Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan (76-2-2-1 NC) had to take 2014 off after breaking his hand against Andy Ristie at Glory 12 in November of 2013. Petrosyan suffered his first KO loss to Andy Ristie in the contest, handing the kickboxing phenom his first loss in 6 years. Currently ranked at #3 in Glory’s lightweight rankings, Petrosyan returned to the ring at Thai Boxe Mania 2015 against opponent Erkan Varol.
The contest was fought under Glory rules, meaning that elbow strikes are illegal and only limited clinching is allowed. While Eran Varol (86-14) was not a top tier opponent for the caliber of Petrosyan, he is a prospective talent with only one KO loss on his record. “The Doctor” didn’t look a second slower than his usual self, utilizing a very accurate jab, clinching in characteristic form and landing a textbook head kick in the second round. The kick nearly knocked out his opponent, but the round ended very near the time of the count and gave Varol vital time to recover. Petrosyan didn’t manage to finish the fight in the third, but walked away with a commanding unanimous decision victory.
The fight may not have been against an extremely challenging opponent, but it was for the wiser as Petrosyan works his way back into the ring. While not slated or any upcoming Glory cards, Petrosyan isn’t wasting any time in facing the next level of competition. He is set to face Enriko Kehl (36-7), a German kickboxer that boasts a forfeit victory over the famous Buakaw Banchamek at the 2014 K-1 MAX Championship. Testing his skills against progressively harder opponents will give “The Doctor” a good bead on his competitive level. If he impresses audiences in his following fights, Petrosyan could be back in Glory in no time. On the list of in-demand fights, nothing would fight the bill quite like an Andy Ristie rematch.