Team Lakay's Geje Eustaquio gets ONE interim title shot in Manila
Santino Honasan on Jan 10, 2018 02:18 PM
Geje 'Gravity' Eustaquio gets the chance to avenge his split-decision loss to former champion Kairat Akhmetov, this time for the ONE interim flyweight world championship at ONE: Global Superheroes in Manila. (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
Team Lakay flyweight Geje 'Gravity' Eustaquio gets a massive opportunity to start 2018, fights for the ONE Championship interim flyweight world title at ONE: Global Superheroes on Friday, January 26th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Manila.
Baguio native Eustaquio will meet former flyweight world champion Kairat Akhmetov of Kazakhstan in a rematch of their controversial three-round war back in 2017 that went to the former champion via split decision.
Regarded as one of the most talented strikers in the flyweight division, the 28-year old Eustaquio had won three of his last four bouts prior to the controversial loss to Akhmetov, which included a successful return to the flyweight division against Thailand's Anatpong 'Mak' Bunrad.
Six of Eustaquio's nine career wins have come under the ONE banner, which includes victories over veterans Gianni Subba, Saiful Merican, and current ONE strawweight world champion Alex Silva.
The owner of an impressive 23-1 professional record, Almaty, Kazakhstan's Akhmetov came into ONE as an unbeaten prospect and immediately left a mark by snatching the flyweight world title from Adriano Moraes in his promotional debut.
Moraes would regain the title back two years later, but not without a fight from the Kazakh.
In Eustaquio and Akhmetov's first meeting back in September of 2017, many believed that the Filipino was denied a knockout win by an errant call from referee Yuji Shimada.
During the first round, Eustaquio landed a barrage of upkicks, stunning Akhmetov. Shimada paused the action and allowed the former champion to recover.
Akhmetov would later get the split decision nod after three rounds.
Eustaquio now gets the chance to avenge his loss and capture interim title gold in front of a partisan Filipino crowd at the MoA Arena.
Joining Eustaquio on the Manila card will be Team Lakay teammates in former strawweight title challenger Joshua 'The Passion' Pacio and featherweight contender Edward 'The Ferocious' Kelly, as well as Filipino lightweight veteran Eric 'The Natural' Kelly.
Full ONE Championship: Global Superheroes fight card to be announced soon.
ONE Championship: Global Superheroes happens on Friday, January 26th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Manila.
Catch the telecast on January 26th, 8:30 PM LIVE on S+A channel 23.