The GLORY World Featherweight Championship remains with Thai standout Petchpanomrung (164-36-3, 27 KO’s) following a successful defense against former champion Serhiy Adamchuk (40-12, 15 KO’s) in the GLORY 75 UTRECHT main event.
The reigning champion bested Adamchuk in both of the pair’s prior meetings at GLORY 39 and GLORY 63 and here looked to complete the trilogy as a clean sweep.
Aggression and high volume, especially with the hands, seemed to be the Adamchuk plan. Initially this met with some success, but Petch's relentless, clockwork kick and knee game gradually wound Adamchuk down.
Despite Adamchuk’s wide skill-set and palpable determination to regain the belt, Petchpanomrung had an untroubled air for most of the five-round fight, at times even laughing or smiling broadly when Adamchuk managed to land something of note, as if to congratulate him.
As if to underline that point, Petch responded to a fifth-round wheel kick effort from Adamchuk by opening up his bag of tricks, offering axe kicks and wheel kicks of his own in the final moments.
A game Adamchuk had given it his all and had clearly worked hard on his tactics for this third meeting between them, but Petchpanomrung was on career-best form and landed with machine-like precision throughout the fight, winning a clear-cut decision at the end.
“I’m very happy with the performance”, said the champion of his fourth title defense. “I wanted to mix it up, use my hands, left kick and right kick.”
Numerous fights ended inside the distance in Utrecht but none more emphatically than Sergej Maslobojev’s (31-5, 20 KO’s) stoppage of Roël Mannaart (25-3, 12 KO’s). The soft-spoken Lithuanian lived up to his ‘Sledgehammer’ nickname, mauling the accomplished Mannaart in just 108 seconds and breaking the Dutchman’s jaw in the process.
Elsewhere on the card, Yousri Belgaroui (27-6, 14 KO’s) forced a doctor’s stoppage of Jakob Styben (16-3, 7 KO’s) and Tyjani Beztati (20-4, 7 KO’s) ended Michaël Palandre’s (30-4, 12 KO’s) night early.
Finally, Jamie Bates (27-7, 3 KO’s) made what will surely be the 2020 comeback of the year when he climbed off the canvas after what looked like a knockout blow and went on to beat former champion Harut Grigorian (48-13, 33 KO’s) by decision.
GLORY 75 UTRECHT took place Saturday, February 29 at Central Studios, Utrecht, Netherlands.
GLORY 75 UTRECHT - Full Results:
Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao def. Serhii Adamchuk by unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 49-45, 49-45, 49-45)
for GLORY World Featherweight Championship
Yousri Belgaroui def. Jakob Styben by TKO (doctor’s stoppage). Round 2, 1:02
Tyjani Beztati def. Michaël Palandre by TKO (broken arm). Round 2, 3:00
Jamie Bates def. Harut Grigorian by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sergej Maslobojev def. Roël Mannaart by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:48
Anissa Meksen def. Jiwaen Lee by TKO (retirement). Round 2, 3:00
Guerric Billet def. Artur Saladiak by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Bruno Gazani def. Mohammed Hendouf by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29, 28-29, 29-28)
Vincent Foschiani def. Sijun Jin by unanimous decision (29-27, 28-27, 28-27, 28-27, 28-27)
Antonio Campoy def. Bowie Zonneveld by unanimous decision (30-27 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lorena Klijn def. Almira Tinchurina by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)