ONE: No revenge angle for Kevin Belingon against Martin Nguyen
Santino Honasan on Jul 26, 2018 04:56 PM
"Sa akin lang, I just wanna go there and show sportsmanship, to showcase my skills and win the fight. Yun lang."
The last time Martin Nguyen competed in the Mall of Asia Arena, the Vietnamese-Australian star stunned the pro-Pinoy crowd by knocking then-ONE Championship Lightweight champion Eduard Folayang out cold to become a two-division world champion.
Friday night in the main event of ONE: Reign of Kings, Nguyen will be once again stepping in front of a partisan Filipino crowd, as he takes on Folayang's Team Lakay brother Kevin Belingon for the interim ONE Championship Bantamweight World Title.
And while it's easy to assume that Belingon will be out for retribution for his Kuya Eduard, the top bantamweight contender maintains that there's no revenge in his mind.
"Wala namang revenge," Belingon told the media at the Reign of Kings Press Launch, Tuesday afternoon. "Sa akin lang, I just wanna go there and show sportsmanship, to showcase my skills and win the fight. Yun lang."
And while the thought of getting payback is quite the motivator, there are more important matters at stake, Friday night.
For example, the winner of the match becomes a world champion and will go on to face reigning champion Bibiano Fernandes once he's good to go.
For Belingon, who's nothing short of hungry for another shot at Fernandes and the world title, that's all the motivation he needs, especially since the Fernandes injury ended up derailing his originally planned rematch with the champion.
"Sa akin, pinaghadaan ko ‘tong laban na ‘to, 100%, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually ready na ako, kasi nung binigay nila ‘tong laban na ‘to, kasi na-injury si Bibiano, we didn’t hesitate to take this fight."
"Think positive parin kami, kung sakaling makuha natin yung interim belt, de makalaban ulit natin si Bibiano."
Already, a lot is on the line for Belingon in this fight.
Having run through a who's who of title contenders in his last few fights, many believe that the Baguio native is already the rightful number one contender.
A loss to Nguyen could ultimately negate the run he's had so far and put him at the back of the line.
"This fight is very important for me, because this is my chance, my ticket for facing Bibiano for the undisputed bantamweight title, so kailangan kong manalo sa laban na ‘to para makaharap si Bibiano."
"Talagang hard training kami para makuha yung belt." Belingon added.