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Petchmorakot Retains World Title With Third-Round TKO Of Andersson

Sep 18, 2020

ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy celebrated his 200th professional fight with a dominant main event showing in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Thai snuffed out Magnus “Crazy Viking” Andersson with a third-round TKO in his ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Title defense at the previously recorded ONE: A NEW BREED III, which aired on Friday, 18 September.

Andersson, a Lion Fight Super-Welterweight World Champion, looked comfortable in round one, chipping away at the legs of the ONE World Titleholder with low kicks. In return, Petchmorakot softened up the Swede’s right arm with left kicks.

Heading into the bout, the man from Sweden said he was well-aware of Petchmorakot’s left weapons. Yet, the Thai still pelted his rival with straight lefts and elbows as they engaged. And inside the clinch, the Petchyindee Academy standout used his right palm to disrupt Andersson’s breathing and set up more of his threatening left elbows.

“Crazy Viking” came out in round two going kick-for-kick with the southpaw and finished the exchange with an overhand right that ricocheted off the Thai’s temple. The blow, however, didn’t help Andersson’s cause.

Moments later, Petchmorakot stormed after the Revolution Muay Thai Phuket athlete with jabs that opened the Swede’s guard just enough to sneak in left punches and elbows. The two men then engaged in the clinch, where Petchmorakot showed superiority by outpacing Andersson.

A series of right kicks from Andersson at the start of round three was met with blistering lefts from Petchmorakot, who turned up the intensity and frequency of his output. Then, another left hand sent “Crazy Viking” into the corner, where he could only absorb a barrage of damaging elbows.

Once back in the center of the ring, Petchmorakot stalked his opponent and punished him with kicks and punches. Andersson stuffed a pair of jabs in the Thai’s face, and although those blows gave the Swede time to breathe, Petchmorakot jumped back on top of him with guard-splitting left hands.

With 30 seconds left in the third, the ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion threw a hammer of a left hand at “Crazy Viking,” who came away looking like a newborn deer trying to stand for the first time.

Andersson turned his back and Petchmorakot lunged for the finish, but the referee slid in between to give the man from Sweden a standing eight-count.

As the end of the third stanza drew nearer, it appeared Andersson would be saved by the bell. However, with just seconds remaining, Petchmorakot charged in with a straight left that sent the challenger backward. The referee jumped in again to wave off the bout at 2:57 of round three.

The TKO win extended Petchmorakot’s reign as the featherweight Muay Thai king and nudged his impressive professional record to 162-35-2 (1 NC).

Read more: ONE: A NEW BREED III – Full Results And Highlights For Petchmorakot Vs. Andersson