ONE Championship: Geje Eustaquio Far From Satisfied Against ‘Tough Kid’ Kim Kyu Sung
ABS-CBN Sports on May 20, 2019 11:38 AM
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His performance might have been impressive, but former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio said that he could have done better against South Korea's Kim Kyu Sung.
The pair clashed at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last Friday on the undercard of ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON where Eustaquio displayed a clinical performance enroute to a clear-cut unanimous decision victory against the South Korea.
The Igorot warrior from the Benguet province used his speed to attack from all angles and effectively neutralize his opponent's height and reach advantage, resulting to a big bounce back win.
Though it was a clear-cut victory, Eustaquio was far from satisfied.
"I’m not a hundred percent satisfied with my performance. I’m looking forward to get better and I’m willing to go back to the drawing board and be a better athlete,” said Eustaquio.
Though it was a convincing victory, it was certainly far from easy for Eustaquio.
The 30-year-old firecracker had to go through some rough patches in the third round where Kim found his second wind and started to utilize his reach advantage over the smaller Eustaquio.
Eustaquio admitted to being frustrated with his inability to break his opponent down, but he recovered just in time - landing a late takedown to all but secure the win.
“I was starting to be dismayed by my performance," shared Eustaquio who suffered a cut on his left eyebrow in the third round.
"I was looking forward to take him down, put on an arm triangle or a marcelo choke, but I have to be honest, he’s a tough guy. The kid is willing to win, that’s why he was unbreakable. That’s why I didn’t get the finish."
Ever the student of the game, Eustaquio showed plenty of improvements in this match-up after a narrow decision loss to old-rival Adriano “Miknho” Moraes at ONE: HERO'S ASCENT last January.
Eustaquio looked a lot better with his head movement and timing, evident when he was tagging Kim with elbows and body shots from different angles, but he believes that he can still work a lot on his wrestling.
"First we wanted to develop our wrestling, and the timing and speed, that’s what we developed after the Moraes fight, the speed and timing," he said.
"It showed here but in the wrestling department, we have to get back again and be a better wrestler."
While the win was huge for Eustaquio, he stressed that he isn’t targeting any accolade or asking for any opportunity right now.
For him, it’s all about becoming better and trusting the process once again.
"What’s next for me? Get back to the drawing board, be a better athlete," he said. "It’s my ultimate goal right now, I’m not looking forward to a title or a championship, it’s all about making myself a better athlete and soon everything will follow."