Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy is determined more than ever to claim victory over “The Doctor” Giorgio Petrosyan in the main event of ONE: Masters of Destiny on July 12. The Thai superstar aims for a clear victory in their rematch of their ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Quarter-final.
The pair first met last May 17 at ONE: Enter The Dragon in Singapore where Petchmorakot’s close decision win was ruled as a no-contest after a review by ONE Championship.
Armed with the first-hand experience against the same opponent, Petchmorakot humbly acknowledges “The Doctor’s” skills and power in the highly-anticipated rematch.
“I am very confident in my own skills, but I will admit that Giorgio Petrosyan has better kickboxing skills than I do,” Petchmorakot said.
“That is what I can say after having fought him for three rounds in the past. He is a very good fighter, and if I stood there and exchange punches with him, I could get knocked down.”
The two-division Lumpinee champion has more experience competing in Muay Thai than kickboxing, but he is committed to seeing the tournament through the end.
“As you know, I am definitely more well-versed when it comes to Muay Thai and I am very good at throwing elbows,” Petchmorakot said.
“The kickboxing ruleset, however, does not permit me to do so. I am still trying to get the hang of the new ruleset. I think that one of the biggest differences between Muay Thai and kickboxing is the clinching aspect. As I said, I am still trying to fully understand the new ruleset, and what I am most concerned with is understanding what exactly is the legal method of clinching when it comes to kickboxing.”
Petchmorakot has moved on from the first outing and is keen on using that experience and knowledge of his opponent in the upcoming bout. He may or may not have outperformed the Italian in Singapore but what matters to him now is his resolve to win and move on to the semi-finals.
“Of course, I feel strongly that I need to work even harder than usual,” Petchmorakot concluded.
“I believe I put on a good performance in our last bout, but of course, there were some doubts because of the decision. This time around, I am working harder than usual to be able to properly compete and defeat Giorgio clearly and convincingly.”
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/26/2019.