ONE Championship: Rene Catalan believes Belingon has best shot of winning in Japan
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 27, 2019 05:38 PM
“What Belingon has to do is stick to what he does best and avoid getting caught in a submission. I am sure Bibiano worked triple time to prepare for this trilogy, but so did Kevin,” - Rene Catalan
If Rene “The Challenger” Catalan is to be asked, then it’s ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon who has the biggest chance to walk out of Tokyo, Japan victorious.
Belingon will face Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes in one of the co-main event bouts at ONE: A NEW ERA, which takes place from the Ryogoku Kokugikan on Sunday, 31 March.
Catalan believes Fernandes should have won the last contest between the two in November, but he is confident that if Belingon connects with his strikes, then it’s the Team Lakay standout who will wrap up the trilogy with a win.
"To be objective, I honestly thought Bibiano Fernandes defeated Kevin Belingon in their last fight,” he confessed.
“I can see Bibiano's eagerness to get the title back, but to win the trilogy, he would have to totally outclass or submit Belingon.”
According to Catalan, the key to victory for Belingon is simple — avoid playing Fernandes’ game.
That was Belingon’s downfall in his initial meeting with "The Flash" in January 2016, as it only took the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt a single round to submit the power puncher from Baguio City.
In the rematch this past November, “The Silencer” looked a lot more comfortable being on the ground with the grappling extraordinaire, but Catalan believes that it’s something his countryman should avoid altogether in the third contest.
“What Belingon has to do is stick to what he does best and avoid getting caught in a submission. I am sure Bibiano worked triple time to prepare for this trilogy, but so did Kevin,” said Catalan.
However, at the end of the day, “The Challenger” believes one punch is all Belingon needs to end the trilogy in style.
“What he should do is utilize his size and grappling advantage all night. When it comes to striking, Kevin still has the upper hand despite Bibiano's renowned boxing,” he shared.
“Belingon throws strikes with bad intentions and if it lands, it could result in a knockout."