Chingiz “Chinga” Allazov secured himself the first spot in the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Championship Final with a one-sided demolition of Smokin’ Jo Nattawut at ONE: ONLY THE BRAVE this past Friday, 28 January.
The Azerbaijani-Belarusian striker put it to his Thai rival right from the opening bell of their co-main event clash and secured the finish less than two minutes into the first round.
“Chinga” came out like a house on fire inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium and his pace seemed to take Nattawut by surprise. The bearded slugger fired off boxing combinations to his rival’s head and body, and he flicked rapid high kicks that caught “The Smokin’ One” off guard.
Allazov hurt the Thai star with a left uppercut that sent him to the mat for the first time, adding a left knee into the mix as Nattawut fell.
He stepped on the gas when his 32-year-old foe got back up and steamed into him with another flurry of punches.
Nattawut tried to fend off Allazov with a right hand, but he overextended, and “Chinga” took advantage with a chopping left to the jaw that put the Thai down again.
This time, Nattawut couldn’t get back up. The referee stopped the fight at the 1:55 mark of round one, giving Allazov his second consecutive first-round KO and a spot in the tournament finale.
Speaking after the bout, the 58-5 (1 NC) kickboxer was pumped to win in emphatic fashion and earn his place in the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Championship Final.
“[Nattawut] was a good opponent, but I’m better than him, [have] more power than him, more speed than him,” Allazov said.
“I go to war. I go to victory. And I go to the final. I say only this.”