Petsukumvit Tops Chorfah In Thriller, Amirkhanovich And Kongchai Highlight Knockout Action At ONE Friday Fights 3
The all-striking matchups at ONE Friday Fights 3 promised fireworks – and the athletes certainly delivered.
On February 3, ONE Championship returned to the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, where fans were treated to eight bouts across Muay Thai and kickboxing. Four of those contests finished before the closing bell, while the other half featured intense exchanges from start to finish.
Here, we recap all the striking action from another eventful showcase in Bangkok, Thailand. For the rest of the results, check out our MMA fights recap.
Petsukumvit Edges Chorfah In High-Octane Main Event
You couldn’t slide a piece of paper between Thai striking stars Petsukumvit Boi Bangna and Chorfah Tor.Sangtiennoi in the evening’s headliner.
From the get-go, the two flyweights battled with punches and elbows from within inches of each other. They attacked for nine minutes with such fervor that fans in attendance couldn’t help but deliver a standing ovation after the nail-biting action.
In the end, though, it was Petsukumvit’s early knockdown that earned him the unanimous decision. As a result, the former Rajadamnern Muay Thai World Champion nudged his professional striking record to 61-26.
Amirkhanovich Demolishes Paedsanlek With Spinning Kick
Elbrus Amirkhanovich scored an early contender for Knockout of the Year in his bantamweight kickboxing clash with Paedsanlek PK.Saenchai.
The highlight-reel finish came just a little over midway through the first round, as the 21-year-old Russian striker lined up a perfectly placed spinning back kick to his foe’s gut, crumbling him to the canvas in agony.
With the unforgettable stoppage, “Samurai” now sports a perfect 7-0 professional record.
Kongchai Blasts Through Kritpetch In First Round
Kongchai Kongchai Chanaidonmueang emphatically announced his presence in ONE’s strawweight Muay Thai division with a quick finish of fellow Thai striker Kritpetch PK.Saenchai.
The former Rajadamnern Muay Thai World Champion weathered Kritpetch’s early storm, answering with combinations of his own. And it wasn’t long until Kongchai found his range, sneaking a body kick into his opponent’s ribs to earn the TKO after just 1:15 of action.
With the debut victory, Kongchai improved his record to 68-10-3.
Musaev Melts Panrit With Huge Right Hook
In bantamweight Muay Thai action, Ilyas Musaev starched Panrit Lukjaomaesaiwaree in spectacular fashion.
After a high-paced first round, the Russian rising star opened the second frame with a thunderous right hook that put his foe on the canvas.
And although the Thai athlete would return to his feet, Musaev landed another concussive right hand to score the knockout at 1:03 of the frame.
With the finish, the 21-year-old phenom improved his pristine record to 9-0.
Yu Yau Pui Knocks Out TheStar Sitcho In Two-Round War
Yu Yau Pui marked her arrival in ONE’s atomweight Muay Thai division with a stunning knockout victory over Thai fan favorite TheStar Sitcho.
The Hong Kong native came out of the gate in rapid fashion, showcasing her blitzing striking abilities from the opening bell. Then in round two, a powerful combination dropped TheStar, who was unable to answer the count.
Yu officially earned the win at 1:12 of the second frame and improved her overall record to 23-2-3.
Rungrawee Finishes Strong To Overcome Al Tekreeti
Rungrawee Sitsongpeenong and Mustafa Al Tekreeti’s lightweight Muay Thai affair was a back-and-forth war. And after three highly-entertaining rounds, the Sitsongpeenong athlete left the Circle with his hand raised.
“Legatron,” however, had to overcome a very game opponent in Al Tekreeti, who frequently replied with heavy kicks and similar firepower in his fists.
Midway through the second stanza, the Sitsongpeenong representative took charge, landing sharp punches onto his oncoming rival. Just seconds into the third round, he forced Al Tekreeti down with a thumping right hand for the first eight-count of the match.
That gave the local star plenty of confidence, and soon, it was all one-way traffic from the 27-year-old striker, who raced to the finish line with a clear-cut unanimous decision, pushing his professional record to 153-46-2.
Bublea Puts On Striking Clinic Against Yauny
Alex Bublea opened his ONE account with a strong victory over fellow debutant Alan Yauny in the night’s second Muay Thai battle, securing the nod from all three judges after an action-packed nine minutes.
“Bodyhammer” constantly found gaps within his opponent’s tight defense, switching targets from high to low with his jabs, hooks, and kicks, which ultimately forced Yauny to defend more than he could land.
Yauny did attempt to increase his output early in the third frame. But Bublea countered every movement with ease en route to his first victory on the global stage.
The win bumped Bublea’s record to 73-30-4, giving him massive confidence as he looks to make a statement in ONE’s stacked featherweight Muay Thai division.
Dokmaipa Dominates Aguiar In Dream Debut
Dokmaipa Fairtex got her ONE tenure off to a perfect start, picking up a unanimous decision win over WBC Muay Thai World Champion Barbara Aguiar in their strawweight Muay Thai battle in the Thai capital.
The 24-year-old shifted into fifth gear from the opening bell and maintained that momentum throughout the contest, cracking her opponent’s defense on multiple occasions with her left roundhouse kicks and precise one-two combinations.
After three rounds of action, there was no doubt that the Fairtex representative would leave the Circle with her first promotional win, bumping her overall record to 58-12-1.