I usually don’t blog much about athletes, but how can I not when it concerns this fighter. Gevorg (known as Giorgio) Petrosyan recently gained another major victory of his career. Last week he became the new champion of GLORY. To understand the gravity of his latest victory let’s rewind a little into his career. Petrosyan remains virtually unbeaten, he has only one (controversial) loss from a total of 78 fights. Early in his career Petrosyan started fighting in Thailand with actual Muay Thai fighters. When he entered the ring of K-1 Max in Japan (at the time, the most prestigious kickboxing event of the world) he never lost, beat every opponent in his way and claimed his throne as the champion in 2009. If this wasn’t enough he wen’t on to repeat his victories a year after in 2010. Something that has never been accomplished in the history of K-1 max. I might add, that in order to win a K-1 final a fighter has to fight and win 3 opponents in one night. He met the best fighters of the world but remained victorious every step of the way. As K-1 began suffering from extreme financial difficulties soon after, it was announced that there wouldn’t be any K-1 max event anymore, which deprived Gevorg of his 3rd consecutive championship win. The future of the sport remained equally uncertain as various parties tried to purchase and revive K-1 ever since. Eventually K-1 fell into the hands of It’s Showtime, which was later purchased by Glory Sports International and merged into their new promotion GLORY. As a result of these event’s and an injury to his arm, Giorgio hasn’t been in the ring for 6 months. Since Glory is now the successor to K-1 max it’s the most prestigious kickboxing event at the moment. And Gevorg “Giorgio” Petrosyan did it all over again by becoming also the new champion of GLORY by KO’ing Ky Hollenbeck from USA, beating Davit Kiria from Georgia and Robin van Roosmalen from Holland during one event.
And off course his ring entrance under the Armenian flag was just an icing on the cake.