ONE Championship has announced its next event in Malaysia titled “ONE: Masters of Destiny.” The main event is the rematch between Giorgio “Doctor” Petrosyan, 33, of Italy and Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy, 25, of Thailand.
“ONE: Masters of Destiny” will take place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 12, 2019. The rematch between Petrosyan and Petchmorakot is a ONE Super Series Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix quarter-final bout.
On May 17, 2019, Petrosyan and Petchmorakot competed in the quarter-finals of the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. After three three-minute rounds, the kickboxing bout was left in the hands of the judges and in the end, referee Atsushi Onari raised the hand of the Thai contender, who was declared the winner via split decision.
But upon reviewing the fight, the competition committee of ONE Championship formally declared the bout a no contest. ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong noited that Onari did not adequately control the illegal clinching.
Right after ONE Championship’s announcement of the reversal of the result, Petchyindee Academy owner Nuttadaj Vachirarattanawong released a statement in Thai explaining why they are withdrawing from the automatic rematch.
“As the representative of the Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy, I request to withdraw from theONE Featherweight Kicboxing World Grand Prix because even if we agree to do the rematch and this happens again, Petrosyan’s fans will not accept the decision so there is no way for us to win anyway,” Nuttadaj said. “Thank you for all your encouragement and my apologies again for causing all Thai people to be disappointed.”
Petchmorakot now holds a professional kickboxing and Muay Thai record of 158 wins, 34 losses, 2 draws and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, Petrosyan now has 90 wins, 2 loses, 2 draws and 2 No Contests.
Meanwhile, here are Michael Schiavello and Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson giving a “ONE: Enter the Dragon” recap: