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Italy’s Giorgio Petrosyan is ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix finalist, knocks out Jo Nattawut in Thailand

Jo Nattawut, Elias Dolaptsis, Giorgio Petrosyan (©ONE Championship)

Jo Nattawut, Elias Dolaptsis, Giorgio Petrosyan (©ONE Championship)

Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan, 33, of Italy was one of the winners at “ONE: Dreams of Gold.” The victory qualified him 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 13th bout of the evening, Petrosyan faced “Smokin’” Jo Nattawut, 29, of Thailand in the semi-finals of ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix.

Elias Dolaptsis as the referee. Dom Lau was the cage announcer while Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson were the commentators.

The first encounter between Petrosyan and Nattawut was at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” on April 20, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The Armenian-Italian contender defeated the Thai fighter via unanimous decision.

In the highly anticipated rematch at “ONE: Dreams of Gold,” Petrosyan and Nattawut stood toe-to-toe in the opening moments of the bout. Both strikers traded blows.

With just seconds left in the first round, it was Petrosyan who was the last man standing. He connected on a stiff left straight that separated Nattawut from his senses.

Dolaptsis put a stop to the contest after 2 minutes and 50 seconds in the first round when Petrosyan knocked out Nattawut. Advancing to the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix finals, the Armenian-Italian kickboxer will face Samy “AK47” Sana, 30, of France.

Winning at “ONE: Dreams of Gold” improved the professional kickboxing record of Ennahachi to 35 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Petchdam now has 94 wins, 16 losses and 7 draws.

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

A multiple-time kickboxing world champion, Petrosyan solely represented Italy. Representing Bangkok Boxing, Nattawut was one of the six athletes who represented Thailand.

More photos of the rematch between Nattawut and Petrosyan are on Top Sports Asia. Watch the “ONE: Dreams of Gold” recap here:

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