ONE Championship: Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao expects a hungrier Bibiano Fernandes
Santino Honasan on Mar 27, 2019 07:13 PM
"Tingin ko mas-hungry pa ngayon si Bibiano. I consider natin yung reaction niya after the fight, talagang galit siya, galit na galit siya." - Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao
Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao is expecting to see a hungrier version of Bibiano Fernandes against Kevin Belingon at ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, Japan on March 31st.
Team Lakay's Belingon will be putting his ONE Bantamweight World Championship up for grabs against long-time champion Fernandes when the two meet for a third time at ONE's maiden event in The Land of The Rising Sun.
"Tingin ko mas-hungry pa ngayon si Bibiano. I consider natin yung reaction niya after the fight, talagang galit siya, galit na galit siya," Sangiao shared.
Last November, Belingon edged out Fernandes via Split Decision and became the first man to defeat the Brazilian star under the ONE Championship banner, and more importantly, the Pinoy striker became the dethrone Fernandes and end his near-six year reign as the promotion's bantamweight king.
Fernandes, of course, was less than pleased with the outcome, and even stated that a pro-Filipino crowd in Singapore swayed the close decision.
For the first time since 2013, Fernandes will be coming in as the challenger, and Sangiao believes that an angry Bibiano could play into the favor of Belingon.
"Siguro that will lead to the victory of Kevin kapag ganyan yung attitude niya, so expect natin na lahat."
Stll, Sangiao isn't banking on a possibility, and making sure that his ward is ready for the upcoming challenge.
"Si Bibiano kumpleto din naman yan. Masipag din and magaling na fighter yan, very wise na fighter yan, so paghandaan natin ng husto."
"Ihanda natin si Kevin ng husto kung saan man dadalhin ni Bibiano yung laban, dapat naka-handa parin si Kevin," he added.
Kevin Belingon puts his ONE Bantamweight World Championship on the line against Bibiano Fernandes at ONE: A New Era on Sunday, March 31st, LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD channel 166, and livestreaming on https://sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one, the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page, and on the iWant App!