Nong-O retains ONE bantamweight Muay Thai world title with third-round knockout of Ramazanov
published : 21 Jan 2023 at 12:06
ONE Championship kicked off its historic series of weekly events at the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium with ONE Friday Fights 1, headlined by a battle for the ONE bantamweight Muay Thai world title on Friday.
In the main event, reigning ONE bantamweight Muay Thai world champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao retained his gold with a scintillating third-round knockout of former ONE bantamweight kickboxing world champion Alaverdi Ramazanov.
Ramazanov came out firing in the first round, pushing Nong-O on the back foot with fast and powerful combinations. The Thai legend picked his spots, as he looked to attack the legs with chopping low kicks. In the second stanza, Ramazanov continued to use his length to keep Nong-O at bay, tagging the defending world champion with sharp push kicks, followed by a series of hooks.
Nong-O found his rhythm in the third round, as the hometown hero put the pressure on Ramazanov with a variety of strikes from mid-range. Sensing that the Russian was fading, Nong-O went on the offensive and punished his challenger with ripping shots to the head and body. An explosive left hook to the liver sent Ramazanov crashing to the canvas, and he could not answer the referee’s 10-count.
With the win, Nong-O remained unbeaten in ONE Championship and also took home a US$50,000 bonus for his performance.
In the co-main event, former ONE strawweight Muay Thai world champion Prajanchai PK Saenchai scored a knockdown in the second round against Kompetch Sitsarawatsuer to win on points.
Kompetch pushed the pace in the first stanza, keeping his Thai compatriot on the defensive. However, Prajanchai came alive in the second frame, peppering his opponent with fiery combinations on the inside. A straight right hand dropped Kompetch, but he was able to beat the referee’s count. The third round saw both men have their moments in what was no doubt an exciting matchup. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Prajanchai to win by unanimous decision.
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao defeats Alaverdi Ramazanov via KO at 2:14 of round three to retain the ONE bantamweight Muay Thai world title.
Prajanchai PK Saenchai defeats Kompetch Sitsarawatsuer via unanimous decision (Muay Thai – strawweight).
Khunsueklek Ufaboomdeksean defeats Petbanrai Singha Mawynn via unanimous decision (Muay Thai – atomweight).
Komawut FA.Group defeats Sansiri Pet Por Tor Or via unanimous decision (Muay Thai – catchweight 151 pounds).
Sonrak Fairtex defeats Tai Sor Jor Piekuthai via majority decision (Muay Thai – flyweight).
Sagaengarm Jitmuangnon defeats Suayai Chor Haapayak via KO at 2:47 of round one (Muay Thai – catchweight 112 pounds).
Seksan Or Kwanmuang defeats Tyson Harrison via split decision (Muay Thai – catchweight of 140 pounds).
Richard Godoy defeats Alexy Lyapunov via split decision (MMA – lightweight).
Muangthai PK Saenchai defeats Mavlud Tupiev via unanimous decision (Muay Thai– catchweight of 147 pounds).
Josh Hill defeats Keivan Soleimani via unanimous decision (Muay Thai – catchweight of 177 pounds).
Colton Kielbasa defeats Akihiro Fujisawa via submission (rear-naked choke) via 0:57 of round one (MMA – flyweight).
Mohammad Sadeghi defeats Angelos Giakoumis via unanimous decision (Muay Thai – flyweight).