Decision Overturned: Petrosyan vs. Petchmorrakot declared No Contest, rematch scheduled
Italian Giorgio Petrosyan and Thai Petchmorrakot Petchyindee squared off last Friday (May 17) in Singapore. The pair was featured on “Enter the Dragon” card, battling it out in the quarter-final of ONE Featherweight Kickboxing tournament. The scheduled for three rounds contest went the distance. The verdict heard Petchmorrakot taking the win by split decision.
Mid this week the judges’ decision has been overturned with the result declared as No Contest. It is arguably the first time in kickboxing history when the verdict of the bout was changed. Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, Chatri Sityodtong posted a statement on Facebook.
“ONE Championship has conducted an official review of the controversial bout between Giorgio Petrosyan and Petchmorrakot Petchyindee at ONE: Enter The Dragon in Singapore. In fairness to all parties, the ONE Competition Committee has formally declared the bout a no contest. The referee did not adequately control the illegal clinching, resulting in multiple infractions during the bout.
There will be an automatic rematch with the winner proceeding into the semifinals of the US$1m ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix.”
The location and date of rematch between Petrosyan and Petchmorrakot is yet to be announced. As understood, the winner is scheduled to face Thai Jo Nattawut, who won quarter-final by TKO in the third round against Ukrainian Sasha Moisa.
Muay Thai star Yodsanklai Fairtex also called for a rematch immediately after suffering a defeat by a unanimous decision against French Samy Sana. Yet, their third battle might take place only after the tournament culminates. The French fighter takes on Dagestani-Russian Dzhabar Askerov in the semi-final.