ONE Championship: Kevin Belingon determined to change World Champion status from ‘interim’ to ‘undisputed’

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 01, 2018 09:11 AM
ONE: Kevin Belingon determined to become undisputed champion
“This is a career-defining bout for me. I am laser-focused on coming into this fight in the best shape ever, and I am working hard on my preparations.”

Filipino spitfire Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon is due to lock horns with Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes in a highly-anticipated bantamweight title unification bout at ONE: HEART OF THE LION, set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 9 November.

Belingon and Fernandes first squared off inside the ONE Championship cage in January of 2016, with the latter pulling off a quick submission victory, but the Team Lakay man now has his long-awaited shot at redemption.

“I am super excited. Finally, the long wait is over, and now I’m fighting Bibiano Fernandes for the undisputed bantamweight title. Ever since the night I lost to him the first time in China, this moment has been all that I have looked forward to,” Belingon stated.

Since yielding to Fernandes over two years ago, the 31-year-old native of Kiangan, Ifugao steamrolled six top contenders in ONE Championship’s talent-filled 65.8-kilogram weight class. This includes a match that, in theory, he did not have to accept, but one which undoubtedly secured him a date with his Brazilian rival.

In front of his home crowd in July, Belingon defeated two-division world champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen via unanimous decision to capture the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Title.

“Every opponent, every challenge that I have faced since then, has brought me here. This is what I have worked extremely hard for,” Belingon stated. 

“This is a career-defining bout for me. I am laser-focused on coming into this fight in the best shape ever, and I am working hard on my preparations.”

Belingon feels that his journey to this point has been worthwhile, and now that he has a belt around his waist, he wants to unify the world titles and avenge the defeat.

“He has been on my mind for more than two years now,” he explained. “I have upgraded my skills where necessary. This time around, things will be different. I am a completely different fighter. I know the mistakes I made in the first bout. This is my chance to erase that memory.”

With another opportunity to showcase his maturity as a competitor, Belingon hopes to join Team Lakay comrade Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio as one of the few athletes under the promotion’s banner to unify two world titles to become an undisputed champion.

“I know that nothing will get easier, and I have to work twice as hard to prepare for the biggest bout of my life. I am driven to become the undisputed champion on the 9th of November. 

“See you inside the cage, Bibiano,” he ended.

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