The next event of the Singapore ONE Championship will take place on October 15, and that program will be completely lined with kickboxing fights. In the foreground is the lightweight category, in which the fight for the title of champion will take place, but also an incredibly strong tournament, which by its names certainly reminds us of the ones we witnessed in the golden days of kickboxing.
The title is currently vacant, and the new champion will try to become by many the best fighter of the light and featherweight category in history, Giorgio Petrosyan (104-2-2, 41 KO). The phenomenal Armenian-Italian fighter won the ONE tournament two years ago, but now he will try to take the belt as well.
He only lost twice in his career. In 2013 in Glory Andy Ristie was better than him, and in 2007 he was defeated by Nonthanun Por. Pramuk. His matches against Buakaw are considered the best in the history of kickboxing. The opponent of this 35-year-old will be four years younger Superbon Banchamek (111-34, 25 KO) from Thailand.
He is a great fighter, proven in Thailand's biggest arenas, but this time he will be an outsider. As for the tournament, this time it will not take place in one evening, but only the first round is scheduled, and the eight fighters in the tournament are truly the elite.
In the foreground of the same is certainly Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (125-35, 29 KO), the former Glory champion. He will face Tayfun Ozcan in the first round (84-8, 27 KOs).
Another newcomer from Glory and former champion of that promotion is Marat Grigorian (64-11, 33 KOs).
The Armenian is waiting for sports legend Andy Souwer (161-21, 98), a 38-year-old who will try to reach the very top once again. The winner of the last big K-1 Max tournament, 29-year-old Enrico Kehl (51-15, 30 KOs), will also be fighting the former Glory champion.
This is Georgian Davit Kiria (35-18, 16 KO), a man whose title we remember very well, when he defeated Andy Ristie after a great turnaround. The last clash of the quarterfinals consists of Samy Sana (135-14-2, 49 KOs) and Chingiz Allazov (56-5, 34 KOs).
A truly impressive list. According to the currently available schedule, the main program should be opened with a new performance by Rade Opačić. The Serbian heavyweight will fight Patrick Schmid, a Swiss fighter with whom he has already had a contract twice, but due to a positive COVID-19 test, it did not happen.
Once a member of the Swiss team was in question, and the second time I was Rade, who got a positive test result while he was already in Singapore. The show, like all the last shows of this promotion, should be broadcast live via ONE’s YouTube channel.