MANILA, Philippines – ONE Championship is heading back to the Philippines for the 13th time on April 20, when it holds the ONE: Heroes of Honor event at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The blockbuster card will feature familiar matches under ONE Championship's Global Rule Set, and will also mark the debut of the ONE Super Series, where fans will see some of the world's very best strikers in action.
ONE Super Series is a global league that is made specially for elite strikers.
"The absolute best strikers in the world have chosen to continue their professional careers under the ONE Championship banner. Fans will be treated to the most exciting striking matches where the best face the best inside of both our ring and our cage," said ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.
ONE Championship has booked three striking-only contests for the debut of its five-rope ring event, including the marquee match-up between Giorgio "The Doctor" Petrosyan and "Smokin'" Jo Nattawut.
The 32-year-old Italian's name carries special weight to kickboxing fans, as Petrosyan was the undisputed pound-for-pound king of the sport for four years.
Nicknamed "The Doctor" for his supreme technical skills, ring generalship and defensive prowess that saw him defeat some of the best strikers in the world while taking little to no damage, Petrosyan has been lacing up his gloves since he was only 16 years old.
Over the course of his kickboxing career, Petrosyan has amassed a record of 85-2-2 (2 NC), and once won 42 straight bouts during a six-year period. From 2009 to 2013, he established himself as the world's top middleweight with two consecutive K-1 World MAX World Championship tournament titles.
Petrosyan then joined Glory in 2012 and further cemented his place as the best 154-pound kickboxer by winning the Glory 2012 lightweight slam tourney.
His participation in the ONE Super Series marks Petrosyan's return to the international kickboxing spotlight.
"When I step into the ring, I always want to win. I always focus on the quality of opponent that I will face. In this case, I can tell you that you will see a Giorgio Petrosyan different than usual," he guaranteed.
The man who is standing in the way of Petrosyan's 86th career victory is Nattawut, who rose to stardom thanks to his powerful elbow and knee strikes.
A former Lion Fight and WMC super welterweight titleholder, Nattawut has a similarly impressive record of 60-11-2. The 27-year-old Thai dynamo is keen on making an instant impact in the ONE Super Series with a convincing triumph over the Italian kickboxing superstar in their 70-kilogram tussle.
"I am ready to face any opponent inside that ring. I have nothing to say to Giorgio Petrosyan. On April 20, I will be in the ring to give the answers, using my fists and kicks," Nattawut said.
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