After fourth straight win, Team Lakay's Kevin Belingon believes it's time for a title shot
"Yes. I think this is my time to face the champ." - Kevin Belingon
There's no stopping Team Lakay's Kevin Belingon.
Friday night at ONE: Legends of the World at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, the bantamweight contender picked another win by outpointing South Korean grappler Kevin Chung en route to a unanimous decision win.
It was his fourth straight win, and now, the Baguio City native believes that it's once again time for him to challenge for the ONE bantamweight world championship.
"It’s up to ONE Championship to decide, now. I’m just waiting. I’m ready for it." Belingon said with utmost confidence during the post-fight press confrence. "Yes. I think this is my time to face the champ."
Belingon isn't the only one who thinks so, and more importantly, ONE Championship's chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong agrees.
During the post-fight presser, Sityodtong made special mention of the Belingon-Chung fight, which led to him saying that believes 'The Silencer' is next in line.
"I spoke to Kevin afterwards, I said, he’s very close, or either he is getting a title shot. I need to sit down with him, Mark Sangiao, I also have to sit down with [matchmaker] Matt Hume."
Sityodtong continued, praising Belingon's reawakened aggressiveness inside the cage.
"I mean, Belingon is back. I don’t know if you guys remember but a couple of years ago, he was too conservative, he was too cautious, he wasn’t Kevin Belingon, right?"
"But now, the real Kevin Belingon, the explosive striker, the guy who has a killer instinct, he’s back." Sityodtong added. "I thought he deserves a title shot."
"Talagang pinag-handaan ko ‘tong laban na ‘to, kasi yung [goal] ko talaga, maka-laban sa title shot kaya talagang nag-train ako ng husto."
It wouldn't be Belingon's first time at the big dance if ever he does get the call. Back in 2016, Belingon fought and fell to long-time champion Bibiano Fernandes.
For the Team Lakay star, he believes that it just wasn't his time yet.
Over a year and four wins later, Belingon says he's ready.
"Ngayon naka-four fight winning streak na ako, I hope to keep on winning until I get that belt. "
("I'm on a four-fight winning steak and I hope to keep on winning until I get that belt.")