Folayang's loss 'heartbreaking' for one of Nguyen's coaches
Santino Honasan on Nov 16, 2017 03:11 PM
"I didn’t wanna tell Martin, It’s heartbreaking for myself as well, as a Filipino,"
Martin Nguyen's history-making win at ONE Championship: Legends of the World in Manila was definitely a cause for celebration.
After all, the Viet-Australian had just become the first man to become a two-division world champion in ONE Championship history.
And while Team Nguyen is likely still on cloud nine to this day, it was a bittersweet moment for one of Nguyen's coaches and close friends, Chrysler De Castro.
Nguyen spoke about how hard it was for him to see Folayang go out like that, especially since the two were friends outside the cage.
The same sentiments were echoed by De Castro, who happens to be Pinoy.
"I didn’t wanna tell Martin, It’s heartbreaking for myself as well, as a Filipino," De Castro said during the post-fight press conference after ONE: Legends of the World. "Eduard is a hero, when he won that belt, I was watching back in Australia, and then to go against him,"
At the end of the day however, De Castro's allegiance remains with his 'brother' Nguyen.
"But you know, this is my brother right here," De Castro said, motioning to the new two-division champion.
De Castro was born in Manila and moved to Australia with his family when he was 8 years old. He works as a graphic artist and illustrator, as well as a boxing coach at KMA Top Team in New South Wales, Australia.
"I’m a Filipino, I’m a proud Filipino as well, I love this country." De Castro said at the end of the presser.