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ONE First Strike: Petrosyan vs. Superbon Preview

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Asia’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion is staging a massive event this October 15th at ONE: First Strike, where we’re going to be treated to 10 sensational fights, including the eight-man Featherweight Kickboxing Grand Prix inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

In the card’s main attraction, ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Champion, Giorgio Petrosyan will be looking to once again continue the reign of his division as he takes on the phenomenal Thai sensation Superbon.

A victory for Petrosyan will cement his legacy as the greatest Featherweight kickboxer on the planet and put him right up there as the greatest kickboxer overall, although it could be argued that Superbon may well be the Champion’s greatest test to date in a fight that will no doubt thrill fans in attendance being in the presence of two of the very best of their trade.

Last time we saw the Thai legend was a little over a year ago on his ONE Championship debut against the impressive talent of Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong which was of course his first competitive fight in four years at the time, not that his time away stopped him as he controlled the fight on the way to a decision victory.

The last time we saw Petrosyan was back in February where we saw the Champion dominate his way to a decision win over Davit Kiria who will also be competing at First Strike in the 8- Featherweight Kickboxing Grand Prix.

Giorgio Petrosyan: Keys to Victory

In short, keep doing what he’s been doing. The Champion is on a winning streak dating back eight years to 2013 with over 100 wins in Kickboxing and muay Thai to his name during his impressive career, Petrosyan is a technical master who is known to clinically pick away at his opponent constantly looking for a weakness to exploit.

Petrosyan fights on the edge of his opponent’s reach waiting to counter any mistakes he may find with some of the best head movement in Kickboxing always looking to strike, being a southpaw, and fighting inside his opponents’ range creates a high pressured forward style of fighting keeping them on the edge throughout.

Petrosyan regularly utilizes the teep-kick-fake-jab combination to establish his range which is where he comes into his own, using split steps to create a wider stance generating the power in his shots which allows him to utilize his power in the blink of an eye.

Superbon: Keys to Victory

The protégé of Buakaw has learned from arguably one of the greatest ever in the conversation of striking, his mentor Buakaw himself has said that Superbon is a more skilled fighter which is some compliment in itself.

Fighting from the age of 6 years old Superbon is a technician who has mastered the art of muay Thai and transitioned those skills over into Kickboxing, he uses a slick technical evasive style of fighting always calm and composed minimizing any waste in energy making him dangerous in latter rounds with scintillating switch kicks Superbon.

With close to 150 fights to his name Superbon has been in there with the very best trilogy fights with Sittichai to the likes of Singdam, Singmanese, and the legend Saenchai it can’t be questioned the resume of fighters to his name.

With wins over some of the very best to compete in Muay Thai and Kickboxing a win over Petrosyan would be his legacy win, adding this to the skillset we have discussed above making him perhaps the most dangerous opponent to date for Petrosyan.

The remaining fight card for ONE First Strike is as follows:

**Rodtang vs Puertas has been removed due to Rodtang suffering from covid-19**

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