Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan, 33, of Gorizia, Italy has been crowned as the champion of the inaugural ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix. The Armenian-Italian kickboxer won the tournament at “ONE: Century 世紀” in Tokyo, Japan.
“ONE: Century 世紀” was the second ONE Championship event held in Japan and marked the martial arts organization’s 100th live event. The combat sports event had two parts with 11 bouts each.
Featuring mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and kickboxing matches, “ONE: Century 世紀” took place at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on October 12, 2019. In the seventh bout of the second part, Petrosyan and Samy “AK47” Sana, 30, of France and Algeria battled it out in the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix final.
Hailing from Gorizia, Italy, Petrosyan represents Team Petrosyan. Sana is based in Paris, France and is training out of Phenix Muay Thai Paris and Venum Training Camp Thailand.
Atsushi Onari served as the referee of the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix final. Throughout the three-round affair, Petrosyan navigated Sana’s height and reach advantage to connect on crisp punch combinations.
The heavyweight contest was left in the hands of the judges and in the end, Onari raised the hand of Petrosyan, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision. As the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix champion, the Armenian-Italian kickboxer won US$1,000,000.
This marked the fifth ONE Super Series win of Petrosyan, who now holds a professional kickboxing record of 102 wins, 2 losses, 2 draw and 2 No Contests. Sana now holds a professional kickboxing and Muay Thai record of 135 wins, 12 losses and 2 draws.
Including Italy and India, 18 countries were represented in the two parts of “ONE: Century 世紀.” The others were Algeria, Belarus, Brazil, China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.
Petrosyan was one of the two fighters who represented Italy while Sana solely represented Algeria and he was one of the two representatives of France. Watch the highlights of “ONE: Century 世紀” part 2 here: