Petchdam Petchyindee Academy’s bliss will be cut short as he is set to defend his ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Title against Dutch-Moroccan athlete Ilias Ennahachi on August 16 in the main event of ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD at the Impact Arena in Bangkok.
“The Baby Shark” started training Muay Thai at the young age of eight and realized early that it was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
He joined small tournaments and excelled until he reached the biggest stage of ONE Championship.
Petchdam made an exhilarating promotional debut at ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER, knocking out Josh Tonna in the second round. He continued his knockout streak against the likes of Kenny Tse and Masahide Kudo.
Impressive performances led him to a shot at the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Title against Elias Mahmoudi at ONE: WARRIORS OF LIGHT. It was a bout that tested his conditioning and skills as Mahmoudi was able to connect on an onslaught of kicks and punches in the first round.
Petchdam, though, found his groove and released his own barrage of attacks until the final round where an accidental blow halted the match, forcing a technical decision that crowned him the champ.
“I don’t think they have created a word to describe how I am feeling right now,” Petchdam said.
“Becoming the ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion has been my dream since I debuted with ONE Championship. It feels so good that all the hours I have spent training and sacrifices I have made have paid off and I am not ready to let go of it yet.”
Petchdam is excited to perform once more in Thailand. He believes it was the support from his countrymen that gave him the extra strength and energy to win the golden strap, saying he would love to defend it in front of them again.
“I actually don’t feel any pressure fighting in front of my home crowd,” Petchdam said.
“Everyone believes in me and I have received a lot of love and support from them, I am actually coming into this match motivated. It is an honor for me to represent Thailand and the kickboxing title will stay here.”