Ilias Ennahachi, 23, of the Netherlands was crowned as the new ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion at “ONE: Dreams of Gold.” It was his debut in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series.
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 main event of the evening, Ennahachi challenged then reigning ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion “The Baby Shark” Petchdam Petchyindee Academy, 21, of Thailand.
Atsushi Onari served as the referee with Dom Lau as the cage announcer and Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson as the commentators. Ian Cartwright of Canada, Eshton Thomas of Malaysia and Rosenberg Rosete of the Philippines were the judges.
Ennahachi left the Thai crowd stunned. Following a tempered opening round, he picked up the pace in the second with some crisp boxing, tagging Petchdam with solid combinations.
Petchdam was game all throughout the contest. Ennahachi finished the job in the third round, overwhelming the Thai star with even more punches to earn the knockout victory.
It was after 59 seconds in the third round when Onari put a stop to the title bout as Ennahachi knocked out Petchdam. This made the Dutch kickboxer the first man to stop the Thai fighter on the ONE Super Series stage.
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 the Netherlands and Thailand, 19 countries were represented at “ONE: Dreams of Gold.” The others were Brazil, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Cyprus, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Philippines, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Vietnam, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Training out of SB Gym, Ennahachi solely represented the Netherlands. His opponent from Petchyindee Academy was one of the six fighters who represented Thailand.
More photos from the bout between Petchdam and Ennahachi are on Top Sports Asia. Watch the “ONE: Dreams of Gold” recap here: