Eduard Folayang responds to Ev Ting's call out: "Maybe I can give him my leather belt"
Santino Honasan on Feb 15, 2017 05:38 PM
"Well, siguro pwede kong ibigay yung leather belt ko, pero yung golden belt, hindi ko ibibigay yun." - Eduard Folayang
Lightweight contender Ev Ting put himself in the forefront of the ONE Championship lightweight contender line when he outpointed former title challenger Kamal Shalorus in their main event at ONE Championship: Throne of Tigers in Malaysia, Friday.
After the bout, Ting, a Malaysian who grew up in New Zealand, called out the reigning ONE lightweight champion Eduard "The Landslide" Folayang.
"Eduard Folayang, I am coming to your home to take your belt. See you on April 21st,” Ting said post-fight.
And while there hasn't been an official announcement, it's highly likely that Ting will indeed be the next challenger for Folayang's belt, which will be defended right here in Manila.
So what did the reigning champion have to say about Ting's call-out?
"Well, siguro pwede kong ibigay yung leather belt ko, pero yung golden belt, hindi ko ibibigay yun. (Well, maybe I can give him one of my leather dress belts, but there's no way I'm giving him my gold championship belt.)" Folayang told ABS-CBN Sports.
Should Folayang and Ting end up facing each other inside the ONE cage, the Team Lakay star believes that his experience, especially in the lightweight division, will play into his favor.
"Ang advantage ko sa kanya is yung experience ko bilang fighter, lalo na sa lightweight division," Folayang said. "Alam naman natin na si Ev Ting, galing sa featherweight division, so mas sanay akong nakikipag-laban sa division na ‘to, so I think it will be more on experience."
(My main advantage over him is my experience as a fighter, especially in the lightweight division. We all know that Ev Ting came from the featherweight division, so I'm more used to fighting in this division, so I think my advantage will be more on experience.)
"Halos parehas kaming striking eh, so it’s a matter of how we execute yung mga technique naming dalawa." Folayang added.
(We're both strikers, so it's a matter of how we execute our techniques.)
Ting should be an interesting challenger for Folayang's title. The 27-year old has won seven of his last eight bouts, and is currently riding a four-fight winning streak, including wins over Eric Kelly and Folayang's teammate Honorio Banario.