Petchdam defends ONE Flyweight Kickboxing title against Ilias Ennahachi
Petchdam Petchyindee Academy defends his ONE Flyweight Kickboxing title against Ilias Ennahachi | Pic: ONE Championships

ONE Dreams of Gold: Petchdam vs. Ennahachi

Petchdam Petchyindee Academy defends his ONE Flyweight Kickboxing title against Ilias Ennahachi on August 16. The pair headlines the “Dreams of Gold” event held at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. The championship bout is scheduled for five rounds.

The Thai fighter earned the belt in May also in Bangkok, where he took the fourth-round technical decision win against Elias Mahmoudi. Ahead of his first title defense against Ennahachi the champion revealed that he feels “a little bit of pressure”. In addition, an upcoming bout marks the first time when he battles it out in the headliner of the show.

“I’m feeling a little bit of pressure because I don’t want to lose in Thailand,” Petchdam said (via a feature sent out by the promotion). “It is also my first time fighting in the main event, and it’s a world title defense too.”

“I want to ask the Thai people to come and cheer for me once again. In my last fight, the support I received from Thai people helped me win. I could hear them from the audience cheering me on – it motivated me to keep going.”

Ennahachi is former champion in the “Enfusion” promotion, whose resume includes three successful title defenses. In his previous bout in April he stopped Madani Belhaddad in the second round.

The fight card at ONE: Dreams of Gold also includes the semi-final bouts of ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix featuring Giorgio Petrosyan in a rematch against Jo Natawun, and Samy Sana in a battle against Dzhabar Askerov. Among other bouts, two-sport champion Stamp Fairtex returns to mixed martial arts taking on Asha Roka.

According to the lineup currently posted on the promotion’s website, the change sees Liam Nolan, replacing Yohann Fairtex Drai in a featherweight Muay Thai bout against Bangpleenoi Petchyindee Academy. The addition features a strawweight MMA encounter between Ryuto Sawada and Aziz Calim.

ONE Dreams of Gold fight card

Main card
Flyweight Petchdam Petchyindee Academy vs. Ilias Ennahachi (Kickboxing)
Featherweight Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Jo Nattawut (Kickboxing)
Atomweight Stamp Fairtex vs. Asha Roka (MMA)
Featherweight Samy Sana vs. Dzhabar Askerov (Kickboxing)
Strawweight Alex Silva vs. Stefer Rahardian (MMA)
Bantamweight Muangthai P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym vs. Kenta Yamada (Muay Thai)
Featherweight Yusup Saadulaev vs. Shuya Kamikubo (MMA)
Featherweight Thanh Le vs. Kotetsu Boku (MMA)

Preliminary Card
Flyweight Lerdsila Phuket Top Team vs. Savvas Michael (Muay Thai)
Flyweight Chan Rothana vs. Gustavo Balart (MMA)
Featherweight Bangpleenoi Petchyindee Academy vs. Liam Nolan (Muay Thai)
Strawweight Ryuto Sawada vs. Aziz Calim (MMA)
Bantamweight Alaverdi Ramazanov vs. Ognjen Topic (Muay Thai)
Bantamweight Zhao Zhi Kang vs. Paul Lumihi (MMA)
Flyweight Hexigetu vs. Ramon Gonzales (Muay Thai)