Petchtanong Petchfergus Details Seek To Reclaim His World Title

Thai superstar Petchtanong Petchfergus has dreamed of returning to the ring for over a year, and at ONE Friday Fights 68: Prajanchai vs. Di Bella this Friday, his moment will arrive.

The former ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Champion is back in action on June 28 when he takes on another former divisional king, Alaverdi Ramazanov, in a high-stakes fight at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

Speaking at the pre-fight press conference, Petchtanong promised an entertaining contest.

“It is difficult to predict someone like Alaverdi because he is a very unorthodox and fast fighter. I will slow him down by being as fast as him or even faster than him. I will adapt to Alaverdi’s style and focus on both my defense and offense round by round,” he said.

“This fight will be entertaining. It might not last three rounds.”

Ramazanov holds the number three spot in the divisional rankings, meaning a win could push Petchtanong right back into the World Championship conversation.

Petchtanong Petchfergus remains set on a path to redemption

Petchtanong Petchfergus could get himself a shot at redemption, and the ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Title, if he can defeat Russian challenger Alaverdi Ramazanov at ONE Friday Fights 68.

The 38-year-old was sensationally stripped of his divisional crown after failing an out-of-competition drug test in the months following his stunning 2022 World Title win over Hiroki Akimoto.

Alaverdi Ramazanov vs Petchtanong Petchfergus
(Left) Alaverdi Ramazano, (Right) Petchtanong Petchfergus, (Credit- ONE Championship, Bangkok post)

Despite the circumstances of his fall from the top of the bantamweight kickboxing mountain, Petchtanong says he has given little thought to the prospect of regaining the 26-pound gold belt.

“I haven’t thought about getting the belt back yet,” he said.

“Since I’ve been away, I’ve been thinking about my return every day and now that ONE and Chatri [Sityodtong] gave me the opportunity to come back, I’m very excited. I trained hard in the gym and focused on my fight against Alaverdi. I will think about the belt later.”

Petchtanong joined ONE in 2020 after an illustrious career that spanned over 400 fights, capturing both the WBC and WMC Muay Thai World Titles along the way.

He defeated Akimoto via split decision in November 2022 to claim the ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Title in one of the most memorable fights of that year before his unfortunate fall from grace.

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