Giorgio Petrosyan defeats Samy Sana by unanimous decision
Giorgio Petrosyan defeats Sama Sana in ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Final | Pic: Supplied/ ONE Championship

Giorgio Petrosyan wins ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix final by decision against Samy Sana

Giorgio Petrosyan has lifted the biggest prize in kickboxing history. The Italian-Armenian star faced French competitor Samy Sana last night (Oct. 13) in Tokyo, Japan. The pair squared off in the final of featherweight kickboxing World Grand Prix. The contest was featured on the second part of “ONE Century” fight card held at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

The championship finale went a full three-round distance. The verdict heard a unanimous decision in favor of Petrosyan, who has again proved why they call him “Doctor”. In addition to the belt, he earned, as much or as little, US $1,000,000.

Petrosyan showcased a superior footwork and overall striking ratio. He moved sides, ducked his opponent’s punches, made him miss and countered well. Sana looked stiff, and somewhat seemed “awkward”, couldn’t get on his range. Although he made an attempt to put on a pressure in the final round, he was way behind on the judges’ scorecards.

One the way to the final, at the previous events, Giorgio Petrosyan defeated Jo Nattawut and Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy. Samy Sana scored the victories against Dzhabar Askerov and Yodsanklai Fairtex.

In the main event of ONE Century Part 1 Angela Lee successfully defended her atomweight title by submission in the fifth round against the current strawweight champion Xiong Jing Nan. Part 2 was headlined by two-division champion Aung La N Sang, who retained his light heavyweight title by TKO in the second round against the reigning heavyweight champion Brandon Vera.