Yurik Davtyan has a wealth of experience in Thailand through having fought extensively on Max Muay Thai and Thai Fight in the past. The Russian/Armenian faces Bangpleenoi Petchyindeeacademy at ONE: ‘A New Breed’ Part III tonight.

Davtyan is a veteran of 53 fights and has 39 wins. He has faced many top fighters such as Saiyok Phumpanmuang and Payak-Samui Lukjaophorongtom in the past. But one opponent stands out as his toughest test to date,

“Youssef Boughanem was very strong with very good skills and in top condition. I fought him on Thai Fight and lost on points.”

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Working hard

Like most fighters given the opportunity to compete on ONE during the pandemic Davtyan is delighted. He is hoping to make a name for himself at the expense of a decorated Thai veteran,

“I have been working very hard to reach this point and am happy that and proud to be part of the number one promotion in the world. I am happy to work my way up the ranks and fight whoever is in my path to the belt, that is my ultimate goal. I’m comfortable with the rules in both Muay Thai and kickboxing and I’m very excited about the prospect of fighting. I’m always ready and happy to fight for ONE.”

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Winnable fight

Bangpleenoi is known for his slick technical style. He was a young prodigy and has beaten the likes of Sam-A Gaiyanghadao and Superlek Kiatmoo9. He comes into the match on the back of two wins so far on the ONE Super Series, against Brown Pinas and Liam Nolan.

But Davtyan and his team at Revolution Muaythai in Phuket have studied Bangpleenoi and are confident he is beatable,

“Bangpleenoi is a great fighter with lighting fast powerful kicks. Weaknesses? I’m not sure if his chin is rock solid. I will test it and get back to you with an answer. I have had a great fight camp at Revolution Muay Thai in Phuket and former champion Samranchai has been working with me, he used to train alongside Bangpleenoi at 96 Penang Gym so [he] knows his strengths and weaknesses well.”

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Proudest moment

Davtyan’s proudest moment in the sport to date came outside of the professional ranks,

“When I became world amateur champion in 2009. It was a great moment for my family my country and my gym as well as myself.”

The Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t held back Davtyan or his team from focussing and preparing for their goals,

“My gym Revolution always let me be in shape! We never stopped working hard. So we didn’t feel covid! We are all ready to go 100%.”

Although Bangpleenoi comes into the match on a strong run in ONE and brings a solid reputation Davtyan is still sure he will get the win and start his ONE career with a bang,

“I’m confident that if our game plan works it will be an exciting fight and I will win. I am looking forward to scoring my first win and then fighting on ONE as often as possible as well as fighting in the stadiums on Petchyindee promotions.”