Full Fight Video: Giorgio Petrosyan at GLORY 3 ROME
"The Doctor" is back.
One kickboxing’s biggest icons, Giorgio Petrosyan, will make his long awaited return to GLORY when he takes on fast-rising Canadian Josh Jauncey at GLORY 25 MILAN.
The video above shows ‘The Doctor’ earning what he calls his ‘favorite trophy’ at GLORY 3 ROME.
Petrosyan is considered to be one of the world’s finest strikers and holds a professional kickboxing record of 78-2-1 with 35 wins coming via knockout. Those daunting numbers tell part of the story, but Petrosyan is the type of fighter who transcends the ring, which is why it is a huge boost for GLORY to get him back in the fold.
This will be Petrosyan’s first fight in the GLORY ring since his forty-two fight winning streak came to a screaming halt when he was stopped by Andy Ristie at GLORY 12 NEW YORK. It was the only stoppage loss of Petrosyan’s career – indeed, one of only two career losses and the only loss he does not dispute.
After some injury concern, Petrosyan feels that he is finally ready to compete at the highest level again.
“I think that after my victories against K-1 world champion Enriko Kehl in [top Italian organization Oktagon] and against the ‘Hero Legend’ [organization] champion Xu Yuan in China, nobody can have any further doubts about the condition of my hands and my recovery from injury,” he says.
“My injured hand has perfectly recovered thanks to the efforts of Professor Loris Pegoli, who has worked a miracle. He gave me my favorite [punch] back and I have returned to the ring as strong as I ever was, with all of my weapons.”
Petrosyan is excited to be competing under the GLORY banner once again and says it will feel “like coming back home.”
“The GLORY Lightweight Grand Prix winner’s trophy I won in Rome in 2012 [at GLORY 3] is one of my favorite,” he says.
“I felt one of the greatest emotional moments of my life when the referee raised my hand in Rome. Now I am back again into the scene in Italy, in front of my public, and in November I am back in the leading kickboxing league.”
insult when it became clear he had badly damaged his hands during the November 2013 encounter, leading to surgery followed by a long period of inactivity.