two of the biggest stars of ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series. The two are competing in separate bouts in the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on May 17, 2019.
All of the four quarter-final bouts of the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix will be featured at “ONE: Enter the Dragon.” Sana and Petrosyan’s respective opponents are Yodsanklai “The Hero” IWE Fairtex, 33, of Thailand and Nieky “The Natural” Holzken, 34, of the Netherlands.
Hailing from Paris, France, Sana is training out of Venum Training Camp in Pattaya, Thailand. “ONE: Enter the Dragon” marks his fourth ONE Super Series bout.
On June 29, 2018, Sana had his first ONE Super Series loss at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar in the hands of Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy, 25, of Thailand. On November 23, 2018, the French-Algerian kickboxer earned his first and still the only win in the league by defeating Armen Petrosyan, 32, of Gorizia, Italy at “ONE: Conquest of Champions” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
“Je veux combattre les meilleurs!” (I want to fight the best!) Sana said when asked who he wanted to fight next, Sorgraw or Giorgio. “Giorgio Petrosyan ou un autre c’est la même chose,” (Whether it is Giorgio Petrosyan or another opponent, it is the same thing) Sana explained. “Je prend tous ceux qu’on me donne. Pour être le meilleur il faut boxé et gagner contre les meilleurs.” (I take all those given to me. To be the best, you have to fight and win against the best.)
If both Sana and Giorgio win at “ONE: Enter the Dragon,” they will still not see each other in the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix semi-finals. The Armenian-Italian kickboxer will face the winner between “Smokin” Jo Nattawut, 29, of Thailand and Sasha Moisa, 24, of Ukraine while Sana will compete against the winner between Dzhabar “Genghis Khan” Askerov, 33, of Russia and Enriko “The Hurricane” Kehl, 27, of Germany.
Meanwhile, here are some highlights from the “ONE: Enter the Dragon” press conference and face-offs on May 14, 2019: