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France’s Samy Sana is ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix finalist, beats Dzhabar Askerov in Thailand

Samy Sana (©ONE Championship)

Samy Sana (©ONE Championship)

Samy “AK47” Sana, 30, of France was one of the winners at “ONE: Dreams of Gold.” The victory qualified the Algerian-French kickboxer as one of the two finalists of ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix.

Featuring mixed martial arts, kickboxing and Muay Thai, “ONE: Dreams of Gold” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on August 16, 2019. In the 11th bout of the evening, Sana faced Dzhabar “Genghis Khan” Askerov, 33, of Russia in the semi-finals of ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix with Atsushi Onari as the referee.

Throughout the three-round contest, it was all the Algerian-French kickboxer. He controlled the center of the ONE Championship ring and picked Askerov apart with punishing combinations.

A knockdown in the opening round set the tone for Sana. He was not able to knock out Askerov but after three three-minute rounds, the towering Frenchman was confident that he just secured the biggest win of his ONE Super Series career so far.

The kickboxing contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Onari raised the hand of Sana, who was declared the winner via majority decision.

Winning at “ONE: Dreams of Gold” improved the professional kickboxing record of Sana to 135 wins, 9 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Askerov now has 108 wins, 36 losses and 2 draws.

In the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix finals, Sana will face Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan, 33, of Italy. Their fight will be at “ONE: Century” on October 13, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

Including France and Russia, 19 countries were represented at “ONE: Dreams of Gold.” The others were Brazil, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Cyprus, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Training out of Phenix Muay Thai Paris and Venum Training Camp Thailand, Sana solely represented France. Askerov, who trains out of Vityaz Fight Club, was one of the three fighters who represented Russia.

More photos of the bout between Sana and Askerov are on Top Sports Asia. Watch the “ONE: Dreams of Gold” recap here:

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