When Muay thai takes off in Slovenia
Slovenia is one of this Eastern European country which after having stagnated of the years lasting start to emerge from an economic standpoint. On a strict Muay thai standpoint, do the things start ?
The relative small size of this country, of each one of these countries resulting from old Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia seems to be a favourable factor to create a dynamics and an unsuspected activity on the level of the organization of meetings.
On the picture above : slovenian promotor Marko Muzic and Drago Savic WMC coordinator.
Saturday, June 25th it was in the small city of Gorazie (Slovenia) at 10 minutes of the ialian border which welcomed his first Muay thai tournament.
In side of this tournament, the organisators proposed a explosive fight between the French Champion in the category of 67 kg Olivier TCHETCHE (Haute Tension) and the young Armenian Gevorg PETROSIAN.
The eight fighters of the tournament are :
Stéphane MBIDA for Swisstzerland,
Alan SAITTA for Italia,
PUPOVAC for Slovenia,
Martin ZVACHTA for Czech Republic,
PRIEST for Germany,
VALENTIC for Croatia,
and TARIK for Holland.
In this tournament, we especially note the good performance of Marco Saita and Tarik (student in Chakuriki and of the famous Tom Harrinck).
Even if he didn’t win the tournament, Croatian Valentic convince us with his muay thai style and with coherence of his boxing technics. In less than 81 kg, Valentic seems to be a name to followed in this geographic zone.
Lastly, we will finish by the winner of the tournament Stéphane MBIDA who won in final by KO (against German PRIEST) after a course which does not seem have posed him too many problems.
It was before the final that the so expected clash between Olivier Tchétché and Georv Petrosian began.
On paper, the young Petrosian was presented as a fighter with a good level and having a great potential. He’s only 19 yeras old et possess a record of 23 fights, 22 wins (13 by way of KO) and one draw that he recently concede against Thai Thailand PISINCHAI. As opponent, he defeats names as Tawlek KORAT, Fabio PINCA ans Mickaël LALLEMAND who are good fighters.
On the french side, Olivier is a fighter with lot of talents since several seasons he aligns performances like last season in Aubagne against Thai Dentaksin KETYOYOT (see his card), this season with his win in the Belgium tournament, his recent win against Fabio Pinca and his last appearence against Thai Wannai PONPHILA.
On paper the fight smell the pounder as one says.
Unfortunately, as it’s the case sometimes in fights, the fight we waiting for does not take place.
Does he fight to much? Doesn’t he got enough time to warm up as usual (the fight which was normally schedule at the end of the meetings was held before the final)?
Olivier Tchétché doesn’t seem to succeed to enter in this fight. And that was all good for Petrosian who jump on the occasion to adjust his distance and start his work on sap by Tei Khaa (low kick). This first blow with full power would be decisive in this fight because the leg of the French was hardly hit and became useless for the rest of the fight.
Dispite this, Olivier tried to organised his defense, but with back leg against a lefty was like make a car race without break.
Very explosive with his blows, Gevorg hit a second time, then a third time on the back leg of Oliver who has more and more difficulty to organise his defense.
In the next round, Tchétché received a elbow which cut his right arcade but this wasn’t a big deal. But being unable to rightly defend himself, he prefered to stop the fight.
Too bad, we would have like to assisted to the showdown between both men.
But the fight is he fight and he could take different forms og the one expected. Gevorg knew how to win this fight, proftiting of the opportunity he created himself.
Congratulation Gevorg and good continuation to you on the road of Muay thai.