Multiple-time Muay Thai world champion Sagetdao “Deadly Star” Petpayathai kicked ONE CHAMPIONSHIP: SHANGHAI’s main card off with a bang.
The 30-year-old entered the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center on Saturday, 2 September, utilized his impeccable Muay Thai skills, and scored a first-round TKO victory over Egyptian Top Team’s Mahmoud “El Deep” Mohamed in featherweight action.
Coming into the bout, the 38-year-old Mahmoud knew he would be unable to stand with the Thai legend, and quickly closed the distance following the opening bell. That, however, proved to be his undoing.
After jostling in the clinch, “Deadly Star” was able to create just enough distance to uncork a blistering elbow, sending the Cairo, Egypt native crashing to the canvas. Petpayathai mistakenly believed the referee would halt the bout, and celebrated a little prematurely.
A quick gesture from the referee soon put an end to that, but “El Deep” was still in deep trouble. The Thai went right back to work to land a series of elbows, scoring the knockout for real at 1:41 in the first round.
Petpayathai builds upon his impressive debut back in March with his second consecutive first-round stoppage. As a result, he improves his professional record to a perfect 2-0. Mahmoud’s search for a win inside the ONE cage rages on. He is now at 4-5-1.