GLORY 25: Josh Jauncey Respects Giorgio Petrosyan, But Says “His Aura’s Kind of Been Broken”
By Kelsey Mowatt
Josh Jauncey understands why Giorgio Petrosyan is widely regarded to be one of the best strikers on the planet, but the rising lightweight believes the decorated fighter has reached his peak.
Jauncey is booked to fight Petrosyan this Friday at GLORY 25, which will take place in Milan, Italy. The bout will mark the first time Petrosyan has fought for the kickboxing promotion since November, 2013, when he was knocked out by Andy Ristie.
A few weeks ago, Jauncey appeared on Full Contact Fighter Radio, and when asked for his thoughts on Petrosyan, he relayed:
“All you have to do is watch him to know he’s great; he’s really good,” said Jauncey. “He’s got good movement, good timing, but that’s it. It’s just that his timing is really good and he’s southpaw, which seems to mess with a lot of people. He’s also got this aura about him, but Ristie knocked him out and his aura’s kind of been broken.”
Before Petrosyan faced Ristie, the Armenian fighter had gone undefeated for approximately six years, and won consecutive K-1 World MAX World Championship tournaments in 2009 and 2010. During that run, Petrosyan also scored wins over top tier fighters like Andy Souwer, Davit Kiria and reigning GLORY lightweight champ, Robin van Roosmalen among others.
“For a long time he had this thing because he beat Andy Souwer, he beat everybody, all the big names with ease almost, so people had this idea that he was untouchable so they fought him very cautiously, or they just tried to go crazy, balls to the wall, and no one fought him with a good strategy,” said Jauncey. “Ristie did, but nobody can duplicate what Ristie’s done. His style is just what he does and no one can duplicate that. Petrosyan’s a good fighter and he’s done a lot, but I’ve been watching him for so long…
“He’s never going to be better than he is now,” added Jauncey, who has gone 4-1 under the GLORY banner to date. “I’m constantly evolving, constantly getting better. So yeah he’s good, he all this, but I don’t know, he’s a one trick pony.”
GLORY 25 will be headlined by a lightweight fight between champion Robin van Roosmalen and Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong. The event will be available via online pay-per-view.