ONE Championship: Richard Corminal Out To Learn From Previous Setbacks
ABS-CBN Sports on May 08, 2019 03:14 PM
“I am really excited. This is my first match this year, and I want to showcase everything that I worked hard for and sacrificed for throughout the year." (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
Filipino lightweight Richard "Notorious" Corminal hopes to learn from his previous setbacks and finally snatch that elusive win when he meets Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju on the undercard of ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON.
The event takes place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, 17 May.
Corminal last saw action against mixed martial arts newcomer Gary "The Lion Killer" Tonon at ONE: IRON WILL in March 2018. The American grappling specialist displayed a surprisingly well-rounded skill set to earn a second-round TKO victory.
Things have not been good to “Notorious” since making his own promotional debut back in March 2017. Corminal, however, is not focused on his previous results. He is more concerned about strengthening his weaknesses.
“I have learned a lot in those losses. I know I have to work extra hard and be more determined so I can further improve,” the 37-year-old explained.
“I am so hungry for a win. In 2018, I tried hard, but I didn’t get a win. Now, I’ll do everything to finally get that breakthrough."
Despite the 14-month layoff from action, the Malaysia-based Filipino has remained busy and has been honing skills in anticipation of his next assignment.
The time off actually worked out well for him, as he feels more confident — especially since he got to work on a few areas where his game was flawed.
“I am really excited. This is my first match this year, and I want to showcase everything that I worked hard for and sacrificed for throughout the year,” he said.
“Rahul is a very good martial artist. He’s well-rounded, and that’s why we’ve been preparing heavily because we know he’s no slouch.”
Confident he will finally get his breakthrough, “Notorious” vows to showcase an improved form on 17 May.
Also, he will dedicate this match to his loved ones, who made sacrifices with him.
“I will do everything to get that win in Singapore,” he stated.
“I want to show everyone that I continuously improve each time I fight. I want my family to be proud of me because all these sacrifices are for them.”