Team Lakay boys dedicate wins to victims of Typhoon Ompong
Santino Honasan on Sep 24, 2018 11:35 AM
"This is for all of them. I know that the Cordilleras will come back and rise again soon as one." - Joshua Pacio (Photos courtesy of ONE Championship)
A pair of Benguet-based warriors from Team Lakay were victorious in ONE Championship's Conquest of Heroes card in Jakarta, Indonesia over the weekend.
Joshua Pacio avenged his 2016 loss and defeated Yoshitaka Naito via unanimous decision in the main event to capture the ONE Strawweight World Championship in his second try at the belt, while training partner Danny Kingad overcame an early onslaught from hard-hitting Japanese newcomer Yuya Wakamatsu to also earn a unanimous decision victory.
It was a big night for the boys from Baguio, and in their victories, they hope to somehow inspire another group of people who are still fighting.
A week prior to the fight, Typhoon Ompong made it's presence felt, especially in the northern part of the country, which led to flooding and landslides that affected a large number of families in the Benguet and Itogon areas.
Pacio and Kingad both dedicated their wins to their fellow Cordillera residents.
"Last week, typhoons struck Baguio City, Benguet, and the Cordilleras," Pacio said during his post-fight interview inside the cage. "A lot of places were hit hard. Many people died and some are still missing. This is for all of them. I know that the Cordilleras will come back and rise again soon as one."
Pacio continued during the post-fight press conference.
"Yung bout na ‘to, para talaga dun sa mga nasalanta ng typhoon dun sa Baguio, kasi doon sa Itogon, doon yung part na marami yung mga cousins ko. Thank God walang na-dali sa kanila, pero marami kaming mga kakikilala [na natamaan]."
"Para [ito] sa pamilya, tapos sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo sa Itogon." Kingad added in a separate interview.