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Big Fight for Petrosyan Announced

Kem Sitsongpenoong to face Petrosyan in March

A new fight for current MAX champion Giorgio Petrosyan has been announced, and it certainly is an interesting one. In March 2010, Petrosyan will face Thai fighter Kem Sitsongpeenong. The fight will be contested under K-1 style rules, will take place in Petrosyan's home country of Italy, and is presented by Oktagon.

Formerly known as Khem Fairtex, Kem is an internationally recognized top Muay Thai fighter and one of the men set to appear on The Contender Asia Season 2. He also represents a real challenge to the champion. Despite not having as recognized a name, Kem is by no means an easy fight given his and Petrosyan's styles. As we saw at this year's MAX GP, it's hard to find any faults in Petrosyan's game, but if there is a weakness, it might be against strong Muay Thai fighters. His only loss to date came in 2007 against Thai fighter Nonthanan Por. Pramuk, and his only draw came against Buakaw. Leading up to the GP, Buakaw also claimed in interviews that he knew utilizing leg kicks was the secret to defeating Petrosyan (a theory Buakaw sadly did not get to test out).

Since the Buakaw draw in 2007, Petrosyan has only faced one Thai fighter at this level, Naruepol Fairtex, who he defeated late last year. It's entirely possible that Petrosyan has fixed the holes in his game that both Buakaw and Nonthanan were able to exploit, but if he hasn't, Kem has a skill-set that could allow him to find those holes and exploit them.

In all honesty, Petrosyan is so good right now that it's hard to pick against him, and I think for anyone to defeat him would have to be viewed as an upset. But this fight certainly is intriguing, and while I may not pick Kem to win, I quite look forward to seeing how this plays out.

Also scheduled for the champ: A January fight in Italy with Mohamed Diaby, and a fight with Nieky Holtzken for It's Showtime's May Amsterdam Arena show.

Source: Head Kick Legend


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pofesen (101 posts)
Posted: 2009-12-10 at: 12:26
this sounds like a very good matchmaking to me.

something completely different: why can't i upload a picture when i want to edit my article?
szanpan (2088 posts)
Posted: 2009-12-10 at: 08:09
is there any chance to see any video of Kem s fights ? Giogio is a great fighter really so for sure hard to choose against him, was a good tactical decision of It s Showtime, not to put a youngster as Chahid agaisnt him ( i mean from Chahid's management point of view ) :) I will be happy to see this fight if i can anywways :)
J.Mitchell (5 posts)
Posted: 2009-12-11 at: 08:26
Hmmm.... Good Muay Thai can single out any mistake. The question is can Kem handle Petroysan speed? And if low kicks are a good anwser for Petrosyan as Buakaw pointed out, then that means Kem better have good head movement because an answer for a low round kick is a straight punch to the face. Kem should take caution. However, I love Muay Thai and lived in Thailand for some time and I always cheer them on. I am looking forward to an upset.
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