The GLORY 59 co-main event was full of intrigue as long-reigning featherweight titleholder Robin van Roosmalen (40-8, 21 KO’s) took on Thailand’s Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao (161-36-2, 27 KO’s) for a second time.
The pair clashed at GLORY 41 in 2017, with van Roosmalen eking out a majority decision win in his own backyard. They met once again in Holland, this time inside the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam.
A push kick from Petchpanomrung landed to the midsection of van Roosmalen and sent him backwards. The Thai fighter went back to the well, keeping van Roosmalen at kicking range and slowing his forward pressure.
The Dutchman came forward, firing punch combinations and finish with low kicks. Petchpanomrung looked for his left high kick, but van Roosmalen blocked it with his forearm. Petchpanomrung continued to throw with volume until the round expired.
The kicks from Petchpanomrung came fast and frequently to open round two. Van Roosmalen closed the distance to get in boxing range, absorbing a knee to the ribs from Petchpanomrung in the process.
The boxing of the Thai fighter showed improved from the pair’s first meeting, as he was able to score with punches. Van Roosmalen scored with an uppercut, but he struggled to match the output of Petchpanomrung.
A body kick from Petchpanomrung found its mark early in round three, keeping van Roosmalen on the outside. Van Roosmalen tried to flurry with punches to no avail.
The volume from the Thai was consistent, as he stayed busy throughout. Van Roosmalen showed a sense of urgency and tried to swing the round in his favor.
The forward pressure from van Roosmalen continued in the fourth frame. He marched forward, attacking Petchpanomrung with his punches and low kicks.
A cut opened on the forehead of van Roosmalen from a knee strike. Petchpanomrung threw left kick after left kick, much like the first meeting, but the van Roosmalen kept coming forward.
The judges had van Roosmalen down four rounds on every card leading into the final stanza. Petchpanomrung did not sit back and rest. He kept the fight at kicking range, keeping van Roosmalen from inflicting damage. The Dutch crowd roared in the fight’s final minute, hoping to will their countryman to last-ditch comeback, but it did not come as the fight went the distance.
The Thai fighter celebrated as soon as the final horn sounded, as he became the undisputed featherweight champion.
“I’m so proud to be the GLORY champion,” said Petchpanomrung. “I trained hard, learned from the last fight and put it all together tonight.”
Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao def. Robin van Roosmalen by unanimous decision (50-45 x5) - for featherweight title