ONE Championship: Honorio Banario slips past Adrian Pang in Manila

Santino Honasan on Apr 20, 2018 11:10 PM
ONE Championship: Banario slips past Pang in Manila
Honorio Banario scored a Split Decision win over Adrian Pang at ONE Championship: Heroes of Honor, Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena (FILE PHOTO)

Team Lakay lightweight contender Honorio “The Rock” Banario eked out a split decision win over Australia’s Adrian ‘The Hunter’ Pang in their lightweight contest at ONE Championship: Heroes of Honor, Friday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Prior to the bout, Banario highlighted movement and footwork as his keys to victory, and the Baguio-native followed through, as he moved in and out of the slower Pang’s range in the first round while getting his shots in.

Towards the end of the round, Banario unloaded a side kick to Pang’s head that stunned the Australian. Banario pounced, landing a flurry of punches and kicks to the head to end the first frame strong.

More of the same for Banario in the second round, as he darted in and out of the way and picked picked Pang apart with quick shots.

Pang connected on a couple of body shots in the round to get some of his offense going.

In the final round, Pang picked up the aggressiveness, as he began to throw more and land more. Banario, still managed to slip in and out of Pang’s range, much to the annoyance of the Aussie.

After three rounds, Banario earned the split decision nod to pick up his fifth consecutive win.

“I would like to thank Adrian Pang for taking this fight, this man is the greatest fighter I’ve ever faced, he’s already 40 years old, and still strong.” Banario said during the post-fight interview, before thanking the fans in attendance. “Mabuhay tayong lahat!”

With the win, Banario improves to 13-6 in his professional career.

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