Chingiz “Chinga” Allazov and Sitthichai “Killer Kid” Sitsongpeenong had their long-awaited battle for the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Championship this past Saturday, 26 March, at ONE X: Part I.
The pair went head-to-head for the organization’s illustrious silver belt and the chance to become the next challenger for the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Championship. The bout headlined the first card of ONE Championship's three-card show spectacular ONE X.
Allazov made an immediate impact in the Circle at the start of his Grand Prix pursuit by knocking out Samy Sana in 40 seconds during the quarterfinals. He followed that up with another first-round knockout victory over Jo Nattawut in the tournament’s semifinals, which booked his place in the championship final.
Sitthichai won his quarterfinal bout against Tayfun Ozcan by decision after withstanding the Dutch-Turkish athlete’s persistent boxing. He then overpowered Davit Kiria to again win by decision in their semifinal matchup to join Allazov in the Grand Prix final.
Despite the Thai’s renowned stand-up skills, Allazov was able to pressure him around the Circle by utilizing his kicks. He landed multiple blows to the head and the body, at times stunning and frustrating his opponent. As Sitthichai landed his familiar left kick, Allazov prepared to land several punches before exiting and creating distance between the two.
Allazov kept this pressure up for much of the bout, despite Sitthichai’s growing desperation in the third round. For every shot Allazov landed, Sitthichai attempted at least two more. In the end, though, he was simply no match for the ring control and precision Allazov demonstrated throughout the bout.
With this unanimous decision, the Georgian improves his record to an awe-inspiring 59-5-1. The next challenge that awaits him is likely taking on Superbon Singha Mawynn, who recently defended the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Championship against Marat Grigorian later that evening at ONE X: Grand Finale.
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