The first time Petchpanomrung Kiatmoo9  fought Serhii Adamchuk there was virtually nothing to separate the fighters and the Thai won by split decision. At Glory 63 the gulf between them was vast, with the champion comfortably winning every single round.

Petchpanomrung was making the first defence of his Glory featherweight title and it proved to be a relatively easy night’s work for the multiple time Muay Thai champion. Adamchuk tried a side kick to the face right from the opening bell but was outworked in the opening round.

This pattern continued in the second stanza as Petchpanomrung consistently scored with kicks to the legs and midsection of the Ukrainian. The Thai was also looking sharp in the clinch and firing off knees before the referee had a chance to separate the two men.

Constant kicks

At the end of the second round Adamchuk’s corner told him they thought he might be ahead but didn’t really sound convinced and the challenger looked completely bereft of ideas in the third. Petchpanomrung attempted a spinning back kick early on, but soon settled into a pattern of scoring with kicks to the body and knees in the clinch.

The body kicks were coming thick and fast in the fourth and Adamchuk looked bereft of confidence. He was warned for fighting on after the break but couldn’t find a way to close the distance and use his hands without being tied up in the clinch.

Adamchuk went into the fifth round knowing he needed at least a knockdown. However he let Petchanomrung seize the centre of the ring and chose to bide his time setting up a telegraphed rolling thunder kick, which the champion easily evaded.

Easy decision

The judges had a straightforward task and found themselves in total agreement. All three scored it 50-45 in favour of Petchpanomrung, the Thai southpaw retains the Glory featherweight title and looks set to dominate the division for years to come.

By winning on American soil Petchpanomrung successfully emulates compatriot Sittichai Sitsongpeenong who defended his lightweight strap at Glory 61 in New York last year.

Wensheng Zhang can consider himself fortunate to have come away with a split decision win against Lorawnt-t Nelson. The Chinese lightweight got the benefit of the doubt from the referee who awarded him a dubious knockdown in the second round, effectively losing the fight for the unfortunate South African.

Glory 63, Houston, February 1st
Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao def. Serhii Adamchuk by Decision (Unanimous) (For Glory Featherweight Title)
Troy Jones def. Omari Boyd by Decision (Unanimous)
Richard Abraham def. Charles Rodriguez by Decision (Unanimous)
Wensheng Zhang def. Lorawnt-t Nelson by Decision (Split)
Asa Ten Pow def. Nate Richardson by Decision (Unanimous)
Jason Wilnis def. Jacob Rodriguez by TKO (Leg Kicks) at 0:15 of Round 3
Matt Baker def. Ryot Waller by TKO (Punches) at 1:57 of Round 2
Bailey Sugden def. Quade Taranaki by Decision (Unanimous)
Bekah Irwin def. Stephanie Skinner by Decision (Unanimous)
Abraham Vidales def. Dimitre Ivy by TKO (strikes) at 2:34 of Round 2
Joe Taylor def. Ivan Galaz by Decision (Split)
Demoreo Dennis def. James Chapman by TKO (Punches) at 1:35 of Round 2
Kou Lee def. Sovankesa Som by Decision (Unanimous)
Peter Stanonik def. Keemaan Diop by Decision (Split)
Sean Choice def. Justin Moss by Decision (Majority)